If you’re traveling through Europe or even looking for just one city to spend an entire vacation in, Dublin is a fantastic choice. The city itself has an incredible history, culture, and nightlife. Outside the city, there are scenic landscapes and outdoor activities for nature lovers. If you find yourself in Dublin, these are the places that you can’t miss.
Trinity is the oldest and most famous college in all of Ireland. It features gothic style, fountains, gardens, and other impressive pieces of architecture. It boasts Oscar Wilde as its most notable alumni. Once you’re there, check out the famous “Book Of Kells,” a book of religious depictions that was created over 1,000 years ago. Though look at an old book may sound boring, travelers often cite this as their favorite exhibit in all of Dublin.
St. Stephen’s Green
If you’d like to visit one of the most beautiful parks in the world, then check out St. Stephen’s Green. There are not a lot of activities that take place here, but it is a perfect spot to relax. We recommend having a picnic here on one of your more quiet days. Pick up a few sandwiches at a nearby restaurant and eat it on the grass.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
We all know about St. Patrick’s day, but you may not know that there is a cathedral named after him, too. This structure was built around the year 1225 and is a favorite among architecture fans. You can marvel at the outside of the building and head in for a look at the high ceilings and stained glass windows.
If you’re a beer drinker, you need to visit the Guinness Storehouse. Though it is no longer a functional brewery, it has been made into somewhat of a Guinness museum. You can walk up through the 7 floors of this building looking at old equipment, vintage advertisements, and more. At the end, enjoy a complimentary pint and fantastic views at the rooftop bar.
Another interesting historic location is the Dublin Castle. It was built around the year 930 and has survived to this day. Originally, it was used to do battle with the invading Vikings. Now it is used as a tourist attraction and holds certain government events. Its located near Trinity College, so if you’re interested in both, combine them into one day trip.
Jameson Distillery Bow St.
Another famous Irish alcohol brand is Jameson. They are one of the most popular whiskey producers in the world and Dublin is their hometown. Much like the Guinness storehouse, this distillery is not functional but does a great job of detailing the history of the brand.
Now, to the part you’ve all been waiting for: The pubs! Ireland is most well known for their heavy drinking and nightlife, so if you’re a drinker, head to the Temple Bar. This area is the nightlife hub of Dublin and is well worth a trip. You can enjoy classic Irish beers, whiskeys, and more. One thing to note is that this is a major tourist location. If you want that, then definitely visit. If you prefer a more authentic pub scene, head towards less populated areas.
Taking a trip to Dublin is something you will never forget. During the day, you can enjoy its rich history and culture. At night, you can head to the pubs to eat and drink the night away. Enjoy your trip!