The Irish capital has it all, from great history to fantastic nightlife. I love Dublin and would recommend a trip to anyone who loves to have a great time. Dublin is just an all-around fun city and Dubliners are very friendly people. I can’t imagine it took me this long to visit. A weekend did no justice and I feel there is a lot more than I missed on my first trip.
From Dublin's Airport, the Airlink 747 Bus takes you to central Dublin (€6 one-way, €10 roundtrip). An ideal stop is O'Connell Street. This puts you in the center of the action and the beginning of the magic.
Here you are greeted with your first image of the Dublin Spire. I wanted to get a rich history lesson of Dublin so I opted for a Hop on Hop off tour (€19 one day, €22 two days). These tickets can be bought throughout the city but it’s better to get them at the tourism office as they are able to sell you packaged deals on several attractions throughout the city.
After hearing so much about it, a stop at Trinity College was in order. After a tour of the campus, it was on to see the Book of Kells. (no filming or pictures authorized). After learning of its rich history, a visit to the Long Room of the Trinity College library ended the college trip. The grounds of the college has a lot of art as well.
The streets of Dublin has many statues, so visiting a few were on the list. First was the Molly Malone statue. From there was a brisk walk to Merrion Square to see the Oscar Wilde Statue. Behind the statue is the Giants Garden. It’s a great place for kids to come and have a great time. The Dublin castle was next on the itinerary. The next stop was a visit to the Christ Church Cathedral.
The night began in the historic Temple Bar. Temple Bar is an area in town but there is also the Temple Bar, perhaps Irelands most iconic Pub. Live music, great atmosphere and loads and loads of great fun. If traveling solo, here’s where you’ll meet a lot of travelers like yourself and many locals alike.