Travelling in Ireland is an experience that should not be missed. From the incredibly scenic countryside, to the delicious food, you are bound to find something that you love. Ireland is a country with an abundance of rich culture and it can be seen everywhere – from their famous stone walls, to the small villages scattered around rolling hillsides.
The country is one of the most beautiful places in the world with plenty of things to do. A visit to Ireland can be a great cultural experience. It’s worth noting that the locals are friendly and very hospitable. Especially with a beer in hand, and a friendly smile – everyone will talk and be sociable.
If you are visiting Dublin, it is worth exploring some of its famous landmarks such as Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery since they offer a great cultural experience for tourists. Even if you don’t like Guinness, its still worth going. Its a massive place, and really great for any rainy days! At the top (where you get your free pint!) the views are endless and worth the admission price by itself. You can often get fantastic deals on admissions to the top Dublin attractions, by utilising things like The Dublin Pass. Make sure you check all the details, and you are likely to save money. You could even do some hotel hopping and pick some great hotels to stay in.
Dublin is a city that is full of attractions and restaurants. The best way to explore Dublin is by eating at all the different places! The Irish cuisine is all about comfort food. Traditional Irish dishes include potatoes, bacon, cabbage and seafood such as smoked salmon and mussels, as well as shellfish like Dublin Bay prawns and lobster. Ireland produces a lot of artisanal foods such as cheese, cream and butter. Ireland is famous for its Guinness beer which is brewed in Dublin at the Guinness Storehouse.
However, with such a huge amount of restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars to choose from, you need some help! Look at Squaremeal, find your favourite chef or type of food, and you are all sorted. You can pick a location, and then work out which restaurant is best for you by looking at the listings. If you want to try out some local delicacies, search for more Irish/English restaurants. Or, do you fancy a Chinese? The world (or Dublin) is your oyster. Most of the restaurants have reviews too, which is invaluable. You can also go straight through to the actual restaurant website if you’d like to have a nosey at the menu! Are you anything like me, where you choose your whole meal before you even get there?
When you have eaten your full, make sure you take in some of Dublin’s other attractions. The gorgeous St Stephens Green is perfect to walk off your meal. If you are feeling lazy, take the Luas to your next destination. The Luas is a tram/light rail system which is great value. Be warned, it can get busy.
Dublin has a fantastic zoo which is great for all ages. You can never get bored of seeing how animals interact with each other! You could even choose to do a walking tour or a bike tour. These are organised tours that take you around the city, and are a great and informative way to spend some time.