Dublin is a bustling city in a country known for its green hills and folkloric charm. It’s a young city, where an estimated 50% of its population is under 25. With a vibrant music scene and a strong literary tradition, there are a number of possibilities in a city of just over one million inhabitants. Here are five easy things to do when you are in town for the day:
1. Visit Trinity College
Once considered the learning ground for wealthy Protestants (at one time, attending the university could have led to excommunication by the Pope) Trinity College is now Ireland premiere university. It’s worth visiting the lush well-kempt grounds for an afternoon walk and for a glimpse at the famous Book of Kells, ensconced in the main university library.
2. Eat at Rick’s Burgers
Although cheeseburgers aren’t a traditional Irish staple, they certainly are tasty! Located on Dame Street, the burgers at Rick’s are juicy, delicious and freshly made for each customer. Queues start forming at night when the Temple Bar crowd passes through.
3. Go Shopping
There are number of ways to satisfy your desire to shop in Dublin. Visit Dundrum Shopping Centre; it’s the newest and largest shopping centre in the city boasts a number of well known brands: H&M, Topshop, etcetera. When the completed, it is set to be the largest shopping centre in Europe. If you are looking for antiques, the antique quarter on Francis Street was created in 2003 and boasts a number of rare furniture pieces and curiosities for those seeking something vintage. In the Temple Bar area, cheeky adult stores and punk clothing shops dot the streets. When you are weary of all the clothes and accessories, the best bet is to head to a bookstore, which range in size from the independent stores in each neighborhood to the gigantic British import, Waterstones.
4. Take part in a literary pub crawl
James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Mary Lavin, Oscar Wilde, Paula Meehan and William Butler Yeats are some of the most acclaimed writers of the English language and all of them happen to be Irish. In order to soak up some of Dublin’s cultural heritage, a literary pub crawl can be a fun and enlightening experience. Two actors will lead you through four pubs, acting out various excerpts from the renowned author’s works.
5. Visit an art gallery or museum
State art galleries and museums are all free in Dublin. The National Gallery in Merrion Square, The Hugh Lane Gallery in Parnell Square, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in the old Royal Hospital, Kilmainham are among the largest art collections. The National Museum of Archaeology and History, Decorative Arts, and Natural History are spread around the city.
Photo of Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, originally posted by cortomaltese