From the Book of Kells to Marian Keyes, through the centuries Ireland has embraced all things literature. And with Dublin's UNESCO City of Literature designation, there has never been a better time for Ireland's capital to celebrate this rich cultural legacy.
Tourists can follow the paper trail by starting with a visit to the aforementioned Book of Kells, a historically important 8th Century tome on permanent exhibition at Trinity College Dublin. The College itself was founded by Queen Elizabeth 1 in the 16th Century and its many famous literary alumni include Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett and Jonathan Swift.
Speaking of Swift (1667-1745), your next port of call should be Saint Patrick's Cathedral where the author of Gulliver's Travels was Dean from 1713 to 1745 and is buried. An exhibition tells his fascinating story. Then pass by the Abbey Theatre whose co-founder was celebrated poet and playwright WB Yeats (1865-1939).