· What to do in Dublin, Ireland·
Though Ireland be but little, her popularity is fierce. There is something magical and romantic about the scenic country. Mountains, sea views, and rolling green hills, there’s no denying its beauty. A country so picturesque deserves a capital city that equals and Dublin does not disappoint.
Situated on Ireland’s east coast, Dublin is surrounded by Ireland’s beauty: coastal vistas, the River Liffey coursing through, and the Wicklow Mountains bordering to the south. While Dublin is naturally beautiful, its old buildings and bridges are equally so. With a castle dating back to the 13thcentury, rows of Georgian townhouses, as well as Victorian and 20thcentury additions, there are layers of history to be discovered.
Where to go: The Library at Trinity College Dublin
If you’re anything like us, then you love a good library (or bookshop) and Dublin has one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. Part of Trinity College Dublin, The Old Library is open to the public and The Long Room is not to be missed.
Built between 1712 and 1732, The Long Room is home to 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books. Rows and rows of leather-bound books are complemented by dark wood paneling. Wooden ladders to access the books give off some serious Beauty and the Beast vibes while the domed ceiling makes it seem as though the books go on forever.
Be sure to check out the Brian Boru harp and the Book of Kells while you’re there. The harp is one of the three oldest Gaelic harps in the world; it may, in fact, be the oldest. Dating to the 14thor 15thcentury, it was used as the model for Ireland’s coat of arms. Meanwhile, the Book of Kells is even older. An illuminated manuscript that contains the four Gospels of the New Testament, along with other texts, the impressive book dates to c.800 AD and is elaborately illustrated.
What to do: The Guinness Storehouse
Guinness is a love it or hate it drink (we love it). But if you’ve never had it in Ireland before, you must try it in Dublin, whichever camp you’re in. It’s well known that the quality of a pint of Guinness is contingent on how far from Dublin you are and whether or not the barhand knows how to pour it properly. That’s why the best place to try a pint in Dublin is the Guinness Storehouse.
An interactive museum about the history of the beer and the brand, the Storehouse is housed in the St. James’s Gate Brewery’s fermentation plant which was originally built in 1902. However, the experience includes the history all the way back to Arthur Guinness’ 9,000-year lease for the site, signed in 1759.
While the history is fun and interesting, the pièce de résistance is the Gravity Bar. Located on the seventh floor, the bar has 360-degree views of Dublin, the Wicklow Mountains, and the surrounding countryside. Enjoy a perfect pour with a bird’s eye view of all Dublin has to offer.
Where to eat: The Legal Eagle
When you picture eating in Dublin, you probably imagine hearty meals of corned beef and cabbage in a warm Irish pub. The Legal Eagle has that vibe, but with a more contemporary feel and menu. Serving up pies, roasts, and other Irish-inspired meals with a twist, it’s the perfect place to fill up on some hearty grub.
With its cozy leather benches, exposed brick, and arched window accents, we like to imagine Oscar Wilde and James Joyce would have found themselves at home here if they were alive today.
Where to drink: Temple Bar
Both a pub and an area, it may be touristy, but Temple Bar is something you have to experience while in Dublin. It is referred to as Dublin’s “cultural quarter” and is filled with pubs and galleries alike.
At night, these pubs really come alive. Winding and crowded, they heave as musicians perform both Celtic folk songs and contemporary pop songs in equal measure. Young and old knocking back pints, singing along and sometimes dancing, you really cannot beat an Irish pub. Be sure to hit The Temple Bar Pub for posterity, but explore other pubs in the area, too. There’s never a shortage of good “craic” – or good fun – around here.
With beautiful architecture, picturesque scenery, good music and beer, and, most importantly, friendly people, we guarantee you’ll come away enchanted by Dublin. Sláinte!
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