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Dublin - Ireland

After having been on travels further afield, it was nice to visit somewhere a bit closer to home. I enjoyed my time in Dublin, but it is quite a touristy destination and I would love to visit some other parts of Ireland with a little more greenery and Irish charm. I visited Dublin with my friend Enzo, who I think took on more than he bargained for when it came to the amount of sight seeing we did each day.

What to See

Temple Bar

The tourist hotspot of Dublin, Temple Bar. This place is heaving with drunk tourists and the bars are overpriced. Still it's somewhere I ventured to and spent a couple of evenings hopping from bar to bar. Although it's an expensive area, there were quite a few nice bars here and many with live Irish music. There are other areas in the city with bars and pubs if you want a cheaper evening and a chance to meet some locals, but Temple Bar still has a certain charm. It's worth visiting at least once.

Guinness Storehouse

I'm not particularly fond of the black stuff, so I didn't take the time to check this out, but I've never heard a bad thing said about the Guinness Storehouse tour. You'll learn about the history of Guinness and all about the brewing process. At the end of the tour you can relax with a pint of it while admiring some amazing views of Dublin.

National Leprechaun Museum

As a lover of folk tales and myths surrounding the places I visit, this was my favourite attraction in Dublin. You may think this is for children, but out of the 20 or so tourists I was with, there was only one child. You're guided through several rooms and educated on Irish folk lore, including facts and tales about leprechauns. The museum also offers night tours for adults wanting more horror based tales. Viking Splash Tours

This wouldn't be the type of activity I'd usually undertake. But I decided that it would be a different way to see the city. If you want to embrace your inner typical tourist, then this is for you. You'll be asked to don a tacky plastic viking helmet and take a seat on the bus. Originally these buses were old World War II landing crafts, but in recent times they've been replaced by purpose built vessels. The bus drives you around the city, informing you about the various landmarks you pass by, and occasionally you'll be told to shout like vikings at passers by. But then halfway through the tour the bus will turn into an aquatic vehicle and you'll be floating through the canal to carry on the tour.

Molly Malone

The heroine from the Irish song of the same name. The song has become the unofficial anthem to the city of Dublin. It's about a fishwife who lived and worked in Dublin, but then died at a young age of a fever. She sells cockles mussels and can now be found on Suffolk Street.

Poolbeg Lighthouse

We decided to go off the beaten track to see something outside the norm to regular tourists. Poolbeg lighthouse didn't seem too far when looking at google maps, I guessed maybe a 20 minute walk. Oh how wrong I was, to the great dissatisfaction of Enzo. It took well over an hour, maybe close to two hours to walk there, when I'd told Enzo it was only a 5 minute walk. He was not happy to say the least.

We eventually made it to the lighthouse. It was then a good 40 minute walk there and back along the narrow path from the mainland. I'd certainly suggest checking it out, but if you're not keen to walk such a distance, then maybe use a mode of transport to get as close as possible.

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