In the land that is grand I did a lot of walking around the city of Dublin, Ireland between classes and on weekends when I studied abroad. There was definitely a lot to see and before you start to plan your trip I wanted to show you some places where you should stop by to sight-see!
Also, while you’re in Dublin try to find restaurants where you can eat as well as listen to some interactive music or dancing. What do I mean by that? Well, there are some Irish songs that that a musician will sing and you can clap your hands! But watch out for if you clap at the wrong time you will be surely called out for it! To prepare check out The Wild Rover by The Dubliners or Whiskey In A Jar by Hair of the Dog.
Besides music I went to a river dance demonstration and actually got called up on stage to participate! Dublin just has that feel good vibe where it is easy to have a good time if you like social settings! Now for the must sees while you are here!
#1 CHRIST CHURCH
Although this may look like just another church but make sure to take a walk around the outside since it is a lot bigger than the picture shows! Besides the awesome outside the church also holds secrets of its own on the inside.
I only was able to view the church from the outside and unfortunately was never made it inside. On the outside though you can see beautiful architecture, a welcoming courtyard, and the building even arches over the road to the next part of the building.
For those of you more adventurous there is a crypt underneath the church, mummified animals, and the first copy of the Magna Carta in Ireland. To visit the website click here where you can see more pictures as well as do some exploring to see what else the church has to offer! The next time I go to Ireland I am definitely going to explore the rest!
#2 TRINITY COLLEGE
Besides being a college for smarties it houses one of Ireland’s, and possibly Europe’s, most fascinating treasures; The Book of Kells.
Hidden in the Trinity Library is where the book makes its home. The Book of Kells is an ornate picture book of the Christian Gospels, and did I also mention it’s old, like before 1000AD old?!
To put it lightly that is one of the world’s oldest picture books that is still around today!
Trinity College is right in the smack center of town so you can’t miss it!
Although I visited once with a group I regret not being able to head back to see the book, or even the library itself.
I have seen photos of the library and it is supposed to be one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. Besides the book of Kells the college also has an interesting history where they did not even allow women to study here! That has long since changed, but don’t walk under the bell tower if you have a test; If the bell shall ring while you are under then you shall fail. It’s not me saying this but the Trinity prophecy.
#3 GRAFTON STREET
Another part of the city is a street called Grafton street which is basically your shopping district. It has little tourism shops, nice little restaurants, and at the end of the street was my favorite pub, The Porterhouse Central. They would always have live music and was not far away from the bus station.
Besides the music there were always a lot of young people making it easy to find someone to talk with, even if you are by yourself! I have met people from around the world that are visiting Dublin and have found their way over to this pub! It can be nice for a chill night during the week but if you want some excitement go during a Friday or Saturday night!
At night it is always important to be cautious, and as all cities there are just some places where you just do not go. Generally however I felt safe in Dublin, and I was out at all hours of the night for various reasons (Walking to a friend’s flat, grabbing an early tour, walking back to my college, etc).
#4 TEMPLE BAR
If you want somewhere that will most likely always be busy is Temple Bar, especially on the weekends. Temple Bar is not just one bar, but a whole area full of restaurants and pubs!
These pubs get filled up that often a bouncer will ask you to wait outside before entering if you do not arrive early enough in the night.
Here there are hundreds of young people filling the pubs and streets, and since it is very crowded if you are able to make it inside of a pub you will most likely be shoulder to shoulder with everyone.
The Quays Bar on the corner off of Temple Bar road and Fownes Street Lower was my personal favorite!
For me there were too many people but I did have a fun night when I went with a few people from my program!
Since it is a tourist place the drinks are more expensive (I remember paying €8 for a pint of beer) but there is also a lot of energy there. For extroverts, this is your kind of place, for introverts I say give it a go for one night but it may not be your cup of tea.
For bonus points in the pubs, throw out a Sláinte (Slawncha) after you receive the drink or cheers, they will be impressed, and even more so if you say it right!
#5 HA’PENNY BRIDGE
For those of you who like historical structures you have come to the right place, and it won’t even cost you a ha’penny to cross! This is the Ha’Penny bridge opened in 1816 and was free to cross for some time until pedestrians had to pay a ha’penny (a coin with the value of a 1/2 of a penny) to cross the River Liffey!
It was a neat little white painted bridge but became all the more interesting when knowing the history behind it! I for one can’t imagine carrying around a coin with that small of a value.
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