When thinking of Ireland, many people think of Dublin. As Ireland’s capital city as well as its largest, how can you not? The city’s reputation precedes itself as one of history, drinking and national pride.
Things to See:
Trinity College: Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland and has a beautiful campus worth exploring. It is also home to the famous Book of Kells housed in their renowned library.
Temple Bar: Temple Bar is not just the one bar named Temple Bar but rather the famous nightlife area surrounding it. Grab a few pints and wander around the famous area to hear some traditional music and experience the center of Dublin nightlife.
Christ Church Cathedral: This cathedral is the older of the two cathedrals of Dublin. The exterior is a beautiful medieval structure and you can go inside to ring the bells.
Dublin Castle: Currently a mix of new and old buildings, the oldest tower left of Dublin Castle dates back to the 1200s. The Castle is located off Dame Street in the middle of Dublin.
Guinness Storehouse: In the Guinness Storehouse you can learn about the history and brewing process of Ireland’s famous beverage while enjoying one yourself on the top floor.
O’Connell Street: O’Connell Street is at the heart of Dublin’s City Centre. There’s a number of shops and restaurants as well as The Spire.
Saint Stephen’s Green: If you’re looking to relax and enjoy some possible nice weather, then this is the place to do it in Dublin. A large and very green park in the middle of Dublin, it’s peaceful and a great place to enjoy some quiet in the middle of Dublin.
Old Jameson Distillery: Another famous Irish beverage stop in Dublin is the Old Jameson Distillery. While whiskey is no longer distilled here, you can still learn much about the history and brewing process.
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral: The other main cathedral in Dublin, Saint Patrick’s is the larger of the two.
Day Trips from Dublin:
Dublin is in close proximity to a number of places that make for a great day trip. You can take an organized tour or go explore an area on your own by public transportation.
- Howth: Recommended by locals and travelers alike, Howth is a beautiful day trip. I chose to go on an organized tour that included wandering by the castle, a short hike up a hill for panoramic views and a beautiful cliff walk.
- Malahide: Malahide is a nearby town with its own castle and a beautiful coastline. You can wander through the nice town or soak in some sea air.
- Newgrange: North of Dublin, Newgrange is a prehistoric tomb that is older than Stonehenge.
- Wicklow Mountains: This national park is just south of Dublin and features a famous monastery as well as beautiful views of the mountains.
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