How to Spend 24 Hours in DublinJuly 25th, 2019
Dublin is a city that is steeped in history, with numerous things to do that range from visiting the best restaurants, cathedrals, museums, venues, cafes and much more! It truly is a city you must visit, at least once in your lifetime. Dublin is always changing, and the streets are constantly buzzing, so if you want to get out and about, now is your chance to take on the capital city of Ireland and embrace the culture. Find out how we like to spend our days in Dublin below!
Grafton Street- Why not start off your day early by heading to Bewley’s Oriental Café to wake yourself up with a good breakfast and strong cup of traditional Irish tea. The café is located on Grafton Street, one of Dublin’s most famous streets and is surrounded by a variety of high-end fashion shops and it’s right next door to the beautiful St. Stephens Green, which you can explore shortly after filling yourself up for the first half of the day!
Trinity College- Once you have finished up with the cafe, it would only make sense to take a trip down to Trinity College. It’s particularly lovely here on a sunny day! Many famous people have studied here, including Oscar Wilde and Mary Robinson, the first female president of Ireland! Not to mention, one of Irelands most cultural pieces of history lies within the ground of Trinity, famously known as the Book of Kells, this is a must see! With a high demand of people wanting to experience the Book of Kells, it best be booked in advance.
The Guinness Storehouse- Another part of Dublin that cannot go unseen is, of course, the Guinness Storehouse. Being Ireland’s leading attraction with over 1.7 million visitors passing through its doors last year, the Guinness experience is in a league of its own. Located at St James Gate, the factory produces nearly 30 million pints a day! You even get to pull your very own pint of “the black stuff”as the Dubliners call it. You get to finish your tour at the top (literally!) at the Gravity Bar, which outlooks onto Dublin. At the heart of our culture, a trip to Dublin would not be complete without a stop off here.
Kilmainham Gaol- The next stop will be one that will open your eyes to a different side of the Irish culture and history. Jump on a bus and head towards Kilmainham Gaol, a place that once held some of the most famous names in Irish history. Here, you will have the opportunity to listen to stories from the 1916 Easter Rising and all that went down on this day in the fight for Irish Independence. Learn about all the prisoners and their stories and take in the eerie atmosphere of Kilmainham Gaol.
Fact: One of the leaders of the 1916 rising, Joseph Plunkett got married to his wife, Grace Gifford on the day of his execution (May 4th, 1916) in Kilmainham Gaol. There is a song about it called “Grace” and it is known to be one of the saddest songs in Irish history. Have a listen to it here!
Croke Park- Next on our list is the third largest stadium in Europe! Croke Park is around since the 1800s and is home to the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association). The two main sports that are played at Croke Park are Gaelic Football and Hurling, which are the native sports of Ireland. If you can catch a game here, make sure to get your hands on some tickets! It’s an experience not to be missed, whether it be a football game or a hurling game. However, you can do a skyline tour of Croke Park and it’s almost as good as witnessing a match here, almost!
Temple Bar- All this exploring has got us hungry again! Why not stop into Elephant & Castle at Temple Bar and try their famous wings! They have a large menu to choose from here. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it!
Copper Face Jacks – To wrap up the day, get your dancing shoes on and head for a bogey in Dublin’s most popular night club Copper Face Jacks. Be prepared to hear a wide selection of genres throughout the night, each song better than the last. Expect all the very best current hits, old favourites and sing along tunes. It has a great mix of everything you could want in a nightclub.
Dublin is a place where you can learn, achieve and have fun in all at the same time. It’s a place that welcomes all and makes you feel at home. We truly hope you enjoy your time here in beautiful Dublin!
Blog Post by Lyndsey Daly
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