Three Days In Dublin
Ireland has been on my travel list for many years yet despite being only an hour plane trip away I had yet to see it. It was with great enthusiasm that I got to plan a little hop over to Dublin for a few days while we had family visiting this summer.
For me it was love at first sight. Dublin is beautiful city and completely walkable which is my favourite way to see any new city. We did by the city tour bus tickets but except for a couple of the stops we really wouldn’t have needed it so if you have a good set of legs you could save yourself some money there.
The lovely thing about traveling anywhere new with no real expectations is that everything can just be a pleasant surprise. The monuments and statues that Dublin was sprinkled with definitely was one of those for me. They seem to be everywhere and if you do happen to take one of the guided tours you will find most of them have a story to go with them.
The temple bar area is always packed. It is loaded with people spilling out onto the street waiting to get a picture or a pint and the area has plenty of quaint shops and other restaurants to entertain those not interested in visiting the famous pub. Even as a non-drinker it is easy to get caught up in the energy that bleeds through the streets here.
Christ Church Cathedral
I admit to being a bit of a sucker for the old churches that are all over Europe and so it shouldn’t surprise you that visiting one of Dublin’s cathedrals was very high on my list of things to do. The intricate architecture alone is worth the price of admission in my opinion but the crypt in this particular church was one of the coolest I’ve spent time in.
If you are in Dublin then Trinity College should absolutely be on your list. This campus will without a doubt take your breath away. I don’t say this very often but I also highly recommend taking the guided tour. It only adds a couple euro to your admission and a lovely grad student will lead you around and give you details about the various buildings and it is well worth it.
Trinity College houses one of these amazing sculptures that is part of a very small series. I have been privileged to see one of the other ones that calls Vatican city home during my trip to Rome, but this one equally impressed me.
The Old Library was perhaps my favourite part of the Trinity College experience. If you are a writer, or a reader even, the large room will likely make you feel a little humble and inspire you all at the same time. What I wouldn’t have given to climb those stairs and comb through the thousands of titles nestled on the never ending shelves. We learned on our tour though that to find a specific title can take up to three weeks. Why you ask? Because the books are not shelved alphabetically but are stored by size instead.
War Memorial Gardens
Dublin has several large and beautiful parks within the city limits but this one was hands down my favourite. It has two tiered areas that mirror one another with plenty of green space and paths between them. It was also very very quiet while we were there and it felt like we had the place to ourselves which helped me fall in love.
I wasn’t allowed to take pictures in very much of the museum but the fact that there is an entire museum dedicated to the writers of Ireland was enough to get me inside. Maybe it’s the writer in me but I loved learning a little bit more about some of the famous and perhaps less well known writers that Ireland produced.
Walking Around Dublin
It would be impossible, I think, to not find something to fall in love with and want to stop and explore further when you walk the streets of Dublin. We saw a lot in the few days that we were there but I think I will have to go back because there was plenty that I didn’t have the chance to see.
Have you been? What do you think I missed that I shouldn’t have? Let me know and I’ll add them to the list for my next trip.