The Georgian Room on the first floor, now turned into a shop similar to the other reception rooms, has exquisite plasterwork created by Michael Stapleton. It includes full-scale reproductions of the Book of Kells and a number of others. Inside is a beautiful Baroque chapel. These, as well as card-credits for mobile phones, can be bought at newsagents, post offices, supermarkets and other retail outlets. For maritime enthusiasts there is a small museum in the stable, examining the history of the French Armada, which was scuttled here in 1796. .
The easiest way to receive mail in Dublin is to have it sent to your hotel but a poste restante service is also available from major post offices. British chains such as Boots and Argos cater for most consumer needs. The Gate has maintained its standing as a venue for new plays but also puts on excellent productions of international and Irish classics. Things get even better on music nights when bands play blues and soul upstairs. The Gothicstyle battlements and entrance date from the 19th century, but the oak bookcases, arranged in bays between the windows, are original. Five easy-to-follow itineraries explore the most interesting sights in Dublin and Ireland-from the historic city of Cork to the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland-while reviews of the best hotels, shops, and restaurants will help you plan your perfect trip.
Built for the Earl of Kildare, since 1921 it has been the seat of Dáil Eireann, the Irish Parliament see p56. Wilde % Oscar Wilde 1854—1900 was born at Westland Row, Dublin, and became a classics scholar at Trinity College see pp8—9 and later at Oxford. If you are unlucky enough to be mugged or attacked, inform the police straight away. This 82mile 130km marked path makes its way through the heart of the region, all the way from Dublin to Clonegal, in County Carlow. A fire gutted the building in 1921 during the War of Inde pendence, but it was restored in the same decade. The headland is covered in purple heather and the views over the Atlantic are stupendous.
U2, Liam Neeson and Gabriel Byrne were all rising stars here. The Irish breakfast is an excellent start to a day of 130 sightseeing, and there is a private car park behind the hotel, which is always a bonus in congested Dublin. Castle The mansion built in the Loch Erne % Lower The serene waters and small islands extending north from Enniskillen can be explored by boat, or encircled by road. StPatrick, a 5th-century Roman Briton, was captured by Irish raiders and taken into slavery in Ulster. For the best in traditional and contemporary jewellery go to Whichcraft in Temple Bar see p19. Make sure that the doctor treating you knows you have an E111 form.
Thousands of rough dry-stone walls criss-cross the bare hills, enclosing their tiny abandoned fields. For an insight into local history, particularly the hardships of the region under English rule, visit the Kilrush Heritage Centre. The simple menu has all the old favourites — a good, reasonably priced place for lunch or dinner. The effect, seen from the shore road, is spectacular. Bowen Elizabeth Although born in Dublin, Elizabeth Bowen 1899—1973 spent much of her childhood in Cork. North 1975 explores the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
The fine stained-glass window right above the altar dates from 1867. Supposedly created by legendary warrior Finn MacCoul as his stepping stones to Scotland see p38 , the Causeway was really created by a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Its rides are mostly based around water, but there are Go Karts, too, and the highest slide in Ireland, as well as tree-houses, climbing frames and picnic areas. Like any capital city, beware of pickpockets. Passengers are encouraged to let out Viking roars. One of the main reasons to visit is for the outstanding Beit Art Collection, put together in the 19th century by Sir Alfred Beit 1853— 1906.
With chefs regularly sent back to India to train, the food is authentic north Indian, with a variety of inspired Moghlai presentations. After leaving here head for Russborough House by returning to Naas and taking the N81 Blessington road. The Jerpoint community quickly established itself as a great centre of culture and learning, and was very prosperous at the time of the Dissolution in 1540. Handmade harps are a particular speciality in Dublin and Mayo. The carvings on the capitals depict a musical troupe. Have lunch in the café before enjoying the literary artifacts. From the quintessentially Irish Guinness Factory tour to the charming St Stephen's Green, all the must-sees are covered in trouble-free Top 10 lists.
Standing on raised ground it faces a stretch of water backed by the Wicklow Mountains see pp80—81 and is kept in immaculate condition. From here to the third wing, Collins Barracks, take the tourist bus to the north of the river. Today, though damaged, much survives, together with a broken 15th-century cross erected in the central square. Hogarth, Reynolds, Romney, Gainsborough and Raeburn are particularly well represented. The Diamond, a triangular central market, is at the heart of the town and an obelisk in the centre commemorates four Franciscans who wrote Annals of the Four Masters in the 1630s. Beaches are nearby and the restaurant takes advantage of the fresh fish for its traditional Irish cooking. The idea was to maximize light but allow for constant surveillance of the prisoners.
The building alone is worth the visit, with stained-glass windows and authentic atmosphere. Abbey A mouthwatering display Bar Market Temple The sale of farmhouse cheeses, organic vegetables and similar is soundtracked by street musicians. Its buildings and grounds are a landmark in the heart of the city see pp8—9. Plenty of space between tables too — rare in Dublin. Whether you're looking for the things not to miss at the Top 10 sights, or want to find the best nightspots; this guide is the perfect companion.
Outside are romantic grounds and walled gardens. The picturesque quays both north and south of the river, linked by an array of bridges, offer spectacular views. Also in the grounds is the elegant octagonal Temple of the Winds, a copy of a Classical relic near Athens. Synod Hall is home to Dublinia, a well-presented recreation of medieval Dublin see p56. Property Lost If you have any property stolen, report it to the police immediately — you cannot make an insurance claim without the police report. But then this is still a top spot and considered by many the place in town to be. For literature buffs, it features in the writings of James Joyce.