Dublin may be the Guinness capital of the world but there is much
more to this vibrant city than pints of the black stuff.
Here's a short guide to Dublin for the non-drinkers, or for those of
you who need something to do before the pubs open.
Dublin is a modern, cultural capital and is home to some of
Europe's most accomplished artists and academics.
It is a city that deserves to be taken seriously. And, for those who
do, it is a richly rewarding, fascinating place.
Dublin is a great place to spend your time dining in restaurants,
pouring over works of art and curious artefacts in the museums and galleries, wandering
through meticulously manicured gardens and exploring Dublins literary heritage.
Dublin's Temple Bar is a
charming neighbourhood where a walk around its cobblestone streets present the visitor
with an abundance of historical pubs and modern bars, art galleries and trendy cafes;
housed within red, brick facades reflecting off the more modern, glass-front shopping
Screenshot: Old City in Temple Bar - Temple Bar
Dublin's cultural attractions include the Irish
Film Institute, Gallery of Photography
and the Project Arts Centre.
In continuous occupation since its establishment in 1204 AD, Dublin Castle has played a prominent role in
Dublin Castle Courtyard
It may not look exactly as a castle ought to but this cluster of fine
18th-century buildings, built on a medieval plan of two courtyards are well worth
Dublin Castle hosts grand diplomatic and state functions, and
occasional performances like concert recitals. The beautiful interior is accessible on a
pay-per-view basis, but you can wander freely around the castle.
Castle on Irish Heritage:
Built on a site previously settled by the Vikings Dublin Castle has functioned as a
military fortress, a prison, treasury, courts of law and the seat of English
Administration in Ireland for 700 years.
Dublin's oldest microbrewery, the Porterhouse, is not
just for those who enjoy a tipple or two. Here youll find some excellent pub food
from Irish stew, and bangers and mash to oysters and fancy desserts without busting the
Fridays are fun times at Peploes Wine
Bistro. The 16 St Stephen's Green location is fabulous, and the rooms are decked out
with wood, murals and crisp linens. French onion soup and smoked salmon with dill sauce
are just some of the dishes to grace this lovely menu. Its the perfect place to
spend a summer evening.
Copper Alley Bistro at the Harding Hotel
The Copper Alley Bistro
at the Harding Hotel is situated in the heartof Dublins Cultural District, on the
edge of Temple Bar and right beside one of Dublins most famous landmarks, Christ
If you want to immerse yourself in intellectual surroundings then Trinity College is the place to go.
HDR Trinity - Trinity Digital Exhibition.
Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, the college boasts a lofty
alumni including the likes of Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett. Guided tours are available.
Sundays are a quieter time to stroll through the beautiful gardens and ancient buildings.
If you wander into the Cobblestone Bar, on Smithfiled Square,
youll find a corner downstairs that attracts traditional players showcasing some of
Irelands finest traditional folk music.
It's cosy and authentic and is the place to go to hear un-touristy and
traditional Dublin music.
Shopping in Dublin
Loft Market, a
New York-style indoor fashion market, attracts local fashion addicts on the hunt for
individual, one-off pieces.
If you love vintage clothes and jewellery youll find this place
a real treasure trove.
Literary Lovers Dublin
If you are fascinated with Dublins literary history then
head to the Writer's Museum.
Located in a tasteful 18th-century town house, youll find
displays relating to Irish literature from the 10th century to the present day.
The exhibits include paintings, manuscripts, letters, rare editions
and mementos of many of Ireland's famous authors. There are a number of temporary exhibits
and a stunningly decorated Gallery of Writers upstairs.
There are often poetry readings and lectures too and there's a book
shop on site.
By James Cave.
About The Author
James is a travel writer and blogger currently living in Edinburgh.
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