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Dublin Ireland is a great city to explore. Trinity College is in the heart of Dublin which in itself has many interesting points of interest. The store itself is quite the site.  There are different collections to view and some that have admission, including the Book of Kells.  The college is beautiful and a great backdrop for pictures.

Next door is Dublin Castle . This is a more modern castle since it is where Parliament was set up and ran while England had power over Ireland.  The chapel is the only really historic interesting building left as whole to explore and it seems that it is usually locked.  There are tours of the castle and it's grounds for a fee that are available.

Guinness Storehouse. This is actually a fun spot of young and old. You do get a free pint of Guinness with admission which you would probably want the kids to skip.  The Storehouse itself is next to a brewery, not the real one. But it has been updated within the last 10 years to be quite a large and elaborate sight. The bar that you get your pint in is at the top and has a magnificent view of the city. The exhibits in the brewery are informative and interesting - very polished from the original storehouse that had some haystacks and mannequins. 

Christ Church Cathedral. This is the oldest church in Dublin and is a very impressive and beautiful church to visit. This and St. Patrick's are the most detailed and beautiful churches to check out.  There are others that are also pretty or interesting but these are the most impressive.

St. Michans is an off the beaten path site. The Church is not extravagant but the tombs that you can tour underneath are very interesting. This tour is probably for older children but very informative about some of Dublin's history and the history of the different classes.

Temple Bar is one of the most popular and lively areas. It draws college students and tourists alike. This area has shops and sometimes live entertainment, but it is also known for its pubs where you can catch excellent comedy  and music gigs.  There is also a very innovative new theatre here. Watch out for a number of new festivals too in this area.

To get a nice overall tour - one of the city bus tours is a wonderful starter. You can book this and many other guided or bussed tours from the visitors center near Trinity College. 

GAA Museum & Croke Park Stadium Tour

There are many sidetrips you can take from Dublin:

Malahide Castle is a very impressive and short treck out from the city. 

Belfast

Meath - Celtic tours

Wicklow tour (Braveheart filming locations)