We’re all guilty of it, counting down the days until our next flight…
But, who needs to go abroad when we have such great sights on our doorstep? In our Irish city guide, we explore some of our favourite Irish cities and show you some of our top picks to enjoy all year round.
This week, we’ve chosen some great places to visit while in the capital:
Whether it’s a trip to the Zoo or Burdock’s fish and chips for lunch, there’s something for everyone if you’re a planning a staycation this year:
Travel through time in Trinity College, founded in 1592, Trinity is Ireland’s oldest university. It breathes history, with the Book of Kells on display and the world famous Old Library, which boasts a rare of the 1916 Proclamation. Not to mention being a lovely place to wander around, take in the architecture; perhaps relax on the cricket fields as you escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
St. Stephen’s Green
St. Stephen’s Green is an oasis of calm, where you can sit, listen to the birds and indulge in a spot of people watching. Whether it’s teenagers laughing by the water’s edge, mums and dads strolling with buggies, or the office lunch crowd enjoying a half hour’s respite, it’s all here in these scented surrounds. Oh and the ducks, too, of course, mustn’t forget those…
The General Post Office on O’Connel Street is perhaps one of Dublin’s most iconic landmarks. Built in 1814, it has played its part in the colourful history of Dublin, from serving as the headquarters of the rebel leaders in 1916, to hosting an annual Christmas crib. If you want a real taste of history then study its pockmarked columns and visit the GPO Witness History Visitor Centre for an interactive exhibition.
Christchurch & Dublinia
Founded around 1030, Christchurch is one of the oldest parts of the capital; enjoy amazing architectural features, stone carvings from the 12th century and an ancient throne. Cross over the neo-gothic archway and travel back to Dubh Linn, a wonderful museum and fun way for all the family to learn about the city during the Viking times and beyond.
In recent years, Dublin really has been cooking up a storm. But if you want a real taste of Dublin well you can’t get more authentic than Leo Burdock’s fish and chip shop on Werburgh Street, just around the corner from Christchurch. Ask for a one-and-one and enjoy!
The Guinness Storehouse
It’s perhaps the first thing tourists do when they arrive in Dublin, but it really is well worth adding to your list of things to-do. With activities for both young and old, you can top your trip off in style, with spectacular views of the city from the Gravity Bar.
There are few more iconic sights in Dublin than this great landmark. Built in 1816, with a toll of a ha-penny to cross, the bridge was the first-ever pedestrian bridge in Dublin and retained this title until the opening of the Millennium Bridge in 1999.
Located inside the Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo is a great place to visit for a wonderful family day out; particularly the African Plains (although we think Pets Corner is pretty cool, too!) There’s so much to see, and the great thing is that you can bring a picnic along to keep rumbling tummies at bay. Afterwards, if you have the energy, you can explore other areas of the park, from Farmleigh House to the Magazine Fort.
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If you liked this article and would like to read more of our Irish city guide, you can read on, as we explore Galway.