Dublin has one of the fastest growing population in Europe, and that is not mere coincidence. Most travelers that flock to the capital of Northern Ireland, expect to encounter an endless array of beer based fun, peculiar traditions and a great lifestyle. From worshiping leprechauns and four leaf cloves, to always having a Guinness bottle at hand, the Irish truly know how to live up to their worldwide fame.
The city has a little bit for every kind of tourist. From beautiful castles to its fine 18th century Georgian houses with its colorful doors, an immersion to the country’s history does not require a lot of research. And if you still want to know more, ask the always friendly locals and they will be more than glad to help.
Moreover, pack your bags with an appetite for adventure and disposition for long day and night expeditions and join us in exploring everything Dublin has to offer.
Dark Liquid Madness
From every 2 pints drunk in the city, one consists of the dark liquid substance named Guinness. If it sounds like your pint of beer, make sure to visit some of the most iconic joints to get your barley fix on. Guinness Storehouse is a must if you are interested in learning about its history, ingredients and campaigns. If you prefer a more laid back traditional bar experience flock to the Temple Bar or Guinness Storehouse, which offers patrons a 360° degree view of the city.
If Whiskey is your poison of choice, you should flock to the Old Jamerson Distillery for a great experience on the rocks. Note that claustrophobic people should leave their phobia at home. The place is minuscule contrary to their devoted clientele.
Dublin has a wide range of outstanding architecture that sprawl around different centuries. Cross the Ha’penny Bridge on the Liffey and visit some of the city’s postcard worthy buildings, from the beautiful Four Courts Building, which showcases the main courtyards of the Republic of Ireland, or visit the iconic Christ Church Cathedral which can be traced back to the 1038.
A visit to The Spire can provide you with a great insight into the country’s modern history, while The GPO provides a more somber tour on the Easter Rising of 1926. Moreover, do not skip a visit to the Trinity College, one of the oldest functioning universities in Europe, which holds the famous Book of Kells in its library, a tome transcribed by Celtic monks from 800 A.D.
Kill Some Time Naming Statues
Dubliners have an infatuation for statues, which can be seen with its various statues sprawled around the city. One of the most peculiar hobbies of locals is to rename these statues, so that Oscar Wilde one is known as ‘The Queer with the Leer’ and Molly Malone is the ‘Tart with the Cart’, if you need some initial inspiration.
Explore the Multicultural Dublin
If you would like to explore more of the hustle and bustle in the city, you should pay a visit to the Market Arcade. A great Opportunity to experience for bohemian cafes, little market stalls, clothes from India and Asia mixing with record collections and organic food to kill for!
Best Tip for Tired Feet
Once you have decided to leave the airport, do not forget to get your 3 Day Bus/ Rail Pass or Day Bus Rambler at the airport for 6 Euros, these are definitely the cheapest way of using public transportation in the city, which enables you to enter ( on the right-side) any buses that drive along your way. Keep in mind your hotel location and consider if walking is an option. A bus shuttle is also available from the airport to the city center for a scenic view of different neighborhoods in the city, just make sure to keep your wallet hidden!
Make sure to acquire a route map, and your excursions are pretty much covered by most buses for the rest of the trip.
Fork Out Some Delicious Meals
If your stomach start to growl during the middle of your sightseeing, drop by The Queen of Tarts which is definitely worth the wait for a table. If you have no time to spare, pick your steaming crepe to go at Lemon. If your belly requests a warm meal make sure to or try Cafe Bar Deli for simple yet delicious Italian food, served right in the heart of the city.
Best Stays in the City
We have a great selection of accommodations in the city, from luxury rooms to budget conscious options.
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