Two Days in…Dublin

When I think of Dublin, I immediately think of both a historical and a modern city. A former Viking settlement, its history extends to the medieval times and is reflected in the city’s architecture and landmarks. But as the capital and largest city in Ireland, it’s also the center of the country’s economy, education, and culture, making Dublin extremely cosmopolitan.

You could spend a weekend in Dublin exploring purely historical sites (especially given Dublin’s impressive literary past). Or you could spend the entire weekend focusing on more contemporary activities. Of course I’d say it’s best to mix the two, especially as the city’s history is hard to ignore when you’re walking past centuries-old castles and cathedrals.

Here’s what Mike and I saw, ate, and did in two days in Dublin. (There are also other recommendations at the end, which are from my last solo trip to Dublin.)

SEE

The River Liffey and its Bridges

The River Liffey flows through Dublin and separates the city into Northside and Southside (which results in a bit of rivalry between the two). A walk along the banks is nonetheless an enjoyable way to see the city. Each bridge along the river is different; one of the most famous and recognizable being the Ha’penny Bridge.

Georgian Doors
The Georgian Doors of Dublin originate from the 1700s, when residents painted their doors vibrant colors and added intricate designs to their houses to rebel against the strict architectural restrictions of the time. They’re most common in the area behind St. Stephen’s Green, but keep an eye out as you walk through the city for these bright, ornate doors.

Gothic Architecture 

For two hard-to-miss examples of Gothic architecture, visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral (also the National Cathedral of Ireland), or Christ Church Cathedral. Not a cathedral person (like me)? Here’s a tip: Leo Burdock’s, the oldest chippy in Dublin, is located around the corner from Christ Church. Go grab yourself an order of their fantastic fish & chips, then walk over to either of the two cathedrals and enjoy your chips while people-watching in the courtyard.

(One more Gothic building to seek out is Dublin Castle — built in the early 13th century, it’s certainly the most historical of the three, but not nearly as fun to eat in.)

EAT/DRINK

A Full Irish

Not for the health freaks, a full Irish breakfast usually includes some combination of bacon (“rashers”), sausages, black pudding, white pudding (neither of which contain actual pudding, mind!), fried eggs, sauteed mushrooms, a grilled tomato, and soda bread. Accompanied, of course, by a cup of tea.

Soda Bread
Soda bread gets its name from using baking soda to rise, instead of yeast. In comparison to American toast or French baguettes, Irish soda bread can seem quite heavy. I prefer it though, and would describe the texture similar to a dry muffin, or a moist scone. It’s an Irish staple and worth a try.

Chicken Wings
That’s right, I said wings. I am obsessed with the wings at Elephant and Castle, and I am not ashamed to admit it. They were one of the best things I ate in Ireland and one of the only reasons I can think of to go into the Temple Bar area — which is otherwise full of tourists and over-priced pints.

Guinness and Cider
The famous Irish stout really does taste better in its homeland — maybe because people here know how to pull a proper pint. But if you don’t like Guinness (it pains me to even write that), you should try Bulmers, an Irish cider from Tipperary (also known as Magners outside Ireland).

DO

Visit The Guinness Storehouse
There is much more to this seven-story pint-shaped tourist attraction than just beer. It’s truly an experience, from the engaging exhibits to the historical galleries — one of my favorites being the history of Guinness advertising, filled with vintage artwork and memorabilia. And of course, enjoying a free pint at the Gravity Bar, which has one of the best views over Dublin.

Walk O’Connell Street 

This is Dublin’s “Main Street”, and there are two sites I find particularly of interest on O’Connell Street. The first is the General Post Office (GPO), a symbol of Irish nationalism. Only a century ago Ireland was fighting for its independence from Great Britain, and during the Easter Rising of 1916 the leaders of the rebellion used the GPO as its headquarters. As a result of fighting with the Brits, the building was damaged by explosives and bullets, and if you walk past it today you can still see the pock marks in the original columns.

The other is The Spire. At 398 feet it is the tallest structure in Dublin, and was built to “improve the street layout”. I don’t know that it really accomplished that…but you can’t miss it.

Wander St. Stephen’s Green

I love St. Stephen’s Green, a Victorian park in the city center. Gardens and lakes make me happy — especially in the midst of a large city. After a couple hours of walking through busy streets and congested crowds, it feels good to clear my head and get lost in a spacious 27-acre park.

People-watch on Grafton Street

This pedestrian street is one of the main shopping areas in Dublin, and a wonderful place to people-watch. Here you’ll find buskers, mimes (not the creepy kind), and other performing artists, some of which are exceptional. If you’ve ever watched Once, this is where Glen Hansard is first busking in the opening scene. (If you haven’t seen Once, watch it or we can’t be friends). At the end of Grafton Street, say hi to the statue of Molly Malone, Dublin’s famous beautiful (fictional) fishmonger.

FURTHER SUGGESTIONS

Book of Kells and Trinity College
The Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript, created by monks around the 8th century; it is unbelievably, gorgeously intricate and considered a national treasure. In fact, when you visit, you’re not allowed to take any photos of the delicate vellum sheets. After visiting the display at the Trinity College Library, take some time to walk around the beautiful campus of the oldest university in Ireland.

Kilmainham Gaol

Like the GPO, Kilmainham Gaol plays an important role in the history of the Republic (can you tell I studied Irish history in college?). Here, the leaders of countless Irish rebellions, including the Easter Rising of 1916, were held and executed. Now Kilmainham acts as a museum on the history of Irish nationalism. However, it wasn’t just rebelling men held here — women and young children were incarcerated as well, some for the most petty of crimes. The conditions were terrible, especially in winter; though according to one guide, during the Famine, food was so hard to come by that some would purposely commit a minor crime (like theft) and seek incarceration just for the prison food.

Hurling and Gaelic Football
The Irish are an athletic bunch who fiercely love sport, and there is no better way to experience Irish culture and mix with the locals than by attending a hurling or Gaelic football match. Even Croke Park, built in 1884, only began allowing non-GAA sports to be played in the stadium in 2005, such is their dedication to Gaelic athletics. For sports enthusiasts, Croke Park also offers stadium tours and houses a GAA Museum.

I’ve been playing Gaelic football for a few years now, and what I admire most about GAA sport is that it’s kept strictly amateur, not professional — meaning those who play, really do play just for the love of the game.

What did I miss? Any other suggestions for two days in Dublin?

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Comments

  1. Great Post – and as usual lovely snaps! Now I have to go to Dublin!

  2. AWWWW I MISS DUBLIN!!!!!

  3. Thanks for bringing back the great memories I have of Dublin (and Ireland) So many familiar places. Thanks for sharing your photos!

  4. I’m going to Ireland in September and spending three days in Dublin. You’ve given quite a few ideas. Thanks.

    • Glad I could help out! Enjoy your trip, Ireland’s a beautiful country :)

  5. I love that you mentioned Once!! It’s one of my favourite movies. And I also recognized the street ^-^
    Thanks for sharing your photos and congrats on being freshly pressed!

    • You have great taste, my friend :) Appreciate the congrats (still can’t believe I was FP); glad you enjoyed the photos!

  6. I really loved this post – living & working in Dublin you sometimes forget to look up – I must go into town over the weekend and just see.

    You were asking about other suggestions –
    I’d recommend the Jameson Whiskey Tours – it’s down in Smithfield – which is just down towards Heuston Station
    http://www.tours.jamesonwhiskey.com/age_verification.aspx?ReturnURL=/Home/The-Old-Jameson-Distillery-Dublin.aspx

    We have a few museums (which are free) and the Natural History Museum is almost a museum of a museum – it’s an old victorian type with galleries.
    http://www.museum.ie/en/homepage.aspx
    The other museum I’d recommend would be The Chester Beatty Library – which is one the grounds of Dublin Castle.
    http://cbl.ie/index.aspx

    Mind you all of the above are indoors – but given the weather here it’s handy to have a back up:)

    • Thanks for these wonderful (indoor) suggestions Deirdre! I keep meaning to go to the Jameson Distillery and then always run out of time on my trips. Next time, definitely.

  7. Oh my gosh! I feel absolutely the same about the chicken wings at Elephant and Castle. It was sooooo good!! Lovely photos!

  8. your site looks great! Well done.

  9. these photos are beautiful! i think you really captured the essence of the city! :)

  10. Dublin is my dream place. Whenever I think of it is a beautiful scenery and historical palace just like you mention above. I heard the people there is kind and friendly too. The traditional song from Ireland also amazing. I am so obsesses with everything about Ireland and England. Just like listening of a fairytale and legendary story of a hero.
    And the food you captured for breakfast surely my appetite. It looks soooo yummy….
    So, thank you for sharing your photos and experience.. :)

    • Thanks, glad you enjoyed! And you’re right, the people in Ireland are incredible friendly.

  11. That is fascinating–thanks for sharing it! I’m of Irish ancestry (on my dad’s side), so it is especially interesting for me!

    • Glad you found it interesting Scott. If you haven’t been already I’d highly recommend a visit to the country, especially considering your ancestry!

  12. Thank you for the post. You made the pictures do look great – you got the good weather too, nothing like luck and skill! Just two points, if I may?
    Its bulmers in Ireland and Magners outside so it doesn’t clash with the English Bulmers (no relation).
    For the visit to the book of Kells you may want to try – http://www.tcd.ie/Library/bookofkells/friends/
    Practically for a visit you can beat any queue to see the books and long room, and may also wish to time the visit to pick up one of their advertised lectures in Trinity and have a meal in the commons afterwards. I wish the Eifel tower and Notre Dame did something similar so we could all beat the queues there!

    • Thanks! I’ve been incredibly lucky, I’ve made two trips to Ireland so far (lasting 3 weeks total) and both times I found nothing but blue skies and gorgeous weather. Thanks for the tip on the Book of Kells and for clarifying Bulmers vs Magners; I’ve fixed it in the post.

  13. I went to Dublin a few years ago for a weekend with my mother. It was really good. Defo recommend the Kilmainham Gaol and the park to anyone!

  14. did you get up to Belfast?

    • Unfortunately didn’t have the time this trip. Next trip, for sure.

  15. Thanks For Posting, Awesome images.

  16. Chicken wings at the Castle are amazing. Good job on the photos guys!

    • Thanks, though no “guys” here, it’s just me running the blog!

  17. Last year I spent some time blogging about Dublin, coming at it from the perspective of an Irish person. Here are some of my experiences – http://shanewozere.wordpress.com/category/travelblog/dublin-tourist-trap/

    • I haven’t been to those places yet — thanks for sharing, Shane.

      • Hope you still get a chance to visit. Go to the Natural History Museum, it’s like a crazy professors laboratory.

  18. I liked this post. We went to Ireland about 10 years ago…but only for a week…flew into Shannon and skipped Dublin…you make me want to visit it now! I like your historical information…one reason I love to travel. Check out our visit to Japan recently at: http://millayt.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/hiroshima-nagasaki/
    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

    • Thanks! Western Ireland is so lovely, but definitely a change of pace from Dublin.

  19. wooww!! nice post, and the pictures are really amazing, i want to visit Dublin one day and this is just pushing me harder to make it happen sooner.. :-D

  20. Still on my list! I’ll get to Dublin one way or another. Hehe. Not ruling out Europe in the fall yet. ;)

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  22. lijiujiu says:

    Excellent post.
    Dublin is so beautiful, I wish I can have a trip to Dublin one day. Thanks for sharing.

  23. I visited Dublin back in 2003 and still remember it as a highlight in my life. It rained steadily for four days but that simply added to the charm.

    • How lovely — it’s nice when people can see the charming side of rain :)

  24. Great post and some lovely pic’s. I’m from Tipperary and just love trips to Dublin, I could wlak around all day just looking, its got so much history and is casually overlooked by citizens. I’m heading up in 3 wks time for a night and by the sounds of it you stayed over on the Christchurch side of the City. I regularly stay on that side of town and also use The Elephant and Castle, will make sure to have the chicken wings this time!

    • Thanks! I’m not sure if it was the Christchurch side, but I stayed on Leeson Close (that post’s here). Definitely try the wings at E&C, or the Full Irish; both are fantastic!

  25. Who wouldn’t fall in love with Dublin after seeing these beautiful snaps.

  26. I’m always in interested in other peoples perspectives of Dublin. I’m born and bred here as we say so I have a different view of the place. It’s usually quite friendly to foreign people and the pubs are always good fun but parts of Dublin are horrendous.

    It’s actually a pretty dangerous city and I certainly don’t view it with the fondness that some people do. Maybe if you’re living here all your life you would have a different opinion.

    Nice write up and portrayal of the place though and glad you had a good time here.

    • Thanks for sharing your perspective; I have a few friends who also grew up in Dublin/Tallaght and they’ve said the same thing. I think you definitely see a city through rose-colored glasses when you’re just visiting for a short while, as opposed to actually living there.

  27. Planning to visit Ireland and this blog on Dublin is great!

  28. Reblogged this on Taking On A Cause by Patsy McCaw-Yager,Englewood, Fl. and commented:
    For my family and friends here is where I plan to be on my birthday next year. I am looking forward to visiting my Irish heritage, Patsy McCaw-Yager

  29. What a treat to see these images! I hope to see this city one day.

  30. Ireland is on my bucket list!

  31. I’m planning a trip to Ireland next year, and this post gave me a ton of additional ideas for Dublin! Great photos, and congrats on being Freshly Pressed :)

    • Oh how exciting! I loved planning my Ireland trips almost as much as I enjoyed actually being there. Glad I could help, and appreciate the congrats :)

  32. Beautiful photos. Today I enjoyed your photos of Dublin. Congratulation for your post.

  33. Great, great post Enda, in fact I great blog in general. (Very cool to see you play Gaelic football) You also ask for any further suggestions from readers. I have been writing about the history and the architecture of Dublin for the last 6 years and leading visitors around the city. (everyone from Spanish teenagers to University Professors) You are absolutely right to recommend Kilmanham Gaol to your readers, it is a fantastic visit. I have a few other ideas for any of your readers planning a visit soon. Here are my top 3….

    1- IMMA. if you are touring Kilmanham Gaol, IMMA is very nearby. So, also pop across the way, (the road) go between those old stone gates and up the long avenue to IMMA. THis is the Irish Museum of Modern Art, although it is housed in a lovely old 17th century military hospital arranged around a courtyard. The museum also has a cafe,formal gardens and a bookshop. By the way, the temporary exhibitions, in a seperate nice old building, are often even better than the permanent displays. So don’t miss them! Check the IMMA website before you go.

    2- Escape Temple Bar ! Yes, Temple Bar is great, it is safe, no traffic, clean (reasonably!) full of friendly visitors and stuffed full of lively bars, cafes, clubs, theatres and restaurants. So, what’s not to like? Well, nothing, but you’ll find Dublin people, espeically those of us into our 30s, tend to go out elsewhere. Try the South William Street area, the small streets all around Grafton Street, and/or (if you want something livelier) the clubs and music venues on the Georges St, Wexford street line.

    3- Escape the city centre ! for a day by the sea. The south coastal suburbs of Dublin are lovely, full of nice old Victorian seaside villa. The best walk is to get the DART, (the suburban train) south to Dun Laoire, and walk the beautiful old granite East pier. Then head down SE along the coast walks to Sandycove (taking in James Joyce’s old home in a Martello Tower) and on to the pretty heritage town of Dalkey. Alternatively, head Northwards on the same train line, for the coast walks around Sutton and Howth.

    That’s it. If anyone is planning a visit soon, you may want to look or subscribe to my blog because there will be plenty more suggestions there over the next few weeks and months. Best of luck Enda, and all our fellow bloggers
    -Arran.

    • Thanks so much Arran, and thanks for taking the time to make some great suggestions! — Edna, not Enda :)

  34. Interesting; I didn’t know the Magners I enjoy here in The States was the same as the Bulmers I enjoyed whilst in the UK. Especially interesting as a local liquor store just started carrying both.

    • I didn’t know that either until I started researching for this post! Congrats on the liquor store improvement ;)

  35. I spent exactly two days in Dublin as well! I went with 10 of my family members in 2010 and cannot wait to go back… Next trip though, I hope to spend more time in this quaint city with wonderful people, food and brews.

    • 10 family members, that sounds like quite the trip! I agree, it’s best to spend more time in Dublin if you can; there’s so much to do, and it gives you more time to relax and really enjoy yourself.

  36. Reblogged this on tiffanysworks and commented:
    This is an amazing blog and wonderful topics!

  37. Reblogged this on PS-I Made That and commented:
    I adore reading other people’s take on Ireland, and found this post so funny! Are the irish seriously the only people to call them rashers? And yes, Elephant and Castle are the best.

    • I’ve only ever heard the Irish and Brits call them rashers; in America we’d refer to that type of cut as Canadian bacon. What we call bacon is much more thin and crisp, whereas ‘rashers’ are more thick and ham-like. Regardless, all bacon is DELICIOUS.

  38. I’ve been living in Dublin for the past six years. My list of things to do in Dublin is really too long but I’d recommend you read this:
    http://www.antorra.com/le-extra-cool-experience/
    It’s a post I wrote few weeks ago about le cool experience. Don’t miss it next time you are in town!

  39. This side of the channel, I’m almost 100% vegetarian. That side of the channel, though? Oh man. The Irish and British brekkies are enough to pull me to the dark side, just for breakfast!

    • I’m the same exact way! I’ll feel guilty for a minute, but then I see that bacon…

  40. Thanks! I plan to go to Dublin this year, now I really look forward to going to the the city of literature.
    Love
    Dina

    • Oh there’s SO much literary history. Joyce, Wilde, Beckett, Swift, Synge, Yeats…you’ll learn loads!

  41. I live in Dublin and thanks for the prasise you are givin the city I love … but you are missing a few sweet spots … The Botanc Gardens, Howth, Merrion Square and oh so many more. If you ever come again let me know and I will point you in the rght direction

    • Thanks for the suggestions! I mainly aimed this at visitors who only had two days in Dublin and had never been before, and I’d put the Botanic Gardens or Howth on an itinerary for people with more days to explore as they’re worth seeing, but a little more time consuming.

  42. A couple of years ago I spent two weeks in Dublin and your amazing photos reminded me of my own good times…and you’re right the chicken wings at Elephant and Castle are the absolute best!!!

    • Two weeks! I’ve never spent that much time visiting a city; you must’ve had a blast. I probably would’ve ODed on E&C if I’d stayed in Dublin that long.

      • Ah…well, it was supposed to have been a one-week vacation, but we got caught in the Icelandic volcano eruption that shut down so many airports! A bit stressful as we didn’t know when we’d be able to get home, but we made the best of it!!!

  43. I love travel blogs/entries- thanks for posting your experience along with photos. And that first photo is fantastic!

  44. Wow, I was so excited to see this post since I just found out I can join my little sis on a trip to Dublin next month! Great pics + travel info. :-)

    • Congrats, that’s awesome. Have a great time; hope you find the tips useful!

  45. Love the pics.

  46. Novelty says:

    Yummy Irish food & great scenery!

  47. So beautiful… I’ve been wanting to go for ages, can’t wait!! Nice coverage. :)

  48. A fabulous well rounded visit of the area. Great post

  49. I love this :) I lived in Ireland for a year (just came home in December) and this post made me all “homesick” for it!

  50. Great suggestions! Thank you!!

  51. Hi Edna,
    Great to see Dublin featured on WordPress and congrats on being Freshly Pressed! You’ve rightfully mentioned St Stephen’s Green as a lovely place to relax in the heart of the city; another park I’d recommend is The Iveagh Gardens:
    http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/dublin/theiveaghgardens/

    These are beautifully kept gardens in a very private (secret) garden off Harcourt Street, just up the way from Stephen’s Green.

    Also, to fully enjoy the black stuff in the right setting, I’d recommend two old, but esteemed, Dublin pubs – Mulligans in Poolbeg Street and Davy Byrne’s in Duke Street. Davy Byrne’s is featured in Joyce’s Ulysses, and perfect for a pint on Bloomsday (June 16th).
    http://www.dublinpubs.ie/pub.asp?id=478
    http://davybyrnes.com/

    Slan!

    • Hey Dez, thanks! And thanks so much for the suggestions — will definitely jot them down for my next visit!

  52. Visiting Ireland is at teh top of my “bucket list,” so of course seeing Dublin is right in there too. :) Really enjoyed your post and your pics. Here’s hoping I’ll get to see ireland someday soon. :)

  53. I had the wonderful experience of visiting Dublin for a weekend with my mom and sister several years ago….love, love, love! Great post!

  54. I loved the blog. The tips are cool and your text is very nice. Congratulations! I will come back.
    I’ve never been in Dublin, and my interest in the city has increased.
    Antônio

  55. Ireland envy, what else. I would go but my money has already gone. You did a lovely work on Dublin. Keep up the good work.

  56. Edna, thanks for a great post and for highlighting the wonders of Dublin. I was lucky enough to study and work in Trinity College for about 15 years and got to savour so much of what Dublin has to offer. I would definitely add the National Art Gallery and the Hugh Lane Gallery. Also, being a real lover of the sea, a trip to Howth Head on the Northside and Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey and Killiney are a must!

    Of course, I would urge people to visit the rest of Ireland as well and here’s a sample from my Ireland Calling! Sildeshow for April of other places in this great country of ours. http://wp.me/p1ip9d-ri .

    Best wishes and thanks again.

    • Agreed! I love exploring the rest of Ireland as well. Thanks very much for the suggestions. What an experience it must’ve been to work at Trinity and for so long!

      • Hi Edna, my pleasure. Yes, Trinity is a very special place. I was very fortunate to study at undergrad, postgrad and then work there – all between 1975-1991. I still love to just walk around and soak up all its history.

  57. very beautiful

  58. Great post, great life! Love this post so much. Dublin is also of the cities that I’d like to visit in Europe. And such a relieve that I can be your friend because I’ve watched Once, like five times already and still loving it.

  59. Roshni says:

    Ireland is one place I’d definitely love to visit someday. Loved reading your post. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed! <3

  60. I’ve always wanted to travel to Ireland!
    Beautiful shots.

  61. asavarisharma says:

    beautiful city!

  62. Alyssa says:

    Wonderful shots. I wish I could visit the place one day, Dublin is my grandfather’s homeland. Sure is a beautiful place.

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  65. Well done on your lovely article. I’d highly recommend the National Library. Dublin is full of literary history and interesting things to do. I think you got a nice mix in your article and a real taste of Ireland there.

    • Thanks so much, what a compliment! A lot people have also suggested the National Library; I’ll definitely have to delve into Dublin’s literary history more on my next visit.

  66. I imagine someday seeing Dublin – meanwhile, thanks for the journey.

  67. Awesome photos!
    I was there in 2001, so I really enjoyed this. Although my stomach is rumbling after seeing your breakfast photo! I need to crack an egg!
    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  68. enjoy says:

    So beautiful!

  69. Officially on my list now! (Although I should have gone here long ago… being of Irish descent and all.) Great read!

    • Thanks! And glad I helped put in on your list — everyone should see Ireland at least once!

  70. We really enjoyed the Old Jameson Distillery when we were in Dublin. Love the pics, they bring back great memories of one of my favorite vacations!

    • Glad you enjoyed them! I keep meaning to visit the Jameson Distillery, but both times I’ve ran out of time. Next time, I swear.

  71. I’ve been to Dublin a few times and I recognize a lot of the things in your photos. I never made it to the garden – it looks lovely.

  72. Ghost Writer says:

    You can get fruit soda bread- its lighter than the other, but barmbrack is the real deal

    • I had no idea — I’d never heard of barmbrack. Thanks for the suggestion!

      • Ghost Writer says:

        It looks like a tea or fruit cake, but believe me it tastes great with a butter type spread on it.

  73. If you don’t go to the Liberties, you haven’t felt the heart beat of Dublin.
    But really, why Dublin when Galway is sooooooooo much better.

    • I do love Galway as well. And will remember the Liberties for my next trip….

      • When you buy something in the Liberties, make sure – whatever they say the price is – offer them half, start to walk away, and they’ll accept what you offered. Non Irish = 100% mark up.

  74. A really enjoyable post this one, with some excellent photos. I will be in Dublin this time next month so this has given me a great taste of what to expect. Thanks!

  75. Love reading about other people’s experiences around the worlds. Lovely images also, even the full breakfast.

  76. Great expat post! Thank you for sharing! Very close to my heart!

    … following your blog …

    ~ Oh God, My Wife Is German.

  77. I miss Dublin, well Ireland in general, so incredibly much! But I’ve got an offer to do my Masters there so thankfully I get to go back! Derry in NI is just as beautiiful, as is Co Tyrone! As long as you got to go to the Winding Stair Bookshop! Otherwise, a visit to Dublin isnt complete! The little Alley SHops in Galway city are also amazing to see! x

    • Oh congrats, that’s fantastic! I still haven’t been to NI, but I know I’ll get there someday. Bummed I didn’t know about Winding Stair Bookshop, guess I’ll just have to go back and find it :)

  78. I love Dublin – and there is nothing quite like a slice of warm soda bread straight from the oven smothered in butter. Truly food from the Gods – even if it is made with sour milk!

  79. This is a great overview of the must-see and must-do things in Dublin. I sooo tried to find the chip shop because everyone had them! :)

    • Thanks Nicole! Yes, the original is a tiny little shop — I only knew where it was because someone had taken me there before!

  80. Joe Labriola says:

    Mmmm…soda bread. I miss St. Patrick’s day already..

  81. What a lovely post, I live near Dublin so I’m in and out of the city all the time. you have some great pics – it’s so interesting to see it through a visitor’s eyes, gives me a new perspective on the place!

    • Thanks Sinead! I’m the same way about Paris; always see something new about the city when I’ve got visitors in town!

  82. nice pictures! but how is Irish breakfast different from the English one?

    • Thanks! They’re pretty similar, and vary depending on who prepares it — but based off the Brits I know, the English one doesn’t have soda bread, and has baked beans and toast.

  83. Reblogged this on Marlow Travels and commented:
    Travel Stories in Ireland – inspiration for my upcoming trip {I am writing my bachelor thesis about the Destination Image of Ireland and the use of Photography}

  84. I gotta quit reading all these posts about traveling to places I used to live! Makes me too sad! Thanks for the gorgeous picture reminders!

  85. I didn’t make it to Kilmainham Gaol but I need too. Sounds like such a sobering place. I’ll pass this guide along to some friends heading to Dublin in a few weeks.

    • Thanks Suzy! And yes, Kilmainham is sobering; learning what people suffered through, especially those that did it in the name of independence, definitely puts our 21st-century first world problems in perspective.

  86. Nice pictures.what camera model u are using?

  87. I went to Dubin for this first time earlier this year (4 days though). Guinness Storehouse (poured my perfect pint!) and Kilmainham Jail (where Mum and I met an author who had written several books about our ancestor on the Irish side, Bernadette Devlin) were two of my favourites – and the Long Room at Trinity College was pretty awesome. But there’s an absolute treasure just outside Dublin that is worth the 40min (or so) drive north – Newgrange Passage Tomb. You can only access it with a guide on a booked tour and its absolutely extraordinary. It was my trip highlight, so much so that it got a blog post all of its own! I’d recommend any Dublin visitos put aside half a day for this.

  88. Thanks for the tips! Hoping to head to Dublin in October and will be taking a few days to tour around!

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