The capital city of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin, derives its name from ‘Dubh Linn’ which means ‘Black Pool’. Founded originally as a Viking settlement, Dublin is a city brimming with history, culture and a whole lot of fun. A weekend in Dublin will offer you plenty to see and do.
The Local Experience: The Temple Bar, in spite of some of the unsavory stories surrounding it, is one of the most charming neighborhoods of Dublin. Bars, cafes, art galleries, beautiful old buildings with stunning Irish architecture line the cobbled pathway of the area. Dublin’s only art-house can also be found here and is a great place for a visit followed by some ale and kippers at the pub.
Enjoy a Pint at Kehoe’s: Every person who enjoys a drink will be looking forward to a tall cold glass of Guinness. Head out to Kehoe’s where the friendly and warm staff will keep your mugs full. The bar has an old-school charm about it with its classy wooden furnishing and the regulars keep a lively conversation going for hours.
Mix with the Royalty: The Dublin Castle can throw off all your thoughts about how an old castle should appear. Only one of the original castle’s towers, The Record Tower, stands today. Built on two courtyards, it now hosts state functions and events. The beautiful interiors, from St. Patrick’s hall to the Throne Room, are fine examples of 18th century Irish architecture. Take a walk in the Dubh Linn Garden located behind the castle after you are done visiting the castle.
Indulge in some Irish stew: The Porterhouse with its rustic wooden décor is Dublin’s oldest microbrewery. Selling its own labels, you can taste different beers followed by a scrumptious meal of Oyster Stout, Irish stew, bangers and mash.
Take a Stroll: A quiet and peaceful walk around the Trinity College will have you feeling relaxed as you take in the beauty of the campus. The classical building with its elegant gardens was founded by Queen Elizabeth 1 and boasts famous alumni such as Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett amongst others. Visit the Science gallery and be introduced to some cutting edge technology.
Play in a Rugby Tournament: The Six Nations Rugby Tournament is a highlight not to be missed. You might even catch a home game at the Croke Park.
Feast on Seafood: Due to the coastal location of Dublin, the seafood served here is amongst the best you can find. Aqua is a place you must drop in for a feast of baked sea bass, Dover sole on bone, slow-cooked pink salmon, hot pan-fried halibut and more. The urban chic overlooks a fabulous view of the sea and the warm, cheery bar in front of the dining room greets visitors to an enjoyable evening. With live jazz on Sunday evenings, it can’t get better than dinner at Aqua. Take a walk through Cobblestone right after and enjoy the musicians’ corner showcasing traditional and folk music. For some great dessert, walk into Café Cake and take in the heavenly smell of baked wonders of cakes, pies and biscuits.
The Dublin Fringe Festival: If you happen to be here in September, don’t miss out on the Dublin Fringe Festival with a diverse array of theatre performances. New theatre companies and avant-garde productions find their home at the festival.
For the Fashionistas: The Loft Market designed like the New York indoor fashion market is a great place for unique clothes, jewelry and accessories. They also offer some great vintage items and the prices are just right.
The Music at Andre’s Lane: Traditionally a playhouse, Andrew’s Lane is now used as a music venue. Enjoy electronica acts such as Matmos and Venetian Snares.
So pack your bags and head to the fun city of Dublin for a weekend of good food, shopping, culture and some good fun.
Hotels in Dublin:
Average Price: €50
Average Rating: 6.0
Maldron Hotel Parnell Square
Average Price: €57
Average Rating: 8.6
Grafton Capital Hotel
Average Price: €64
Average Rating: 7.0