Dublin is a city of contrasts, from academic traditions to up-to-the-minute shopping venues. It is also a good place to relax. While listening to folk music and downing a pint or two with the natives, you will be sure to experience the whimsical charm of this welcoming city.
1. Grafton Street
This bustling walking street boasts a backdrop of historic buildings. Wending its way from St Stephen’s Green up to Trinity College, the thoroughfare is packed with pubs, cafes, and shops selling a multitude of items old and new. Musicians, poets, and buskers add to the cosmopolitan ambiance. Refresh yourself at Bewley’s Oriental Café, mentioned by James Joyce.
2. Trinity College
Trinity College was founded in 1592 and is Ireland’s oldest university with venerable architecture. Follow the path of ancient scholars to Trinity’s vast Long Room, lined floor-to-ceiling with books. The Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript depicting the four Gospels, can be viewed for a charge.
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3. Powerscourt Centre
The Powerscourt Centre is a Georgian gem. Built-in the 1700s as a place for entertaining high society, it’s now a lively hub for dining and shopping.
Brand-name retailers and Irish fashion designers rub shoulders with jewelers, antique shops and boutique stores here. Try the Pepper Pot cafe for refreshment.
4. Guinness Storehouse
The Guinness Storehouse is an immersive experience dedicated to Ireland’s favorite tipple. There are over seven floors of information uncovering the secrets of the 250-year-old brewing process. The Gravity Bar offers a panoramic city view plus a complimentary pint.
5. National Museum of Ireland
The National Museum of Ireland offers over two million artifacts for your delectation. Its famous bog men – well-preserved victims of ritual murder from the Iron Age – feature in the ‘Kingship and Sacrifice’ exhibit.
6. Temple Bar
Temple Bar offers a smorgasbord of pubs, clubs and lives music – its cobbled streets throng with tourists in search of a drink and a dance, and the atmosphere is infectious. The Porterhouse with its craft beers and the Vintage Cocktail Club offer congenial drinking. Take a pub crawl tour to make the most of the craic.