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Trinity College

Trinity College offers a welcome haven from the hustle and bustle of Dublin and it is one ivory tower you’d be happy to be trapped in for a long time.

Ireland's most prestigious university was founded by Elizabeth I in 1592 in the hope of offering Dublin’s sons a reason to pursue their studies at home, away from the infectious threat of popery on the continent.

Today it is a venerable seat of learning that attracts students from all over the globe as well as international visitors who come to enjoy the relaxing greens, admire the architecture, take in the history and be astounded by what is possibly the world's most famous book. Housed within the college is the beautifully illustrated medieval manuscript that is a true labour of love: the Book of Kells.

Visitors can come and go in the college grounds pretty much as they please and there's no charge to wander around but, let’s face it, you are going to want to see the Book and we recommend you take a student-led walking tour to hear all the anecdotes that the college has accumulated, and, with alumni like the sharp-tongued satirist Jonathan Swift, the flamboyant wit Oscar Wilde and the existential dramatist Samuel Beckett, there are plenty of stories to share.

The buildings themselves are visual narratives, with Georgian squares fringed by statues and Regency splendour. The shock of the brutalist Berkeley Library, and other modern masterpieces from the architectural genius of Paul Koralek, do something to get you into the right frame of mind for the delights in the Douglas Hyde Gallery of Modern Art.

Trinity is, without a doubt, another world entirely in the heart of Dublin. Dip in and dip out of it as often as you please: you’ll be rewarded every time.


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Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin

Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin

23 Upper O Connell Street, Dublin, Dublin
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in City Centre Dublin, this romantic hotel is steps away from Rotunda Hospital and O'Connell Street. Parnell Square and O'Connell Bridge are also within 10 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 9 minutes.

    Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin £93
    Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin

    Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin

    Dean St, The Liberties, Dublin
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle. St. Stephen's Green and Grafton Street are also within 15 minutes. St. Stephen's Green Station is 11 minutes by foot and Four Courts Station is 12 minutes.

      The Fleet £75
      The Fleet

      The Fleet

      19-20 Fleet Street, Dublin, Dublin
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Trinity College and Dublin Castle. St. Stephen's Green and St. Patrick's Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km). Abbey Street Station is only a 5-minute walk and Jervis Station is 7 minutes.

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        13-17 Fleet St Temple Bar, Dublin
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Temple Bar, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Bank of Ireland, Trinity College and O'Connell Bridge. O'Connell Street and Grafton Street are also within 5 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 7 minutes.

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          The Westbury Hotel

          The Westbury Hotel

          Grafton Street, Dublin, Dublin
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Dublin hotel is located in the shopping district, steps away from Grafton Street, The Sporting Emporium Casino, Dublin and Powerscourt Townhouse. Brown Thomas Flagship Store and Gaiety Theatre are also within 5 minutes. St. Stephen's Green Station is only a 4-minute walk and Abbey Street Station is 12 minutes.

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            Temple Bar Inn

            Temple Bar Inn

            40-47 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is steps away from Bank of Ireland, Trinity College and O'Connell Bridge. O'Connell Street and Grafton Street are also within 5 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 7 minutes.

              Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge £64
              Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge

              Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge

              23-25 Bachelors Walk, Dublin, Dublin
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is steps away from The Spire, O'Connell Street and O'Connell Bridge. Trinity College and Grafton Street are also within 10 minutes. Abbey Street Station is only a 3-minute walk and Jervis Station is 5 minutes.

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                Hard Rock Hotel Dublin

                Lord Edward Street, Dublin
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is steps away from Dame Street, Dublin Castle and Olympia Theatre. Christ Church Cathedral and Trinity College are also within 10 minutes. Four Courts Station is 7 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 8 minutes.