Literary Walking Tour of Dublin
Dublin drips with literary history. Why not spend a few hours getting to know the sites that fostered and inspired the likes of James Joyce, Jonathan Swift, and Samuel Beckett?
Start at the Dublin Writers’ Museum, which occupied an 18th-century town house on Parnell Square. It features displays that showcase Irish literature from the 10th century to modern works. Pore over original manuscripts, paintings, rare editions and personal mementos of some of Ireland’s famous authors. The museum houses a specialist bookstore as well as a casual restaurant.
Steps away from the Dublin Writers’ Museum is the James Joyce Cultural Centre, a museum/library dedicated to the Ulysses author. The exhibits and archives will delight fans of the author whose works are inextricably linked to Dublin’s essence.
Next, proceed to Mountjoy Square number 35, the home of author Seán O’Casey. Down the road at 14 Russel Street is the childhood home of Brendan Behan. Gardiner Street, the route made famous by Leopold Bloom in Joyce’s Ulysses, is nearby, as is Bella Cohen’s Brothel up Railway Street. Strolling down to the River Liffey to Abbey Street, you’ll see the famous Abbey Theatre.
A few blocks up from the river on O’Connell Street, you’ll find the General Post Office, the center of the Easter Rising of 1916 and inspiration for the poetry and literature that grew from the rebellion.
Finally, cross the River Liffey and walk south to the campus of Trinity College, the alma mater of many of Ireland’s great writers– Swift, Wilde, and Beckett to name a few. The Book of Kells, an ancient illuminated manuscript, can be viewed at the Old Library.
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