Ireland is a small country with so many natural jewels that you can spend as long as you like and never get bored.
Dublin is a charming city with energetic streets and history around every corner.
Of course pubs play an important role in Irish life and you can find thousands in the city. Guiness also plays an important role in the city and a visit to the Guiness storehouse
is very interesting, the museum is interactive and the ticket includes a drink in the Gravity Bar, where you can enjoy a perfectly poured Guiness (which is an art in itself) and you can enjoy a beautiful 360º view of the city skyline.
Outside of Dublin are lovely villages and spectacular landscapes. One of the most famous spots to visit is the Cliffs of Moher, a stunning natural treasure.
In this place I lost all sense of time sitting on a cliffs’ edge while taking in the horizon and breathtaking views. Walking the hill is a peaceful experience and I can assure you that the place is magic. If you go during May or June you might have the chance to witness the interesting birds living in the cliffs: the Atlantic Puffins. Tip: you'll see more birds on an early morning visit.
When visiting the cliffs you can stay in Gallway, which is a beautiful city just one-hour by car from the Cliffs.
It was a beautiful, sunny day and we enjoyed the gardens and a walk around the town. On your way to the cliffs, make a quick stop to admire the beauty of The Burren. This rocky place is a vast extension of ocean cracked stone and it's a beautiful spot to take pictures.
In the same county, you’ll find Conneamara, a beautiful natural spot
. This area has everything we love about Ireland: natural landscapes with beautiful villages.
If you want to travel a bit further from Dublin, visit another great natural spot located in Northern Ireland: Giant’s Causeway. It's a special (and windy) place by the ocean surrounded by deep green hills where you can stroll and admire the beauty of this magic spot. On your way, make sure to stop in Belfast and get to know the city's recent history. The political tour was a hit.
What to see in Dublin
Dublin is a relatively small city and walking to points of interest is easy.
Your tour should include a visit to the beautiful and historic Trinity College (the oldest college in Ireland), St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Dublin Castle and the Chester Beatty Library, one of the most interesting museums hosting rare books and some other precious pieces in paper. The Bank of Ireland or Houses of Parliament are also a top thanks to the beautiful 18th
One of the top things to do in Dublin is to enjoy the medieval streets surrounding Temple Bar and stopping at one of its emblematic pubs to sip a drink while listening to live music.
The cobblestone streets cover a traditional area where it's easy to stroll and enjoy every corner, every building and… please don’t enjoy every pub! But, seriously it’s the most famous place in Dublin because it is has a great atmosphere, especially after work.
Take some time to walk towards Grafton St., do some shopping or walk on the pedestrian street while checking out street musicians and actors on your way to Saint Stephen’s Green Park. The park is a haven of peace.
The Liffey River divides the city and is home to some of the most important points of interest in Dublin, such as the Custom House, the Ha’Penny Bridge and the Guiness Brewery.
If you follow the river further beyond the historic center, you’ll find another point of interest: the Docklands. In this area you’ll find a more modern Dublin where lots of cool restaurants and shops are opening. It’s a revitalized neighborhood where art galleries, new architecture, old buildings and river trips blend. It’s the ideal place to stroll and enjoy a less touristic place in the city. One of our favorite places in this neighborhood is The chq Building. Overlooking the Liffey River and George’s Dock, this building has been perfectly restored and it’s a great visit on its own. The chq Building used to be a wine and tobacco warehouse and is currently home to restaurants, bars, cafés, art galleries and several events during the year. The ely bar & brasserie is special because it’s located in the converted original cellars.
Where to eat in Dublin
We enjoyed some delicious meals in Dublin. The city is bustling with new restaurants that bring renewed classics of Irish traditional food to the scene .
Gallaghers Boxty House
(20-21 Temple Bar): here we had one of our favorite meals in Ireland. Located in the center of Temple Bar, they have a modern concept of traditional food in a casual atmosphere. At Boxty House they use natural ingredients and artisans food producers. We had the boxty lamb and it was truly delicious!
The Fumbally Café
(Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8): This eclectic deco café is airy and modern and offers fresh locally sourced ingredients and is especially good for sandwiches. They serve fresh, healthy food in a cool atmosphere.
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
(Merrion Hotel): If you are looking for a more elegant and fancy dinner we would recommend you to visit this legendary restaurant. With two Michelin stars we are sure that you’ll have here the gourmet experience you are looking for
, contemporary cuisine with traditional Irish roots.
Queen of Tarts
(Cow's Ln, Dublin 2): this is a classic and you won't be disappointed with any of the suggestions. As its name points out, the tarts are delicious!
: Fish and chips is a British classic and you can’t leave Dublin without trying them. There are no tables
so you can eat standing or can take it away. As you might have guessed it’s nothing light but it’s so tasty and totally worth it. You can find out about other shops here
Where to stay in Dublin
Best places to stay in Dublin - Temple Bar
one of our favorite places to stay in Dublin! The hotel is the epitome of relaxed grandeur and is one of the most luxurious hotels in Dublin. The Merrion Hotel is in a beautifully restored 18th
century building and as we have recommended in the “Where to eat in Dublin” section, the hotel is also heaven for foodies because it’s home to the 2-star Michelin Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. Have a drink in the garden after dinner.
: located in the bank of the river Liffey and close to the Millennium Bridge, this luxurious hotel is within a walking distance of Temple Bar, allowing you to enjoy the happening nightlife of the vibrant street.
Temple Bar Hotel
Location is the best part of the Temple Bar Hotel. They have friendly staff that will help you with everything you need. If you are staying in this hotel you will be able to walk to ever point of interest in Dublin.
Best places to stay in Dublin - Trinity College Neighborhood
O Callaghan Alexander Hotel
: in one of the most iconic corners of Dublin and surrounded by gorgeous Georgian houses you’ll find the O Calaghan Alexander Hotel.
Dylan Hotel Dublin: this boutique hotel
has an impeccable decoration and is located on a beautiful Victorian Street in one of the most sophisticated neighborhoods in Dublin. Staying at the Dylan Hotel puts you close to shopping, restaurants and several points of interest in the city.
The Westin Hotel
: Just in front of Trinity College, the Westin Dublin Hotel is luxurious and service is great as it always is in the Westin Collection. In the heart of Dublin, the Westin offers an incomparable frame. The hotel occupies a historic building from the 1800s that previously was used as the robe suppliers to Trinity College Dublin and afterwards as offices of the insurance and financial companies of the late 1800s.
Best places to stay in Dublin – Docklands
The Marker Hotel Dublin
: they say The Marker Hotel
is the perfect urban retreat for those who crave the unconventional. The hotel is modern, urban and has a great rooftop bar for a cocktail after your sightseeing day. The infinity pool is another great spot in this amazing hotel.
Where to stay in Gallway
Jurys Inn Hotel Galway
: we stayed in this comfortable hotel, which is located just in the heart of the city and has a beautiful garden bar to enjoy a drink.
Glenlo Abbey Hotel Galway
: If you want a more elegant and luxurious experience, you can stay at this gorgeous hotel in the outskirts of the city. It’s an excellent choice if you play golf or you are looking for a countryside experience.
: this luxury spa hotel has an excellent centric location, modern decoration and a good spa to relax during your stay.
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