Some cities have an essence that is pretty and dainty, not so Dublin. Ireland’s Dublin is rugged, raw, and compelling. While walking the streets of Dublin, you may not get visual evidence of its Viking roots from the 9th Century. However, there is plenty of evidence to show you that Dublin was the most charismatic and handsome Georgian city in the Empire. From Gothic architecture to medieval castles and cathedrals, Dublin has them all. Its many museums tell the tale of power moving from one faction to another.
If you are planning short breaks to Dublin, you absolutely have to make some time to hit the pubs in the city. Known as one of the “most memorable experiences of a visit to Ireland”, spending a night out at a pub is the way to enjoy Dublin like a Dubliner. Unlike other cities, there aren’t many tourist attractions that you can add to your checklist to get a true taste of Dublin. In fact, Dublin is a city that is full of surprises, and you are likely to get a taste of true-blue Dublin culture at the oddest of places. Whether you are standing in line to get a bus or haggling with a show owner, Dublin will take you by surprise.
On short breaks to Dublin, here are a few things you can do to get the “authentic” Dublin experience.
Hop on a Dublin Bus Tour
As compared to other tour options, a Dublin bus tour is an easy one. All you need is about 1.5-2 hours of time (if you stay put on the bus) and a listening ear. These guided tours are operated by guides who have chockful of stories and legends of Dublin’s history, and witty tales to keep you laughing through the tour. A ticket will buy you 24 hours of time to complete the tour, and considering that these are hop on-hop off tours, you will need all that time and more to really explore all the stops. Conventional Dublin bus tour stops include the famous Trinity College, the National Gallery and Museum, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Jameson Distillery, the Guinness Storehouse, and more.
The Dublin Bus company is the preferred bus tour operator, although you are sure to find plenty of other tour bus options during your short breaks to Dublin. In general, a bus tour will cost you approximately 14-15 euro.
Take on a Walking Tour or Two
When it comes to walking in Dublin, you’ve got a couple of options. Either sign up for one of the walking tours that catches your fancy or just embark on a peaceful stroll on your own. The 1916 Rebellion Tour is held twice a day, and leaves from the International Bar on Wicklow Street. Even if you know nothing of Dublin’s illustrious history, this tour is a fun and entertaining option.
Perhaps the most fun walking tour you can go on is the Traditional Irish Music Pub Crawl. Starting at Oliver St. John Gogarty’s in Temple Bar, this tour leaves every night at 7.30pm during the months of April through October, and happens only Thursday through Saturday from November to March. What will you be signing up for? An upbeat walking pub crawl in the company of two musicians who will continue performing for you throughout the way.
If literature is your drug, head to the Duke pub on Duke Street to embark on a Dublin Literary Pub Crawl, during which several actors will perform parts of major works when you stop at pubs with a literary connection (of which there are many in Dublin!).
On the other hand, if you’ve decided to go walking through Dublin on your own, head to Stephen’s Green for a picnic lunch, Merrion Square, or walk along the Great Canal stretch from Rathmines Bridge to The Old Schoolhouse Bar and Restaurant.
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