Dublin Journals

Short Stop in Dublin

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A travel journal to Dublin by zabelle

Hop On Hop Off Dublin Bus Tour Photo, Dublin, Ireland More Photos
Quote: With just three days we had to move fast and see a lot in a day.

Dublinia

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Dublinia Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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This is probably the closest most of us will ever come to visiting the medieval world. You begin by reading about the early history of Dublin. One of the earliest exhibits fascinated me. It is an audio exhibit. You listen to several different residents of early Dublin speaking in their different languages. I was totally enthralled. The Norman French mixing with the local Gaelic and Danish, it was amazing. After this you pass into a medieval faire. You get to see examples of the food they would have purchased at a faire, and the cloth which was one of the main reasons to have a faire. This is not all visual either. There is the smell of spices from the spice vendor. All very interesting an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2006

Dublinia
St. Michaels Hill, Christchurch
Dublin, Ireland
01-6794611

Dublin Castle

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Attraction | "Castle Vault Cafe"

Dublin Castle Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Before entering Dublin Castle for our tour I had caught sight of the Queen of Tarts across the street and with a name like that who could resist. We had plans to look over their goods as soon as we completed the tour. So much for great plans. When the tour finishes, you have to walk through the Castle Vault Café to get to the gift shop and the exit. A brilliant concept. One look at the desserts in their case and we forgot all about our plans and grabbed a tray.Service is cafeteria style with seating in several rooms, it is much bigger then a cursory look would suggest. We knew we were going to have dessert here but when we saw the soup we decided that it was worth a try. I ordered the carr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 5, 2006

Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 677 7129

City Hall

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Attraction | "A Must Visit"

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If you are visiting Dublin and are in the vicinity of Dublin Castle, you are very close to the City Hall. This is a great place to visit. It is filled with history and has a great museum on the lower level. We were in a rush when we were here and didn’t allow ourselves enough time. We wanted to get to Dublin Castle for a tour, don’t make the same mistake. The location of the City Hall was originally a church, Sainte Marie Del Dame. This was demolished by the First Earl of Cork and he built Cork House on the site. The street however became known as Dame Street after the church. The City Hall itself is a magnificent Georgian Building designed by architect Thomas Cooley for the G...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2010

City Hall
Dame St
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 672 2204

Dublin Castle

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Dublin Castle Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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I don’t know what I expected from Dublin Castle but what I got was totally unexpected. I have never seen anything less Castle like. I needed a little history lesson, which I must say our guide on the tour provided. The castle must be visited on a tour. It is still in use and we were warned to stay with our group or some dire fate would befall us. The original Dublin Castle was Anglo/Norman, built on orders of King John in the 12th century. Though when we visit the archaeological remains under the castle we saw some of the Viking defensive walls that protected Dublin before the year 1000. A fire destroyed this building in 1694 and when the fire reached the powder tower, oh yeah it was the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2006

Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 677 7129

Hop On Hop Off Dublin Bus Tour

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Attraction | "Dublin City Tour"

Hop On Hop Off Dublin Bus Tour Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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I am a big believer in the value of a comprehensive city tour especially when you are unfamiliar with the area. Now granted I visited Dublin once before but on that trip Al and I were driving, we parked along St. Steven’s Green, walked to the National Museum and the National Gallery and drove to the airport where our hotel was located. This is not a trip conducive to knowing your way around.This time we had two full days and our hotel was in Ballsbridge. We were as clueless about location as we would have been if this were our first trip. On our first day we ventured out on foot since we were visiting things more or less in a straight line away from us. Second day we headed up to Merrion ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2006

Hop On Hop Off Dublin Bus Tour
59 O'connell Street
Dublin