Our third day in the city we decided to try and cram in a much sightseeing as possible. We had been recommended a few must see places for example Temple Bar, Dublin Castle and The Museum. We started the day with a huge breakfast at the hotel at set us up for the day and started our tour pretty early. It was quite chilly first thing but walking around certainly warmed us up.
We started the journey in O’Connell Street making our way towards the River Liffey, there were tons of shops around this area and we’d be back here later to have a look around and grab some last minute souvenirs. We walked down the River Liffey towards the financial district and dockland area. The buildings in this sector were very impressive and The Samuel Beckett bridge is a massive feature with an intuitive modern design. We saw the memorial piece in aid of the famine and The Jeanie Johnston ship.
Heading over the Sean O’Casey bridge towards the centre, our next stop was the museum. Like our history museum in the UK, it is free admission and well worth a visit. My favourite bit was the amazing jewellery that has been recovered around Ireland and the gorgeous designs and craftsmanship displayed. We spent a couple of hours in here and then headed to our next stop.
We passed Trinity College and headed towards the Grafton Street. Here was the hustle and bustle of city life, lots of shops and places to eat and this is where we decided to have lunch. We didn’t go for your typical Irish grub, actually it was more an American style diner but I just loved the decor, style and the menu also looked great. I went for the classic burger and fries whilst hubby went for a hotdog along with a indulgent chocolate fudge milkshake.
After lunch and a little rest we moved on towards Dublin Castle, I got a few pics here but it was super busy so we decided to go on to the Temple Bar area. This actually quaint part of the city depicted the real feel with cobbled street, unusual shops and plenty of bars. I had to get a picture of the famous Temple Bar pub something shared by the many tourists doing the same! It was lovely to wander around and soak up the atmosphere.
Our last leg took us back over the river and back towards O’Connell Street, there were lots of shopping streets here with stores similar to our highstreets and a massive Penneys. I picked up some small souvenirs and a keyring bearing the crest and my nan’s family name, which is a cute memento. Here is also home to the Dublin Spire, a tall free standing sculpture which looks rather odd just in the middle of the city but is something really rather impressive. Even if many people don’t see its purpose, it gives a great landmark to get your bearings around the city.
Today was filled with lots of walking and trying not too get lost. It was great to see the city and just explore at our own pace. Although it is a city, it doesn’t have a crazy busy feel like London. The atmosphere was amazing and in the evenings the bars and pubs are filled with live music, something I absolutely love. I would definitely take the tour bus next time to make sure we fit everything in but overall an amazing experience paired with some lovely sunshine which in turn created a perfect walking tour day.