As the capital and the largest city in Ireland, Dublin has always been on a traveler’s map, attracting millions of people from all over the globe for years now. Dublin boasts a very diverse environment for its ever-cheerful locals, lively atmosphere in every corner of the city and artistic, historical buildings.
With few days in my hand and so many things to do and see in and around Dublin, I managed to strike off few from my list and these are the once I bet one cannot miss while in Dublin:
The very first thing that comes to our mind when we think of Dublin is this dark brown stout, i.e. the Black Beauty of Dublin. The Guinness beer, which is manufactured in Dublin and sold across the globe is a favorite among the locals. So, visiting the House of Guinness is a must, whereby you will have an opportunity to learn about its history and the whole process of brewing.
Ireland, known to be the land of saints and scholars, and its capital Dublin adds a fair share, as it is dotted with some of the magnificent cathedrals. I was curious enough to visit two of the popular medieval cathedrals of Dublin: St. Patrick’s and Christ Church. St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest cathedral in the whole island and was built in the honor of Saint Patrick, who is known as Ireland’s patron saint. It is also the national cathedral of Ireland. If you have a thing for architectural details like me, then you will enjoy spending good 45 minutes in each of these cathedrals as it is filled with interesting details and stories.
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Old Jameson Distillery
It is not a working distillery now, but going on a distillery tour is really a must while you are here. One will get to see how this iconic Irish whiskey is brewed and distilled to get into their fine taste, where they have displayed the entire process right from the ingredients used, equipment’s involved, storage and tasting. The best part of the tour was whiskey tasting, where shots of three popular whiskeys were given to each one of us and must say Jameson was the smoothest (although one of the other two was my favorite) and I have been in love with this whiskey since then.
From being a defensive fort for the Normans to once royal residence this 800-year-old castle has numerous tales to tell its visitors. Firstly, the Dublin city gets its name from the castle courtyard, which in Irish is called Dubh Linn, i.e. Black pool. Visitors are given an option of exploring this historical castle either through the guided tours or by themselves. These tours take you through the medieval undercroft, Chapel Royal and the State Apartments. Note that during public holidays the castle is closed for the visitors.
Traditional Irish pubs
With over 500 pubs spread across the city, Dublin is one place where we won’t get enough by visiting one and I bet you won’t pass a street without bumping into one. Each pub whether it’s a traditional and an iconic pub or a modern one has its own charm, filled with friendly and intimate atmosphere with its lively music where you would find locals drinking, singing and dancing to the local folk music.
This is one place on my list of must visit in Dublin where you won’t find any long queue of tourists waiting to get in. But you will definitely find good, natural, utterly tasty ice cream made from natural ingredients, which are all local, hence a true Irish delicacy. With more than 20 flavors to choose from my personal favorites are salon (Dingle sea salt) and Aran Donn (caramelized brown bread). I know it sounds quite interesting!
Walking and exploring
Dublin is like an open-air museum where when we stroll along the streets and narrow cobbled lanes we get a glimpse of its history through its art, architecture that is splendidly displayed to all the passersby.
There are plenty of options if you are planning to explore out of this capital city and Ireland is known for its beautiful, picturesque countryside, national parks, and seaside towns. Since renting out a car for a tourist (and for an Indian) is pretty easy, we ventured out to the vibrant yet quaint city of Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Burren National park, Dublin’s neighbor city Malahide and a UNESCO heritage site Brú na Bóinne.
A perfect companion for a chilly Irish weather is their world-famous Irish coffee, I would rather say Irish cocktail! Irish coffee is a perfect combination of Irish whiskey, hot coffee, and sugar with a thick layer of cream. An interesting twist to our usual coffee and that is how Irish like it ;). I was a bit skeptical as I ordered my first Irish coffee in a little café next to the Temple Bar as it was just 11 AM, not sure if it was too early for a cocktail, but what the heck, its coffee and I am in Ireland! My first sip was simply not what I was expected and it tasted more of whiskey than coffee, adding more sugar I mixed the cream with coffee and happily sipped on coffee aka cocktail.
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