Dublin The city of Ireland!
Place of reception and departure of our three-week trip to independent Ireland a walk around Dublin was enough for me to like this manageable and fun city from the beginning. Of typically Anglo-Saxon streets, in its details, it reminded me of the London that I have visited a couple of times (and the ones that remain). But globally it does not have much to do with that metropolis par excellence. May the Irish forgive me for the comparison!
What to see on a walk through Dublin
We started on O’Connel Street
We moved from the airport on a bus service that dropped us off on O’Connel Street. A few hundred yards from the hotel that we had booked for the first two nights. When we got out of it, we started to consult the map to see where to throw our backpacks, but in half a second we already had a nice Irishman offering to show us where he was going, which he did in another half minute. Great! And by the way, he welcomed us to Ireland 🙂
And that’s the way the Irish are , ready to give you a hand and above all to “stick the thread” at the slightest opportunity, ha ha.
O’Connel Street is one of Dublin’s main thoroughfares and brings together some of the city’s landmarks:
- The Casa de Correos , a recommended building. Like most postal service buildings in many cities around the world.
- The famous “Spire” , the symbol of the time when Ireland was the Celtic Tiger. When the economic bubble swelled, a little before the Spanish one.
- The statue of James Joyce, next to which you will always find a tourist posing.
Many times we walked up and down it, walking along its wide sidewalks of recent invoice, going and coming to this and to the other hotel that we booked right there for the days of return.
The Temple Bar, the medieval neighborhood full of bars!
A street that ends at the bridge that crosses what would be the “old town” of Dublin.
Temple Bar is famous for its typically Irish pubs and the revelry that locals and tourists have there. Well, during the day also because in reality Guiness is drunk there at all hours. Everyone, from guys in suits (have they run away from the office? Are they having a meeting at the pub at 11 in the morning …?), To bohemians, tourists of all kinds and even sailors who approach from the nearby port.
Pubs with ornate facades as well as interiors offer not only beer, but also the opportunity to listen to live Irish music. They also play covers of many English and Irish rock and pop hits, and are usually very good. For that alone, this is a place that you should include in your first walk through Dublin, even if you are a teetotaler 😉
Do not forget to walk through the alleys behind Temple Bar, and contemplate its murals
Anyway, the main streets of Temple Bar left me a little feeling of a very touristy place. A bit ‘decorated’. To make up for it, the best thing to do is get lost in the alleys and discover some graffiti and underground shops. It is true that it ends quickly, but less is nothing.
Following the River Liffey
On your walk through Dublin make a hole to follow the course of the River Liffey , trust me. You find yourself with bridges to cross it, each with its own.
For example, there is the Halfpenny Bridge or the Halfpenny Bridge , because this was the amount you had to pay to cross it, in its time.
Museums, monuments and parks: Trinity college, among others
Towards the south of the city – leaving O’Connel St. behind us and having crossed the river – we reach the area of museums, monuments and parks of Dublin. Very highly recommended.
Here you will have to invest more than one walk through Dublin. You cannot visit the National Museum with its Celtic treasures, the beautiful Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College where the library is located that will remind you of Harry Potter among other movies.
I stop at the latter, Trinity College. It is still a renowned educational institution, and it is also the scene of weddings and tourists. The famous library, where you have to pay an entrance fee of € 6 (price in 2012) is really spectacular, and its gardens a most pleasant place.
It is another inescapable point. However, I personally was not very excited about the visit inside it.
It is paid and is organized in groups with fixed hours. You cannot take photos inside and only visit a couple of rooms full of tapestries.
Dublin Castle is in use, here are receptions for rulers. Well, if you like this type of visit, it is clear that you cannot stop entering.
What you can do is walk around the site freely. In its parade ground you can see the plaque that marks the place where Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, worked as a “ink-sucker” for a few years. I personally really liked this detail, being an admirer of the novel as I am, and fueling my desire to visit Romania 😉
You can also enter the Royal Chapel with the medieval tower. Admission is free and I do recommend it, since it is a quiet, secluded and beautiful place.
And don’t miss the shopping streets with their Irish flavor too
Sooner or later, you will surely cross the most renowned shopping street in central Dublin, where all the international fashion chain stores are located. Strolling further, through the surrounding streets, you will find the Market Arcade. This is an old restored red brick building filled with shops offering handicrafts and folk art. Really cool.
In the surroundings there is a traditional pub. With his customers having a pint at noon. There you can eat a tasty Irish Stew (Irish stew) or a menu based on soup and sandwich at a more reasonable price.
I could go on writing more and more about this city, but I let you discover its charms for yourself, when you go. And don’t miss the posts that I have dedicated to other very interesting points of the capital, such as Kilmainhan Prison!