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Insider’s Guide to Dublin


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Bursting with an incredible mix of urbanity and traditional Irish culture and history, Dublin is a city that steals your heart with every visit.

Whether staying over during the sunnier seasons or those cosier, colder months - it is a wonderful place that can be explored no matter the weather. Here is a quick guide of where to enjoy the Craic!

Food & Drink

Popular for local musical talent, live Irish music sets this city alight with musicians playing on the cobbles of Temple Bar and distinctive acoustics in most pubs, which encourages visitors to get involved and have a jig! The Old Storehouse, Auld Dubliner and The Quays bar always offer great food, entertainment and of course a good pint of Guinness throughout the day and night.

Travel slightly out of the city centre and more localised haunts can be found that generally offer cheaper booze. Relive the infamous P.S I Love You scene where Gerard Butler serenaded Hilary Swank with a heart-melting rendition of Galway Girl at Whelan’s.

The Cobblestone is a favourite to mingle with locals and listen to artists play traditional music is an informal setting of the pub lounge, making this pub fizz with Irish heritage. Capitol Lounge offers a more sophisticated, environment with an extensive menu of inventive cockatils.

Temple Bar

Temple bar

Officially the country’s oldest pub, The Brazen Head is a date with times gone by, with its low ceilings, authentic decoration, and odd layout; the good atmoshopere gives visitors the perfect place to chill-out, eat and listen to live harmonies.

Food around Dublin is of a high standard in equals measures across the city. Carnivores are in meat heaven with original Irish stews, casseroles and the best of Irish beef offered around every corner in restaurants and bars.

Other produce tastes just as fresh, which is probably something to do with the lack of supermarket chains and high presence of fresh food markets and independent business, which is so refreshing.

Points of Interest

The Books of Kells is a lavish exhibition of culture with Gospel manuscripts dating way back to the 9th Century, all written out on vellum (prepared calfskin). Built in the 18th Century, The Old Library is an impressive encounter with the main chamber, called the Long Room, stacked with 2000,000 books, with sculptures of academic heroes including Plato and Shakespeare, distributed between the rich oak shelving. The grounds of Trinity College are serene with beautiful architecture, with optional tours readily available.

The Guinness Storehouse does exactly what it says on the tin. Experience the antiquity of the beverage, enjoy a tasting experience and sink a free drink in the Gravity bar with amazing panoramic views of Dublin.

A short escape south of Dublin withstands the striking Wicklow Mountains in County Wicklow, consisting of Glendalough - known as ‘the valley of the two lakes‘. The scenery is just spectacular, and is besieged with wildlife, including deer, and other pieces of history. The Wicklow Mountains are also home to blockbusting movies including Braveheart.

Dublin Castle, The Kilkenny Shop and The Abbey Theatre are also worth a visit.

Getting Around

Gallivanting around is easiest, and cheapest, by purchasing a 10 Euro hop-on hop-off bus tour lasting 24 hours. The CityScape bus company offer a humoristic compare for a driver, who points out the city’s most significant points of interest including the rich exteriors on the Georgian Streets, JFK’s design of the American Embassy, City Hall and the home of Oscar Wilde.

Climb on board a river tour and cruise the beautiful waters of the River Liffey, which runs right through the city. Be sure to talk to he locals; all are so friendly and offer a great Irish tale, or two!

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