A mixture of history and contemporary, Dublin is one of those cities that is full of surprises. The culture flows through the streets, with buskers on every corner, art on every building and a traditional pub with locals enjoying a Guinness every few metres.
When to Go
Rain is a constant in Irish weather. Occasional sunshine does occur but a light jacket will be needed on most days. To make the most of the beautiful outdoors on a sunny day, aim to visit Dublin through the Summer. The months between June to September are the warmest.
What to See and Do
The medieval Christ Church Cathedral holds an important place historically and spiritually in Ireland. The cathedral was founded in the ninth century, and is located in what was the heart of the city. Today it seems lost and out of context, surrounded by neighbouring high rise buildings and modern architecture. The interior of the church is stunning, with renovations and changes made throughout the centuries. Beneath lies a 12th century crypt which displays an exhibition of manuscripts and artefacts. Although many tombs within the cathedral are hidden, two peculiar corpses are on show – a mummified cat and mouse, which were presumably found in an organ pipe.
Set some time aside to explore the cobblestoned cultural centre of Dublin. During the day can watch the array of colourful street performers, grab a bite at one of the many highly acclaimed eateries or check out some of the quirky specialty shops. At night time the party starts with locals and tourists pouring into the many bars and nightclubs in the area.
Guinness is a common theme throughout Ireland, and the home of Guinness is therefore something not to be missed. The renound stout has been produced on the St James’s Gate Brewery site since 1759. The old seven-story fermentation plant has been redeveloped into the shape of a pint of Guinness. As you ascend through the building you will learn about the history of the beer and the process of making it. You will have the opportunity to learn the art of pouring a Guinness, and when you reach the top you will receive a complimentary pint of Guinness to sip while you take in the spectacular 360 degree views of Dublin.
Viking Splash Tours are fun for the whole family. When you board the ship (which conveniently has wheels for getting around parts of the city by road) you are given a Viking helmet to wear on the journey. The guides have a thorough knowledge of the city and give you a hilarious and captivating tour of the city. You get chances to release your inner Viking at passers-by standing at traffic lights and otherwise going about their day. For the last part of the tour the amphibious vehicle is taken onto the water for an extra fun experience.
You cannot leave Ireland without trying some of the hearty local cuisine. Most of the pubs in Dublin will serve traditional food such as stews and roast meats. Most dishes will be served with the Irish staple – potatoes. Just behind Dame Street is The Stag’s Head is a homely pub with antique wooden furniture and a cosy atmosphere which is watched over by a huge stag’s head. Palace Bar is another pub in the Temple Bar area with comfy chairs and a relaxed atmosphere.
If you are lucky enough to be in Dublin on a sunny day you might want to check out the delicious choices at Murphys Ice Cream. Sea salt and brown bread icecream are some of the interesting flavours they offer and are highly recommended.
Being a major city, Dublin is easily accessible by plane to and from international and domestic locations. It is also well connected by bus and train routes with Ireland and Northern Ireland.