When you become a tour guide yourself to a city after only participating in 1 free walking tour one would think this was impressive. Maybe I’m just smart. Dublin was that city for me, 3 days, 3 groups, seeing the same sights with me as the narrator of what they were seeing. Regardless of how quickly you can see the top sights in Dublin and will continue to see them as you do various activities in the city I still wouldn’t exclude this country out for other fellow travelers as in my 5 day trip I still managed to do a lot of cool things with great people and reunited with a friend from back home who brought me my wish list of things needed to continue this #GirltakesMundo trip that I asked my sister to gather for me. Btw, thank you Stephanie and Irene! I hope my face of excitement after seeing Puerto Rican rice was worth the risk of your luggage smelling like food.
So you did the walking tour, now what?
- Book of Kells at Trinity College: Disclaimer, I went to check out the illuminated manuscripts Gospel books and see the Long Hall library and even for the book and the library junkie that I am I wouldn’t recommend this for the $13 euros you pay but still included as I did check it out.
- Chester Beatty Library: Far better of a pick than Book of Kells offering more of an exhibit and the finest collection of manuscripts and books from the private collection by mining magnate, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. Tip: Head to the rooftop to get a top view of the gardens of Dublin Castle. And did I mention this library is free to enter!?!
- Oliver St. John Gogarty: Great spot to hear authentic Irish music on their 2nd floor. While it is in the Temple area which is known for tourist prices on drinks and food the music was worth it at this spot.
- South William St.: This street offers tons of more local and Irish pubs and cafes. May I suggest you start with Grogans, you can’t get any more Irish style pub then this. Guinness poured the way it should be with no music, no tv’s, just your mates to talk to or local people watch. Try their toasties to help wash down that Guinness but don’t forget to bring cash as cash is king here.
- Jameson or Guinness tour: Pick your poison of choice. Mine is always whiskey.
- Day tours: I did the one that has you visit Belfast, Giant Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. If you do this tour I recommend picking the black cab tour in Belfast over the Titanic tour (included in tour price) as you get a better understanding of the political turmoil happening first hand in Northern Ireland from those involved. Definitely recommend day tours as it has you really leverage your day and explore outside of Dublin. Additionally, they offer tons of day tour options and tons of places in the city can help book these for you.
My biggest advice is to use Dublin as your home base for all your day trips to other parts of Ireland as that is truly what makes Ireland so great and leverage the nights to experience Irish pubs, music and cuisine.