While I don’t claim to be “actually” Irish, I have lots of Irish in my heritage, so I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Ireland!
In college, I did a semester abroad in Nottingham, England and I was lucky enough to take a few side trips during my time there. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I would take you back and share a bit about my trip and some of my favorite fun things to do in Dublin, Ireland.
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Top 5 Fun Things To Do In Dublin, Ireland
I was in college when I visited Ireland, so the first thing I did when I got there was a shot of Jameson Whisky (classy). It seemed like the Irish thing to do.
Even though I only had a few days to visit I managed to see a lot. Here are some great Dublin attractions to check out on your next trip!
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1. St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Ok, confession — I have a picture of this but I don’t remember anything about it (and I don’t think it’s because of the whiskey). Anyways, it’s famous so we went. If you plan to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, they offer free daily guided tours Monday – Saturday. Maybe you will remember your visit more than I do.
2. Guinness Storehouse
This I remember! (Kind of tells you where my mind was at at the age of 21). Even if you are not a fan of Guinness beer (which I am not actually) this is a fun place to visit while you are in Dublin.
The Guinness Storehouse is open 7 days a week and offers lots of different experiences. In addition to bars and restaurants, you can learn how to pour perfectly at the Guinness Academy or learn all about the history of the iconic Guinness advertising. It’s seven floors full of Guinness fun!
3. Brazen Head Pub
The Brazen Head Pub is officially Ireland’s oldest pub, dating back to the year 1198! It is located within walking distance from the Guinness Brewery and Christchurch Cathedral, so it’s convenient to stop in for a pint while you are touring the city.
4. Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle was built in the early thirteenth century and is now a major government complex. It’s open daily and offers both self-guided tours or a 70 minute guided tour.
5. Wicklow/ Glendalough
While Wicklow and Glendalough aren’t actually in Dublin, I am including them on the list because they can be easily seen on a day trip or overnight trip if you are basing yourself in Dublin. And they are worth a visit — the Irish countryside is just beautiful! In addition to the breathtaking views of valleys, lakes, and mountains, be sure to check out Lough Tay Lake (aka Guinness Lake).
This small lake is located in the Wicklow Mountains and boarders part of the Guinness Family estate. It’s unique because it bears an uncanny resemblance to a pint of Guinness! The story goes that the Guinness family had the distinctive white sand imported to make the lake appear like a pint of their famous brew. Bottoms Up!
More Fun In Ireland
There are so many awesome things to do in Dublin and the surrounding areas. If you have some extra time during your trip and can venture to other parts of the country, check out these awesome Irish experiences along the Wild Atlantic Way. This popular tourism trail is perfect for a unique drive through the Irish countryside! If you would prefer to not rent a car, check out this 10 day Ireland itinerary that you can complete without a car.
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