Have you been to Ireland’s capital city Dublin? I had the great pleasure of spending a week there that allowed enough time for walking tours, trips out to the coastal villages that surround the city and to really appreciate the history, culture, nightlife, urban charm and music. Here is a look at some of the reasons I’m now planning a return – What Not To Miss in Dublin.
For the reader
Everyone goes to Trinity College Dublin to see the Book of Kells. While the manuscript and library are impressive, what few people realise is that there’s another spectacular library with dozens of stunning historic manuscripts within walking distance. The Chester Beatty Library is free or by-donation and hosts early manuscripts of holy books, illuminated manuscripts throughout history, and notable texts from the more recent past.
For the Celtic history geek
The National Museum of Ireland is hardly a hidden gem, but don’t let the crowds turn you away. Remarkable historic artefacts and exhibitions include precious archaeological finds and disturbing bog bodies, along with swords, ornaments and handicrafts from all identified periods of Irish history. Leave a few hours to tour the museum at leisure – the many galleries take some time to work through.
For the drinker
The Jameson Distillery is a top tourist destination in Dublin with a long and storied history, but Dublin’s newest distillery is equally worth your time. Visit the Teeling Distillery for an informative and enjoyable tour – explore its artistic and photogenic history display, or simply drop by the tasting room and gift shop for a quick dram.
The Guinness Storehouse experience is a must-see for the whole family. More akin to a theme park-museum, this interpretive center spans multiple floors in a massive interactive and immersive tribute to the story of Dublin’s best-known export. Adults can participate more fully in the experience, including pulling their own complimentary pint direct from the tap, but children are welcome and will find much to do.
For music lovers
There are countless excellent live music venues in and around Dublin, and your taste in genre will dictate your destination to some extent, but if you’re interested in authentic traditional music, you’ll find The Brazen Head an iconic destination. Located along the canal, it boasts a much-contested claim as Ireland’s oldest pub and is conveniently located just west of Temple Bar for maximum band and bar-hopping convenience.
For the views
Ireland is renowned for its natural beauty, and heading out of the city to nearly any corner of the country will open spectacular vistas. Within the city, destination landmarks such as cathedrals and castles, historic cobblestoned neighbourhoods, and development along the cost boast attractive walks and views. However, a stroll along the canal and bridges of Dublin is an experience that shouldn’t be missed. Take a wander at twilight or in the early evening to enjoy the glittering lights to best effect.
Mobiles and ever-more-compact digital cameras make it easy to capture brilliant photos and video of your trip to share and capture memories. Don’t forget to get your video maker download before you leave home so that you can quickly and easily compile the best shots on the go and keep your fans and friends up to date with your progress. Whether you’re an Instagram enthusiast or sharing privately with close friends and family, you’ll be able to tell the story of your adventures in exciting, high-definition on the fly.
Hopefully, this list of must-see stops has been useful – maybe I’ll see you there.
** Pics Sourced from Pixabay. Top Pic: The Ha’penny Bridge, known later for a time as the Penny Ha’penny Bridge, and officially the Liffey Bridge, is a pedestrian bridge built in May 1816 over the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland.