Since I have been doing Dublin layovers this whole summer, and for a very good reason, I have decided to maybe outline a few things that could be of interest to those visiting the city. I won’t spend much time elucidating on each point of interest, just a little outline so one can get an idea of what it is all about.
1- Book of Kells Exhibition.
Located in the heart of Dublin City, a walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College Dublin will bring visitors back to the 18th century, when the magnificent Old Library building was constructed and which displays the Book of Kells. Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various prefatory texts and tables. It is Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure and the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. The 9th century book is a richly decorated copy of the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ.
Online price per Adults : €14
Entry price at the door : €11
2- Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery and Temple Bar.
For those who love to drink and can admire Alcohol for what it is, this one is for you! Half-day tour in and around the historic city center, and walk down streets that date back to the days of the Vikings and the Middle Ages.
Meet your guide at Trinity College and stroll over to the Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s number one visitor attraction. Skip the long lines to enjoy a private tasting in the exclusive Guinness Bar. Get a tutorial about the famous beer from an official Guinness Connoisseur. See the world’s largest pint glass as it rises up the 7-storey atrium, and learn how Guinness is made and transported around the world.
Go to the Jameson’s Whiskey Distillery in Smithfield for a tasting experience in an exclusive setting. Sample Jameson Whiskey variants for a whiskey comparison that few get to enjoy. Learn what 3 ingredients go into making the world’s most famous Irish whiskey, and get a coveted Whiskey Taster Certificate.
Price per adult : $78.00 CAD
3- Croke park stadium tours
This is for all your sports enthusiasts. Croke Park is an iconic stadium, steeped in history, and has been at the heart of Irish sporting and cultural life for over 100 years. Ranked as one of the best things to do in Dublin, the Croke Park Stadium tour offers a truly unique and unforgettable day out! Enjoy an interactive visitor experience and find out more about Ireland’s unique national games Gaelic football and hurling – the fastest field game in the world
Stadium tour price per adult : €13
4- Kildare village shopping day trip from Dublin.
This one is for you ladies who dress to impress. Read this one carefully! Look great and save money! Take a day trip to Ireland’s Kildare Village, a luxury shopping destination less than an hour’s drive from Dublin. Once here you can peruse over 60 internationally renowned retailers such as Diesel and Gucci, each offering up to 60 percent savings on last year’s best clothing, skin care products and accessories from shoes to handbags. Choose the express option, with round-trip transport from Dublin and an afternoon of shopping, or the experience option, offering additional benefits like a 50 euro gift card (equal to about 68 US dollars) lunch and a VIP card for even more savings.
Adult price : $ 11.48 USD
5- Dublin Castle.
Originally built in the 13th century on a site previously settled by the Vikings it functioned as a military fortress, a prison, treasury, courts of law and the seat of English Administration in Ireland for 700 years. Rebuilt in the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Dublin Castle is now used for important State receptions and Presidential Inaugurations. The State Apartments, Undercroft, Chapel Royal, Craft Shop, Heritage Centre and Restaurant are open to visitors. (On occasions Dublin Castle can be closed at very short notice for Government business).
Adult entry fee: €6.50
6- Dun Laoghaire.
For those of you feeling a little adventurous and have a knack of photography, take the dart to the beautiful elegant port town just 13 kms away from Dublin’s city centre. Popular with the holiday makers since Victorian times, its appeal is timeless. Lots to do here, try your hand at sailing, take a dip in the sea, visit a museum and top it all with a 99 ice-cream cone on the pier. Another recommended spot is the Peoples park. Created as a formal Victorian garden, this scenic space is enclosed by wrought iron railings, inside of which you’ll find beautifully landscaped lawns and bright flowers. Visit on a Sunday to sample the delights of Dún Laoghaire’s food and craft market.
Price : €8 one way
7- Cake Cafe.
.This one is for those with a sweet tooth. In a concealed courtyard, the Cake cafe is an adorable venture that has already won itself a loyal following. The air inside is warm with the smell of heavenly own-made cakes, biscuits, pies and cupcakes, sandwiches, great salads (caramelised pear, blue cheese and walnut) and some more ambitious hot dishes. Everything is served on artfully mismatched crockery and the staff are delightfully welcoming. A hidden treasure.
Fridays are fun times at Peploe’s. Lunches are popular with local heroes, business gurus and the cultured set of the city. The location is fabulous, and the rooms are decked out with wood, murals and crisp table linen. The established venue serves classic dishes like French onion soup, Caesar salad and smoked salmon with dill sauce, and the wine list is good and long.
Voila, these are my recommendations, of course there is tons more to see and explore around the city so walk it and take it all in. Enjoy Dublin 🙂 and its hospitality!