Dublin is eternally cheerful. It’s a bubbly city that’s full of quirky customs, great sights, big sounds and bags of personality. It has a fascinating heritage that shines through in a myriad of different ways, from its Viking roots and medieval architecture to its brewing history, courtesy of Arthur Guinness himself – all of which is re-told through a superb collection of museums and entertaining tours.
High on the hit-list of any visitor to Dublin must be a trip to the Guinness Storehouse. Described by Lonely Planet as “the beer-lover’s Disneyland”, this is a fun-filled tour of the history behind Ireland’s famous black beverage and an educational walk-through of the full brewing process. Explore the old grain storehouse and make your way through the visitor centre’s seven storeys as it winds around an attractive central atrium. Reward yourself at the top in the aptly named Gravity Bar, where you can enjoy a pint of black gold with a stunning panoramic view of the city. Even if you’re not a fan of Guinness, the views at the top are well worth tagging along for.
Another must-do activity in Dublin is the Viking Splash Tour. The tour starts on land in an amphibious bus-cum-boat which, led by a team of eternally cheerful wise-cracking guides, makes its way around the city past such sights as St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Dublin Docklands, and various historic sights from the Viking, Medieval and Georgian eras. Then it’s straight into the River Liffey for a tour from the water. Cheesy it most certainly is, but it’s also a lot of fun.
When it comes to nightlife, Dublin is second to none. Check out the traditional pubs in Temple Bar, and make your way around the bright lights from one cheerful venue and live music session to the next. Café en Seine comes highly recommended. It’s a bustling place with a penchant for live music, ranging from jazz to big band swing, and promises plenty of exuberance to get your night off to a great start.
For somewhere to rest your head, try the Travelodge Dublin hotel. It offers a no-frills stay that’s perfect for budget-conscious travellers – it’s based within its own grounds in leafy Castleknock so you won’t be disturbed by all-night revellers.
Whatever you do here, you’ll soon find that Dublin is one of those places that once experienced is never forgotten – so don’t expect this trip to be your last…