This six step ritual is as legendary as the beer itself from the 119.5 seconds it takes to pour the iconic pint to the surge and eventual settle. There’s also lots more to see and taste at the Guinness Academy concerning Ireland’s most well known export. Up to 30% off adult tickets booked in advance and a free pint.
Dublin’s Phoenix Park, at 1750, acres is one of the largest outdoor pleasure spaces within any European capital city. The herd of Fallow Deer has been here for 350 years, there’s 22 acres of Victorian gardens, ornamental lakes, a castle, and even the presidential palace, to name just a few of the delights on offer. There are places to eat too and it is also a great area for a picnic, plus, entry is free.
Learn about the Viking occupation of Dublin and much more of the city’s history on a tour crossing land and water in a World War II amphibious vehicle on a Viking Splash Tour. You will be accompanied by Viking guides who will entertain and inform you on the way – it’s a popular one for stag and hen parties.
Temple Bar is Dublin’s hottest area for nightlife and dining out, being host to a collection of beautiful pubs, bars and clubs alongside the scenic River Liffey. Live music is on offer at many of the traditional and modern venues and there are also four markets, unique shopping, theatre and literary events.
Parts of Malahide Castle date back over 900 years and its colourful history through the centuries, including that of the Talbot family who owned it, are there to be explored. Take in the gardens as well with more than 5000 plant species from across the world, then relax with a coffee or lunch in the Avoca Café. You might have a snoop around the Avoca stores as well whilst you are there, with their luxurious throws and scarves, quirky gifts and mouth watering edibles.
Baby elephants, baby rhinoceroses, baby gorillas – triple dose on the cute factor with a visit to Dublin Zoo in the heart of the city. All three species have been born in the last few months and are among more than 400 resident animals, many exotic and many rare, from around the globe. This is the largest zoo in Ireland and one of the country’s top tourist attractions.
The Book of Kells Exhibition at Trinity College, housing the Book of Kells itself, is a must see for any visitor to Dublin. The Book itself is Ireland’s most precious medieval artifact and is more than 1200 years old. It is a stunningly beautiful and still vibrantly colourful manuscript containing Jesus’ Four Gospels. More than half a million people visit every year. The exhibition is in Trinity College at the University of Dublin, which is very much worth a visit in its own right.
If you want to know about the people who shaped what Ireland is today, take a Glasnevin Cemetery Tour. More than one and a half million people are buried here from the rich and famous to paupers, politicians and poets. To name just three – Daniel O’Connell, Irish political leader, Brendan Behan, poet, playwright and novelist and Constance Markievicz, suffragette and the first woman to be elected to the UK’s House of Commons. There is also a cemetery museum, believed to be the world’s first.
Shop until you drop at Dundrum Town Centre where more than 100 stores, 40 restaurants, 12 cinema screens, two nightclubs and a theatre await your custom. Satisfy your spending mood or simply window shop at emporiums such as Harvey Nichols, Hamleys, and Gap. As one satisfied customer said: “every shop you need is here”.
There are, apparently not far short of 1000 restaurants in Dublin, so hopefully finding somewhere to suit your taste won’t be a problem. The place is simply awash with eateries from riverside pubs to Michelin starred restaurants and atmospheric cafes. New ones open all the time. Whether you are looking for an eight-course tasting menu, an entire chicken fried in buttermilk or a simple ham sandwich there will be a dining style for you in this sophisticated city.
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