Dublin always makes for a nice getaway for folks around the UK. It’s accessible, fun, and endlessly interesting. Even so, you’re still best served if you have a bit of a plan for how to spend your time there. So I wanted to point out a few of the more enjoyable ways to keep busy.
Explore Trinity College
Oxford gets a lot of attention as a school that doubles as a tourist attraction, but Trinity College in Dublin is no joke either. It’s a beautiful campus that’s enjoyable just to walk through, but above all else you’ll want to visit the Old Library. It was built in the early-1700s and looks like what your ideal vision of a studious and solemn old university library might look like. It’s marked by old texts, marble busts of noteworthy figures, gorgeous architecture, and, as one writer put it, remarkable treasures of Irish identity. There’s plenty else to see at Trinity College, but the Old Library is a must.
Tour The Guinness Storehouse
Sure it’s a little touristy, but then again Guinness is one of the most famous beers in the entire world! It’s only right to learn a some more about it while you happen to be staying in its original home. It should be noted that the Guinness Storehouse is not where the beer is actually brewed these days. Rather, it’s more like a museum for the beer and its history, and it’s more interesting than you might guess, particularly if you’re not a drinker. Plus, at the end of it you get to enjoy some Guinness (and you may be in the right mood to hit the pub scene). That brings us to our next item.
The Palace Bar
Guinness is one thing, and rest assured there are plenty of great beer spots around town. But Ireland and Dublin are also known for great whiskey, and The Palace Bar has been called the city’s best whiskey bar. It’s an intimate, authentic place, and you get a pint of Guinness there if you like. But it’s primarily a whiskey bar featuring all kinds of interesting options you might enjoy trying.
Enjoy The Fitzwilliam
In much of the world, online gaming has surpassed casino activity, and Ireland is doing particularly well in this regard. Lots of fully licensed sites offer a plethora of gaming options in a safe and controlled environment, allowing for easy, convenient entertainment. In Ireland, however, this has merely been an add-on to the thriving gaming industry—not a substitute. Case in point, The Fitzwilliam Casino & Card Club is a delightful establishment, with multiple floors of table games and other options, as well as in-house dining and sports watching opportunities. It’s good for a full evening of entertainment, or just for an hour’s worth if you like.
Hike The Dublin Mountains
This is pretty much exactly what it sounds like! Though if you haven’t been to Dublin before, you may be unaware that there are mountains nearby. Ticknock Forest is just south of the city and is a nice place to start a hike. The Wicklow Mountains National Park is also just a short drive away. This is a beautiful way to get a some exercise, and the views from the peaks are worth the effort.