Car rental in Dublin
Around the capital of Ireland with wind in your face.Dublin is a stunningly beautiful and a very ancient city with a huge number of historical and cultural monuments. And if you came here not to drink ‘Guinness’ where it is produced, be sure to find a rental station to rent a suitable car and go for a full-fledged Irish-style trip.
The city's attractions.Traveling in Dublin by car you booked in advance in Avis will give you an opportunity to visit the most outstanding places of the ancient Irish city without any rush.
Dublin Castle.Until 1922, the Castle belonged to the United Kingdom, and then it was given to the Government of Ireland. Originally it was used as a fortification, therefore it was a huge complex of powerful structures.
Dublin Castle is already 8 centuries old, and, apparently, it will exist for a long time. Today the Arts Center is located here, other rooms are used for musical evenings and even for cafes. However, the Church of the Holy Trinity and the Birmingham Tower remained intact.
Kilmainham GaolThis is a prison, which was turned into a museum. It was built in 1796 and two years later, the members of the national liberation movement of Ireland were brought here for the first time. Their followers, alongside with criminals, were kept (and were executed) here until the beginning of the 20th century. Hence the non-official name of Kilmainham Gaol is the Irish Bastille.
Today there is a museum of Irish nationalism in the prison building, as well as an art gallery in which paintings created by prisoners are exhibited. Regular excursions are organized here.
Christ Church.The Cathedral Church of Christ is the main cathedral of Dublin. Here is an interesting fact about it: the cathedral was founded in 1031 by the Vikings king Sitrig Silkenberd for the first Dublin archbishop. And in 1487 Lambert Simnel, a pretender to the throne, was crowned here as King Edward VI.
The restoration of the cathedral in the 19th century cost 230,000 pounds –about 26 million euros by today’s standards.
The Ha'penny BridgeThe pedestrian bridge across the River Liffey, which emerged as a result of the poor operation of ferries owned by a William Walsh. He was told either to fix his ferries, or to build a bridge. He rightly decided that repairing old is always more expensive than building something new.
So this is how The Ha'penny Bridge appeared. It has its name, because everyone was supposed to pay a halfpenny to cross the bridge. It is curious to mention that the bridge had operated for almost 200 years before a decision was made to reconstruct the bridge. It is a very long time for an arch bridge made of steel.
St Stephen's Green.The park in the central part of Dublin is about 9 hectares. It was opened in 1664. The Unitarian Church, the Royal Medical College and a small Huguenot Cemetery are located here.
An interesting attraction is the garden for the blind with very fragrant plants and pointers written in Braille.
Temple Bar.This is one of the oldest districts of Dublin, and an excellent place for shopping. But it’s better to do shopping in the daytime, because in the evenings it is getting very noisy and unsafe here with hundreds of pubs around.
There is a lot to see here: The Clarence Hotel, which is owned by the group "U2", the Smock Alley Theater (one of the oldest theaters in Europe) and the New Theater (the smallest theater in Ireland).
Guinness Beer MuseumThe very fact that the beer museum is a highlight of Dublin, it tells us a lot about its iconic position. So does the number of visitors (700 000 people per year).
Going through the exhibition halls which show the history and traditions of the brand, having examined the collection of barrels and ‘Guinness’ ads, you will finally get to the observation deck, where they will offer you a pint of beer for free and you will be able to enjoy the views of the Irish capital.
But please visit this place only after you have returned the car to the rental station.