If you’re a book-lover, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t travel to Dublin for your next vacation. This historic city is literally teeming with rich literary history. Great writers have walked its streets for centuries! Put yourself in the shoes of James Joyce or Samuel Beckett and come to visit amazing spots that inspired them. Dublin’s also home to quirky bookshops and literary pubs that might even inspire you to write something yourself.
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Here are 13 places book-lovers can’t miss.
James Joyce Centre
Why not start your tour with one of the most famous Irish writers of all? Although James Joyce didn’t live in the Irish capital for most of his adult life, the iconic writer based most of his work on the everyday lives of Dubliners. At the James Joyce Centre, you can explore more of this great writer’s legacy through detailed exhibitions and interactive installations. You’ll even find some interesting items, like a copy of Joyce’s death mask. How scary is that?
Mulligan’s Pub on Poolbeg Street is featured in the great literary works of James Joyce and other Dublin writers. Originally an unlicensed drinking venue called a ‘shebeen’, Mulligan’s is a beloved Irish cultural phenomenon with a colourful history that spans over two hundred years. It’s barstools have invited many famous faces like Judy Garland and even President John F. Kennedy.
Take a visit to the largest independent bookstore in Dublin where you can find just about any book. Chapters’30-year-old shelves are literally teeming with hundreds of new and used literary works—it’s so easy to stay here for hours. And, if you still can’t get enough of James Joyce, you’re in luck. You can rent Chapters’ self-guided audio walking James Joyce ‘Dubliners’ Tour to explore more of his history, but this time, on foot.
This book shop has over 10,000 volumes of used books galore. If you’re into Irish history and literature, this is the place to be. So, read away and after pay a visit Dublin’s beautiful Georges Street Arcade, the city’s oldest and only indoor market that’s definitely worth a visit.
Bailey Bar and Café
Irish poet, Patrick Kavanagh used to frequent this chic Dublin spot, and he was right to do so. Today, the Bailey Bar and Café on Duke Street is great for lunch and dinner with lovely outdoor views. Sip on a cocktail, whiskey or prosecco and watch the streets of Dublin come alive.
Dublin Writers Museum
There’s no place better for book lovers than the Dublin Writers Museum. Here, you can celebrate the lives and works of some of the most influential Irish writers like W. B. Yeats, Oscar Wilde, and Samuel Beckett. Explore writers’ personal artifacts, letters, and portrait collections.
Temple Bar Book Market
After a drink at the popular Temple Bar, head to the Temple Bar Square’s outdoor book market where you’ll find a diverse selection of used books. The market is held every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-6pm. Pick up something to read on the plane ride home.
Trinity College Old Library
The famous Trinity College Old Library and the Book of Kells are a “must see” on any trip to Dublin. The Library’s magnificent Long Room is a regal work of art, which houses 200,000 of the oldest books in its oak bookcases. If you’re wondering where the Book of Kells is, it’s here in a rightful beautiful place. The gorgeous manuscript is best known for its lavish, abstract decoration and colorful artistry of the Gospels of Jesus Christ. The book’s artistic value can be appreciated by anyone, regardless of religious affiliation. Prepare to be amazed.
The Palace Bar on Fleet Street has been the queen of literary drinking dens since the pre-Victorian era. Frequented by writers, Flann O’Brien, Brendan Behan and Paddy Kavanagh, the bar has a timeless ambiance that still charms many today. Enjoy Irish music sessions and the stained glass skylight while you drink a whiskey or two.
Books Upstairs definitely has it all. This bookshop has a huge collection of review essays, book reviews, new books, Irish books, Dublin literature, literary lives, world books, Dublin stories and many more. It’s a true champion of Dublin pride and will get any tourist into the Irish spirit.
The Chester Beatty Library
The Chester Beatty Library is the only museum in Ireland to win ‘European Museum of the Year’. Its rich literary collections come from countries far and wide across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. You’ll see great treasures from various cultures and religions of the world, like the earliest known copies of the four Gospels written on papyrus.
Davy Byrnes Pub
Made famous by James Joyce’s novel Ulysses, this pub is a spot that die-hard Joyce fans can’t miss. Stop and have a cheese sandwich and a glass of wine like his character Leopold Bloom. Or, you can always indulge in the pub’s awesome selection of beers and whiskeys too.
Writers Samuel Beckett and James Joyce frequented Kennedy’s during their formative years. As a well-known stop on many literary tours in Dublin, it’s still busy today. With its location on the doorstep of Trinity College, it’s the perfect place to have a drink after seeing the famous Book of Kells. Enjoy a pint of creamy stout while eating some delectable pub fare.