Note: This guide is for the whole Island of Ireland and no distinction is made between the Republic and the North. One thing to remember is that Pounds are used in Northern Ireland rather than Euros. Ireland is split up into 4 provinces, Ulster[North], Leinster[East], Munster[South] and Connacht[West]. Each Province then in turn is split up into Counties with a total of 32 on the Island. The following Maps explain the concept further:
First things to note would be a means of transport to get you around, Although smaller than many European cities, walking from one attraction to another will quickly ruin the experience for you.
What to see in Dublin:
- Croke Park: The home of the GAA, Irelands own brand of sportmanship through Gaelic Football and Hurling. The best time to visit here would be during the annual All Ireland Football and Hurling Finals. The atmosphere can be amazing.
- Botanic Gardens: For those interested in plants and flowers this can be a rewarding experience.
- Dublin Castle: A historical and symbolic part of Dublin.
- Kilmainham Gaol: This Gaol played a big role in the Struggle for Irelands Independence.
- Guinness Storehouse: Visit where Guinness is brewed and stop off for a pint yourself.
- Kingfisher Restaurant: Excellent selection of typical Irish meals.
- National Museum of Ireland: For those interested in the History of Ireland this is a must see.
- Pheonix Park: If you want a quite stroll, the Pheonix park is one of the nicer gardens to preview.
- Dublin Zoo: An enjoyable day out for the whole family.
- Trinity College: Regarded as the pinnacle of third level education in Ireland and steeped in Historical relevance, not to mention home to the Book of Kells an ancient manuscript.
- Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum: A museum on a ship covering the ragic Famine ships that took irish refugees to the States during teh Great famine.
- O’Connell Street: The Main street in dublin, Home to the Spire and the General Post office among others this street easily holds the most historical signifcance of any other in Irish History.
The best would be to befriend a nice Irish person who will drive you around and show you the attractions.
If you cannot manage that, renting a car will maximize your ability to seek and locate the best points of interest in the wilderness of Ireland.
Bus Éireann is one of Irelands Bus services running on a daily basis to most of the countries larger towns and cities.
Trains do not run everywhere in the country and can be expensive.
I hope anyone who reads this found it useful 🙂