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10th Feb 2017 12:00am | By Editor
Dublin is set to become an orgy of parties and parades for its St Patrick’s Day celebrations between March 17-20. Paint the town green along with thousands of Irish people and visitors who flock to the city for the jollities, which will include Irish music, street theatre and a massive parade of street theatre troupes, artists, dancers and marching bands
Even if you’re unable to visit Dublin during the festivities, the city has much to offer tourists all-year-round.
Dublin is Guinness’ spiritual home and the best place in the world to sup its most famous export. Learn how to pull a perfect pint at the Guinness Storehouse. Then enjoy a drink in its dazzling 360-degree bar which affords knockout city views. Guinness’ advertising hall of fame is well worth a look as it includes commercials that date back to 1929, not to mention that award-winning surfer ad.
History buffs should swing by the free National Museum of Ireland, where standout exhibits include two 2000-year-old bog people, who were preserved in bogs until they were discovered in 2003. Historians believe the bodies were sacrificed to the gods of fertility to guarantee a good harvest.
It’s all about Guinness, but where should you go to drink the stuff? Tourist trap Temple Bar is loaded with after-dark haunts that are full of raucous stag and hen parties. If you’re after a more genuine Irish experience, drop in at boozers such as Hogan’s on George Street and the recently spruced up Whelan’s on Wexford Street, famed for its live music and late bar. Stop for a cheeky pint at Dublin’s oldest boozer, the Brazen Head, which was founded in 1198 and has traditional Irish music every night of the week.
credit: Jen Grantham
Unearth Ireland’s gruesome history with a visit to Kilmainham Gaol. The creepy prison was the setting for the ruthless execution of 14 nationalists involved in the 1916 Easter Rising.
Socialist leader James Connolly, who was so badly injured from fighting that he only had days to live, was strapped to a chair and executed by firing squad. The public was outraged by the barbarity of the killings. Fascinating tours include visits to the execution yards, the prison chapel and museum.
Mosey round the boutiques of Grafton Street, where you’ll find hip frocks and edgy accessories. Discover retro clotes, cool T-shirts and funky jewellery at Cow’s Lane Market, in Temple Bar. On Saturday mornings, head to the Meeting House Square Market where you’ll find an array of treats, from waffles and crepes to paella and sushi.
WHEN TO GO: Anytime. Visit on St Patrick’s Day on March 17 if you fancy an epic bender.
GETTING THERE: Fly direct to Dublin with Ryanair and Aer Lingus.
CURRENCY: Euro. 1 GBP = 1.17 EUR.
GETTING AROUND: Dublin is easily explorable on foot.
GOING OUT: A beer is £3.50.
ACCOMMODATION: Shared dorms from £10 and private rooms from £17.
GET MORE INFO: visitdublin.com
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