For as far back as we can go / know, my family have been from Dublin. We are very proud of this and more than happy to call it home. Even though I don’t live there currently, the end goal is always getting back there. It will always have a special place in my heart.
I am always asked by friends in the U.K, what can we do in Dublin, where should we go. Below I have listed a number of places I would recommend if you get the chance to spend a few days here.
Goal is Prison in Irish. Check it our here….
This was a prison in Kilmainham, Co Dublin. It opened in the late 1700’s. It wasn’t segregated, it was for men, women and children. The building symbolises the tradition of militant and constitutional nationalism in Dublin. The Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848,1867 and 1916 were detained and in some cases executed here.
It’s a guided only tour and booking it in advance is cheaper than rocking up on the day. There is also a cafe on site if you wanted to extend your visit a bit longer.
Getting here by public transport: Heuston railway station
Suir Road Luas stop (Red Line)
The famous love story of Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford happened here to and inspired the song Grace. They married, inside these walls, hours before his execution.
I love this song more when sung by a female artist. One version of it can be found here: Grace
Guinness Store House
Home of the Black Stuff 🙂 Find out more here…
This is a tour, inside St James’s Gate, Co. Dublin. It’s on the south of the Dublin’s Quays. You cannot come to Dublin and not go here!
St James’s Gate has had ties to brewing since the 17th century. On 31st December 1759, the lease was signed over to Arthur Guinness, for 9,000 years, at £45 per year. Bargain 🙂
Lots of history about the site, the family and the process of making Guinness is done on the tour. At the end of the tour, you can find yourself in the Gravity Bar, positioned at the highest point in the brewery with a 360′ view of Dublin City.
Like the Goal, booking tickets in advance works out cheaper! It’s also on the Red Luas line, stop: St James’s Hospital (Himself was born in this hospital)
The Phoenix Park
This Park is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city.More can be found here on the park.
Inside these walls we have Dublin Zoo, the home of the President of Ireland, our Garda Head Quarters (Irish Police Force), The Wellington Monument, lots of deer and a few other attractions to see. Walking around these trails, in any kind of weather is alway’s nice and peaceful. If you have time to kill in Dublin I would recommend strolling through here.
The Little Museum of Dublin
This is a gem, it gives you an insight into all things Dublin. From famous visitors to our famous people. It goes through the highs and lows of Ireland’s capital. Click here for more info.
It’s one for all ages and the best museum I’ve been to in the capital. As above, booking in advance can work out a little cheaper…..
If you’re walking around Dublin, which is easily done as it’s not that big, be sure to look out for the below:
- HA’PENNY BRIDGE (BRIDGE OVER THE LIFFEY)
- THE GPO (WERE THE RISING TOOK PLACE, BULLET HOLES STILL IN THE PILLARS)
- THE SPIRE
- TRINITY COLLEGE
- ST STEPHAN’S GREEN
- GRAFTON STREET (SHOPPING, PEDESTRIAN)
- HENRY STREET (SHOPPING, PEDESTRIAN)
- MOLLY MALONE STATUE
- PHIL LYNOTT STATUE (THIN LIZZY)
Dublin is known as a party town, a place to go on drinking holidays, stags and hens alike. Its a buzzing city with lots of friendly people happy to have the craic and talk the ears of ya. It’s also a hard-working city, where people know how to work hard and play hard. As Bonnie Tyler said: Fabulous place, Dublin is. The trouble is, you work hard and in Dublin you play hard as well.
It will always be home to me, where my family is and where I belong. If you are planning to visit, make the most of it and soak it all up. There’s no better place to be!
James Joyce: When I die Dublin will be written in my heart.
Lots of Love