With a wealth of flights and package holidays to exotic destinations, it may be sometimes easy to forget the treasures that are on the doorsteps in Britain. Places such as Edinburgh, The Lake District, Cornwall or even Paris and Amsterdam are all just a stone’s throw away. So when looking for a holiday, maybe it’s time to look closer to home.
Dublin may be great for a long weekend getaway, and with flight times of under an hour from the London airports, it may offer convenience. A number of airlines fly to Dublin – and seemly reasonably at that. Getting from Dublin airport to the city centre may besimple; jump onto the Airlink 747 bus at the airport and within half an hour one maybe within the heart of the city. The bus may arrive at a number of destinations around the capital, which are all explained on a map and a video that plays throughout the journey, helping to find hotels easily.
Dublin aims to offer accessibility. All of the top tourist spots are within walking distance, provided that one is able to stay in a reasonably central location such as the Viking district, the Temple Bar region or by O’Connell Street. All the major attractions are signposted for pedestrians, which seems to simplifies the whole process.
There is a city tour bus, which provides a hop-on, hop-off service stopping at all the major sights which the nation’s capital has to offer as well as an entertaining commentary, with a multilingual service if required.
The Guinness Storehouse seems to be one of Dublins interesting attractions with renowned products It is a self-guided tour of the storehouse, which offers factual and interesting details, along with offering a social and entertaining aspects. Once learned how Guinness is made and re-lived their famous advertising campaigns, enjoy a complimentary pint of Guinness on the seventh floor which offers a view of the entire city, or learn how to pour the complimentary pint in one of the other bars on site. In addition, there is a tasting room in the heart of the tour that offers another tipple accompanied by an expert who even teaches how to taste Guinness properly.
Across the city is another major Dublin based company – The Old Jameson Distillery. This offers a guided tour in comparison to the Guinness Storehouse and allows one to immerse themselves in the history of Irish whiskey and their triple distillation process in the re-created distillery.
Temple Bar may be must-see area for any tourist in Dublin. The area is filled with quirky cafes, proper Irish pubs and a variety of restaurants. It may be a great place to relax with a drink, sit down for a quiet dinner or even dance until the small hours of the morning. Some of the bars in the area are serving beers that are brewed on site, most notably The Porterhouse Brewing Company, which serves hundreds of ales, stouts and lagers amongst others from on-site, as well as from all over the world.
For those who are budding beer connoisseurs, their menu describes the differences of all the different types of beer. Sit back, enjoy a selection of their drinks and learn even more about Irish alcohol.
Trinity College, based in the heart of Dublin, is a fully functioning university, modeled on Oxford and Cambridge, which allows tourists to openly walk around the campus, exploring the libraries, elegant dining hall and The Book of Kells – the famous manuscript that is over 1200 years old.
Dublin Castle maybe be filled with history to absorb. The tour offers a visit to the remains of the original construction. The various museums dotted around the site provide a great insight into Irish history, as well as the Chester Beatty Library, which contains rare art and literature from places as far away as Asia and the Middle East in one of the largest collections of its kind.
There are two cathedrals in the city, St. Patrick’s and Christchurch, which are both famous in their own right. Christchurch has been a place for pilgrimage for nearly a millennium and also houses The Medieval Crypt, whilst St. Patrick’s is the only Irish cathedral to still have a daily sung service. Both may be a worth a visit for their architectural and historical value.
One of the main surprises in Dublin may be the food. The Irish classics such as a good classic, slow-cooked steak and Guinness pie with champ potatoes are on the menu, however there are also a huge number of restaurants from all over the world, including Asia, Europe and Mexico.
Dublin may be a city that needs to be explored, as it is full of surprises. Immerse in the Guinness culture one moment, then explore the alleyways and arcades the next, stumbling across hidden gems like a local.
What other hidden gems does Dublin offer?