Here is the final part of our Dublin article trilogy focused on the most popular places visited by tourists in Dublin. Our two-week stay in Dublin is unforgettable and we hope our articles will give you a bit of an insight into Dublin.
Before I start talking about the most visited places, I just want to recommend taking every means of transportation instead of a car because the traffic is quite hectic. The Dart (Dublin train) can transport you from one place to another within minutes or you can take the bus which departs every few minutes (small advice – the bus never comes on time when it’s supposed to, it is either early or late and you have to wave if you want the bus to stop). The line will take you to the main parts in the center but I definitely recommend walking as well.
One of the most frequently visited places in the center of Dublin is O’Connell Bridge situated above the River Liffey. Above this river are multiple bridges, but this one is the most important because it connects 3 streets. Thousands of people pass through it daily, because it is the easiest way on getting anywhere you want, for example, Grafton street. A fun fact about the bridge is that its width is longer than its length.
Trinity College and its library
On our first day in Dublin, we decided to immediately explore the city. We wanted to get familiar with the center and its streets to get a bit of an idea of what to expect for the next two weeks. While exploring we found ourselves in the area of Trinity College.
It was so huge. It took us like 30 minutes to walk around the entire area. We walked through different streets, and alleys, we saw gardens and playing fields and we even found the library open to the public. Unfortunately, it was too late, so we decided to come here again.
It was a beautiful sunny day and we and our other classmates decided to visit Trinity Library. The entrance fee was 15€. I will be honest, at first, I did not want to go. But then my two friends persuaded me to go. I recommend booking a ticket only beforehand, so you do not have to wait in line for hours.
At the beginning of the exhibition, we had the opportunity to read about different ancient books before walking into the huge library. Imagine a library from Harry Potter. It looked just like that. Huge bookshelves reaching all the way to the top of the ceiling, statues of famous people. It was so magical, you just have to see it for yourself. Even though we could not touch the books, it was absolutely wonderful experience. At the end of the exhibition is a souvenir shop.
Dublin Castle and its gardens
Dublin Castle is the heart of the city. It is located on Dame Street. It was built in the 13th century by an English king Jan. The castle served as a fortress, jail, treasury, court, and seat of the English administratory in Ireland.
Unfortunately, the castle is under reconstruction so we did not see anything. But other than that, we got to walk around its beautiful area and gardens
Saint Patrick’s Park
After visiting the library, we continued exploring the city. Our next destination was one of the most popular parks in Dublin. As you can see in the pictures, there are benches where you can sit and enjoy peacefulness which is not typical for Dublin. The Cathedral of Saint Patrick is also located in the park.
St. Stephen’s Green Park
We were walking down Grafton Street (one of the most expensive streets in Dublin) when we discovered this park on our last day in Dublin. We did not get to walk through the entire park because we did not have a lot of time, but we still saw some of it. Even though the city is full of buildings, shopping centers, and sights, there are still a lot of parks where you can find a few peaceful minutes away from the loud and hectic city.
In the richest part of Dublin, you can find various sights or statues varying from the 19th century to modern buildings, museums, and restaurants. It is located on both sides of the River Liffey, where you can try water sports, shop for healthy food or enjoy amazing food.
We have actually been here twice. The first time was when we wanted to buy fresh groceries and the second time was when we were exploring the city with our classmates and teachers.
Grafton Street, St. Mary’s Street, and Temple Bar
I would also like to mention two streets in Dublin which we visited very frequently. St. Mary’s Street is located quite close to O’Connell Bridge. Here you can find various shops, coffee shops, restaurants, and street musicians.
On Grafton Street, you can find various designer shops such as Dior, Prada, or expensive make-up shops. But there are also normal shops with shoes, clothes, coffee shops, and bars. This street is known as the musician street because on every corner, there was a different musician playing their music.
Temple Bar is the most famous bar in Dublin. It offers the biggest choice of whiskey to choose from. While walking around it, you can hear the traditional Irish music played there. You will never see this bar not empty. It is always overcrowded with tourists.
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