Ireland wasn’t on my list but I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to go twice in the last year and wanted to share a slice of the Irish I was able to savor while there. I also talked to a few people and picked what to see and what to skip based on some tips they gave me. Hopefully, these tips help you or inspire you if your luck takes you to Dublin.
The Guinness Factory is a big deal in Ireland and it is almost like an amusement park. There are interactive smelling games, tastings, videos, history, and a fancy shop. I do not like beer, (I know, I’m crazy, right?) and the cost to get in is about $30 so I passed and just got a photo outside. There are tons of places to get Guinness souvenirs so don’t be sad to miss the shop inside. (You can’t go into it without a ticket).
If you have a morning to do something get up early and be the first person to get a ticket to see the Long Room at Trinity College. I did and I didn’t have to wait in a long line and got to see this amazing library and the Book of Kells. It wasn’t much for a ticket but I did pass on the tour since I didn’t have a lot of time.
If you have time do check out the rest of Trinity College, the Globe art piece is amazing and the campus overall is just beautiful.
If you don’t feel like walking they have these bike peddlers who can tow you around the city. Comes in handy at the end of the night when you just want to get home or to your hotel.
All of the walking around can also make you hungry and something that Dublin does really well, (perhaps better than anyone,) are tasty donuts. It would be a shame to not have one of these from The Rolling Donut while visiting.
If you are looking for something more traditional I would recommend The Church. They have Irish Dancers and it is a very cool location; you guessed it, it’s an at old church. Or you can hit up The Bank for something local with less dancing, (and yes, it is in an old bank!)
St Stephen’s Green is a city center public park in Dublin, Ireland. If you have time this is a great park to run and just people watch.
There is also a big shopping center near this gate and a nice hotel I stayed at called the Fitzwilliam. The nice thing about this hotel is it feels more classical. It used to be an old movie theater and the staff was super friendly.
I also stayed at the Westin that wasn’t too far out of this area. They have a very nice restaurant in the hotel and bar called “The Mint” since, again, the building was once a bank.
Another hotel that was recommended is the Marker. It is a very nice, new hotel and it has a rooftop bar open most days of the week. At night you can see the installation by Martha Schwartz. Some call the Red Forest (art) from down below. “Ireland’s first 21st Century destination square” only cost about 8 million.
I really love the Grand Canal Square in Dublin. The art, hotels, and architecture makes for a great area. Dublin is an amazing city with so much culture, diversity, and lots to see and do.
Hope to return one day and see more of Dublin and Ireland. * L