I’m going to be popping over to Dublin for a wedding in September and plan to book a few days either side of it, what would you recommend I do there? Eleanor, via email
Dublin has real charm and the city’s classic must-sees include the iconic Ha’Penny Bridge, Trinity College and the pub-lined cobbled streets of Temple Bar. The Guinness Storehouse, which charts the history and processes behind the famous stout, is also a popular attraction.
For a dose of Irish history, take a trip to Kilmainham Gaol, the 18th-century prison which played a significant role in the country’s path to independence. Guided tours take you through the eerie, well-preserved prison building, which is just a short bus ride from the city centre.
Another great historical treasure trove is the Photographic Archive in Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square. Regular exhibitions are held here charting different periods of Ireland’s history. Try to visit on a Saturday when the square also hosts a popular food market serving up delicious local produce. I would recommend taking the time to sample traditional Irish cuisine whilst in the capital. Check out Winding Stair, a cute restaurant and bookstore which serves up top-notch Irish dishes.
No visit to Dublin would be complete without spending a morning at Croke Park, the home of Gaelic sport. The stadium also houses a museum of Irish sports such as hurling and Gaelic football and you can even walk on the roof of the stands for great views over the city (25 euros including museum entrance).
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