Spotlight: Dublin

Dublin is lined with cobbled streets, dotted with welcoming pubs, and intertwined with Irish history and modern culture. The capital of Ireland is full of sights to see, beers to drink, and cuisine to enjoy.

Dublin has an extremely rich history as the city can trace its roots back to the the time of the Vikings. It is covered with medieval castles and cathedrals which perfectly lie alongside buildings from the 18th century. Your first stop of the historical sites should be the Dublin Castle. Dublin Castle, now a major Irish government complex, was originally built as a defensive fortification for the Norman city of Dublin, and it later evolved into a royal residence. The castle is open to visitors 7 days a week.

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Located within walking distance (roughly 5 minutes) of the Dublin Castle is the Christ Church. Founded in 1028, the Christ Church Cathedral is located in the former heart of medieval Dublin. Christ Church is famed for not only its beautiful architecture, but also has unique characteristics unlike many other cathedrals. It has the largest crypt in Ireland or Britain, as well as the oldest known secular carvings in Ireland. The Cathedral is open every day to visitors except the 26th of December.

Next, head to Kilmainham Gaol. Kilmainham Gaol became prominent during the Irish revolution, as it is where many prominent revolutionaries where held. Unfortunately, these prisoners were treated very poorly. Once the prison was decommissioned, the head guard was convicted of undernourishing prisoners in support of the rebellion.

travelfuntu - Kilmainham Gaol

Once you’ve had your fill of history, its time to move on to imbibing in local fare. Head to the Guinness storehouse to find out how the beloved beer is brewed. Each tickets comes with your choice of two experiences: learn how to pour the perfect Guinness pint or enjoy a pint at the Gravity Bar with offers 360 degree views of Dublin. Next, head over to Temple Bar. Temple Bar is an area on the south bank of the River Liffey that is considered Dublin’s cultural quarter with delightful shops and lively nightlife.

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Of course, no trip is completely without trying the local cusine. Some dishes to try, before heading home, are colcannon and champ, soda bread, boxty and coddle.