Dublin, capital and largest city of the Republic of Ireland is a lively city with over 700 pubs, plenty of cocktail bars and restaurants, the ninth-most densely populated European Union city and the 25th best city in the world according to the Time Out Index 2019.Tweet
Dublin, a lively and energetic city, the city of pubs and bars, ideal for a city break or a long living, has a charming blend of history and a variety of attractions.
Walking tours are on the top of my list when visiting a new destination. Free walking tour in Dublin is a nice one to join. Tours start every day at 9:30 am and 11:00 am, meet up is in the Spire of Dublin. There are several meetups in The Spire, free walking tour is the one with the yellow umbrella! James, our tour guide, a knowledgeable and very informative individual, provided us with lots of information about the city .
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- The Spire of Dublin, known as well as the Monument of Light, is an impressive stainless steel monument 120 metres height, the tallest structure in the city and one of the most popular meeting points in Dublin city center.
- Botanic Gardens 🌸 were founded in 1795 and hold 20,000 living plants. A green gem in close proximity to the city centre, a great variety of plant species and cultivars from all over the world; entry is free. I was particurarly impressed by the plants glasshouses, holding collections from cactus, orchids and plants from South East Asia, Australia, South America etc.
- Trinity college, Ireland’s leading University, located in a beautiful campus in the heart of Dublin, established in 1592, is home to 17,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Trinity is an impressive historic building, rated as 164th best in the world. Such an impressive architecture and surroundings to walk around. Worth visiting the Book of Kells, exhibition that displays the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ (€11-14).
- Temple bar, located on the south bank of river Liffey, is a popular district, a lively nightlife area with great range of pubs, bars, live music and restaurants. There are so many choices on drinking and eating in Temple Bar district, plenty of choice to enjoy the party vibe and a few pints!
Christchurch Cathedral, known as The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, founded circa 1028. A historic place with beautiful interior to admire, where a 12th-century medieval crypt is located, exhibiting treasures of Christ Church. Entrance to the cathedral and a self accompanied tour at €7.
St Patrick’s, a magnificent medieval cathedral, which dates from 1220-1259, is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. The stained glass windows of the cathedral capture everyone’s attention. A must visit when in Dublin ( €8 ).
- Dublin Castle, one of the most important buildings in Irish history and popular attractions of the city, dates back from the mid 1700’s, is open Monday to Sunday and Bank Holidays from 9:45 to 17:45 (Entrance ticket is €8 or €12 to join a guided tour). Historically interesting and such an imposing architecture!
- It was quite an experience to visit Jameson Distillery, founded by John Jameson in 1780, open Monday to Sunday. Though I am not a whiskey fan, the whole experience is informative, fun and interactive (€22).
- Guiness Storehouse! Best place to learn about the history and brewing process of Guiness though an interactive self guided tour. Opening hours are from 9:30 am to 7pm (last admission is at 5pm). Not to miss: a Guiness pint- included in the ticket price- in Gravity Bar, at the top floor of the building, where a busy bar is located, offering 360 views to the city!
- St Saint Stephens green park is the most popular public park in the city centre, a green gem of 22 acres, located at the top end of Grafton Street, a beautiful well maintained park, filled with ponds, trees and flowers.
- Phoenix Park, located in district Dublin 8, near the city center, is the largest enclosed city park in Europe, holds a Green Flag award and is the residence of the Irish president. A huge green space to relax with lots of attractions, an ideal place to cycle (good idea to rent a bicycle by Phoenix Park Bikes) or join a segway tour (Join CP adventure).
There are coffee shops inside the park and several facilities such as a children’s playground. Dublin Zoo dated from 1831, is located in Phoenix Park. Phoenix Park is open to the public all day throughout the year and entry is free.
There are many things to love when travelling to Dublin. A lovely city to explore on foot, hang around around Dublin’s usually crowded and busy city center, explore city’s numerous museums or relax in one of the many green spaces the city offers. What I like the most? The cool vibe and friendliness of the Irish is a plus, makes you feel at home!
Dublin | The Green City