Literary attractions in Dublin

Home to numerous literary heroes, Dublin is often hailed as one of the literary capitals of Europe – boasting unique museums, quirky bookshops and everything in between.
Fancy yourself a literary buff? Here are the must-experience literary attractions in Dublin.

Literary museums

Literary attractions in Dublin

With so much creative history flowing through the streets of Dublin, it’s important to ensure it’s well documented!

Check out the Dublin Writers Museum to get a peak at the first edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Samuel Beckett’s phone as well as special letters and portraits.

If you’re a James Joyce fan, the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) is a must visit. This immersive museum features unique exhibitions and literary artefacts as well as the first ever copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Traditional pubs

Literary attractions in Dublin

Renowned for their cosy atmosphere and great conversation – pubs throughout Dublin have strong associations with some of Ireland’s greatest writers.

It’s said that Jonathan Swift, Brendan Behan and James Joyce all frequented the Brazen Head whereas Toner’s was the only pub in Dublin that WB Yeats would enjoy a drink.

If you want to delve deep into the history of Dublin’s pubs and their literary connections, try out the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl.

Libraries

Literary attractions in Dublin

The libraries scattered around Dublin are some of the most stunning spots you’ll ever lay your eyes on, and they host a pretty impressive range of literary work too!

From Trinity College’s Long Room to the Chester Beatty Library – a list of literary attractions in Dublin wouldn’t be complete without mentioning these renowned sites.

Literary festivals

Literary attractions in Dublin

Known to host everything from spoken word events to interviews with Ireland’s up and coming writers, literary festivals in Dublin are a one-of-a-kind experience.

Interested in attending one? The Dublin Writers Festival and the International Literature Festival take place in May while the Dublin Book Festival is in November.

Independent bookshops

If charming independent bookshops are something you can’t get enough of, then Dublin city is sure to impress.

Check out Ulysses Rare Books if you’re looking for a first edition of some Irish literary works or opt for a visit to The Winding Stair which mixes old and new – it even offers an area to enjoy a cup of coffee while you soak up the creative atmosphere.

Theatres

The Abbey Theatre

Dublin is home to plenty of celebrated theatres that truly sit at the heart of the Ireland’s creative sphere.

The Abbey Theatre was founded by WB Yeats and Augusta, Lady Gregory so of course is one of the most recognised theatres in Dublin – though the Gaiety, the Gate and Smock Alley are most definitely worth a visit.

So, there you have it – the top literary attractions in Dublin city!

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