I’m just getting around to writing a blog post about my 21st birthday trip to Dublin, Ireland. Armed with a checklist and several tourist leaflets, here’s five sights you should definitely cater into your trip to Ireland.
1. National Leprechaun Museum – http://www.leprechaunmuseum.ie/
Take a trip into some of Ireland’s rich culture as a great storyteller leads you through a mythical world, experiencing some of the oldest Irish folklore legends. There’s lots of interactive activities to appeal to all ages. You’ll be taken into a giant’s room where you can get a feel for what it’s like to be a leprechaun’s size! As well as a dark, haunting forest where you will be told about the myth of the banshee and her spine-chilling scream! However, if you’re still wondering about that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, you’ll have to take a visit to find out for yourself.
This is a really fun way to spend an afternoon and a great way to grab an essence of the country’s history. Storytelling is a treasured art, which created a sense of entertainment during bleaker times when forms of leisure were limited.
2. The Temple Bar – https://www.thetemplebarpub.com/#home
If you’ve heard anything about tourist attractions in Dublin, you’ve probably heard about the iconic Temple Bar. Temple Bar actually covers a square of the cobbled streets and is home to some of the best places to go for live folk music and pubs. However, there is THE Temple Bar also, which has been serving up pints of Guinness for over 160 years and has had a few famous faces pay a visit there too.
Most notably, U2 who grew up in Dublin and later lead singer, Bono and lead guitarist, The Edge went on to purchase The Clarence Hotel in Dublin. The Temple Bar has a buzzing atmosphere to it. Stepping inside, you may be hard pushed to find a seat but the small pub is brought to life with the constant chatter and various sing-alongs you’ll find yourself caught up in.
3. Guinness Storehouse – https://www.guinness-storehouse.com/en
Some may think this is purely a sight for people who are interested in drinking Guinness but have no fear! For those of you that this applies to, the Guinness Storehouse is a fundamental element of Ireland’s culture and history, providing an insightful tour into how the ‘black stuff’ is made and came to be known as a national treasure.
There are seven floors with interactive attractions and a special treat for those who reach the top. If you battle your way to the top, you’ll not only be greeted with a free pint of Guinness (or chosen soft drink) but will also get to experience an impressive 360º view of Dublin.
4. Glendalough Wicklow Mountains – http://www.glendalough.ie/
Hoping for a P.S. I Love You re-enactment? Wanting a taste of that movie lifestyle? Then take a trip to Glendalough Lake, located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park, where one of the most romantic scenes from the movie was filmed.
However, there are many more reasons to visit Glendalough, known for ‘the valley of the two lakes’, you’ll be left breathless at its beauty. You can enjoy the wildlife surroundings on one of the many countryside trails or walk through the remains of the famous Monastic City, founded in the 6th century.
If you’re staying in Dublin as we were, there are many different companies that will offer coach trips to Glendalough for reasonable prices and ours also included visiting the town of Kilkenny.
5. Kilkenny Castle – http://www.kilkennycastle.ie/
I couldn’t make a trip to Kilkenny, without stopping by one of their biggest attractions, Kilkenny castle. The grounds are open to the public to walk through and observe the view but if you would like to see inside the castle, tours are on offer at a charge of €8 for adults.
Over the years, adjustments have been made to the architecture giving it a unique quality and with the gardens stretching out across 50 acres, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic.