A guide to Irish influence, their tales of achievement and the Irish roots
DUBLIN: It makes sense that my first morning in Dublin was focused around some of the attractions included on the Dublin Pass Sightseeing Card – the perfect way to explore all the city has to offer. Such as Dublin Writers Museum to discover Ireland’s literary tradition, Aquazone water park, The Little Museum of Dublin and National Gallery of Ireland.The Pass means you´re an instant VIP at more than 30 attractions.
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Main attraction. To learn about Irish culture and people as an interactive experience, visit EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, situated in Dublin´s Docklands. Here I turned up with my main question: What does it means to be Irish? EPIC tells the moving and unforgettable story of the 10 million Irish people who left their homeland, and how they influenced and shaped the world. This family-friendly attraction is a destination for everyone with an interest in Ireland’s people, culture and history. Recall some of the greatest achievements in music, literature, sport, business, politics, fashion and science.
Day 1: Dublin is a modern, buzzing city with a rich past, and has so much to offer. From shopping and exciting museums to a pint of the black stuff at the Guinness Storehouse.
Howth Harbour. Take a day out on Dublin´s coastline by bus or car. Head south of the city of Killiney and visit a stunning view of Dublin from a hilltop and visit the lovely village of Dalkey.
From port Dun Laoghaire embark a 60minute sea cruise across Dublin Bay to the fishing village Howth with Dublin Bay Cruises. At Howth, have a city walk and visit the Abbey Tavern for lunch and wonderful Irish food, included fish and seafood. Following the lunch, join Shane´s Howth Hike, before heading back to Dublin by the Dart Train.
Dramatic evening. Consider finishing off your day with a little Dublin theatre. Established in 1904, the Abbey Theatre is renowned as a writer´s theatre and has contributed to some of the world´s greatest theatrical works.
Day 2: After breakfast, start at St Stephen’s Green and visit one of the most charming and interesting attractions in the city – The Little Museum of Dublin. This eccentric small museum is full of treasures donated by ordinary Dubliners. It charts the cultural and social history of the city over the past century – from George Bernard Shaw to U2 and much more.
Bang Bang. With the Dublin Pass you have a free guided tour of Teelings Whiskey Distillery to learn about the processes from distilling to dram, know how they make whiskey and who make it. Teelings was founded in 1782. After the tour, enjoy a handcrafted cocktail from a mixologist at the Bang Bang Bar with views overlooking Dublin city. Not to be missed!
Skyline tour. Croke Park is the home to the Irish amateur sports known as Gaelic football and Hurling and it is the third largest stadium in Europe with a capacity of 82,300. Visit the Museum on the ground floor, or try the unique Rooftop walkway known as the Ericsson Skyline
Time out. The best place to take time out is along the River Liffey. From any bridge the city´s water-edged catwalk of architecture unfolds, and remember what poet Seamus Heaney said: “The Vikings coming sniffing up the Liffey”. After all, Dublin is a Viking city – friendly as a village and intimate as a pub.
#LoveIreland Dublin is the perfect place to find out what it means to be Irish. Ireland´s capital really is its people. They are a social bunch and taxi drivers love to talk with views on everything. Bring good memories away with you, and you might agree: The Irish is the loveliest people and Dublin the most warm-hearted city in Europe.
That´s why I fell in love with Ireland.
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Make it Happen!
Touch Down: Dublin is really accessible, making it the perfect spot for a quick city break. Make the Dublin Pass card as soon as you land by availing of a free airport transfer on Aircoach straight into the heart of the city centre.
Stay: The Dean Hotel has modern boutique rooms with big, bouncy beds and fluffy pillows. Sophie´s is the bar and rooftop restaurant providing a range of cocktails and tasty dishes.
Eat: Dublin’s culinary scene has changed considerably in recent years, and the Irish capital is now bursting with creative chefs, cafés and restaurants serving tasty Irish fare and highlighting the best of Irish ingredients. One of the best restaurants in town; Fire Restaurant in Dowson Street, located in a building from 1701 and serving quality food with a hint of the hot wooden flames
Play: Dublin has a fantastic nightlife. Some clubs and bars don’t welcome those who are too casually dressed
Mini Guide: Find out more about 33 attractions and 23 discounts available with the Dublin Pass Sightseeing Card. Free in Dublin; From walking through wonderful parks to popping in to one of the many free events around Dublin. Dublin is well known for its generous green spaces and beautiful parks. Many of the museums have free entry. Dublin boasts an eclectic mix of events that are free of charge. Grafton Street is the premier shopping location.