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Trinity College Dublin
Historical Trinity College Dublin is located in the heart of Dublin. Home to the Book of Kells, a visit here is a must for anyone. The current exhibition: Turning Darkness into Light, runs to the end of 2005. The library is open from 9.30 to 17.00 Monday to Saturday, 12.00 to 16.30 on Sundays from October to May and 9.30 to 16.30 on Sundays from June to September.
Tourist facilities at Dublin Castle include guided tours of the State Apartments, the Undercroft and the Chapel Royal. Tours operate Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 17.00, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 14.00 to 17.00. Admission costs 3.50 Euro for adults and 2 Euro for students and senior citizens.
Chester Beatty Library
Admission is free of charge into the Chester Beatty Library. Go to www.cbl.ie for more information. The Garda (police) museum is open to visitors on occasions during the summer and is also free.
Dublin Zoo provide information on opening times and admission prices are all available on their extensive website. There is also a facility to go on a virtual tour or the zoo and their new African Plains.
The Guinnes Storehouse
The fermentation plant at St. James' Gate has been transformed into the Guinness experience - the complex is known as the Guinness Storehouse . The storehouse is open from 9.30 to 17.00 seven days a week, all year round. Admission costs 13.50 Euro per adult, 9 Euro for senior citizens and students over 18, 7 Euro for students under 18 and 5 Euro for children between the ages of 5 and 12. A complimentary pint of the black stuff is included in the rate, with soft drinks provided as an alternative.
Kilmainham Gaol was built and opened in 1786 and closed in 1924. It remains today as it was when it opened with dark corridors, the hanging room, the execution yard and the thick iron doors. Tours are operating daily and include an audio-visual show followed by a tour of the jail and museum detailing the political and penal history of the prison. Admission costs 5 Euro per adult, 3.50 Euro for groups and senior citizens, 2 Euro for children and students.
National Gallery of Ireland
A visit to the National Gallery of Ireland is a cultural experience. The Gallery offers many facilities including touch-screen computers, lectures, family and open days, drawing studies, school programmes and guided tours. General admission is free of charge.