Dublin’s most popular attraction is The Guinness Storehouse. Adjoining the brewery, this museum offers an entertaining history of Ireland’s most famous export, and entry includes a free pint of the black stuff in the elevated, panoramic Gravity Bar.
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For a literature lover, there is no better city than Dublin. So many great writers (Joyce, Wilde, Beckett, Behan, Doyle) were either born, lived, or set their work here, and the city oozes literary history.
Starting at Portobello Bridge south of the city centre, follow shady pathways along the Grand Canal before turning left into Georgian Dublin. Enjoy the grand serenity of this area taking in the lush greenery of Merrion Square and St Stephens Green.
Restaurants of all shape and size abound in Dublin. A selection of top-end eateries populate the Dawson Street / St Stephens Green area (Bleu, Balzac), while the Temple Bar area offers a wide selection of styles, prices, and quality try Luigi Malone’s for a decent mid-range feed.
Live music is the heartbeat of Dublin. The traditional notes of a fiddle or tin whistle will emanate from many a pub, especially at the weekend, and especially around Temple Bar. Less tourist-orientated trad can be harder to find (perhaps the Belfry in Dublin 7), but venue?s such as Whelans and The Olympia host regular live contemporary gigs.
Join the comedy-hat-wearing tourists and stag parties in Temple Bar for a lively time, there’s plenty of craic to be had, manufactured or otherwise, in pubs like Oliver St Jon Gogarty’s If partying with the locals is more to taste, head down George Street / Camden Street.
Best Day Trip Out of the City
Bracing walks in the moody Wicklow Mountains are the perfect way to blow off those Guinness-induced cobwebs; if exercise doesn’t appeal, a bus can take you on a tour of this majestic region.
Something that not many tourists would know about.
Iveagh Gardens is the lesser known of Dublin’s city centre parks. Cloistered from view, this walled Victorian oasis is a hidden gem in more ways than one, and provides the perfect place to escape from the hordes on a summer’s afternoon.