A day in Dublin – What to do?
Start your day with the amazing little ‘Keoghs Cafe‘ (1 Trinity Street). They serve the best muffins I probably ever tasted and have a wide variety of teas an coffees to go with it. And pssst, they got WiFi too!
Just around the corner from Keoghs, you’ll find the famous Trinity College (College Green). Once you’ve found the entrance (a big wooden door), it’s great to stroll along the campus and see the students go about their daily routines.
Don’t forget to pay a visit to the ‘Book of Kells‘, a 9th-century gospel manuscript. The Old Library (18th century) at the end of the exhibition is just incredible. You’ll feel a bit like Belle in Beauty in the Beast, wanting to sing and dance around. Of course, you have to be quiet. It’s a library!
Feeling all cultural now and totally into books, why not continue the ‘Craic’ and pay a short visit to the National Library of Ireland (Kildare Street, free entry). It’s only a short walk away and afterwards, you can keep on feeding your history hungry brain with a visit to the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology (Kildare Street, free entry), which I really enjoyed personally, being spoiled with a dad who was an archaeologist.
Slowly making your way back to the buzzing centre of Dublin, the Temple bar area, for The Dubliners lovers among you, take a quick snapshot of their home-pub O’Donoghue’s on 15 Merrion Row. As my parents are huge fans, I even saw them live once in Amsterdam, I couldn’t let this moment go by unnoticed, of course.
A great place for lunch is ‘Brick Alley Cafe‘ (25 Essex St E, Temple Bar), they have great fruit shakes, sandwiches and bagels. And they serve the most amazing white hot chocolate you’ll find in Dublin. With the free WiFi, you can even get some work done if you need to!
After your lunch, it’s great to walk around the temple bar area to soak up on some street art.
Then hop on a bus (or walk) to the The Old Jameson Distillery (Bow St, Smithfield Village) for a (well-deserved) whiskey tasting tour. The girl that led us around had a great way of explaining about the production process and cracked a lot of jokes. Typical Irish!
Of course, you cannot visit Dublin without also going to the Guinness Storehouse (St James’s Gate). Now, I didn’t visit during opening hours, as we had a welcoming party for TBEX in the evening, but we did get to walk around in the insanely amazing designed building and through the interactive exhibition when you enter the building. And yes, there was some serious Guinness tasting involved, too.
You’re probably hungry by now after all this alcohol tasting, so head back to the Temple Bar area and grab some nice pub food. For example at Fitzsimons Temple Bar (21-22 Wellington Quay), where I had a great fish & chips. There is so much live music all around this area, that it’s hard to not have a good night!
The Church Bar
Have a good night!