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James Joyce Cultural Centre, Dublin

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While on vacation in Dublin, use the opportunity to learn about the city's history and get a glimpse of one of the nation's most beloved figures at James Joyce Cultural Centre. The authenticly restored 18th-century townhouse housing the museum is a historic artifact in and of itself. Even though James Joyce never lived here, this used to be the seat of the dance school run by Denis J. Maginni, whom the author immortalized in "Ulysses." Learn about Joyce's life and works through a myriad of interactive displays and authentic items, and take a tour of the writer's reconstructed study. To gain an even more in-depth knowledge of the world that inspired the novelist, book a walking tour of the city organized by the museum. Make James Joyce Cultural Centre a centerpiece of your Dublin vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Dublin itinerary planner.
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  • The place is beautiful, but the exhibition does not offer much to see. Still interesting when we know the author.
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  • Is a museum dedicated entirely to the outstanding figure of this Irish writer. You can even see where he slept and worked. You can see a video explaining more in depth (I think only in English). The wall of the room is filled with her sentences. There is also a small shop where to buy works at reasonable prices
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  • Interesting place for James Joyce fans. You can see his room, watch videos and see the original front door downstairs in the outside area.  more »
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  • For people visiting the city on a short break or holiday definitely a destination that shouldn't be missed right in the centre of historical Georgian Dublin a hidden gem most Dubs or Irish don't know about
  • A wonderful collection of everything Joyce, from modern digital interpretations to the original 7 Eccles Street front door!! Highly recommend
  • Nice small museum about Joyce. Not much artifacts but good information. Worth the five bucks spent.
  • It does what it says on the tin: a centre dedicated to James Joyce, his life and his works. It probably helps if you already come with a certain level of understanding about the author and are somewhat familiar with his works as this will make the visit so much more immersive. Staff is very friendly and informative if you have any extra questions and they do offer a complimentary audio guide (that I didn't avail of).
  • Glad we came. Learned a lot about James Joyce. I now want to read more of his books. Beautiful house. Nice tour. Highly recommend.

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Dublin offers everything from luxury hotels to eclectic guesthouses. Explore over 1,000 years of history in the city on foot by staying at one of the hotels or hostels in the city center. The south side of the river has always been a popular place to stay, particularly near Temple University or the tourist nightlife center Temple Bar, but a new crop of attractive options has popped up on the north side as well. For more affordable accommodations, try a hostel or make your way toward St. Stephen's Green for a more comfortable stay at a mid-range hotel. If the artistic spirit of Dublin is what beckoned you, spend your holiday in a guesthouse near the creative Lower Gardiner Street.
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