7 Things You Must do in Dublin
Grafton Street Dublin
If you’re playing golf in the Dublin area or if you’re going to include a visit there on another Ireland itinerary, rest assured, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this dynamic city.
For those interested in teeing up in or near Dublin, the options include The K Club, European Club, Portmarnock, Druids Glen and Royal Dublin to name a few.
Dublin is a fantastic city for sightseeing, dining and pub hopping. From its medieval cathedrals to its Georgian and Victorian squares, it’s entertaining and fun on many levels.
Here are seven great things-to-do suggestions in Dublin:
1.Pour the “Perfect Pint of Guinness” at the Guinness Storehouse-When you take the tour of this impressive 7-story complex, you’ll learn everything you want and more about Ireland’s famous beer. You’ll even have an opportunity to pour your own pint and then enjoy it as you view the city from an awesome rooftop bar (Gravity Bar) with massive windows that afford a stunning panorama of the city.
2. Visit the Book of Kells and walk the campus of Trinity College-Located in downtown Dublin, this gorgeous campus is modeled after those at Oxford and Cambridge. A must visit is the famous Library of Trinity College, which is home to the Book of Kells and thousands of treasured books. You can also walk unimpeded through this classic campus. Make sure you visit the rugby and sports fields where you can sit on a bench to fully appreciate daily college life. If you love traditional campuses like Duke and Harvard, you’ll love Trinity College.
3. Enjoy a pint at a traditional pub-Let’s face it, going to Dublin and not visiting a pub is a bit like visiting Rome and skipping the Coliseum. It almost can’t be done since there’s literally a pub every half-block or so in Dublin city center. The long list of great pubs includes The Brazen Head on Bridge Street Lower, Ireland’s oldest pub, O’Donoghue’s on Baggot Street, Stag’s Head at Dame Court and Mulligan’s on Poolbeg street.
4. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral-Founded in 1191, this spectacular structure is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland and one of the few large buildings left from medieval Dublin. It’s the largest cathedral in the country. Tours are offered and there’s also a beautiful park and garden adjacent to the Cathedral where you can sit on a park bench and simply soak in your amazing surroundings.
5. Enjoy a whiskey tasting at the Jameson Distillery on Bow Street-While it’s more of a museum these days, this is where Jameson Whiskey started in 1780. The tour features several interactive elements, a whiskey comparison tasting with three samples and your choice of a shot of whiskey or Jameson & Ginger drink at the conclusion. You’ll enjoy your whiskey in the fabulous Jameson bar, which is well appointed with Jameson bottles and art pieces. It’s located on Smithfield Square in downtown Dublin.
6. Shop on Grafton Street-This pedestrian-only street is loaded with all types of shops including Jack Wills, Marks & Spencer, Dunnes Stores, Swatch and Molton Brown. Better still, the street entertainers (some who are exceptional Trinity College music students) are top-notch and you’ll thoroughly enjoy the musical accompaniment. Grafton Street runs from St. Stephen’s Green Park to College Green/Trinity College.
7. Stroll St. Stephen’s Green-One of the most beautiful city parks in the world, this rectangular shaped park is wonderfully manicured and dotted with brightly colored flowers, lush foliage and park benches. Located in the city center, the park encompasses 22 acres.