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General Post Office (GPO)

O'Connell St., Dublin 1, Ireland (North City Centre)
353-1-705-7000
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Ranked #67 of 285 Attractions in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Government Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Tours
Description: During Ireland's battle for independence against the British, this building was used as a fort by Irish rebel troops.
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

This was a really lovely sidetrip discovery. Tremendous amount of Irish history associated with this location, important to Dublin. Post office is a working facility, so good opportunity to pick up some postcard stamps (1 Euro) and mail cards. At entrance to small postal museum inside, postcards mailed from old mailbox get a special cancelation mark. Postcards are available for... More

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Solihull
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

This is how main Post Offices used to look in the UK. Take a good look inside polished wood and brass a step back in time and this is working Post Office.

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Vancouver, B.C.
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199 reviews 199 reviews
88 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

We stopped in because we had read a fictional account of the battle that took place here in Roddy Doyle's "A Star Called Henry." Wonderful to see it and soak in the history. The bullet holes gave me chills.

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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Lived in Dublin all my life and if I'm honest took advantage of this historical monument being on my doorstep. Being pivotal to the history of Ireland and the war of independence, and still being used as a functional post office, the building its-self sees a lot of traffic. Bullet holes are still visible all around the pillars on the... More

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Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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129 attraction reviews
528 helpful votes 528 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I really like the floor in here. Does that sound trivial? I mainly go inside to see the statue of the Hound of Ulster. It faces out of a window, so it is hard to get a good view of it. As a monument to people, some of whom were executed while horribly injured, it is very effective. He's a... More

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County Clare, Ireland
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17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Brilliant little museum which an avid hilatilist wld need a week to get around. A lot of technical data about stamps which probably goes over the head of most visitors. Museum is well laid out, clean + ordered. Worth a visit but prob without young children.

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York, United Kingdom
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28 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The GPO is still a functioning post office, with beautiful old-world furnishing inside, and battle damage from 1916 on the pillars outside. There is a small museum entitled 'Letters, Lives and Liberty' about both the history of the Irish postal service (surprisingly interesting) and the pivotal role of the building in the Easter Rising, with the largest of the original... More

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Teignmouth, United Kingdom
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127 reviews 127 reviews
17 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The GPO played a central and pivotal part in Ireland becoming an independent nation and is a must-see for any visitor to Dublin, particularly those with an interest in history. The post office itself is a fully operational building and must rank as one of the most beautiful in Europe. It's design literally takes you back to another era and... More

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Courtenay, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Be sure to check out the GPO; this is where a lot of history happened during the dark days in the early 20th century. Pick up a pamphlet or book at the many bookstores about what happened at the GPO before you go so that you will have an appreciation of what the men who died here were trying to... More

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Building full of History NOT to be missed also a lovely building. You can sit back and feel the history its outstanding must not be missed its very good and children will love it.

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