With such a great variety of cultural attractions on offer, Dublin is sure to have something to interest everyone.
Internationally renowned for playwrights and actors, Dublin is packed with theatres where culturalists can see these artists at their very best. Check out The Abbey, Ireland’s national theatre, which stages works by many established Irish and international playwrights. The Gate Theatre, which in its time has nurtured a number of talented young actors, including Orson Welles and James Mason, and also stages a broad range of Irish and international plays. Plus, there are a number of other theatres in Dublin (Andrews Lane, the Civic and The Gaiety, to name but a few) that play host to everything from pantomime and ballet to live music and experimental theatre.
Dublin has a vast array of exhibitions for art enthusiasts. The National Gallery has a wonderful collection of Irish art and European Masters and an exciting range of temporary exhibitions; while modern art fans will relish the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Housed in the beautiful 17th century Royal Hospital Kilmainham, it is a truly innovative and provocative collection.
The National Museum has a glittering display of treasures from Ireland’s past including such gems as the Ardagh Chalice and the Tara Broach; and the country’s writers are celebrated in the Dublin Writers Museum, which honours the work of such literary greats as Joyce, Beckett, Shaw and Wilde.
Nobody throws a party like the Irish! Enjoy the excitement and exuberance of Dublin’s best-known festivals: the Dublin Theatre Festival, the Budrising Music festival, the Dublin Film Festival, the Taste of Dublin Festival and, of course, the St Patrick’s Day festival, a five-day extravaganza of fireworks, fairs and fun.