From the moment I stepped off the plane I knew I was going to fall in love with Ireland. With my Ireland Pinterest board loaded with amazing green landscapes and centuries-old buildings, I was ready to explore the beautiful city of Dublin with my best friend/mother by my side. Everyone we met in the city was extremely friendly and there wasn’t a moment where I felt unsafe. Here is my list of the 10 things to do in the city of Dublin.
Things to Do:
Admission: Adults: €4.50
Built by King John of England in 1230, Dublin Castle has served a large amount of functions in its long and rich history. Travelers with diverse interests will find something for themselves within the vast castle grounds. For those who enjoy luxury: the lavishly decorated private quarters of the State Apartments For the book-nerds: the Chester Beatty Library/museum which houses an large collection of priceless artifacts from all over the world.
Do a Walking Tour of the City
Let me first say that I am not usually a fan of guided tours because I like to experience a destination at my own pace. However, I truly enjoyed doing the SANDEMANs NEW Europe Dublin Walking Tour with Lisa as our tour guide. The tour was three hours of walking but it flew by and did not feel like three hours on my feet. She explained a lot about the city and country’s history that was very interesting because it helped me understand the places we visited so much more. I found that when you have someone really passionate about where they are taking you, you will have a better experience yourself!
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The Guinness Storehouse
You can’t really experience Ireland without trying the famous Guinness beer from the source itself! The tour includes a walk through of the whole brewery and your own Guinness for you to try at the end. Although I did not like Guinness (I am really not a great alcohol drinker), I am hoping my palette will grow enough to enjoy this Irish specialty before my next visit.
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National Museum of Ireland
he National Museum of Ireland has four locations. The three sites that are in Dublin (Archaeology, Natural History, and Decorative Arts and History) specialize in different areas that highlight Ireland’s rich history and culture.
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The Temple Bar
To clarify some confusion there is a Temple Bar area and a Temple Bar bar. The Temple Bar area is a super cool part of the city that has a large selection of bars that usually get crowded with people at night and when they host live music. The Temple Bar bar is worth seeing, but tends to be a pricer bar than the others around it because of its hype.
The Brazen Head
Tucked away in the city is The Brazen Head, which is actually Ireland’s oldest pub opened in 1198! It is well worth a visit to experience both its historical value and reputation and to enjoy some tasty food while listening to the live music they host.
Trinity College is Ireland’s oldest and most respected university. It is also where many famous authors such as Bram Stoker and poet Oscar Wilde studied. This was a must-see for me because the school grounds are absolutely gorgeous.
The Old Library
Inside Trinity College is The Old Library established in the 18th century, which is a dream come true for book-lovers like myself. The Long Room of the library holds a collection of over 200.000 books, including the Book of Kells, a beautifully illustrated manuscript of the four Gospels of the New Testament.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
If you can already guess, this cathedral is dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland, widely known all over the world thanks to St. Patrick’s day celebrations on March 17th. St. Patrick was known in Ireland for converting the Celts into Catholicism.
St Stephen’s Green
Spend a nice sunny day at the park strolling along the gardens and feeding the ducks. The amount of green here will be quite a contrast from the neighboring Grafton Street shops.
Where I Stayed:
Newcastle Road, Lucan, Dublin, Ireland, 866-538-9483
I visited this city with my mother, so we opted to splurge more on a hotel since it was a girls weekend. We stayed at Finnstown Castle Hotel, which was spectacular in every way! From the amazing customer service to the magical outside landscapes, we couldn’t have asked for a better stay. There were even peacocks, ostriches, and other creatures roaming around outside! Although I would have preferred to be a little closer to the city center, all the attractions were just a bus ride away. I would recommend this as a luxury-type hotel (it is a 4 stars hotel), not for those who want a budget stay.
Budget Alternative Hotel:
1 Upper Leeson Street | Dublin 4, Dublin, Ireland
Although I only got to visit Dublin in my trip to Ireland, I am definitely coming back to see more of the beauty that this country offers. I was also very grateful to have shared this experience with my mother (shoutout to you momma). I have The Cliffs of Moher and kissing the Blarney Stone on my bucket list for next time.
Have you ever been to any of the places I mentioned? Tell me more in the comments below!