I had a fantastic two days in Dublin. It’s only a small city centre, easily explorable on foot and there’s loads to see and do. Luckily my hotel was almost right in the centre, just behind Trinity College University and the walled grounds where I started off exploring as my first point of call. The University used to be the home of the Irish Parliament and Trinity College’s most famous pupil, Oscar Wilde.
Inside the 22,000 m2 grounds is this amazing sculpture, ‘A Sphere within a Sphere‘ that revolves around on its base, created by the Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro. There are also the same sculptures in prominent places around the world including The Vatican, The United Nations Building and Mount Sinai Hospital, to name just a few.
The Sphere within a Sphere, Trinity College
Inside the University you will find the vast Trinity College Library, which houses the very famous ‘Book of Kells’.
Trinity College Library, Dublin
The front facade of Trinity College University and Trinity College Green
Entrance to Trinity College, Dublin
Inside the grounds of the University
Inside Trinity College grounds
Just a short stroll away is O’Connell Street, apparently Europe’s widest street (which I doubt as it didn’t seem that wide), which has just been given a facelift, and where you can see The Spire, Europe’s tallest monument.
The Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin
- The Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin
Walking down Henry Street, one of the main high street shopping areas in Dublin, leads you to one of Dublin’s most photographed landmarks, The Ha’Penny Bridge. This is really ornate, made of white wrought iron with lovely lights that look magical at night.
The Ha’Penny Bridge, Dublin
The Ha’Penny Bridge, Dublin
The Liffey river, Dublin
Crossing The Liffey River, this now takes you to the Temple Bar area, the most famous and most visited tourist areas of all of Dublin. This was fairly quiet during the day and at first I didn’t even realise that I was in Temple Bar at all, but then I saw the red pub, the original Temple Bar pub, and realised where I was. I went back here in the evening and it was like a different street, it came alive with street singers and bands playing and of course loads of tourists. It’s the perfect place for a pub crawl as the whole street is lined with pubs and restaurants with a few shops in between.
The Temple Bar, the original pub
Detailed plaques on The Temple Bar pub
Another Bar in Temple Bar
I love this narrative below, seen on a glass window in Temple Bar
Wise Words on a Glass Window
A short stroll from Temple Bar is the Grafton Street area, the main shopping street in Dublin which leads up the hill to St Stephen’s Green, a large park area that’s a quiet oasis from the traffic. Not far from here is the famous Dublin Castle, which doesn’t really seem like a castle at all, just a turret with some coloured walls, but it’s free to walk around the grounds.
Coloured walls of Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle with Church annexed
Unfortunately I didn’t get the Dublin’s number one tourist attraction, the Guinness Storehouse so maybe I’ll get to it next time I go!
I stayed at the fabulously quirky Trinity City Hotel, (which has just changed its name from Trinity Capital Hotel), which had amazing rooms and luxurious decor. It wasn’t cheap but I thought that as my flights from Stansted only cost £50, I could have a little splurge on a bit of luxury!