Dublin is renowned for its thousand-year history, the world famous literary side that has cultivated many important literary figures like Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and the creator of Dracula, Bram Stoker. No doubt, this quaint city houses some of Ireland’s biggest libraries and literary museums.
The Chester Beatty Library features miniature paintings, drawings, rare manuscripts and more ancient relics, all bequeathed to the cultural institution by Irish-American mining baron Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. Alfred Chester Beatty was a bibliophile who had exceedingly good taste in books. His selection of ancient books, scrolls and other objects d’ art are arranged between two floors of the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle.
Located in a recently renovated 18th-century Georgian mansion, the Dublin Writers Museum gives literary lovers a glimpse into the lives of the city’s prized stars through book excerpts, photographs, letters and assorted memorabilia. Also, don’t forget to look for the rare first edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Ulysses by James Joyce was one of the most celebrated works of modernist literature. Ulysses chronicles the nomadic appointments and encounters of Leopold Bloom, the book’s protagonist. If you’re devoted to the series and adore the writer’s other words, the James Joyce Centre is your chance at a sneak peek into his life. It is a small museum that is situated in a restored 18th-century Georgian townhouse. It holds exhibitions that interpret and illuminate different aspects of Joyce’s life and work.
The Winding Stair is a rare bohemian bookshop that treasures both old leather-bound classics and new books, the categories ranging from children’s stories to autobiographies and ancient history texts. The little quaint windows offer a pretty view of the pebbled streets, all which can enjoy from one of the glass windows while enjoying a steaming mug of coffee. Perhaps, you can also sit at the restaurant and enjoy amazing Irish cuisine, which is created using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
The Book of Kells, an 8th-Century illuminated manuscript from medieval Europe contains four gospels in Latin from the New Testament. You can find it in the library of Trinity College, that also holds five million other volumes. A masterwork of Western calligraphy, it is regarded as Ireland’s finest national treasure.