We have been in Ireland since last Saturday and my eight days here are going by so quickly!
Dublin is the capital of Ireland and one of the main tourist points of Ireland. From my home house, it is about a 90 minute drive which is o.k. compared to travel times in Australia! The roads are lined with green trees at this time of the year and spotted with bursts of colour from the wildflowers.
The GPO on O Connell St. This is the stand out on O Connell Street. It is well known in the history books and associated with the 1916 Rising and how the Republic of Ireland became an independent state.
It still serves as the Headquarters of the Irish Post Office.
There are many cathedrals dotted around the city. Some are built within the old inner city walls and some were built outside the walls so they were free from city rule. Notable cathedrals are St. Patrick’s and Christ Church.
Áras an Uachtaráin- Home of the President of Ireland. I have been lucky enough to have a tour of this fine building and meet two previous presidents.
The Guinness Storehouse – Tour available for €17. Tour goers get the opportunity to see the ingredients up close and personal, pour their own pint of Guinness and learn how to drink Guinness properly!
Trinity College houses one of our most famous books, The Book of Kells. The grounds are beautiful to walk around and a guided tour is available.
The Book of Kells is an 9th century book can be viewed as part of an exhibition in Trinity College.
The last part of the tour is through The Long Room. It is home to the oldest books in Ireland and it is an amazing site to see!
Temple Bar is the heart of Dublin’s tourism. If you visit Ireland and don’t walk down the cobbled streets of this area, your Irish Bucket List will be incomplete.
There is a happy hum of bustling bars and restaurants and buskers dotted a long the streets. It is a great area to find traditional food and music at any time of the day.
The Spire is the only piece on O Connell that has no political or religious association. It is 3m wide at the base and thins to 15cm at the highest point.
Stewo– This is part of a traditional Irish menu. It is an Irish stew on one side and coddle on the other side.
Other notable sights:
The Brazen Head– This is the oldest pub in Dublin and definitely worth a visit.
Henry Street & Grafton Street– Probably two of the longest shopping shopping streets in the city centre which are suitable for pedestrians.
Old Jameson Distillery- Although this famous whiskey is no longer distilled here, you can find out more about how it is made and taste this fine alcohol.
Dublin Zoo- Located in Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo is one of the best zoos I have ever been too. You know the roaring lion at the beginning of the movie, you guessed it, this is where he is from.
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