Dublin is rather a small city compared to others, but don’t let that fool you. It is rich in history, entertainment, and folklore. It is also a city full of fun. Here are a few things to see in do in Dublin.
Dublin is home to Trinity College and one of the most mysterious and fascinating pieces of Irish history, The Book of Kells.
On my first visit to Ireland, I couldn’t wait to see the Book of Kells so it was one of my foremost stops on my journey.
My visit began through a labyrinth museum that told the fascinating history of the book. It is quite vast, colorful, and informative as it leads you to explore the mystical art forms and symbols along the books margins. After following the maze of rooms, I eventually came to a dimly lit gallery that held the illuminated manuscript. It is rather a small room when compare to the other, but the treasure is so great. I reminded myself to slow down and really take in all of its grandeur.
The Book of Kells is a masterpiece of exquisite medieval art from the 7th century
A masterpiece of exquisite medieval art from the 7th century, this precious script contains a scribed version of the four Gospels. The colorful figures of humans, animals mythical beasts, and Celtic knots are all woven together artistically throughout the 340 vellum leaves. This is a place that you want to take your time, read the passages, and savor the beautiful before you.
After a while I said a silent goodbye and started to leave, thinking that was the end of the tour. I was wrong. Surprised, I stepped through the door and found myself in the library’s extraordinary Long Hall. The Long Hall is a large rectangular room lined with dark wooden bookcases stretching three stories high towards the ornate arched ceiling.
It is quite stunning. For those that love history, you cannot help but be stirred as you walk through the colonnade busts of famous masters in science, literature, and art. It truly is mesmerizing and I felt such a sense of awe and gratitude to those we owe so much.
Lively Night Life
Of course, you can’t write about Dublin without mentioning a few popular places. Temple Bar is definitely one of those. What many people don’t realize is there are three Temple Bars. However, it isn’t the bar or bars that really set the stage but rather the whole cultural quarter.
The busy cobbled streets are filled with many nook and cranny places to eat and drink. Sounds of lively music and friendly people fill the air. Temple Bar is normally filled with people dancing, singing, and just having a great time. Sometimes it is standing room only, but everyone is friendly and in such good spirits that no one seems to mind.
Two other places that are just as popular, if not more so, is the Guinness Storehouse and the Jameson Distillery. Jameson’s bar area is large, exquisite, and a perfect mixture of ancient tradition and modern décor. They offer a lot of interesting cocktails and you might just have to try a few.
The Guinness Storehouse is also a favorite hotspot. It has interactive self-guided areas that share the history of Ireland and Guinness in a very interesting way. At the end of the tour, you are invited to enjoy a pint. A highlight is Gravity Bar, located on the 7th floor with a spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of the city.
Dublin is definitely multicultural but its Irish roots come shining through.
No trip to Ireland is complete unless you visit Dublin. If you want a trip that is interesting, fun, and memorable, check out these things to see in do in Dublin
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