Always wanted to try out a Guinness in an Irish pub or do you think it´s about time to explore the beautiful natural scenery of Ireland? Then Dublin would be the perfect destination for you! It is the capital of Ireland and has some beautiful sights that you have to discover once in your life. To help you plan the you city trip to Dublin, below you will find the best things to do in Dublin with a few tips if you are travelling to the Irish capital soon.
City trip Dublin: the things you cannot miss
You definitely can not have been in Dublin without having tried a real Guinness. Guinness is a type of beer brewed with roasted malt, giving it a slightly bitter taste and a black brown color. Of course you can taste a Guinness in the most famous pub of Dublin, ´The Temple Bar´, however, you can also taste it during a tour at the Guinness Brewery. This brewery which today gives guided tours to learn more about the history, the brewing process and the marketing of Guinness which is established in 1759.
Like said above the Temple Bar is the most popular pub in Dublin. You have probably seen the red facade and cobblestone street in a picture before just as the picture below. This pub has one of the biggest whiskey collections and of course all sorts of beer, including Guinness. Besides, the area where the Temple Bar is located also has the name ´Temple Bar´. In this area you will find the biggest pub density of Dublin. You can enjoy the many cultural and attractive events such as concerts in the streets with typical Irish music or enjoy the diversion of restaurants and pubs. Though be aware that it starts quite early in the pubs, around 19:00 on weekdays and a bit later in the weekends, often with live music creating a pleasant atmosphere. Most pubs and clubs close around 3:00.
Trinity College is the oldest university of Ireland and is located in the middle of the city centre of Dublin. This beautiful building is established on the premises of a ruined monastery in 1592. When you walk through the courtyard you will find many impressive sculptures in every corner. Besides that, there are guided tours which provide information of the history of Trinity College. As the university is located in the middle of the city centre you can visit the place easily. Also the tourist bus, the hop-on-hop-off bus, stops right in front of the university.
In the center of Dublin you will find Dublin Castle that served for centuries as the headquarters for the British administration which makes it one of the most important buildings in the Irish history. It is possible to visit the castle without a tour for € 8 per adult or with a guided tour for € 10 per adult.
Do you also have time left to discover sights outside the city centre of Dublin? Then it is definitely worth visiting Malahide Castle. It is situated in the north of Dublin and very easy to visit by bus. In Talbot Street you have to take bus line 42 to Malahide. Malahide Castle played a very important role in the Irish Medieval history with oldest parts in the castle which date from the 12th century. Guided tours are available for € 12.50 per adult. If you are not interested in a tour, it is still a recommended place to visit because the castle is also beautiful on the outside and it is surrounded by beautiful gardens where you can enjoy the Irish countryside.
St Stephen’s Green
In the city centre of Dublin you will also find a beautiful park where you will have the possibility to flee the crowds in the city and relax for a bit. Are you going back to the city centre after? Then we recommend you to visit ´Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre´. Only if you look at the building from the outside you will be impressed of the appearance. Here different stores and outlets are situated under one roof. The pictures listed below tell you enough, highly recommended for a visit!
Do you want to do some more shopping after you visited Stephen´s Green? The most popular shopping streets in Dublin are Henry Street and Grafton Street. Besides that, on O’Connell Street you will also find several stores, however this street is especially important because of the famous post office which is located here.
The Cliffs of Moher
Do you want to travel to Dublin and not only to see the centre but also discover the natural landscape of Ireland? Then we highly recommend you to visit ´The cliffs of Moher´. You can visit this beautiful cliffs on the westside of Ireland with a bus trip towards Galway. Across Trinity College you can find a tourist office where you can get all information about tours in Dublin and tours through the rest of Ireland. During the bus trip to Galway the bus will stop several times at different beautiful places in Ireland whereby you can fully explore the Irish landscape and culture.
In Dublin there are many buses who take you anywhere you want. When you arrive at the airport in Dublin, you only have to walk to the exit and the buses are already waiting for you to take you to the city centre. Since these buses stop at many places it takes about 45 minutes until you reach the center. If you would like to explore the city in an easy way, then it would be a good idea to take a tour with the hop-on-hop-off bus. The price for this tour is different, because it depends how long you would like to make use of the bus tour. Since there are several routes you can also buy tickets for 48 hours. Therefore you are able to choose what suits best in your schedule and children under the age of 12 can travel free of charge.
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