This is quite an overdue post and I seriously thought about not writing it, but I had such an amazing time in Dublin, I wanted to share my experience with you. So, for my 26th birthday, I decided to visit Ireland`s capital, along with my husband and best friend. It was a short trip, so I wanted a location with a rich history and close to London. After reading Dubliners by James Joyce I always wanted to visit this city and now I finally had the chance. Compared to London there aren`t many museums and places to visit, but it has its charm, filled with lively pubs and cheerful people.
Places to visit:
Until 1922, this was the seat of the United Kingdom`s government administration in Ireland, and now is used for several functions, the most important being the inauguration of the president. The castle was build in 1204 for defence reasons and was surrounded by strong walls. While there were a lot of changes made, you can still see the Record Tower, the only medieval tower left. It`s a truly remarkable building to see, I was always fascinated by castles and this did not disappoint.
Inside the building, you can visit the State Apartments which are nowadays used for political gatherings. My favourite was the Saint Patrick`s Hall, with its knights’ banners and gorgeous ceiling depicting important moments from Ireland`s History.
The most important is the National Museum of Ireland, which is divided into 3 branches in Dublin: Archaeology, National Gallery and Natural History. Not only will you get a glimpse of Ireland`s rich history, but you`ll also see masterpieces from Monet or Titian, to name a few. Also, if you`re an avid reader like me, you can visit Dublin`nsWriters Museum, The James Joyce Tower and Museum or the National Gallery.
Other Historical Landmarks:
There are a lot of places to visit, but luckily most of them are in or quite close to the city centre. Trinity College has a gorgeous building, but the true standout, at least for me, it`s the library. I would also recommend St Patrick`s Cathedral and the Christ Church Cathedral, both marvellous medieval edifices.
I won`t talk about pubs or restaurants, just know that there`s a great selection of places. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen some pictures and me drooling over the food. By far my favourites were Gotham Cafe and The Bank, where the staff was friendly and the food was beyond amazing!
I couldn`t have asked for a better way to celebrate my birthday, I had an amazing time and I`ll definitely come back. Let me know if you ever visited Dublin or plan to in the near future!