Known as the land where legend and reality mingle, Dublin is a great travel destination. But it’s not all castles and historic sights, as many people think. It really has something for everyone – regardless age or interests.
So, if you are thinking about going to Dublin this summer, here are the 5 places where entertainment is guaranteed. Get ready to pack your bags and have some fun!
But before we move to that part, we’d want to start with…
How to get from Dublin airport to Dublin
The Dublin airport, which is named among the 10 best airports in the world, is located approximately 10 km of Dublin city center. The Irish capital is easy to get around. If trams and buses don’t suit your needs, you can always get a taxi ride. Taxis are everywhere in Dublin, but if you want to book a taxi in advance, we’d recommend www.viptaxis.ie. You can make a reservation using their mobile app or their website or what we like the most about them is that you can book a taxi via their website chat system. All you need is a good wi-fi connection, and you can begin your exploration.
Join Dublin’s Literary pub crawl
This is our go-to tourist recommendation as it combines three priceless ingredients – literature, the old streets of Dublin and its finest pubs.
It all kicks off at 7pm in the Duke, on Duke Street (check the site below for details). You’re greeted by actors who perform snippets from Beckett, Brendan Behan, Oscar Wilde and more as they guide you around some of Dublin’s best boozers. This tour is fun, pretty family friendly and more about the prose and banter than the drink.
Visit the farmer’s market
It was Darina Allen, the master chief from Ballymaloe in Cork, who brought this concept to Ireland. She had seen them work well in San Francisco and thought Ireland should have its own markets to display its fine farm produce and artisan foods.
These little markets, and some quite large are scattered around the county. Some of the most popular being Temple Bar, Dun Laoghaire, Howth, Red Stables in Clontarf, to name but a few.
This is a great way to see Irish food at its best. From butchers’ vans to cheese mongers, vegetables straight from the ground to homemade cake, and if nothing else you’ll certainly pick yourself up a delicious lunch and see what the culinary side of Ireland has to offer.
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Take a Day tour from Dublin
If you have the time and want to see some more of our beautiful country, there are numerous day tours available from Dublin. All the better in brighter summer weather. Luckily for you, you can go from the city to just about anywhere in Ireland and back again in a day.
We start with Wicklow, the ‘Garden of Ireland’, which is just south of Dublin. Wicklow is also the playground of Dublin with gorgeous scenery, mountains, lakes, beaches and lots to see and do.
Another great day tour is visiting the stunning Cliffs of Moher which soar 700 feet above the untamed Atlantic Ocean. Take a day out to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Cliffs of Moher, the Wild Atlantic Way, Galway City and the wild limestone Burren National Park on Galway Bay.
Kilkenny castle is also one of the finest examples of a 12th century Norman castle in the world and another day tour worth visiting.
Drink at Guinness Storehouse
This one’s for all the beer lovers! Guinness Storehouse is situated in the heart of the famous St. James’s Gate Brewery ever since 1759. In the past, it was only the brewery’s fermentation plant. Today however, it is a seven-story building offering extraordinary experience to all visitors.
You will find out about the history of making one of the world’s most famous beers, as well as what goes into each pint through the making process. This Storehouse has been named as Ireland’s number one International Visitor Attraction. The highlight of this factory is the gravity bar on the 7th floor where you will get a 360-degree of Dublin skyline while enjoying a pint of Guinness. That’s why no visit to Dublin is complete if one doesn’t take a trip to the home of Guinness.