A sunny weather forecast for Dublin in February is an opportunity not to miss. Thus, it doesn’t take more to plan our first Dublin City Trip!
We stayed at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Dublin right in the heart of the city.
First of all, we dropped our bags at the hotel and off we went exploring.
Dublin City Trip – What to See & Do?
Only a short walk from the city center, Guinness Storehouse is a seven storey visitor experience dedicated to the history and making of the world famous beer. This former Fermentation Plant in the heart of St. James Gate brewery has been home to the Guinness company since 1759. As you make your way through this impressive storehouse you’ll get to experience a multisensory tasting experience, you’ll learn how to pour your own Pint and the highlight of every visit, the Gravity Bar. A 360- degree panoramic bar with breathtaking views across Dublin that you can enjoy with a complimentary pint of Guinness.
Admission Rates: Adult: 20€, Kids: 6,50€, Family Ticket: 46,50€ (up to 4 children)
Tip: Book online and save € on the admission ticket!
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Built in honor of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Church has been designated as the national Cathedral for the whole of Ireland. We didn’t visit the inside because we think that churches should be freely accessible and here you have to pay, claiming that they don’t receive regular funding from the state.
Admission is 6€ / person.
Dublin Trinity College
Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland. It is housed on a 40-acre site with cobbled squares, gardens and parks. A truly beautiful place. Perfect for a rest from sightseeing and people watching.
Trinity College is also where you’ll find:
The Book of Kells
Written over 1000 years ago, the book of Kells is a richly decorated manuscript in Latin of the four Gospels. It is the centerpiece of an exhibition leading to the old Library. Called the Long Room, the 65 meters long Library houses 200.000
smelling ancient books and the oldest irish harp dating back to the fifteenth century.
Admission: 10€, kids are free
St. Stephens Green
This 9 hectare public park is a sanctuary in the middle of the city. Over 3,5 km lead you through tree lined pathways with colorful flowers and a lake, home for waterfowl. Kids will love the park’s playground while the adults will appreciate lunchtime concerts in the summer months.
Dublin Castle functioned as a military fortress, prison and law courts in the 13th century before being a place of national prestige and hosting important State events nowadays.
Dublin City Hall
The City Hall building is a notable example of Dublin’s Georgian architecture. The former Royal Exchange entrance hall contains a large dome supported by twelve columns. Noteworthy, this is where Dublin’s businessmen gathered to buy and sell their goods.
The Spire of Dublin
The Spire is a huge, impressive monument standing in the middle of O’ Connell Street. It is 120 meters high, 3 meters in diameter at the base and makes a great spot for artistic pictures.
Dublin City Trip – River Liffey
No visit to Dublin is complete without a walk over one of the many bridges that span River Liffey.
Of course, experiencing Dublins nightlife is a must. If you’re visiting Dublin with kids, we highly suggest hiring a babysitter so that you can sneak out to the pubs one evening!
• Oliver St. John Gogarty
• The Quays Bar
• Temple Bar
Dublin Ciy Trip – Where to eat
• F.X Buckley Bull and Castle
The best Irish Steaks can be found here!
5-7 Lord Edward Street, Christchurch
• Darwins Restaurant
Stop at this family restaurant for an excellent price-quality ratio pre-theatre Menu (5-7pm)
80 Aungier Street
• Leo Burdock or Beshoff
For traditional Fish and Chips.
Dublin City Trip – Shopping
• Grafton Street
• Stephens Green
So, what do we think of our Dublin City Trip?
Oh Dublin you were so good to us! The weather was stellar and what striked us most is the friendliness of the people. Everyone is kind and helpful, something which is hard to come by nowadays while in Dublin it seems to be the norm. What a pleasure to visit a city where people are nice and don’t give you the stink eye for being yet-another-tourist. The city is easy to navigate by mere walking.
Dublin City Trip – Tips & Tricks
• If you arrive at Dublin airport, stop at the Tourist Information on the arrival level and ask for a map and a pocket guide. These come very handy and are all you need for your city trip.
• Pick your hotel location carefully so that you don’t need transportation, as the best way to explore Dublin is by walking.
• If you visit Friday/Saturday make your restaurant bookings in advance or otherwise you may end up hungry.
To round up the post, here are some random pictures we took on our Dublin City Trip: