One Day in Dublin, The Republic of Ireland
Dublin is the capital city of the Republic of Ireland. I only spent one day in Dublin (24 hours) but I wish I had more time. It is an awesome city so doing Dublin in a day doesn’t give it justice. There are lots of places to visit in Dublin and the people are very kind. Also, it is very tourist friendly so navigation was a piece of cake.
Fun fact: the Irish name for Dublin is “Baile Átha Cliath”. This translates to “Town of the Hurdled Ford”. Even in English, I can’t figure out what it means.
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What to do With One Day in Dublin
The Spire of Dublin
The Spire of Dublin is the on of the first things to see in Dublin. It is the center of town and makes a great reference point. The Irish name is “An Túr Solais” which means “Monument of Light”. It lights up and night. It is stainless steel and is 120 meters tall.
While living in Newcastle I got developed a taste for the great Irish Beer, so I went to see where they make it. It was a good tour with a few tastings which made everyone happy. For me, this was one of the top things to do in Dublin.
After the Guinness tasters, I went to wash it down with some Jameson’s. I didn’t go on a tour here but it was a nice walk around anyway. There was a cool park bench made out of half an old distillery barrel.
Dublin Castle is one of the more famous Dublin tourist attractions. It is also a functioning government building. Back in the day it where the UK administered Ireland. Now the Irish government uses it. It’s a grand piece of architecture.
Temple Street is one of the best things to do in Dublin at night. Although I didn’t do any partying, I went there for dinner. I had an Irish Stew and a Guinness with some live traditional Irish Folk music.
Grafton Street is one of the 2 main shopping streets in Dublin. I’m not much of a shopper but I was wandering near it anyway so went to check it out. It was as expected.
The other main shopping street is Henry Street.
St Stevens Green Park
The last thing I did before leaving Dublin was to see St Stevens Green Park. This is a historic park in the center of the city. It was a nice way to spend my final hours in a city I will definitely be returning to one day.
Cheap Accommodation in Dublin
While in Dublin I stayed in the Abbey Court Hostel. It is the best hostel I’ve stayed in on this trip. Its got a lot in it and the staff is great. Good security, lots of showers, and many different rooms so the bedrooms don’t get noisy. There’s also a kitchen with free cereal and toast for breakfast. One thing I’ve never seen in a hostel before, there’s a gym!
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