With warmer and sunnier weather (for the time being), it is starting to feel like summer is in full swing. As much as a luxurious resort holiday is appealing, sometimes our budgets feel differently.
For this reason, holidaying closer to home is becoming more popular. But just becomes you holiday close to home, it doesn’t mean it can’t be just as fun.
Dublin offers a great escape from England, while still not stretching your wallet. Here are our recommendations for the top 10 things to do in Dublin:
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Dublin is Temple Bar. On a quirky cobbled stone street, Temple Bar is surrounded by eclectic cafes and shops that are sure to tickle the fancy of all who visit.
Monument to Oscar Wilde
A point of interest to any literary lover is the monument to Oscar Wilde, the author, playright and poet. Located in Merrion Square, the monument sits in one of Ireland’s five Georgian squares.
St Michan’s Church
Underneath St Michan’s church are five long burial vaults. Inside the vaults are the mummified remains of many of Dublin’s most influential 17th, 18th and 19th century families. It is among popular belief that Bram Stoker, the author of the Gothic classic ‘Dracula’ visited the vaults with his family. `
Located on O’Connell Street, Dublin Spire, also known as The Monument of Light, is now a famous Dublin landmark. As a large, stainless steel, the pin-like monument stands 120 metres (390 ft) in height.
Kilmainham Gaol is a bleak old jail that was notorious for its harsh treatment of prisoners in the 19th century. With raving reviews, the tour around the archaic structure makes history come alive.
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
For another experience of Irish history, Glasnevin Cemetery Museum is a must-visit. The museum covers over 100 acres of land and contains every type of gravestone and memorial imaginable.
Irish Whiskey Museum
Dublin’s Irish Whiskey Museum is the first Irish Whiskey Museum in the world. With an exclusive collection of Irish whiskey memorabilia, the collection daties back to the 1800. The museum houses traditional whiskies as well as whiskies that are blended with a modern twist, this is one memory you are sure to enjoy
The Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s number one most visited tourist destination. The seven-storey visitor experience retells the tale of Ireland’s most iconic drink. The Storehouse brings to life the past and present of the world famous beer.
National Botanic Gardens
The National Botanic Gardens are carefully maintained to ensure the Gardens are as beautiful as you could possibly imagine. Home to a rare orchid and cactus selection, the gardens display a variety of exotic plants. With no entrance fee, anyone can enjoy the marvellous views and serene atmosphere.
The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition
The Book of Kells is a world famous illuminated manuscript. Written in Latin, it contains the Gospels from the Bible. It was painstakingly hand-written and illustrated by monks around 800 A.D.