I was going to do one comprehensive guide to Ireland, but then I was going through my photos and decided there were too many to fit in one post! So I’ve split it up into sections and will be sharing them one by one.
Up next: Dublin!
Like any big city, there is an insane amount of things you can do and discover. For example, there is the James Joyce Museum and the Museum of Irish Writing. There is the Contemporary Art Museum and St. Stephen’s Green. You could walk up and down Grafton Street, go shopping or take in a play.
You could check out Kilmainham Gaol, Phoenix Park or Trinity College. There’s loads of things to see!
Fan favorites are, of course, the Guinness Storehouse and the Jameson Distillery. Even if you don’t like Guinness (which I didn’t my first time but did the second time), I highly recommend the Storehouse. Insider tip: buy your ticket online. Not only will you save money, you get to skip the ticket line at the Storehouse! Since we were there in the midst of tourist season, this saved us probably two hours.
Your tour ticket comes with one free pint of Guinness which you can redeem at a few different places in the Storehouse, but by far your best choice is to head up to the Gravity Bar: 360 degree windows offers you the best view of Dublin you’ll find, along with etchings in the glass explaining different landmarks.
One non-touristy thing we did was check out a hurling match. Hurling is an Irish sport; it’s a combination of lacrosse, soccer and rugby. A very fast-paced game, the crowds are rowdy and the entire city (and usually the entire country) watches. We managed to catch the semi-finals in the All-Ireland Hurling Championships. None of the players are paid. In fact, Croke Park, where they play, is the largest amateur stadium in the world. AND it’s completely waste-free!
Trinity College is a very prestigious school in Ireland, and in the world. My brother-in-law recently earned his Masters from Trinity! The school is home to a library that is often on lists of the “Top 10 Libraries You Must See Before You Die” and others of the sort. This is because it’s home to the Book of Kells, a handwritten copy of the gospels complete with ornate ornamentation. It’s stunning.
But for me, a complete bibliophile, the Long Room is where it’s at. Home to incredibly rare and old manuscripts, only students with special access are allowed to use the books in this part of the library. It is absolutely stunning. No other way to describe it. You need to see it to believe it. Just be careful where you walk—I drooled quite a bit there, ha!
There is much more to do in Dublin than I’ve listed here. We only spent two-ish days here on this trip, but Dublin could be a trip in an of itself.