After enjoying a lovely a three day trip to the city back in August, I’ve finally decided to compile a short list of the top five things to see and do.
1. Temple Bar
It may be rather touristy and overcrowded but I honestly fell in love with the place. The live Irish pub music is fantastic and the atmosphere is warm and cosy, making you feel right a home. One can also nab a drink with James Joyce!
Temple Bar doesn’t just refer to the pub but an entire area which is filled with many other cosy pubs, bars and restaurants. Gogarty’s is the place to be for some traditional Irish folk music as well as some Irish dancing.
2. St. Stephen’s Green
In the centre of the city lies this beautiful green space known as St. Stephen’s Green Park. Head here for a peaceful stroll during the day or have a picnic by the pond and just watch the world go by.
3. Monument to Oscar Wilde
Literature lovers everywhere will fall in love with Dublin and its rich literary history and will no doubt want to see their icons immortalised in concrete. Within close proximity to Trinity College lies a little park known as Merrion Square, and within the park you will find Wilde comfortably perched on top of a rock for all to see.
4. Trinity College and The Book of Kells
A literature lovers dream wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the iconic Book of Kells and the prestigious Trinity College. The library of dreams is of course home to the actual Book of Kells (which contains the fours Gospels written in Latin and was completed in 384AD) and so many other writers’ works, where you can expect to see manuscripts and excerpts from the likes of Samuel Beckett to Seamus Heaney.
5. Grafton Street
After soaking up all of that culture and knowledge it’s time for some retail therapy. An entire street filled with all of your high street favourites and more. Also, don’t forget to check out the city’s luxury department store Brown Thomas; think of it as the Selfridges of Dublin.
Some other interesting places you could explore are the Guinness Storehouse (as a teetotaler I thought it would be best to scratch this off the itinerary) the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol which tells the story of Ireland’s past.