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Dame Street runs parallel to the River Liffey from College Green, it is a 5 minute walk to Grafton street and 10 minutes from O'Connell Street, Dublin's two most famous thoroughfares. Originally there was a nunnery called St Mary del Dame from which this street derives its name. There was originally a dam here crossing the River Poddle. Dame Street is the location of many banks such as AIB, Ulster Bank and the Central Bank of Ireland which was once the home of the Irish Houses of Parliament. It is also the location of Ireland's oldest university, Trinity College Dublin (founded in 1592), the entrance to which is a popular meeting spot.

Trinity College campus occupies 47 acres, and for visitors its most exciting feature is that it holds in its library The Book of Kells. The Book of Kells is a magnificently illustrated manuscript which contains the fours gospels of the Bible and dates to about 800 AD.

Notable landmarks in the area are Dublin Castle and Dublin City Hall. Dublin Castle is a major Irish governmental complex, formerly the fortified seat of British rule in Ireland until 1922. Most of the complex dates from the 18th century, though a castle itself dates to1204, built as a defensive fortification for the Norman city of Dublin this complex represents some of the oldest surviving architecture in the city. Famously, the Irish Crown Jewels were stolen from the Castle in 1907. It houses a new visitor centre in its vaulted basement.

Standing next to Dublin Castle, Dublin City Hall hosts the The Story of the Capital. Tracing the history of Dublin City, it tells of the cityís founding, through Viking times to today. Multimedia displays are used to offer a fascinating insight into the cityís evolution. Designed by Thomas Cooley, City Hall is a spectacular piece of architecture, built between 1769 and 1779 as the Royal Exchange for a then prosperous Dublinís merchant population. It has recently been restored it to its original beauty. Free audio guides are available in a number of languages and tours of the building are available free of charge by prior arrangement.




There are numerous theatres in the area all offering something unique. Crypt Arts Centre presents the best new Irish Theatre featuring new Irish plays and original productions of International Classics. The crypt presents a new show every two to three weeks. Set in the elegant grounds of Dublin Castle. Andrews lane Theatre, opened in 1989 and situated in the heart of Dublin City, Andrews Lane facilitates large and small scale work and it presents the best of established and emerging Irish and international theatre. Calypso Productions has produced a range of socially and politically issue based plays since 1993 when the company was formed. Calypso Productions is an award winning professional theatre company based in Dublin which aims to push the boundaries of theatrical creativity while producing distinctive work that challenges injustice and social exclusion in today's rapidly changing world. Olympia Theatre at more than 130 years old, the Olympia Theatre is the oldest theatre in Dublin. A Theatre Company, while still maintaining its roots in professional theatrical productions, in recent years it has developed into one of Dublinís most famous music venues.

The Dame Street area also has many pubs and clubs and has a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from hotels to hostels.

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