I lived in Dublin in the summer with my best friend in 1999, working at Oliver St John Gogarty’s restaurant in Temple Bar, and another local’s pub off Grafton St and living in Ranelagh. They were some of the best months of my life. Craig and I lived close to there when we returned in Rathmines, the student area and one of the most desirable places to live for its vibrancy and proximity to downtown.
Unwind in St. Stephens Green. St Stephens Green is a small garden park at the end of Grafton Street on the South side of the city, and is one of the most relaxing things to do in Dublin. It is the largest of the Georgian Square parks.
St Stephen’s Green was one of my favourite places in Dublin to sit and relax, watch the world go by, and have a beautiful picnic lunch. You will find it popular with visiting tourists, students and workers taking a break from a busy day at the office.
Tour Trinity College. Trinity College is located right in the centre of Dublin, and is Ireland’s oldest University and most well known. The lawns and cobbled quads are a pleasant escape from the mad rush of the city that lies beyond its walls. Take your camera and make sure you take a photo in front of the famous Trinity Bell.
The cobbled stones of Trinity College will transport you to the 18th century when the magnificent old Library Building was constructed. We recommend this guided tour to see the famous Book of Kells, a ninth century gospel manuscript famous throughout the world followed by a walk through the gardens and grounds of the college and a visit to Dublin Castle.
Drink in a Pub and Listen to Irish Music. Going to Dublin and not drinking a pint in a pub is like going to Sydney and not seeing the Opera House. And guess what? You will never be left scratching your head as to where on earth you can do this. Dublin has a pub on almost every street corner and one in between.
The atmosphere is warm and cozy, the food delicious, the beer flows freely and the craic is good. I recommend making an afternoon or evening with this enjoying some good old Traditional Irish music and dancing.