Collins Barracks was named after Michael Collins commander-in-chief of the Irish Free State Army who was killed in an ambush shortly before it was handed over to the nation in 1922. A fitting tribute to his memory,the former barracks has been completely renovated and now houses Irelands Museum of Decorative Arts. It is a veritable treasure trove of rare goodies which have been brought Out of Storage, and put into an exciting warehouse style display ie the Curators Choice which showcases national and international treasures such as rare Chinese vases and Japanese bells, not to mention our very own moon rocks and meteorites......
Collins Barracks is FREE and very easy to get to via the Luas tramway system and its right in the heart of a very interesting part of Dublin, so be prepared to spend the day there.....
10 other things to see and do in the area.....
1 Marvel at the architecture of the Four Courts.
2 Wander around the old Victorian Fruit & Veg market.
3 See the mummies at St Michans Church.
4 Have a pint in atmospheric Slatterys Capel Street.
5 Go shopping in Arnotts Department Store, Henry Street.
6 Post something at the General Post Office, O’Connell St
7 Admire the Spire or the Stiletto in the Ghetto as Dubliners call it.
8 Have afternoon tea in the Gresham Hotel, O’Connell St.
9 Arrange a rendezvous under Clerys clock like generations of Dubliners before you.
10 Supermacs check out Irelands answer to McDonalds! good fast food that hits the spot if you are hungry and on a budget.
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