From the Vikings to the Normans, Dublin or Duibhlinn (translated as Black Pool) has been home to all manner of settlers throughout its colourful history. Today, Dublin is a bustling cosmopolitan city but on which holds onto her history. Right on the doorstep of our hotel, you will be spoilt for choice with Dublin Castle, Trinity College and many more national treasure all within a 5 minute walk of the Hotel.
Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral was founded in 1028 and is often known as the spiritual heart of the city, due in part to its impressive architecture and fascinating history. Even for those who would not consider themselves to be especially religious, the Cathedral houses a number of interesting artefacts such as the tomb of Strongbow and the longest crypt in Britain and Ireland. As well as regular services, visitors can also take guided tours and even try their hand at bell ringing.
If you are planning to visit Dublin, then a trip to Dublin Castle is a must. Located at the heart of the city centre, the former seat of power for the British Empire in Ireland is not a traditional castle, but throughout its history has functioned as a military fortress, a prison, treasury, court of law and the seat of English Administration in Ireland. Rebuilt in the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Dublin Castle is now used for important State receptions and Presidential Inaugurations. The State Apartments, Undercroft, Chapel Royal, Craft Shop, Heritage Centre and Restaurant are open to visitors. Here at the Drury Court Hotel we would highly recommend visiting Dublin Castle as it is only a 2 Minute walk away from the Hotel and is open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 4:45pm. Tours are also available at reasonable prices for adults, with discounts for children.
Kilmainham Gaol was once referred to as the County of Dublin Gaol and was built in 1796. The jail was originally run by the Grand Jury for County Dublin, and its sole purpose (as with any other prison) was to hold criminals. However, during the rebellions against the British rule the nature of the prison altered drastically, as many of the leaders of the rebellions, if caught, were imprisoned in the jail and often killed by firing squad. For this reason, Kilmainham Gaol has become a real symbol of the struggles that took place against the occupying forces during this period of history. The doors were shut on the prison in 1924, but it has recently been opened as an important historical attraction, giving visitors a fantastic insight into the events of the time. It is certainly one of the most informative and eye-opening tours available in Dublin, and can be easily reached by bus from the Drury Court Hotel.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral was built between the years of 1191 and 1270, on the site where St. Patrick is said to have baptized converts to Christianity. Also known as Árd Eaglais Naomh Pádraig, St. Patrick’s is the largest church in Ireland. Bell ringing is a traditional skill that forms a large part of St. Patrick’s Cathedral’s history – visitors to Dublin can hear the bell ringers practicing on Tuesday evenings from 18:30 to 19:30. Bell Ringing also takes place each Sunday at 10:30 and at 14:30. Anyone visiting the Cathedral will have the opportunity to experience the long history of the St. Patrick's. Including the building itself there is also a range of historical items, stories, monuments and more on display to educate and inform members of the public about the history and importance of the site. Amongst the long list of former Deans of St. Patricks is writer and author of Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift. He served as Dean of the Cathedral from 1713 until 1745- just one of the many fascinating facts that will form part of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral tour.