5.06.2015

5 Things To Do in Dublin

things to do in Dublin, Ireland

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.  

Guinness Storehouse Dublin



Guinness Storehouse Dublin 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.

Kilmainham Goal
Kilmainham Goal

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.

Brazen Head Dublin, Ireland
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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!

Temple Bar Dublin

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!

Dublin, Ireland

Dublin Castle
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?
 
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45 comments :

  1. I'm hoping to make it over to Dublin and Galway in the next couple years. Love it! Onto my travel planning board it goes.

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  2. They're both amazing places! Thanks for pinning!

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  3. Well! This post makes me want to travel the world. Thanks a lot ;)

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  4. Hahaha! Brace yourself because there are a bunch more coming your way. I'm finally getting around to sharing some of my favorite Europe destinations. Sadly, I have crappy digital camera photos :(

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  5. I found your blog from The Daily Tay. I am leaving for Dublin on Monday. Thank you so much for sharing! We had already planned on the hop on, hop off bus tour and the walking tour comes free with it. So happy to hear it was worth it!

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  6. Oh my gosh perfect timing!!! I have a bunch of other stuff to do on a blog I kept while I was in Europe. Here's a post you might find of interest! Have a blast!!! http://clm348.livejournal.com/3447.html

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  7. yup! Did all of this as well :) I'm ready to go back I think.

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  8. Right! We did a lot more but sadly my photos are crappy and I didn't want to totally embarrass myself! hahah we didn't get to do Jameson like you did, sadly!

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  9. I love this! Dublin is high on my list of places to get to soon, flights from the USA to any part of Europe tend to be cheapest when choosing Dublin as the destination, not sure why, but its a great incentive. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Very true! I flew there from Scotland so it was even cheaper! Thanks for reading!

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  11. Very cool!! Never been, it's on my list. :)

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  12. I loved the rural areas of Ireland the best. I'll get around to sharing those eventually :)

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  13. I've never been, but now you're making me want to travel again!!

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  14. You should definitely get out to Ireland or Scotland at some point in your life!

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  15. All i need is a ticket now...

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  16. RIGHT! Sometimes you can get SWEET deals on them! or just save up credit card miles for a year hahah

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  17. I have been to Scotland, but Steve has been NO WHERE so, I need to take him back!! :)

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  18. My husband is the same way! I'm hoping we can go back eventually! Maybe when I have a "real job" ;)

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  19. Dublin is by far one of the COOLEST cities ever. I didn't have much time there but for me, I would also add just walk around and look at the amazing arcitecture and street art. What a blast. I loved visiting Ireland!

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  20. For sure! I really loved the more rural areas but I think that's just the nature-lover in me. I prefer Scotland's big cities over Ireland's but it was still really cool to visit and SO MUCH HISTORY!

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  21. All suggestions NOTED! Thanks for sharing, Cassie! :*

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  22. I would love to go to Ireland! My brother and SIL went a couple years ago and they really enjoyed visiting Guinness. I need to research my family line a bit more because I would love to visit the area where my maternal grandmother's side came from in Ireland.

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  23. I'm currently planning for a trip to the UK that will hopefully span a few weeks and of course Dublin is on my MUST list. I love reading about the various things people enjoyed doing because no matter how many different posts I read there is always something different to be learned. At the top of my list is definitely drinking a Guinness at the factory - I've heard it just tastes better.

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  24. ohhh my goodness YES! ireland is on the top of my list and i want to rally my whole family up to go find our ancestors :) totally pinning this for when that magical day comes :)

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  25. Yes! The Guinness factory was so fun when I went! Also, that park that they go to in Once was pretty fun to play in!

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  26. I'm currently planning a graduation trip and Ireland is one of the places I've been thinking of visiting so I'm very glad I saw this! I have a weird interest in prisons, which means Kilmainham Goal looks SO interesting to me! It's something that I haven't regularly seen mentioned in posts regarding Ireland trips. Thanks for sharing, I'll be looking more into that now!

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  27. This is so fun! I'd love to go to Dublin someday. It looks awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. It's a great place. Honestly, though, I prefer Scotland!

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  29. I do too! I was a criminal justice minor in college and just knew I had to see this place

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  30. You totally should!!! Thanks for pinning :)

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  31. That would be a blast, I think a lot of people do that!

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  32. I'm not sure which park you're talking about! Glad you enjoyed Guinness too!

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  33. Have you seen Once? I went just after we had watched in in college for a school trip! We just thought it was so fun to eat lunch in the park that is in the movie! HAHA. I don't even remember the name or anything but it was a huge park in the middle of the town and we felts to cool to be where a movie was filmed ;) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0907657/

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  34. No I haven't seen it! It's probably the one in that photo up there, it's by the big shopping area and seems like a strange location- almost like central park haha

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  35. Oooo! In that case, do you listen to podcasts ever? I don't, but my friend showed me this one called Serial, and I am obsessed! It follows a reporter who is investigating a real life murder case where the convicted man (actually, he was only a teen at the time) may or may not be guilty. I listen to it during my cardio workouts, it's a great way to pass the time. You should look into it, you might enjoy it!

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  36. Oh yeah, it was my go-to until I ran out of episodes! Can't wait for the next season of it

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  37. I'm so jealous of you! I would die to go to Dublin!

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  38. Definitely add it to your bucket list!

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