This Article was contributed and written by William McCawley.
Dublin the capital city of Ireland…even as the city continues to grow becoming more modern and metropolitan, visitors to Dublin can still get a real sense of Dublin’s history intertwined within the old and new. As a visitor to Dublin you will never be stuck with interesting things to see and do with a range of galleries and museums to choose from. All of the attractions we have listed below are all within walking distance of each other, no better way to see the best of what Dublin has to offer than getting lost on its cobbled streets.
Guinness Store House
Arguably Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction, The Guinness Storehouse is the home of Ireland’s most famous export “the black stuff” Guinness, even if you are not a fan the tour of the storehouse tells an interesting story bringing alive a real segment of Irish History. The tour itself is spread across 7 floors as you walk through the whole process from grain to glass. At the end of the Tour you are rewarded with a pint of Guinness with 360° panoramic views over Dublin to enjoy as you unwind with the famous pint. If you are lucky the bar man might even let you pull your own pint.
A visit to Kilmainham Gaol is fascinating as it was in full operation from 1796-1924, housing many of Ireland’s most rebellious and perhaps famous criminals, young children as young as 7 were incarcerated for petty thefts as well. The tour of the Gaol has often been described as a moving experience as you visit the cell blocks and execution yard, bringing this troubled era of Irish history into life. It is definitely worth the time and effort to visit Kilmainham Gaol, though do get there early as you must take a tour and tour numbers are limited to a certain number.
One of the things about a visit to Ireland is that nearly everywhere you visit you will find something unexpected with Dublin; Christ Church Cathedral is no exception. Founded around 1030 it is one of Dublin’s oldest buildings and one of the city’s two cathedrals. It is well worth a visit for its history and to observe its fantastic architectural structure complete with statutes and stained glass windows, a truly beautiful place to walk through and enjoy its sanctity. The Cathedral is also home to the largest crypt in Ireland something to look out for as you pass through.
A visit to Dublin is not complete without stopping by in Temple Bar. With Irish bars and Restaurants lining the cobbled streets it is the one area in Dublin where you are guaranteed a true insight into Irish culture. No matter the time of day traditional music fills the air with musicians’ performing inside and outside, whilst visitors are encouraged to take part making the experience more memorable. Avoid wearing high heels as the cobbled streets may prove troublesome especially after a couple of Guinness!
Described as a lush bit of country in the city! More than twice the area of New York’s Central Park, Phoenix Park is situated on the outskirts of the city and green for miles. On a good day it is a fantastic place to walk around and perhaps have a picnic, with Dublin Zoo and the president of Irelands official residence in the park there is plenty to see and do. Keep a look out for the park deer; though don’t be alarmed they are rather tame!
As in most major cities, Dublin has a wide range of accommodation on offer to suit all needs and requirements from luxurious boutique spa hotels to the budget chain hotels as well of course the local B&Bs, you can find some great deals on websites like Expedia and of course visit review sites like TripAdvisor when planning your next visit to Dublin.
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