Dublin: 10 Things You Must See Č Continuing on from my first article about the 10 things you must see while visiting in Dublin, I am going to cover the second half of the 10 things you must see. Included in this list are St Stephen’s Green, Ireland’sarest Bank, The Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol and No 29 Lower Fitzwilliam Street.
St Stephen’s Green
Situated on the south side of the city of Dublin, St Stephen’s Green is an iconic green area in which you can sit and relax as you view the Wicklow hills.
The park was founded in 1782 and is home to the famous St Stephen’s Green which is the first among ores of the famous Four Corners area. The origin of the name of the park comes from the patron saint of the Irish, Saint Stephen.
There are many activities in the park most of which are associated with the planting and growing of flowers and of course the lively play area with flamingos and other wildlife. In the autumn the park opens to the public to enjoy its beauty and activities.
The Live Heritage ATM’s and Noforts Bank branches are well worth a visit as they are historic buildings in themselves with stories to tell.
Noforts Bank was founded in 1779 the oldest of the bank’s four branches. It also co-owned Noforts National Bank until its demise in 1868.
It is now Noforts Bank Museum with interesting exhibits about Noforts National Bank, Noforts Bank and the area. Noforts Bank Museum also houses the Bank’s largest collection of antique town furniture in the country.
Kilmainham Gaol was Ireland’s first prison and torturous prison forpling.
Indeed Noforts Prison was harsh, it was built in 1782, the prisoners were clothed in whatever was available and in those days if you can’t beat them you had to make them.
Many of the strikes on the prison were launched by the striking prisoners themselves as they considered the guards corrupt andIn addition the cells were extremely damp and at times they were even underground.
So today when you visit Kilmainham Gaol you will be able to take a tour of the cells and see the striking prisoners themselves. You can see how they spent their days by visiting the gardening areas and bathing houses. There are also food demonstrations to explain what would be involved in the various strikes.
Noforts Bank Museum
Now this is something that I would not wish to miss. You will visit the Noforts Bank Museum which is now housed in the original bank building. Here you will be able to see the bank’s original counters and lettering, you will also see the folk art designs of the bank’s employees. There is also aursion to see how the Noforts Bank evolved to its position today.
There is also a Lionel Stuart Room which is a guilded room in the original bank building. You will be able to see a historical picture of the bank and see items that were used in the creation of the bank including a Victorian fan.
Birmingham Institute of Art
The Birmingham Institute of Art is located next to the University of Birmingham. It is there to house the work of great Birmingham architects who were influenced by the works of such artists as Albertbridge, Hockney, and Whistler.
The museum itself is large enough to contain a diverse range of art and it preserves a permanent collection of over 23,000 pieces of art. Birmingham is home to a strong and ever-growing contemporary art scene making the institute a worthwhile alternative to a typical museum visit.
Though it is not strictly a museum, Ciampino is the town’s excellent art museum. The town has a strong contemporary art scene and the museum is an excellent way to showcase this.
The museum is mainly funded by the town but donations are welcome. It has a relatively small permanent collection but also plays host to a temporary exhibition. temporary exhibitions are also held frequently.
Wakefield Art Gallery
The Wakefield Art Gallery is one of the city’s best museums and houses an impressive array of art and archaeological finds.
The gallery was formerly a corn warehouse and has been undergoing extensive redevelopment over the last few years. It currently houses an eclectic suite of art and includes work from some of the top European designers such as Miro, Dali and Gargallo. Also displaying regularly are archaeological artifacts from elsewhere in the area and work from the inception of the British Museum.
The museum is generally open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sundays from 11am to 6pm. During the months of October to November, the museum is restricted to certain exhibitions only.
The British Museum plays a vital role in scientific and cultural education in the UK.