Things To Do In Dublin Ireland
Dublin has the best of both a small town and cosmopolitan city:
The people are easy going people like in small towns, but the variety of nightlife is just as good as in cosmopolitan cities.
There are many great hotels in Dublin, and you can easily spend a week here strolling around, talking to people and enjoying the ‘happenings’ in town, as there are heaps of events going on.
There are many things to do in Dublin, both for those who enjoy pub culture as well as literature and history.
Getting Around Dublin:
Dublin is a fairly small city, which makes it perfect for sightseeing. You rarely need to take the bus or “luas” (tram), but if you want to take it they run frequently and are cheap.
Things To Do in Dublin
Walk The Golden Mile
Pub crawl is very popular in Dublin, but you don’t have to do it with an organized tourist group.
Locals do it every weekend along the Golden Mile.
The real name of the street is “Victoria Street”, but it has been nicknamed “The Golden Mile” because there are countless of bars along the street, and it has become somewhat of a local tradition to try to drink at every pub in one night.
Few people have ever made it to the end of the Golden Mile: will you?
Visit The Medieval Part of The City:
The medieval part of Dublin dates back to 11th century, and is a nice part of town.
Bring a picnic or buy some takeaway food, join the locals down in St Patrick’s park and watch time fly by on the clock of the beautiful St Patricks church.
Christchurch cathedral is also located in the medieval part of Dublin, it’s a really old cathedral, founded in 1030 it is one of the oldest buildings in Dublin.
It costs 7 Euro to go inside, but there are free concerts quite often which are worth a visit.
Get To the Bottom Of The Stout and Whiskey History:
Alcohol is an important part of Irish culture, and the tour of the Guinness Storehouse is the most popular thing to do in Dublin.
If you’re a big fan of beer or Guinness this is definitely worth a visit, and for the 15 Euro entry you get a free Guinness to enjoy with the best view of Dublin.
Jamesons Distillery which produces the Irish Whiskey also has tours for visitors, and they cost around 13 Euro.
However, those who aren’t very interested in beer and Guinness often don’t think it’s worth the entry fee.
We didn’t go there ourselves for that reason, but thought it would be good to mention it since it’s so popular.
Visit Trinity College
50% of the population in Dublin are under 25 years, in other words, there are a lot of students in this city, and Trinity College is the most sought after place to study.
This is for a good reason, as this college educated some of the most famous Irish people ever – Samuel Beckett (winner of the Nobel Prize) and Jonathan Swift for example.
It’s a beautiful college with amazing buildings, and there is an old library (where you’ll find the book of Kells) and a sports arena where they often have games.
Places to Eat
Leo Burdock Fish and Chips
These guys have oldest place in town.
They serve big portions with the thickest french fries.
Outside their door is a long list of hundreds of celebrities who have all bought fish n chips from there – be one of them!
This restaurant have a really cool interior designs a la 50’s style, with a juke box and everything – who doesn’t want to have their burger in the 50’s?!
Gallagher’s Boxty House
This place sells Irish traditional food.
Their Irish style pancakes with filling are awesome, around 16 Euro.
Lolly and Cooks
A visit to George’s Arcade is a fun thing in itself.
You’ll find stalls selling lots of fun things like hand painted converse shoes, and, best of all – the best cupcakes ever.
Lolly and Cooks is a little stall there which specializes in cupcakes.
They cost about 2,5 pounds each (box of 6 for 12 pounds) and come in all colors and flavors.
Walk Inn Noodle Bar
Many pubs and restaurants will blow your food budget, but this little take away show sells noodles for 4.50 and spring rolls for 2.50.
Places to Drink in Dublin
Fitzsimmons Sport Bar
The Irish are as crazy about sport as the British, this place gets packed with sports fanatics and a great atmosphere whenever there is a game on.
This is the oldest pub in Dublin, which is worth a visit for that reason only.
It was featured in Guinness 250th anniversary ad
Quirky pub with live music, great people and fun interior and things hanging on the wall to look at.
Budget Shopping in Dublin
With all its pubs Dublin can easily blow your budget, so it’s good to know where to get the cheaper things in the city.
If you need some cheap clothes Penny’s is where you should be headed.
It has really nice clothes for a good deal.
If you want to bring some beer to the hostel, Londis is the place which has the cheapest beers.
Various Things (hygiene, umbrellas, food)
Camden Casket is a shop selling everything you need and don’t need.
Toiletries, drinks, candy, underwear, can food etc. It’s all found here, and often for a quarter of the price.
Exploring The Burren – One of Ireland’s Natural Wonders
The Burren or Great Rock, is one of the largest karst regions in Europe at 250 square kilometers.
Karst landforms have many different attributes and The Burren is very unique.
It consists of rolling hills of limestone with cracks or grikes that break up the pavement into remote rocks called clints.
The uniqueness of the environment supports flora from arctic, alpine and Mediterranean regions – an interesting combination.
The limestone pavement was originally sediment from a tropical sea about 350 million years ago.
There are fossils of sea urchins, corals, ammonites and crinoids in this fascinating place.
Tectonic movement raised the ancient seabed to become this stunning plateau.
It may, just after the Ice Age, have been covered with trees, but the early settlers cut down the forests and the soil eroded away.
This is common to other karst areas in the world.
What remains are the fissures limestone pavements, terraced mountains, disappearing lakes and underground cave systems – a fascinating land for visitors to explore…
Exploring The Burren Underground Caves
There is a vast network of underground caves and rivers that may be explored by experts.
They flood quickly when it rains and are not for tourists or amateurs.
But Aillwee cave, which is near Ballyvaghan, are an easy alternative that visitors are welcome to explore and enjoy.
Aillwee cave is one of the oldest caves in Ireland, featuring underground rivers, waterfalls, remains of bears, and some stalagmites and stalactites.
Another cave, the Pol an Ionain cave, which is nearby, is a bit difficult to explore because it has a place where people need to crawl in water through a stone hole.
But the vast chamber at the end of the crawl makes any discomfort totally worth it.
It contains a huge stalactite that is 6.7 metres long and quite possibly the largest stalactite in the world..!
Serene Nature & Historical Forts
The Burren National Park is Ireland’s smallest national park.
A barren and majestic place, it has been called “Fertile Rock” because of the abundance of herbs and flowers that grow in the giant cracks.
The national park is in the south eastern corner of The Burren and contains all the habitats including lakes, petrifying springs, limestone pavement, hazel scrub, calcareous grassland, ash and hazel woodland, cliffs, turloughs and fens.
The fascinating natural environment is not all The Burren has to offer.
Humans have lived in this harsh environment since the Stone Age and there is evidence to prove it.
There are cahers (stone ringforts) where the farmers of long ago lived, wedge tombs and huge dolmens still to be seen.
There are also medieval churches, monasteries and castles in the area, indicating later periods of settlements.
Villages, Views & Cliffs of Moher
Water used on The Burren comes from springs and wells.
The Killeany spring which is near Lisdoonvarna supplies water for a large area.
The town of Ballyvaghan, where tourists visit, gets its water from mountain springs and a bore well.
Corofin is a village on the edge of The Burren and the national park.
It is a good place from which to begin a visit to The Burren.
It gets its water from Lough Inchiquin, a lake that is fed by the springs.
On the south western edge of The Burren are the Cliffs of Moher.
They face the Atlantic Ocean at 214 metres at the highest place.
They are A UNESCO GeoPark and offer spectacular views of the Loop Head in the southern area, the Aran Islands, the Twelve Pins, Galway Bay and the Maum Turk Mountains.
Thousands of sea birds nest on the cliffs and the area is a Special Protection Area as well as 200 metres of open water for the bird’s feeding area.
The Burren and Cliffs of Moher offer spectacular natural scenery as well as fascinating geology and archaeology for thousands of visitors from around the world.
Visitors participate in Ecotourism and responsible travel to enjoy and appreciate the natural environment and leave no trace that they were there.