DUBLIN: A QUICK GUIDE

DUBLIN: A QUICK GUIDE

Dublin was such a friendly city. I fell head over heels in love with the atmosphere in Ireland. The sound of harps and jigs filled the air and the Irish were so patriotic about their country – you couldn’t help but be with them. I went around Christmas time and so it was even more merry with festive lights filling the streets and cheer all around.

There’s so much to do and see there, but I’ll break it down into 10 parts to make sure you get the most out your trip to Éire.

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  1. Pour your own Guinness

It is number one on Tripadvisor for Dublin and I was a little sceptical at first but I have to agree that it is definitely it’s best attraction! Make sure you don’t miss getting certified to pour your very own pint and sip it while taking in the best views of Dublin in the Gravity Bar.

You can see my full article about the Guinness Factory here.

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2. Read the Book of Kells

Dublin’s Trinity College library is probably my favourite library in the whole world and looks as if you’ve walked into a scene at Hogwarts! The book of Kells is easily it’s most sought after attraction and is the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. It contains all four gospels of the bible in Latin and has incredible detail and decoration.

The exhibition also goes through the traditional way of making books, including the binding, covering, painting and writing all made by hand in the 9th Century! This should give you an idea just how long it took to make and how it’s survived all these centuries for us to see today.

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3. Visit Kilmainham Gaol 

Another one of my favourite attractions in Dublin. It has a cultural significance due to it being used as a prison since 1796 during times such as the great famine, Easter rising and up until the Irish war of Independence. A lot of prisoners were kept here for petty crimes, before hangings or deported to Australia. In 1924 it was decommissioned by the Irish free state government as a prison and was abandoned until the 1950s when the restoration society built the museum you see today.  Highlights include the East Wing and the Kilmainham madonna.

This Gaol has been featured in countless movies since it became a museum; ‘In the name of the father’ and ‘the Italian Job’ (1969) being the most famous.

Tours can’t be booked beforehand so ensure you get there early to have a look around!

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4. Taste Irish Whiskey

It would be criminal not to taste Whiskey when you visit Ireland. In Dublin, there is the perfect place – the Jameson’s distillery. Not as grand at the Guinness factory but still worth your visit. You will be guided through their museum and then be taken through a taster session comparing Jameson’s whiskey to that of normal Whiskey (double distilled) and American.

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After that you will be given a complimentary glass of Whiskey which you can choose to have over rocks or with Soda water and lime. I would recommend the cocktail as it tastes amazing!

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5. Musical Tour at Temple Bar

I was recommended to book this through a friend and I’m so glad I bought a ticket! A Musical tour around Temple Bar cannot be missed. Starting off at the top floor of the Oliver St. John Gogarty, you will be guided around some of it’s most famous pubs. The musical duo will sing you songs, tell you stories, tales and even get you to join in. It’s a bit of a pub crawl so make sure you have some good shoes on to tackle the cobbled streets.

No need to book in advance (but you can if you want to), just buy a ticket when you get there!

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6. Cross the Ha’ Penny Bridge

Snaking through Dublin is the River Liffey and there are many bridges to make your way over to the other side but the most famous of these is the Ha’ Penny Bridge. Stupidly busy at all times of day, make sure you cross this at least once while you’re there.

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7. Sample Sourdough 

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As sad as it sounds, I was looking forward to trying some of Irelands famous sourdough on my visit. Soda bread is a quick bread that can be a great accompaniment to every meal! Make sure you try some with some Guinness stew or soup.

8. Marvel at the Cathedrals

Dublin is home to some amazing cathedrals. I’m a big fan of The Tudors and knew that they filmed some of their shots in Christchurch cathedral.  There is also St. Patrick’s Cathedral and both are worth a visit.

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9. See a Green Phone Box. 

As a Brit, seeing a green phone and post box instead of the traditional red was pretty awesome. There are some dotted around the city to make sure you snap some up!

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10. Get out of the city!

One of my favourite parts of my trip to Dublin was actually leaving it to visit the Irish countryside! There are many tour operators which run tours to the Cliffs of Moher, Galway and even Belfast over in the UK side of the border. If you do have a day spare on your trip, make sure you book – it’s worth every Euro cent!

You can read about my countryside Adventures here. 

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Dublin was an incredible city and even when I visited in it’s cold winter and had quite a lot of rain the Irish charm, music and laughter made it one of the friendliest cities on Earth. Make sure you book your next city break to Dublin, you won’t regret it.

Have you been to Dublin? Do you have any more tips for readers? Comment below! 

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Sophie Pearce is the founder of Third Eye Traveller. Always having itchy feet and a restless soul seeking adventure, she has now travelled to over 30+ countries, many of them solo. Leaving her heart in India, which gifted her a “Third Eye”, she felt inspired to share her travel stories in the hope of encouraging others to explore this big beautiful world of ours.

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