If you’re a fan of architecture, take a tour of Dublin, tracing the history of the Irish capital from its oldest church, St Audoen’s (1190s), through The Custom House (1791), the Georgian parts of the city and Trinity College’s beautiful museum buildings (1857).
But Dublin isn’t all traditional architecture. The 1902 Guinness Storehouse was the first steel-framed multi-storey building in Europe, while 2010’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre brings a strikingly modern touch to the city. It was designed by Daniel Libeskind, the architect also hired to oversee the rebuilding of the World Trade Centre in New York.
Stay at: The Merrion Hotel actually occupies four of Dublin’s finest, most beautifully-restored and best-located Georgian townhouses, giving you the chance to really immerse yourself in the city’s architectural history.
Today a luxurious five star hotel, The Merrion has lost none of that Georgian opulence, featuring elegant furnishings, stunning chandeliers and timeless decor.
The 142-bedroom and suite hotel is also home to a luxury spa and the two Michelin starred Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, as well as the Cellar Bar and Restaurant and the intimate No 23 Cocktail Bar.