6 Things To Do in Dublin

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I've been living in Dublin for the guts of two years now (with the exception of summers), but truth be told, I've always been a bit fascinated by the city. It might sound a little weird to those living in and around the area, but when you've grown up in the midst of nothing but fields and sheep for miles, cities seem pretty cool.

I spent a lot of last year exploring the city and looking out for cool things to do, and with that in mind, I thought I'd write a mini city guide for anyone visiting this summer, be it from abroad or within Ireland itself. Here are my 'seven things you should check out' in Dublin!



PAY A VISIT TO TRINITY COLLEGE

Trinity College is just one of those historical places you should see in Dublin. The buildings and grounds are pretty amazing-looking, and for a little Irish history (and a few euros), you can check out the famous Book of Kells within the grounds of the college. I've always found it kind of amusing that it's both a university to a few thousand students, and a tourist 'place of interest' for everyone else.



CHILL OUT IN ST. STEPHEN'S GREEN

The Green is one of my favourite places to go in Dublin, because not only is it really pretty on a sunny afternoon, it's also surprisingly peaceful. It's hard to imagine somewhere so quiet and calm is right in the middle of a busy city, but there you go. It's like Dublin's own little oasis!




SHOP IN THE WORLD'S FIFTH BEST SHOPPING DESTINATION



I know, I was pretty stunned to read that statistic too! One of the perks of shopping in Dublin is that the city centre's quite small, so everything is quite close together. I've spent more time that I'd like to admit on Henry St. in the last two years - it has the country's flagship Primark (Penney's) store, as well as Jervis Shopping Centre, which houses a huge Forever 21, New Look and a multitude of other high street favourites. Grafton St.'s worth checking out (after you've relaxed in St. Stephen's Green), just to see the historic Brown Thomas building and check out a number of upmarket high street shops. There's also a tonne of vintage shops nearby on George's St., as well as the super cool and quirky George's St. Arcade!



WANDER THE COBBLED STREETS OF TEMPLE BAR


You can't really visit Dublin without strolling through Temple Bar - it's one of the things we're famous for. I love wandering around in the afternoon, checking out all the quirky little shops and cafés, as well as drooling my way through Urban Outfitters. You definitely need to have a peep at the very colourful Blooms Hotel (above), it's so cool! I've yet to check out Temple Bar's nightlife, but I'm sure during the summertime it's probably swarming with tourists. If you're looking for a bunch of traditional Irish pubs, Temple Bar's the place to go!



VISIT THE ZOO!


Whether you've got kids, or just want an opportunity to release your inner child for a bit, then Dublin Zoo is well worth a trip. It's quite an obvious tourist-y choice, but still a worthwhile option. If you want to beat the rush, visit the zoo in the morning on a weekday, and revel in the peacefulness of it all. It's situated in the middle of Phoenix Park (Europe's largest enclosed park at 707 hectares), which is also home to Áras an Uachtaráin (the President's House) and a number of historical monuments. Or y'know, a great place to go if you fancy a long stroll.



EXPLORE THE CITY'S HISTORY

Dublin city is absolutely seeped in history, so if it's something you're interested in, you won't be short of something to do! The Liberties area of Dublin (Dublin 8), is one of Dublin's oldest neighbourhoods and with it come an abundance of iconic sights. There's everything from the famous Guinness Storehouse and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, to a number of pretty spectacular churches and cathedrals. Not to mention a plethora of galleries, music venues, eateries and markets!

If you've got any more suggestions or ideas of what to do in Dublin, do share them in the comments. I might do a more in-depth posts on different hot-spots and places to eat and things like that sometime in the future. Hope you've enjoyed this post!

Ciara x


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