I'm really excited to share about the wonderful city of Dublin, Ireland. It was such a joy to be able to visit this place in 2012 and I look forward to going back some day. If you're hoping to see a handful of the tourist locations, I would suggest buying tickets for the city sightseeing bus (the big red double-decker buses found around Europe). These photos were taken before I had access to a fancy camera, so please excuse the quality.
1. Visit the Guinness Storehouse. No trip to Dublin is complete without checking this place out! Arthur Guinness is a huge icon in Dublin, and a man that to this day is honored and highly respected. He took a 9,000 year lease out on this storehouse! The whole property spans a few blocks, it is very impressive! You also get free beer, and access to the AMAZING Galaxy Bar which has great views of the whole city.
2. Take a Tour of the Kilmainham Goal (jail): This is where the Irish Revolutionaries were imprisoned, including women and children. This is definitely worth a visit. It was only 2 Euros for students, and a guided tour is included. On the tour, you're also shown the grounds where many of these individuals were executed. May prisons are modeled around it's design. From anywhere in the room you can see every cell, and hear just about everything as well. The tour guide told us that sometimes performances, such as opera, are performed here because the sound is so amazing.
3. Eat at Brazen Head. This restaurant is near the Temple Bar area. It is the oldest pub in Dublin and definitely has a fun, upbeat, local feel to it. Try the Beef and Guinness Stew and let the bartender suggest their favorite drink. Sometimes they have live music, so definitely take advantage of that!
4. Visit Temple Bar. This is the "happening" area in Dublin. It is full of local favorite pubs and restaurants, as well as some pretty cool architecture and monuments. A must see!
5. Take a Walking Tour. The walking tour will cover some of the locations previously mentioned, but it is so fun to get the "inside scoop" and learn more about the city's history and culture. You'll get to see some of the parks, Grafton Street, which is one of the main shopping centers in the town, Trinity College, the Molly Malone statue, and the Dublin Castle.
Have you ever been to Dublin? What were your favorite things to do?