My Best of Dublin!
Posted by Niamh Allabyrne on the 13th of September 2012 at 12:23:00
It is rare that I would be asked to act as tour-guide, due to my lack of direction and sheer disregard for street names, but a couple of weekends ago, some family friends, asked me to show them around Dublin. Having not been here before, they had complete trust in my decision making and unaware of my lack of geographical prowess! However, we put our best feet forward and successfully navigated around my favourite places in Dublin to visit! And this is what we did and where we went!!
Viking Splash Tour – this is a unique tour of Dublin that asks all participants to embrace their inner Viking and explore Dublin by land and water. This tour is a different twist from the traditional bus tour – the “bus” is a World War II vehicle – that can travel on both land and water, so it’s great fun and where else can you don a Viking helmet and shout at random Dubliners!? The tour is fun and informative, taking in Viking, Medieval and Georgian Dublin. This is great tour and we really enjoyed this unique touring experience! ROOOOOOOAAAAAARRRRRRRRRR!!!
Powerscourt Townhouse – situated just behind Grafton Street this is not your run-of-the-mill shopping center. It is a renovated Georgian house, with lots of the original features still visible today. It houses a veritable melting pot of shops –from antique shops to florists, jewelers to cafes. It is a real buzzy place and perhaps a hidden jewel to many of our visitors but it is great spot to indulge in retail therapy or just simply people watch!
Christ Church Cathedral – this is my favorite spot in Dublin. Founded in 1028, the building practically reverberates with a thousand years of history soaked into its walls. What this building must have seen!! It is a gorgeous building right in the heart of Viking Dublin, with one of the largest Medieval crypts in Ireland or Britain. Today – it even has a café! If you visit here, you should also head to Dublinia – just across the road as their superb interactive exhibition retells the story of Viking and Medieval Dublin in a truly compelling way.
Guinness Storehouse – Ireland’s number one visitor attraction is definitely worthy of the hype. You can walk around the various floors, retelling the history of Guinness and seeing the various advertising campaigns from around the world, before sampling your very own pint in the Gravity Bar, with its 360 views of Dublin city and beyond. This is an amazing view of the city and on a good day you feel you can see the whole of Ireland!
Leo Burdocks Fish and Shop – situated just across the road from Christchurch on Werburgh Street, this is the first of Leo’s shops and in my opinion the best! Partake in the tastiest fish and chips in the world, best eaten in the traditional way – piping hot right out the bag, with the vinegar watering your eyes – giving a whole new meaning to dining al fresco!