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The Wonders of Dublin, Ireland

By Stella Prince, AK Adventures Editor

 

Dublin is known in Ireland as the largest city in the country. It spans forty-four square miles, and houses over one million people as of 2019. Two million more live in the outer boroughs, or the Greater Dublin Area, and a million more live in the Dublin Region. It is bordered on the south by the Wicklow Mountains, and was originally established as a Viking settlement in the 10th century.

My family and I only spent three days in Ireland, but they were beautiful and full of activity. We spent our nights sleeping at the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, a gorgeous and elegant place. It is not located in the Dublin center, but rather in Dalkey, just outside of all the action. We purposely chose not to be in the middle of the city, but rather in an adorable fishing village, Dalkey, only half an hour away from Dublin by tram. Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel was just perfect for us. We ordered a family room that was on a higher floor, and we got it. It was clean and spacious, and not anywhere near a noisy elevator. The beds were very comfortable.

In terms of the Fitzpatrick itself, it is overall lovely. The staff is very helpful. They gave us directions and maps and told us exactly how to get into Dalkey. When we arrived early in the morning from Dublin Airport, they had us switch rooms so that we would be able to check in quicker. And the receptionist also told us that we could take an Aircoach bus to the Dublin Airport from in front of the hotel so that we wouldn’t have to pay the expensive taxi fare. Overall, a great stay.

Our first day spent in Dublin we visited all the major sites: churches, parks, and of course the Book of Kells. I’d say that this exhibition is the best thing to see in the entire city. The Book of Kells are an extraordinary masterpiece, a historic manuscript written around 800 AD. The calligraphy and stunning drawings are well preserved, and the museum is located right on the Trinity College campus, directly in the city center. The Book of Kells is a once-in-a-lifetime experience never to be missed. You’ll be sorry if you skip it!

Churches are another big tourist magnet in the city of Dublin, Ireland. My favorite place of worship is Christ Church Cathedral, a beautiful piece of architecture dating back to 1030. St. Audoen’s Church, located on High Street, is another gorgeous church. I highly recommend visiting at least one of them, for not only is it a fascinating experience but they tend to be a nice, quiet break from the bustling streets of the city.

In terms of food in Dublin and Dalkey, you’ll find many a delicious option. In Dublin, the Lemon Jelly Cafe is a great spot for breakfast (they serve crepes and baked goods as well as a complete Irish meal), and for lunch the classic Leo Burdock’s for Fish N’ Chips is a real find. If you want to try something smaller, the famous Temple Bar Pub is a fun option, located in Dublin’s Temple Bar neighborhood. They often have live Irish music, as well as delicious snacks. And in Dalkey, the food is superb as well. The humble Queens Bar on Castle Street is a must. They have classic Irish meals for great prices, such as fried fish and mashed potatoes, apple crisp, and bangers and mash. For dessert or an early morning meal, The Country Bake is an adorable and delicious bakery located on Dalkey’s main road. You can’t miss it. With cream puffs, eclairs, cupcakes, croissants and tarts, you feel like you’re suddenly in France!

So, if you’re looking for a trip to plan, visiting Dublin but staying in Dalkey might be a good option for you to try. Ireland really is beautiful!