Visiting Dublin? Let me guide you from my perspective, someone who’s living in Ireland for the last 36 months. Trust me – this country is one of the kind 🙂 I traveled around Ireland, taking the Wild Atlantic Way and took different opportunities to explore the country. From a daily perspective – there are things you will never believe exist any more in any European country, what’s more – in a European capital city. 🙂
Ireland – one of the kind!
There’s lots of things to see in Dublin. But it depends what are you looking for?? That’s why I put some historic spots on my list below as well. Although Dublin has it’s own charming architecture do not expect to be amazed by what it offers. Simply hanging around the city will give you better insight about people’s culture and tradition than any travel guide. Now imagine walking through one of the busiest pedestrian crossing in Dublin city center and seeing a guy next to you riding a wild horse in casual clothes, wearing no saddle 😉 It’s very typical to see horses grazing near houses or along the streets. Many inhabitants still own them. Couple years ago you could even see a horse head looking out of the window of someone’s flat! Yesss, for real 🙂
Irish people – whenever they go abroad, they are always looking for an Irish pub to spend almost all their time. 🙂 A really nice guy once told me that every three times he was visiting New York, he experienced nothing more but Irish pubs and bars! In New York .. imagine that 🙂
First of all – go to the Tourist Information Office to get advice, information and free maps of the city. The office is based in the city center in busy O’Connell Street just next to the Spire of Dublin – the high steel spike monument.
Obviously you cannot miss the most popular entertainment area – Temple Bar. This charming district of cobblestone streets is full of old architecture buildings and galleries. There’s no doubt it’s the most famous street in Dublin, offering a variety of clubs and pubs with live music, and what’s most important great atmosphere. Don’t count for a seat after 8 pm .. and for a drink after 2.30 am. Yes, in Ireland alcohol is served up to 2.30 (except few clubs). You also won’t get it in a shop between 10 pm – 11 am. Many clubs charge you for an entrance and you shouldn’t be dressed too casual. If you prefer to stay in pub don’t miss baby Guinness – the most famous Irish shot. Temple Bar streets are busy and crowded till morning as most of the people gather in front of the pubs drinking, laughing and chatting with anyone standing behind.
The Dawson Lounge – the city’s smallest pub (on earth???)
You absolutely need to visit this tiny little place, amazing and unforgettable experience – especially in lady’s room!! Mind your head!! – the ceiling is very law, especially after few pints 🙂
The Brazen Head – officially the oldest pub in Dublin, located 10 min from the busy Temple Bar with a great atmosphere and good food.
What else worth seeing – best spots to visit!
- Phoenix Park – considered to be the largest enclosed city park in Europe. Since the 17th century the place has been home to a herd of wild deer. It’s possible to come close to them while hanging around the park. It’s also worth to take a walk through green park fields.
- Christ Church Cathedral – Dublin’s oldest building, located in the city center. A piece of great 1000 years old architecture.
- Kilmainham Goal – one of the largest unoccupied jails in Europe. Keep in mind to book tickets in advance.
- The Old Library of Trinity College Dublin – located in the heart of Dublin.
- Street food market – Temple Bar, where you can taste Irish local home made specialities. Opened only Sathurdays from 9 am – 5 pm. There are also other great farmer’s markets in Dublin.