By Danielle Smith
Most holidays wouldn’t be complete without sun, sea and cocktails, right? Wrong, why not try something different, a bit closer to home.
Dublin, Ireland is a country full of castles, museums, theatres and the beautiful botanic gardens, but before you start your day hunting for the green leprechaun, why not look around Dublin Castle. Dating back to 1204, the castle was originally the site of the British Government’s administration until it was given over to the new Irish Government in 1922, until today where it is now used as a tourist attraction. The castle contains two options when looking around the historic site, either self-guiding tour or a guided tour. These tours are open seven days a week from 9:45 am until 17:45 pm.
If you are the traveller who prefers to guide themselves around a city then why not pop on the hop on hop off bus tours of Dublin. These take you around the centre of Dublin and teach you all about the history and the sites of the place, but if you feel like you wish to get off at one point and explore more about a place then you are more than welcome to do so. Some of the stops along the way include; National Gallery of Ireland, Four Courts, Jameson’s Distillery and Dublin Zoo. The Zoo, established in 1830, is one of the most visited tourist attractions and is open almost every day all year round. With animals ranging from the Elephant to African Dog to Royal Python to Tapir, the zoo caters for all animal lovers. After a long day of walking around all day the hotel room is one thing at the forefront of most people’s minds, luckily the Phoenix Park Hotel is only a three minute walk away. This three-star family-run hotel is located in the heart of the city and includes a hearty breakfast to start off your day right.
However long you are staying in Dublin for, one attraction which cannot be missed is the Guinness Storehouse. This brewery experience tells the tale of Ireland’s most famous beer. In this experience, you discover how the beer is crafted, how the advertising for the beer has changed over time, and the art behind the perfect Guinness pour, to the tasting session at the end with a 360° view of Dublin City Centre. If after the tour of the Guinness Store you still want a ‘taste’ of the real Ireland, then what a great way to end the night in Temple Bar. This pub is known for its traditional Irish folk music, friendly locals and tourists and live DJ sets from local Irish musicians. The décor is ‘typically Irish’ in context but it welcomes people from all over the world to come in, grab an Irish Whisky and dance into the morning (you never know, a lucky Irish Leprechaun might just be there).