O’Connell StreetI was in Ireland last month, taking an epic road-trip throughout the island (the only way to ‘do’ Ireland properly, just make sure your tank is always full and your tyres are pumped, the roads get a little bumpy!). Any problems with your tyres though, check out eiretyres.com and you’ll be sorted in no time.
Anyway, in Dublin, one thing that struck me about Ireland’s largest city was the massive amount of statues throughout the city. Many had no label or plaque to explain what they were, so I sadly can’t tell you what most of these are. But I love a city that values art, so I took photos of many of the ones I saw.
Of course, the statues in Dublin aren’t the only thing worth your time in Dublin! There are a whole host of things to occupy your time with. I’d recommend an absolute minimum of 2 nights during your Ireland trip to be honest, and even if you spend 3 or 4 nights, you’d still find amazing things to see and do to fill your time. Check out 3 things you absolutely shouldn’t miss:
Book of Kells
Ireland’s national treasure. An animated version of the Bible, more than 1000 years old, is stored at Trinity College’s library. Go and check it out, and if ancient books aren’t your bag, marvel at Trinity’s amazing long library, something straight out of Harry Potter!
Ireland’s number 1 tourist attraction, and the world’s best drink (ok the second bit is my opinion, but the first one is factually true!). Go and learn about one of the world’s most famous alcohol brands, learn to pour a perfect pint and enjoy the city views from the glass rooftop. This place is more than a museum, it’s a piece of Ireland’s history. Give yourself AT LEAST 2 hours (easily could spend 4 or 5, especially if the Guinness is flowing!).
Not only will you be able to shop until your heart’s content on O’Connell street, eat until your belly is full and watch talented buskers showcase their skills, more important is the slice of Ireland’s history. O’Connell street is home to the General Post Office, complete with bullet holes. It was the scene of Ireland 1916 Easter Rising, playing a huge role in Ireland’s independence a few years later. Soak it up.