Today a friend of mine will be going to Ireland and Scotland for a two week trip, I can’t help but feel a little bit jealous. I think all travel bugs feel this way, especially when someone is going to one of their favourite places. Dublin is currently ranked third on my list of European cities it is more than just a party place; it’s a city rich in history, culture and architecture; full of friendly faces that make you feel at home. I wanted to share with you why what I like to do in this beautiful city.
- 1) Have a pint at Guinness Storehouse’s Gravity Bar
For beer lovers everywhere, this will be the best pint of Guinness you’ll ever have. If you’re from North America it will taste like nectar from the gods that nothing else back home will compare too. Try to go up when it’s sunny, the view is amazing and on a clear day you can see all the way to the docks.
- 2) Walk through a part of history at Kilmainham Gaol
Sad and a tiny bit morbid, but I truly believe we must remember the past to change the future. During the infamous potato famine, civilians would purposely get caught stealing just so they would be thrown in jail, knowing at least there they would have a roof over their head and some food in their bellies. Take a walk through the walls that were jam packed with people and the area Irish rebels were executed.
- 3) Experience Dublin like the locals do
Temple Bar has a reputation for a party atmosphere at night, but during the day this neighbourhood is charming. Take a walk through medieval cobbled streets full of quaint art galleries and cafes. Considered Dublin’s, “Culture Quarter,” you’ll find the Irish Film Institute, the Gallery of Photography and the Project Arts Centre.
- 4) Huddle under an archway with a group of strangers watching it rain
The quote, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute and it will change,” holds especially true in Ireland. Maybe this is just a summer occurrence, but be prepared for a mix of sun and rain all day long. Some of the best times to get to know people are when you’re squeezed into an overhang waiting for the downpour to pass.
- 5) Splurge on a nice hotel looking over St. Stephen’s green they’re easy to find online
Now I have to admit, I’ve never stayed in a stylish hotel in Dublin, but every time my Dad’s go there, I get a nice, “Look at our view,” photo to drool over. A Victorian 22 acre park in the middle of the city, is one of the best places to look out over and go for a morning walk before or after breakfast.
Photos above were taken in 2008.