Seven years ago I visited Dublin for the first time. It is a city that immediately captivates you. Dublin has this unique atmosphere: The street music, the pubs, the architecture and it is a place full of history. However, above all the people make your trip to Dublin something special you will never forget. You often read that the Irish are always friendly and helpful. Moreover, that is true. It is easy to make friends here because they are so welcoming and kind. You feel like you are home. Even driving a cab was fun because the taxi drivers were so friendly and always had interesting stories to tell. I had the opportunity to live and work in Dublin for six weeks during an internship and the people I got to know made my stay an unforgettable experience.
After my first visit to Dublin, I swore that I would come back and I have returned several times since then. One of my hobbies is photography, and Dublin offers you great photo opportunities with its old buildings and beautiful nature in places like Howth and Malahide which are not far away from the city center and can be easily reached by bus. Of course, I visited the well-known tourist attractions, and now I want to show you those places which you should see when you are in Dublin.
It is probably the most famous tourist attraction in Dublin and my opinion a must-see. Even Barack Obama was here to taste a pint of the “black stuff.” On seven floors you get the ultimate Guinness experience and learn a lot about the history and the brewing process of the world famous beer. After the tour, you can get a free pint of Guinness at Gravity Bar which offers you an incredible 360-degree view of Dublin City.
St. Stephen’s Green Park
This park is one of my favourite places in Dublin, and when I am in the city, I am always going there. St. Stephen’s Green is located in the center of the city. The main entrance lies at the end of Dublin’s main shopping street – Grafton Street. It is a perfect place to relax and escape the hectic pace of the city. You can also take beautiful photos here of the fountains, trees, or ducks.
It is Dublin’s main shopping street but also expensive. At the south end of this busy street lies the St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre. On three floors you can buy clothes, food, or gifts. The main reason I love Grafton Street so much are the many talented street musicians you can find here. During my six weeks stay in Dublin, I sometimes went to Dublin City after work and enjoyed street music. If I hear great music, I just have to stop and listen.
Ireland’s oldest university was founded in 1592 by Elizabeth I. Many famous people have studied here. Jonathan Swift, Samuel Beckett, and Bram Stoker are only a few of them. Worth a visit is the Old Library with the Book of Kells from the 9th century. It is said to be the most beautiful book in the world. The Long Room houses over 200.000 books. George Lucas used the Long Room as inspiration for “Star Wars: Episode II.”
Dublin Castle was built in the 13th century. Today it is used for the inauguration of the president. You can do a 45-minute tour through the State Apartments. If you want to learn something about the Irish history, I can recommend this guided tour.
Although it is crowded most of the time, it is worth a visit. Here you can find pubs, restaurants, and cafes. In the famous bar with the same name, you can listen to Irish live music seven days a week.
It is one of the largest city parks in Europe. Here you can find a large herd of wild deer. Dublin Zoo which is located in Phoenix Park is the third oldest zoo in the world and houses over 400 animals.
You can go on board of the re-created famous tall ship which sailed to America during the famine era. This guided tour shows you what the passengers experienced on their journey to the “New World.”
If you want to escape the busy city I have a special tip for you: Just take the bus to the coastal town Howth where you can walk along the stunning coastline. At the end of the cliff walk, you will see the Baily Lighthouse. Alternatively, you can enjoy a meal at Howth Harbour. You have lots of restaurants which serve seafood.
So, there you have it. Some incredible things to do in Dublin. Just don’t forget your camera and have a great time in Dublin! I am sure you will fall in love with this city just like me