As I mentioned before, I hadn’t prepared a decent ‘to do’ list before we went to Dublin, but when I checked a few tourist guides quickly, there were some obvious worth-visiting attractions. I made a list of the things I enjoyed in Dublin, which I believe would be useful for you if you were to visit Dublin one day.
Perhaps the most interesting place we went to in Dublin was Kilmainham Gaol (jail), which is the biggest abandoned jail in Europe. It was built in 1796, and for almost 130 years it held many famous people. Particularly during the Irish independence period, there were many British leaders imprisoned and executed here. In the 1960’s volunteers renovated the jail, and it has since become one of the most visited historic tourist attractions in the city. Many movies have also been filmed at Kilmainham Gaol, including The Italian Job (1969), The Whistle Blower (1987), and In the Name of the Father (1993).
Another fun thing we did was visit the Guinness Storehouse. It is a seven-storey building next to the Guinness factory, designed as a museum, which recounts the history of Guinness and shows how it is produced. It was very interesting to see the beer production steps from scratch. The entry ticket includes one pint of Guinness. Although it is possible to get your drink in the small bars that are located on every floor, I think it is best to restrain yourself until the 7th floor. The Gravity Bar on the top floor has a panoramic view of Dublin, and it is the best place to enjoy the pint.
Doors of Dublin
As a tradition in Dublin most of the doors of the houses are colored differently. According to one myth, people colored their doors differently to stop themselves entering the wrong house when they were drunk. Another myth tells that coloring the doors in single color (blue when the British queen visits London, black when the queen died) was ordered by British soldiers, so Irish people got pissed off and colored their doors in different colors.
I have no idea if these are true, but I can tell you that the city looks so beautiful with those colorful doors.
3FE Coffee Shop
A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine sent me a link to “25 Coffee Shops Around The World You Have To See Before You Die”. Just before we left for Dublin, I realized that there was one coffee shop on the list located somewhere in Dublin. Because of my stubbornness, on one afternoon we spent some time finding that coffee shop. I’m glad that it was worth finding in the end. I tried the ‘trio tasting’ which is prepared with the same type of coffee bean, and served as espresso, with steamed milk, and as a filter coffee.
We spent only three days in Dublin, and I believe we covered most of the interesting things that could be covered in such a short time. I am sure there are a lot of bars, restaurants, shops and streets we didn’t manage to discover, which will be left for the next time.
What are your experiences in Dublin? Write a comment below if you have other ‘must not miss’ things on your list.