Dublin Walking Tour
The Temple Bar
Our first day in Dublin was a half day. We arrived around lunch time and immediately hopped in our taxi and headed for the beautiful Clontarf Castle Hotel. It is nestled in a quaint neighborhood about 15 minutes outside of the city.
As we pulled up to the hotel the exterior looked how I had imagined it would.
As we went inside the gorgeous stone wall and medieval ambiance welcomed us. Our guest room was very modern and clean, giving us the best of both worlds.
First on the agenda was a two hour tour with Historical Walking Tours of Dublin. Our tour was fantastic and I highly recommend it! Tickets start at 10 Euros. You are able see a lot of the major sights along the tour including but not limited to; Trinity College, Temple Bar, and Christ Church Cathedral.
Just like in Paris, we started off our time in Dublin with a tour. I feel that it is a great way to get a feel for the city that you are visiting. After the tour is over you then can decide where you want to go next and what you might want to see more of!
After our tour, we headed back to The Temple Bar for a pint (or two)! This iconic bar is not to be missed. Maybe you will meet a few friends just like we did!
Book of Kells
Our first stop of the day was to the Book of Kells at Trinity College. It was amazing to see the amount of detail and effort that went into making this beautiful medieval manuscript. Tickets start at 11 Euros. More information on tickets and hours can be found here.
From there we headed to the National Gallery to admire a few pieces of art. Unfortunately, the History Museum was closed so we were unable to see it while in Dublin.
We filled our time by going to the World Street Performance Championships before heading to The Guinness Storehouse. The Guinness Tour concludes at the top of the building where you are welcomed with a skyline view of the city and free pint of Guinness.
Not a bad way to end a day in Dublin.
Cork and Blarney Tour
Our third and final day in Dublin we ventured out of the city to visit Blarney via rail tour. Tickets start at $120 per person. The tour began with an early train ride to Cork and then a bus ride to Blarney. Upon arrival, we had 3 hours to spend wandering around the castle and the surrounding grounds. It was plenty of time to enjoy Blarney and grab lunch at a local cafe. Before heading back to Dublin the tour made a quick stop in Cobh, Ireland. This was the last port of call for the Titanic.
Dublin was a fantastic little city. It was a nice change of pace from Paris. We found 2.5 days to be plenty. You could easily make Dublin your next long weekend getaway!
Next Stop: London, England