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In Dublin’s fair city there are absolutely tons of places to visit and activities to do that will excite and delight every single tourist that visits this marvellous city on a Deluxe Tour of Ireland.
Ireland’s Capital is a smorgasbord of tourist attractions as well as being the shopping capital of Ireland. The task of narrowing down Dublin’s top destinations wasn’t easy but we have put together a snapshot of the very best that Dublin has to offer in terms of sightseeing gems, famous landmarks, hotels and restaurants.
Trinity College | Book of Kells
Dublin’s Trinity College is an absolute must-see. It is located on College Green, facing what was previously, the Irish Houses of Parliament. The college proper occupies 47 acres and countless buildings are oscillated around large quadrangles know as squares. It was established by royal charter in 1592 and is one of the seven ancient universities of Britain and Ireland. It is also renowned as being the oldest university in Ireland.
The 18th century cobbled stones lure you to the outstanding Old Library. Contained in the library is the world renowned 9th century, gospel manuscript, the Book of Kells. Within the library is The Long Room, which accommodates over 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books.
The Guinness Storehouse was created in 2000 as a fully themed establishment attracting thousands of visitors each year. It is located at St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin and has seven floors which surround a pint-of-Guinness-shaped glass atrium. The ground floor showcases the world famous Guinness founder, Arther Guinness and the four renowned ingredients, water, barley, hopes and yeast that are used to produce the tasty beverage.
Also of interest on the other levels of the building are Guinness’s Advertising history and an interactive exhibit in responsible drinking. The highlight of the tour is the Gravity Bar on the seventh floor which boasts remarkable views of Dublin and visitor can drink a pint of Guinness.
There is also a live installation of the techniques used in the brewing process and you can see how the legendary stout is made and get to taste it, if you so wish. If you’re up for a bit of fun, you can even learn how to pull the perfect pint of Guinness. There is a delightful Guinness memorabilia gift where you can pick up a few essential vacation presents.
Kilmainham Gaol is the largest vacant jail in Ireland and was in operation from the 1780’s to the 1920’s. It has been a part of some of Ireland’s most heroic and tragic events during its 140 years in operation. There are some fascinating exhibitions portraying the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration and tours include audio-visual shows too.
As you stroll through the jail, you will gain a very eerily realistic perspective of life in this jail. Famous patriot leaders such as Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell and De Valera were all detained here at various times.
Shopping at Dublin’s Grafton Street
No trip to Dublin would be absolute without a shopping spree at Dublin’s famous shoppers paradise, Grafton Street. Grafton Street is abundantly filled with boutiques from high-end stores to high-street stores and from street entertainers to musicians & buskers. Here are some of our favorites:
Karen Millen is an English fashion designer know internationally for creating hand-crafted, impeccably produced investment pieces. Her moniker is her attention to detail in her couture inspired techniques and opulent heritage fabrics. Karen Millen has stores in London’s Knightsbridge and New York’s Fifth Avenue.
Brown Thomas is a multi-floor department store focusing on designer and hi-end women’s and men’s fashion with a large medley of stores that sell clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories, loungewear & lingerie. The stores incorporate pieces by designers such as Stella Mc Cartney, Diane Von Furstenberg & Michael Kors and features brands such as Mulberry, Escada, Armani, Mark Jacob & Hugo Boss. The cosmetics department is brimming with prominent brands such as MAC, Christian Lauboutin and Charlotte Tilburry. It’s truly is a treasure trove for the fashion forward shopper.
Ted Baker is a designer of women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and is world recognized as the leading lifestyle brand. The store primarily opened as a shirt expert in Glasgow but promptly became the superlative contemporary men, women and children’s boutique for clothing shoes and accessories. It is recognized for it discerning tailoring in everything from woman’s clothing, to men’s suits! An absolute must-see on a shopping tour of Dublin’s Grafton Street.
Golfing in Dublin
Portmarnock Golf Club
Portmarnock Golf Links is located ten miles from Dublin City and is burrowed in a remarkable sweep of coastline and lies on a narrow wedge of low dune land. The twenty-seven-hole golf links was a victory rout for Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead in the 1960’s Canada Cup and it is where Phil Mickleson and David Duval exultantly won the Walker Cup in 1991. It was categorized as the top golf course in Ireland by Golfers Digest in 2014/2015 and is believed by many to be the true test of golf.
It is a championship standard golf links course, featuring a driving range, two short-game areas and a putting & chipping green. Guests can also appreciate the cosy bar and the two full-service restaurants; The Bradshaw Room & The Dining Room; each with panoramic views of the links.
Hotels in Dublin
The Westbury Hotel
The 178 room hotel is famous for its incomparable service and modest luxury. It is furnished with traditionally-woven Irish wool carpets, soft mohair-covered George Smith chairs and extravagant silk blackout curtains.
The rooms and suites at the Westbury are exceptional and you instantly gain an impression of unassuming luxury, portrayed by peaceful tones of creams and taupe’s. The expansive, bright rooms are well-appointed with magnificent pieces and include lavish marble bathrooms with heated floors.
The Westbury presents guests a fantastic assortment of dining alternatives. An alluring afternoon tea includes an enticing assortment of sandwiches, scones, homemade pastries and delicious patisserie. These are pay tribute to fragrant teas served in beautiful silver teapots. If you are feeling indulgent then why not have a glass of Moët & Chandon Rosé from The Wesbury’s immensely venerated Champagne trolley?
The Westbury’s Balfes Bar & Brasserie is a lively bistro with a impressive outdoor terrace. It fuses the energy and fashioning of a New York bistro with the tranquil chic of a deluxe Parisian brasserie. Balfes Bar houses a distinctive zinc covered bar from where delicious cold-pressed juices and cocktails are served. The open kitchen restaurant provides impeccable prepared dishes such as Seaweed-cured Salmon Gravadlax and a Rib Eye Steak that I would greatly endorse. All dishes are prepared with locally sourced ingredients from the finest artisan producers such as their cheeses and grass-fed beef. Balfes also tenders a superb assortment of gluten free dishes.
Conversely, The Wilde Restaurant offers fantastic all-day dining in a stylish backdrop. It provides the most distinct dishes, an extensive children’s menu, exceptional healthy options and an enormous wine list.
Finally, The Marble Bar at The Westbury, adorned with striking Fabergé chandeliers and a welcoming open fire, is the ideal place to relish a post-tour martini or a pre-dinner glass of champagne.
Fitzwilliam Hotel – Dublin
The Fitzwilliam Hotel in Dublin is one of the most uniquely contemporary and modish hotels of its time. It is the quintessence of modern style but radiates comfort in every element of its surroundings.
When Dining at the Fitzwilliam Hotel, there is no absence of choice from its four exceptional restaurants. The Thornton’s Restaurant extends a combination of matchless Irish gastronomic pieces that will leave you speechless.
Also of interest is the The Citron Restaurant. It may be an informal dining event but style is clearly a top priority in this restaurant. The dishes are excellently prepared and certainly do not lack in creativity.
The Inn on the Green, the Fitzwilliam’s Bar, is one of Dublin’s trending bars where outstanding food platters are served throughout the day. The Inn offers a ‘late Afternoon Tea’ which showcases an unexpected contemporary twist by offering beetroot goat’s cheese and almond crumble, b.l.t. cones with bacon jam, lettuce & tomato, and smoked cheese gruyeres, caramel macaroons, mini scones with clotted cream & jam and finally lemon financier with tea cream. This is accompanied with cups of loose and herbal teas or with bespoke themed cocktails. The inspiring cocktails put a fashionable spin on customary recipes. Divine!!!
If entertainment is of interest to you, then the Jazz night at The Inn is a must. Dublin’s hottest jazz performers pour into the popular city bar on a Saturday night and spread their bluesy tones afar.
Pampering is a plenty at the Spirit Beauty Salon where guests can experience a holistic approach to a full range of tailored beauty therapies including facials, body wraps and massages.
The gym at the The Fitzwilliam Hotel has everything you could possibly need including aerobic machines and free weights. If you are an avid runner, then the concierge team at the Fitzwilliam Hotel can give you all the details for their 5km and 15km running trails.
Well that concludes our one-stop-shop of things to do and see in Dublin’s fair city. If you are looking for a private escorted tour of Ireland and would like more information about sights to see in Dublin, then please click here to contact Mike Ryan at Executive Tours Ireland.
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