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What to do in Dublin, Ireland

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What to do in Dublin, Ireland

The Republic of Ireland shares an island with its closely-named neighbor, Northern Ireland, in the Atlantic, with the former boasting the larger chunk. It’s fairly common to hear the two countries getting mixed up. However, one famous stereotype that has been used to tell between the two – save for the complete political autonomy of one – is the prestigious fact that the Republic part is also the Land of the one Arthur Guinness. That aside, Ireland is an incredibly beautiful country crammed with some seriously stunning natural attractions that will rekindle your love of nature – or evoke striking memories of The Shire from the Lord Of The Rings. There is a reason they call it the Emerald Isle, you know.

This is a country also famous for its rich cultural traditions, a troubled history of independence, and yes, one of the bubbliest pub scenes you’ll come across anywhere in the world. The Irish are a jovial and proud bunch, that much is for certain, and nowhere will you catch them in their full element than in the world-famous capital, Dublin. You’ll often find Dublin in many Top 20 global city lists – often in the positive pages – be it with respect to livability, quality of life, travel, tech, women (and gay) rights, retirement, fun and other good nouns. You’ll find a little bit of everything here (perhaps a tad too much of this or that), and it is plain hard to escape the fun. Only this time, you get to kick it like the Irish.

Here are some unique activities on what to do in Dublin, Ireland that only go to affirm what we already knew: it is one of those global destinations you ought to visit at least once in your life.

Visit the National Museum of Ireland

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One of the best ways to get a handle on a country’s past is to visit a treasure-laden museum. In the Republic of Ireland, that happens to be the National Museum located on Kildare Street, Dublin, which goes as far as giving you a feel of the Vikings Age in Ireland. Here, you will find everything including Celtic and Medieval art, such as the celebrated Ardagh Chalice, the Derrynaflan Hoard and the Tara Brooch. You will also get the chance to see one of the finest collections of prehistoric gold artifacts in Europe.

Step into St. Patrick’s Cathedral

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The Cathedral dates back to the medieval period when it was constructed between 1220 and 1260. It remains the largest cathedral in Ireland to date. Other than reveling in the magnificence of the structure, you will also get the chance to learn about the building’s history which is nothing short of fascinating. This history includes that of famous historical figures such as its most famous Dean, Jonathan Swift (whom you may recognize as the author of Gulliver’s Travels) whose remains have been interred here along those of 700 others.

Hang out at the National Botanic Gardens

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The Gardens are a sprawling parcel of land stretching 19.5 hectares on the south bank of Tolka River. There are many things to engage in with features that include a Victorian palm house, a sensory garden, an arboretum, pond, rock garden just to mention but a few. It is a natural sanctuary you’re likely to fall in love with.

View the Book of Kells

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Written circa 800 AD, the Book of Kells is considered one of the world’s most beautifully illuminated manuscripts. It boasts 680 vellum pages which contain the Latin texts of the four Gospels. It was the work of Irish monks who inked and later buried it underground fearing destruction from the Vikings. It would be unearthed centuries later, following which it was taken into safe custody in Trinity College Dublin in the year 1653.

Get a Slice of Old Dublin at St. Moore Market

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Sitting near the city’s O’Connell Street, this age-old market is one of the capital’s gems. A visit here will give you an authentic feel of typical Dublin you are not likely to get anywhere else, complete with sharp-tongued stallholders and the occasional horse-drawn delivery cart. The vibrant sight of fresh fruit and vegetables from the local farm is picture-perfect, and the prices are reasonably low. St. Moore Market is a must-visit if you want to get the true buzz of Dublin (with all the typical Irish banter).

Swing by the Guinness Storehouse

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A trip to Dublin (or Ireland in general) is not complete without stopping by the home of the world’s most famous stout, and the city’s top attraction, the Guinness Storehouse. The Storehouse is nestled in the heart of St. James Gate Brewery, where the black nectar has been crafted since 1759. The huge seven-story structure that was once a Guinness fermentation plant has been refashioned into the shape of a mammoth pint of Guinness, and a trip here will answer all your questions about the world-famous beer. And then some.

Of course, it is not complete without a pint, and this you grab at the Gravity Bar up the top floor at a complimentary while enjoying a spectacular 360-degree view of the city of Dublin. If you’re curious about the charges, a full tour of the factory has been set at a reasonable EUR 20 for adults, with a free entry if you hold the Dublin Pass.

Dublin is an addictive city that will long linger in the memory. If you been pondering a trip to these parts of Europe, consider slotting Dublin in your itinerary. You are sure to love it – nay, you’re sure to rapturously fall in love with this unique city that is hard to get enough of. Dublin won’t surprise you with grand magnificence, no. But she will warm you with little things. And that’s the essence of her beauty.

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