Two years ago, I went to Dublin to celebrate Patrick’s Day with two of my friends. We booked our tickets via Ryanair in advance (in November to be exact) and an accomodation via AirBnb in Fairview’s suburb (quarter outside the center). Of course, we were planning to party a lot but also to enjoy our time there to discover the Irish Capitol.
As soon as we arrived, we went to visit the famous old library of Trinity College with its Long Room. This old library is really a must see, the huge room is completely made with wood ( you can smell it when you enter), and you give you the impression to be in a movie like Harry Potter. I highly recommand you to book your tickets online: it will garanty you the access and avoid you the never-ending queue. 😉 Your ticket also includes the access to the Book of Kells (manuscript illustrated by different patterns and made by monks).
Once we’ve visited Trinity College, we walked around the Dublin streets. We came accross George’s St Arcade, one of the oldest European shopping center before to party in Temple Bar. This district is famous for its pubs. We tried most of them and everytime the atmosphere was amazing. People of all ages, from differents countries were meeting there. We’ve loved it! 🙂 That’s also the quarter where the Ha’Penny Bridge was builded. This cast iron bridge is really photogenic. By the way, it got this nickname because, in 1816, when it was builded, you had to pay a half penny to cross it. And for the occasion, it was lighting up in green (as most of the buildings of the city).
On the second day, we’ve decided to walk around the city. We could see the Samuel Beckett Bridge (really photogenic) before to go to the city center. We walked to Dublin’s castle (we only could see the garden, the entrance of the building was already closed to visitors), or to the famous St Patrick’s Cathedral (make sure you have some time : there is a bit of a queue to go inside) before to end at the old Jameson’s whiskey distillery, we didn’t book this one in advance so we couldn’t do it (it was full) which was our little regret of our trip there (so don’t do like us and BOOK 😉 ).
We ended up our day at the Porterhouse pub where you can try beers from all over the world but also the ones that they are brewing there. All of this before to party again till the end of the night. 😉
The day after, for our last day, we booked the visit of the Guinness Storehouse. Kind of expensive, the visit is still pretty interesting: explanation of the production process, tasting of the famous beer and discovery of the differents brand’s adds. To complete the tour, you can taste a pint at the Gravity Bar which gives you a panoramic view on the city. For me, I’ve prefered the Heineken Experience in Amsterdam (an article about it is coming up soon, do not hesitate to comment or follow me to be updated on the last publications 😉 ).
Before to go to the airport, we walked around St Stephens Green Park and we did some shopping in the shopping center close by.
If you ever go to Dublin, go back in your childhood by buying some candies at Aunty Nellie’s Sweet Shop and be on time for the parade that celebrates the Irish Patron Saint. 😉