5 Sights to See in Ireland

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/

giant's room Dublin
As if I didn’t already feel small…

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.

Temple Bar

3. Guinness Storehouse – https://www.guinness-storehouse.com/en 

Guinness factory

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/

Glendalough stream
In the distance you can catch a glimpse of the Round Tower from the monastic remains.

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.

Kilkenny castle


5 Things I Enjoyed In Liverpool

Having recently returned from the vibrant city of Liverpool (England), I was inspired to do a post about some of the attractions there. I have been to Liverpool on several occasions now to visit my boyfriend who goes to University there and by this point, I feel as though I’m familiar with it enough to recommend some places that I have enjoyed.

Of course, it made its mark on the map for being the birthplace of some culturally-significant bands and musicians over the years – The Beatles, anyone? This reputation gives it a lively feeling, particularly attracting a younger generation who revel in its history of bright lights and famous bars.

So without further ado and in no particular order, here are my 5 things I enjoyed in Liverpool:

  1. The Beatles Story (Museum) – http://www.beatlesstory.com/prices
    It may seem a bit of an obvious one but nevertheless a must-see if you’re into music and want to learn a bit of history about how it all began, for some of the predominant bands of the 60s. The tour is fairly long, estimating to take about an hour to get round, if you’re anything like me and like to stop at every sign to read the information!

    However, they also provide headsets so when you do arrive at a signpost, you can select the relevant number and listen to an informative description of the particular item you are viewing. The museum is great value for money (see link for ticket prices) with a fantastic replica of The Cavern Club, as well as some treasured pieces of memorabilia. You can find the museum positioned just next door to the Albert Dock – see below for more on this.

    One of the many items of memorabilia featured in the museum. A rather iconic outfit of John Lennon’s.

2. Central Perk Café – http://www.central-perk.co.uk/liverpool/index.html
Well it pains me to say this but this café is no longer Friends themed.

Yep. You heard right. There was an imitation Central Perk Café that played Friends on numerous TV screens, 24 hours a day… or well, for as long as it was open anyway. This was quite possibly the best thing about Liverpool, in my opinion. Being slightly too obsessed with Friends, I was incredibly impressed with how alike it was to the real deal and it almost felt a little surreal stepping inside.

So you can begin to get an idea of my disappointment when I heard they’d redesigned it. Alas! It is now in the theme of American sitcoms but the TV’s still remain, occasionally playing Friends so I guess it’s not all doom and gloom. I’m hoping to check it out in the near future so I’ll give a short update when that happens.

3. Albert Dock – http://www.albertdock.com/attractions/20160507_175830
A lovely setting to take a stroll, amongst the country’s largest collection of Grade I listed buildings, with the benefit of being able to look out at the waterfront. To me, the dock seemed like a buzzing area, full of life with restaurants and bars and surrounded by many other activities to get stuck into. For example, The Beatles Museum is right near (as mentioned above) as well as Tate Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum and a Victorian carousel … for the big kid in everyone.

Above shows The Beatles sculpture. Just one of the many set of statues featuring famous faces, near the waterfront.

4. The Cavern Club – http://www.cavernclub.org
If you want to take a trip down memory lane, experience live music and dance all of your troubles away without being judged, (oh and don’t mind getting a bit hot) then The Cavern is the place for you. I have been here twice now and every time has been well worth the trip. It has gained a respectable reputation for bringing the city alive with music, known for providing a platform to many British pop groups in the past. This included The Beatles, who became their signature act after their first performance there on 9th February, 1961.

There is live music here every day of the week and free entry all day Monday – Wednesday. Therefore, if you’re on a budget, this would be one way to have fun without hurting your bank account too much.

Entrance to The Cavern pub.

5. Crosby Beach – http://www.visitsouthport.com/things-to-do/crosby-beach-p244561
I had no idea that such a lovely sandy beach would be waiting for me in Liverpool. I guess when you think of a big city, you think of the nightlife and rush of tourists, rather than a quaint escape. However, take a 20 minute train journey from Liverpool Central station and you’re immediately taken from the busy sights, landing in a peaceful retreat. It should be noted that besides an ice cream van, there aren’t any attractions near to the beach so if you’re planning on spending the day there, it would be wise to bring some refreshments and activities.

There is also an interesting piece of art featured across the stretch of the beach and even trailing into the sea. It’s called Another Place and is a creation by the internationally acclaimed, Sir Antony Gormley. Gormley created 100 cast iron sculptures in the form of his own body and they are all positioned standing, facing the sea. Visit Liverpool state that the idea is to present them all, “staring at the horizon in silent expectation.” 


I’ll leave you on this photo of the beach, looking out at the horizon. If you look close enough you might just see some of the sculptures popping up.

Although I’m sure there is plenty more to see and do in Liverpool, these were just a few places where I have had some great times. Please do let me know if you decide to visit any of these as I’d love to hear if you enjoyed it as much as I did. Also let me know if you have any good recommendations for the next time! I have put links in the headings to websites for every place mentioned, so hopefully these will answer more specific queries.