Chester Beatty Library
The Chester Beatty Library located within Dublin Castle is a stunning example of Ireland's commitment to supporting the arts and education. The library holds a collection of ancient texts and artifacts from around the world, as well as conducting various workshops for children and adults alike. The Chester Beatty longroom offers a postcard perfect vantage point to snap photo to show your family back home. Entrance to the library is free and different language audio tours can be arranged to help guide you throughout your visit as well.
For those looking to do as the Dubliners do, take a trip to the famous Guinness Storehouse for a pint of the dark dry stout. The Irish like their Guinness like the English like their lager, and it shows in the many quaint pubs littered around the city. But there's nowhere like going for a drink at the source itself in the Liberties neighborhood of Dublin! For the most well rounded understanding about how the national drink is made, the Guinness Storehouse holds not only tastings but can give you more in depth knowledge about the brewing process.
Wicklow National Park
For more naturally breathtaking views of the Emerald Isles, rent a car for a weekend trip outside of Dublin to the nearby Wicklow National Park. The park has served as a backdrop to many famous films over the years including P.S I Love You and Braveheart. The quintessential Ireland you've imagined from the postcards, Wicklow's romantic rolling hills and meandering sheep will take you back to a simpler time in Ireland's long history.