Dublin, the capital and largest city, may be small; but this city’s reputation exceeds its size. Dublin is an interesting blend of the old and the contemporary- from its cobblestoned streets, old historic sites and medieval castles to the international hubs, grand theatres and modern-day structures. And this is what makes it a popular tourist destination
You may already be itching to book flights to Dublin. To help you plan for this trip, we give you a rundown of the experiences that await you on your journey to this famed city. Whether it be your first trip or not, this can serve as your guide to make the most out of your trip.
Visit Dublin’s diverse museums
Dublin boasts of an impressive and diverse collection of museums and galleries. Take a trip and learn more about Irish tradition, folklore and mythology in the National Museum, National Gallery of Ireland and National Leprechaun Museum to name a few.If you are a chocolate lover, a visit to Butlers Chocolate will be a delight. Learn about how different types of chocolate are produced, and take home a chocolate souvenir which you personally decorated. For Irish popular music, you can visit the Irish Rock n’ Roll Museum; and to get that genuine experience on Irish whiskey distilling, you can check out the Teeling Whiskey Distillery.
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Stroll around Trinity College
Founded by Queen Elizabeth in 1592, Trinity College is Ireland’s oldest and most notable college since it is home to renowned writers like Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde. Wander around its elegant gardens and take time admiring grand, old buildings around the campus. Book lovers can also get inside the Old library and be amazed with its massive collection of literature.
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Relax at Phoenix Park and St. Stephen’s Green
For a quick escape from the bustling city rush, take a nice trip to Dublin’s largest public park, the Phoenix Park or at the St. Stephen’s Green. You can enjoy a run, have a picnic or rent a bike to tour around these beautiful parks. A 70-acre zoo is close to the Phoenix Park for some family fun! Enjoy seeing some Humboldt penguins and western gorillas!
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Wander aroundDublin’s castles
Start your castle hopping by visiting Dublin Castle, where many functions like foreign dignitaries gatherings, state dinners, concerts and other private events took place. Other castles that you can check out are theMalahide Castle & Gardens, Rathfarnham Castle and Howth Castle.
If you have extra budget, indulge yourself in a luxurious overnight stay at the 800-year-old Barberstown Castle.
Experience the best of Dublin’s lively nightlifealong Temple Bar, one of the city’s charming neighbourhoods! Taste authentic Irish specialties and other cuisines in some of tourists’ high rated restaurantssuch as The Quays Irish Restaurant, Il Vicoletto and Elephant & Castle.The place is a major spot for tourists and locals alike.
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Shop at the Loft Market
Check out latest fashion trends, souvenir items and other great finds at the Loft Market. Dress yourself from top to bottom with the various stalls that offer designer clothes, bags, shoes, jewelries and some vintage items!
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Dublin has its own allure and beauty. If you get to visit the city, experience the bustle in itsrustic streets, soak in culture in the historic buildings, and marvel at the wondrous sights, Dublin will surely leave you in awe. Take this list with you once you visit this charm filled city to make it all worth it.