Dublin has been a getaway weekend destination for many over the years, as flights from the UK to Ireland are always cheap. With so much on offer, it’s not a surprise Dublin is crowded every weekend of the year. So what do you do when you have an entire weekend in Dublin? Read on to find out.
The Leprechaun Museum
I know what you’re thinking. This has to be a joke right? Actually, it’s a real place. And one you should definitely visit. Located on the north side of the River Liffey, this tiny museum is fun for all ages. The museum has both guided day and night tours. If you have children, the day tour is full of fun, interactive stories that tell the story of the Leprechauns. The adult-only night tour is another side to the Leprechaun community full of dark tales and animated storytellers. Play on the oversized furniture, walk through a rainbow to a pot of gold and learn about the legends that make Leprechauns Ireland’s most famous icon.
The Brazen Head Pub
You can’t go to Ireland and not have a pint! And you certainly can’t go to Dublin and not visit the oldest pub in the country; The Brazen Head Pub. This pub is famous with both locals and tourists alike, dishing up some of the city’s best pub food and pints. It’s equipped with multiple drinking rooms, an outdoor patio with heated lamps, and is always a guaranteed good time. Their fish and chips may be the best around.
Chester Beatty Library
Chester Beatty was an incredible man. He was an Irish-American millionaire who made his money in mining in the early 1900’s. Throughout the early 1920’s, he travelled endlessly around the world collecting rare art pieces, books, paintings, and many more pieces to add to his growing collection at home. In 1950 he opened up his collection to the public in Dublin and from then on, it has become a masterpiece. His collection is so impressive, it’s been named one of the best museums to visit in the world year after year after year. Some of his most famous pieces include text from the Qu’ran and the Bible. If you’re on a budget, this a great option as the library is free to visit. But regardless, it’s highly recommended you visit this rare look into history.
Part brewery, part restaurant, part coffee roaster, this spot is a must. Located conveniently close to all the tourist attractions in Temple Bar, The Larder sets to impress any interest. For the beer lover, try their very own Dublin Brewer IPA, an acclaimed craft beer. Their coffee is equally impressive roasting their own beans, creating some of the best coffee in town. Pair it with a house-made scone and you have yourself a wonderful afternoon tea. Their restaurant is also not to be missed. With an international selection of dishes, this menu does not disappoint. The Larder continuously pumps out delicious food, beverages, and great service. It’s one of the best in the city centre and definitely worth visiting at some point on your trip.
The Book of Kells
One of the biggest tourist attractions besides the Guinness Brewery is the Book of Kells. Located in the stunning Trinity College campus, this 9th century gospel manuscript is one of the most visited spots in Dublin. Famous worldwide, this book brings visitors from all parts of the world to see this rare book in person. There are four volumes, with only two being viewed at a time. The Book of Kells isn’t the only feature that comes with your ticket. Your purchase includes a tour of the Old Library; an incredible space that houses over 200,000 old books in one place. You can spend hours looking around the place and admiring the collection. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
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