Why Choose Dublin?
Trying to decide on a holiday location that will educate and inspire kids is not always easy. If you have youngsters who have a passion for books, or perhaps ones you are trying to inspire a passion in books with, then Dublin is the place to go. The birthplace of Yeats, Wilde and Joyce, Dublin is famous for its literary heroes and their tales are told in the museums, libraries and monuments across the city. From the famous Book of Kells at the Trinity College Library to the Dublin Writers Museum, kids and adults alike will leave Dublin with a long, inspired reading list.
Trinity College Old Library and Book of Kells
The Old library at Trinity College will inspire both Harry Potter fans and anyone interested in academic history. The library dates from the 1700s and the grand Long Room, lined with 200,000 historic books is worth a visit in itself. The real crowd pleaser here, however, is the Book of Kells. This is a ninth century manuscript, which features the four gospels written in Latin, bound into an ornately decorated book. Trinity College is still a world class university and your own young Brightspark will enjoy walking the grounds and taking in the academic atmosphere.
Chester Beatty Library
This museum has won various accolades including European Museum of the Year in 2002 and Irish Museum of the Year in 2000. The library contains ancient texts and manuscripts from across the globe including Egyptian papyrus scrolls and early segments of the Bible.
Dublin Writers Museum
In terms of learning about the writers who actually came from Dublin, this is the place to go. Located on Parnell Square, this museum traces the last three hundred years of exceptional literary history of the city. Featured writers include James Joyce, Yeats, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett and many more.
National Museum of Ireland
More culture than books this one, but still totally worth a visit, three visits in fact as the museum is spread across three city centre sites. The first is the Archaeology Museum on Kildaire Street, a must for anyone with an interest in history and how we find things out about the past. Wholly focusing on Ireland’s history, the museum tells the tale of this glorious country from prehistoric times through to the present day.
The second site is the Natural History Museum in Merrion Square. Perfect for children who are interested in the animal kingdom, the museum features a ‘Dead Zoo’ and many interactive learning opportunities.
The third site is the Decorative Arts and History Museum on Benburb Street. This museum is chock full of artifacts which tell the tale of Ireland.
Even as you wander around Dublin you will find the influence of its great writers past. Tours operate around the old part of the city visiting the haunts and homes of writers. There are also statues of James Joyce and Oscar Wilde to be discovered. From the library of Trinity College to the ancient texts of Chester Beatty Library, Dublin is THE place for young and old bookworms alike.
Shirley Jones is a travel writer always looking for ways to inspire her kids through travel. The destinations on the Brightspark website gave her some ideas of great places to take her kids. As well as writing travel blogs, Jones enjoys classic literature and playing tennis.