When you reach the southern viewpoint at the Cliffs of Moher you'll find a sign warning for going too close to the edge of the cliffs because there are no protective fences. It's not that I want you to ignore that law because it's a way to keep you safe from falling into the sea. If you approach the edge there is no danger, except if you go there with kids, it could be a little dicey for them. No one or almost no one gets too close to the edge.
It is a historical neighborhood of Dublin city center, bordered to the north by the Liffey River, south by Dame Street, east by the O'Connell Bridge and west by the Christ Church Cathedral. In this neighborhood it's nice to wander the narrow streets once nightfall hits, where you can find the nightlife hub of Dublin with an impressive number of fashionable pubs, restaurants, art galleries ...
It is the last place I visited and it left me with a memory of the 306 degree bar views of the city while trying a pint of Guinness (or a soda if you don´t drink alcohol). The museum was very good, fun and didactic. Don´t forget to pick up the audioguide in Spanish in the entrance hall. The store on the bottom floor has good prices and you have to buy some Guinness things, and it´s one of the best places to do it. I´ll leave you the video.
Galway City is know for its leisure offerings, and its pubs and cafes are very popular in Ireland. Students make up a quarter of the total population and you can see remains of the medieval walls between the shops selling Aran sweaters, handmade rings, and books. The bridges form arches over rivers full of salmon, and a long walk down to the town of Salthill in Galway Bay lets you see the source of the region's famous oysters. One thing that surprised me a lot was the breakfast. On several posters in a couple cafes, we saw the typical Irish Breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, etc, but in Galway, the breakfast is...oysters!
This is a beautiful park that is located in the center of Dublin. It is a perfect place to have a picnic and relax. There's a pond with swans and ducks, many forests and vast fields where the Dubliners lie down for lunch or a nap. It is very close to the shopping center with the same name. I recommend it to everyone!
Trinity College is the most famous university in Dublin. It's central location puts it within walking distance of Dublin's important landmarks like shopping streets and the garden St Stephen's Green. There's a shopping centre in front of it and public transportation at the door. More than being just a university, you can also visit the campus, the football field, some nooks and crannies, and also stay in their hotel, even if you're not a college student. I was really charmed their buildings and well-kept trees, the highlight of the gardens.
This is Dublin's largest avenue and it's on the north bank. The bridge (O'Connell Bridge) that connects it to the south bank is famous for being wider than it is long. You can also find the following statues (south to north): Daniel O'Connell, William Smith O'Brien, Sir John Gray, James Larkin, Father Theobald Mathew, Charles Stewart Parnell and The Spire of Dublin.
The Christ Church Cathedral has a 25 meter-high nave with Gothic arches. On the northern side, the 8th century walls have moved about 50cm from the weight of the roof. Some highlights:
-The figure in chain mail at the tomb of Strongbow.
-The medieval lectern: A beautiful hand-forged copper lectern dating from the Middle Ages
- Chapel of St. Laud: contains a chest holding the heart of St. Laurence O'Toole
- The Crypt: the crypt has something pretty interesting: a cafe! It's a huge space with arches from the original Viking church. You can see the mummified remains of a cat and a mouse trapped in a pipe organ. There is also a collection of decorative plates donated by King William III in 1690.
Most of the architecture is from the 18th century, although the construction dates back to the XI-XII centuries as one of the defensive posts of the Norman invasion. The large circular tower is striking and is the only part of medieval origin remaining, along with the attached Royal Chapel, and are in stark contrast to the rest of the castle.
The Cathedral is located outside the walls of the old town, and according to tradition, was the place where St. Patrick baptized the Irish heathen with water from the well. Therefore the cathedral is named after him. The park adjacent is St Patricks Cathedral Park, where you can have a nice time just as in St Stephens Green. It's a huge cathedral with a bell. I can remember that while we were there smoke started coming out from one of the chimneys, which let loose the dark imagination of my friends, saying it was burning corpses, and various things. Also, I think that is the most important point of interest of the pilgrimage processions on St. Patrick's Day.
The Spire of Dublin is a work of art made of steel, like a needle jutting into the sky in the Irish capital. The tower is 120 meters high, making it the highest artistic sculpture in the world. The Spire was designed by the architecture firm Ian Ritchie to be elegant and simple. Construction began in 2002, and was more complicated than anticipated (due to the laws of the city), but opened in 2003. The sculpture is part of the renovation of the street in 1999 to regenerate the area. Nelson's Column was once here but it was destroyed by and IRA bombing. Since then, the street hasn't been the same, so they wanted to renew it and give it a new life. All the distances of a points of Dublin start there. It supposedly represents the heart of the city out of the ground.
There is a small fishing town called Binn Éadair in Irish which is worth the visit. It stands on a hill slope which reaches the sea. The views from the the top are incredible. It is just 15km from the center of Dublin and is easily accessible with the Dart. It's highly recommended that you go on a Sunday because there is usually a medieval market every week, and if you like fish, this is the best option for as its a fishing town and its known for its Fish and Chips restaurants !
Sights to see include:
Ireland's Eye (Eye of Ireland) is on the north coast of Howth, it is an island which can be accessed by ferry from the pier to the east.
Howth Castle (Castle of Howth) which dates back to the mid 15th century.
National Transport Museum (National Transport Museum) Baily Lighthouse (Faro Baily) offers spectacular views of Dublin Bay.
Howth's Martello Tower (Martello Tower) The fastest way to get there is to take the Dart. There is not much risk for confusion, as the last stop is Howth.
A highly recommended visit if you are staying in Dublin for a few days. Eamon de Valera, ve was president of Ireland and built its constitution, was jailed here. The guided tour of the building helps you understand much of the country's history. The guides speak English and a guided tour is worth it. The student discount is important (2 euros instead of 6) and they usually don't verify validity of your student card.
Initially, this Benedictine abbey was a castle, owned by Mitchell Henry, who had it built for his wife Margaret. He was very much in love with her, but she died very young at 45 year from a disease that she contracted in Cairo. The abbey is located on the shores of a lake surrounded by a forest, which gives it a special charm. The property also consists of a neo-Gothic chapel and a mausoleum where the Henrys are buried.
Dublinia is a kind of museum/theme park located in the centre of the medieval town of Dublin. The exhibits inside recount the history of medieval times in Ireland, and there are people inside dressed up as historical characters. The Viking World section was added in 2005. The building is in the Synod Hall, which was the building of the Church of Ireland between 1875 and 1983. A bridge leads to Christchurch cathedral. This is one of the most popular attractions in Dublin, along with the Guinness and Jameson factories. Dublinia is open every day, and hours change seasonally, but generally it's between 10 - 5pm, and it is closed during Christmas week. Admission is 6 euros for adults, discounts for students, and a family ticket for two adults and three children costs 17 euros. Inside is a small coffee shop but no food.
This University is less famous than the Trinity College Dublin but in my opinion it is more beautiful and more charming than the others. It crosses a river, has beautiful gardens and the buildings are worth seeing. It is situated at a 10-15 minute walk from the center. Food: In front of the entrance of the university there is a place run by some Indians that is cheap and has pretty good fish and chips.
Also called Ha'penny Bridge, it is the symbol of Dublin. This small romantic footbridge, which allows you to pass from the bohemian neighborhood of Temple Barmakes to the formal neighborhood O'donnell Street, crosses the Liffey River. The bridge is painted white, and is named after the Duke of Wellington ("Iron Duke"). It was opened in 1816. At that time, Ireland was still part of the British Empire. The bridge was built in England, and was transported by ship, gaining fame because the toll to cross the Liffey River to Dublin was half a penny. Until 2000 it was still the only pedestrian bridge in Dublin. Now there is the Millennium Bridge, however the Ha'penny has much more charm. People still gather at the same bridge to chat, play music and have a beer. The bridge now has three electric lanterns, and is made of wrought iron. It was closed for nearly a year in 2001 because it was in bad shape, now it has been repainted in white and is very beautiful.