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As the capital of Ireland, Dublin has a huge amount of things to do, no matter if you’re a solo traveller or large group.
We’ve whittled the list down to just five – if you can manage to visit or indulge in everything from the list below, you’ll be on your way to discovering the real Dublin.
The iconic Dublin stout has been made on the riverfront of the Liffey since its inception, touting the kind of rich history few brands can match.
The storehouse tour takes you through the processes through which the beverage gets made, all the way from farm to glass. From there it takes you through some of the history of Guinness as a brand, including the legendary advertising that has led to the famous phrases of “my goodness, my Guinness!” and “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle”.
Once the tour has given you a sufficient appreciation for Guinness as a brand, you’ll finally get to taste the black stuff. No ordinary tasting session, this multi-sensory experience includes a series of smell tests and even a room with the perfect décor for tasting the world-famous drink. As you’d expect, this pint lives up to its reputation as the best pint of Guinness in the world.
The tour ends in the famous Storehouse bar, which has spectacular views overlooking Dublin, coupled with helpful markings on the windows to help you identify the landmarks and get your bearings around the city.
A fantastic way to start your journey in Dublin, the Guinness Storehouse tour gives you a chance to taste an integral part of the city, as well as see it spread out in front of you from a beautiful vantage point.
Located right at the heart of the city, a tour of Trinity College’s beautiful campus can be nestled perfectly between any other activities you may want to do. Boasting gorgeous architecture and the picturesque archway, Trinity College really is one of the most stunning places to wander around in Dublin.
The tour guides are usually students, so their knowledge of the campus and its secrets are unparalleled. Included in some of the tour packages is the amazing Long Library, on which the library in Star Wars is based. It also holds the amazing Book of Kells – with calligraphy, illustrations, and an odd poem about a cat in the margin, this is one of the oldest and most beautiful editions of the New Testament in existence.
A bonus feature, if you can find it, is the amazing display of deer and doe skeletons in the Museum Building. The bones of these massive animals are displayed right through the main doors to the building.
A little slice of classical beauty in the urban sprawl, Trinity College is one of the most beautiful colleges in Dublin, and shares in the city’s rich history.
Viking Splash tours provide a unique and fun way to get a tour of the city. Unlike your traditional city tours, Viking Splash Tours show you the sites and scenes of the beautiful city in the back of a World War Two amphibious vehicle.
Starting out over land, the tour takes you all around the city, allowing you to give your best Viking roar to unsuspecting passers-by, before plunging into the River Liffey.
Dublin has a great collection of Galleries and Museums: at least some of which you should definitely try and see. Indeed, one of the best features about Dublin’s national galleries and museums is that most are free for general entry.
Our recommendations is the Natural History Museum, where you can see the eerily well preserved bog bodies and the National Gallery of Ireland, featuring a newly refurbished gallery and one of the best classical art collections in Europe.
Dublin (and Ireland in general) is stereotypically famous for its pubs. James Joyce famously said that it would be a great puzzle to try and “cross Dublin without passing a pub” and the challenge only gets harder and harder. There are enough pubs in Dublin to satisfy any and all features you could want in a pub.
Our recommendation is P Macs, off George’s Street. Featuring a cosy environment where you can sink into an amazingly comfy couch or, just as easily, be using a piano as your table, P Macs has a wide variety of craft beers from all over the world for you to sample and enjoy. If you are stuck you could ask the very knowledgeable and friendly staff and they will provide you with a personalised recommendation based on what other drinks you like.
As if that wasn’t enough to keep you entertained, there are a good number of classic board games to keep you and your friends happy and competitive all night long.
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