Last weekend, we went into Dublin and stayed at Trinity College. I fell in love with this city. I’m not really sure what it was about Dublin; it was a lot like many other cities, but I had a connection with it. I’m not even Irish! It’s hard to really write all about the city so perhaps my pictures do much more justice.
What to do in Dublin
1. Visit Croke Park
The GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) promotes the playing of Gaelic sports such as hurling and Gaelic football (which is different than soccer and American football). If you get the chance, try and see a match! They are rather fun to watch and you even start to pick up on how the game is played.
2. See the Book of Kells & the Old Library at Trinity College
If sports are not your thing, it may be worthwhile to learn more about Ireland’s myths, legends, and history. I had previously seen the animated film Secret of Kells, so my interest in seeing the Book of Kells was peaked. While it may not seem like much more than a simple illustrated book, the attention to detail is amazing. Then again, I am a sucker for books and libraries!
3. Guinness Storehouse, Temple Bar, & the Brazen Head
I’m lumping these three into one category because they are similar. The Guinness Storehouse is a must see, even if you do not drink Guinness (like myself). The Gravity Bar has one of the best views of Dublin and learning about how Guinness is made is actually quite interesting.
Temple Bar. If you’re interested in living like the locals, try and stay away from Temple Bar. The locals I have spoken to all say that Temple Bar is overpriced, and only tourists. It’s worth to go by and look around it, but definitely branch out once you’ve been there.
The Brazen Head, is the oldest pub in Ireland, dating all the way back to 1198! If you’re looking for a little bit of history, this is a great place to stop and have a bite. Even bring currency from your country and put it on the wall! The food was great and it was interesting to see all the different currencies put on the wall over the years. A must go in my book.
4. Ha’penny Bridge, Live Music, and Grafton Street
Ha’penny Bridge is much like the Pont de l’Archevêché (Love Lock Bridge) in Paris. Couples started putting their locks on the bridge, deeming it a sufficiently romantic spot.
If you go to Ireland without seeing any live music, that’s a shame. Find a pub that has local, live music and enjoy. There’s not much to really say other than it’s a must.
Grafton Street is where a lot of the shopping takes place. Many street performers/artists are there as well. If you’re interested in the shopping, take a walk down this street and you’ll find plenty of shops.
There was also a lot I wasn’t able to accomplish in the three days I was in Dublin: go find Oscar Wilde’s Statue and see his old home across the road, or go to the James Joyce Centre, visit Dublinia, and Dublin Castle. Oh, and make sure to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral! All the sights and experiences in Dublin are worth it.