The traditions of literature in Dublin run deep. Trinity College, the most prestigious university in Ireland, creates a tranquil retreat from Dublin’s bustling cobblestone street. Masterful architecture decorates the landscape with Georgian design rising above the cobbled and grassy squares. The 18th and 19th-century buildings guide pedestrians to the Old Library, a treasure-trove of books, literature, and history. The structure was erected in the early 18th century and features illuminated manuscripts of the four Gospels of the New Testament dating back to the 9th century.
The Long Room, the library’s main chamber, spans nearly 215 feet, housing over 200,000 antique volumes. Your private transfer greets you at Dublin International Airport and escorts you into the center of the capital’s literary heart. Pubs erupt with traditional music in the historic center, and the scent of malt and barley emanates through the doors. The window displays of gorgeous antique shops glisten against the brick buildings on Grafton Street, and flowers shimmer with bright petals as fiddlers play an enchanting jig.
You are drawn to James Joyce Tower and Museum, the silver-stoned structure immortalized in the opening of Ulysses. The British erected the Martello Towers as a small defensive fort during the 19th century. The tower in which James Joyce once stayed for six nights, stands 40 feet tall with two floors. The rounded structure has thick walls of solid masonry resembling the turrets of a dramatic medieval castle. The interior contains a museum dedicated to the famous Irish author and the setup of the room in 1904. You cannot help but quote the beginnings of Ulysses while standing in the quiet room looking at the antique tea set.