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A March 2013 trip to Dublin by MikeInTown

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Quote: We were based in Dublin during most of our 10-day visit to Ireland. When we were not on excursions to other regions of the island, these were some of the sightseeing outings we did in Dublin…

Dublin Outing 1

Trinity College

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Attraction | "Gaze Upon a New Testament Translation from 800 AD"

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Although the purpose of our visit to Trinity College was to see the Book of Kells, a hand-written Latin translation of the four Gospels of the New Testament, we decided to do the Trinity College campus tour. This 30-minute tour cost €10 per person. It is an outdoor tour so make sure you are dressed appropriately.Our student guide led us to the center of the campus and began telling us about the history of Trinity College. Trinity College is actually a university despite its name. It was founded in 1592. Today it has nearly 16,000 students. Our guide gave us many other facts and stats about the university as he pointed out various buildings and monuments. The tour was inter...Read More

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Trinity College
College Green
Dublin, Ireland
+353 (1) 608 1000

Guinness Storehouse

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Attraction | "Everything Guinness - Learn, Taste, and See"

Guinness Storehouse Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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The Guinness Storehouse is a popular attraction in Dublin. It was here that I learned more than I ever thought I could learn about Guinness beer. There are seven floors of exhibits presenting everything from the production process to ad campaigns. Everyone of drinking age has an opportunity to taste a cold glass of the beer at the "Guinness Taste Experience" station. I do not drink alcohol but after walking through four floors of Guinness exhibits, I was curious enough to take a sip. I quickly came to the conclusion that it must be an acquired taste because I did not care for the taste one bit.We had some memorable experiences at the Guinness Storehouse. We participated in the ‘Pour a Perf...Read More

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Guinness Storehouse
St James's Gate Dublin 8
Dublin
01 408 4800

Dublin Outing 2

St. Patrick's Cathedral

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Attraction | "Great for History-Lovers"

St. Patrick's Cathedral Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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St. Patrick's Cathedral is also known as the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. This Anglican cathedral is Ireland's largest. It was first dedicated in 1192. Other than the bays of the south aisles, very little of the original church remains. Fires destroyed the original structure. Most of the architecture we see today dates back to the 13th and 14th centuries. It cost €5.50 per person to enter the sanctuary. The church has many statues and monuments dedicated to deans and other influential people throughout the centuries. Over the next hour, my wife and I shuffled along the dim interior skimming the posted text associated with the statues and monuments. One of the more interesti...Read More

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St. Patrick's Cathedral
Saint Patrick's Close
Dublin, Ireland
+353 (1) 453-9472

Christ Church Cathedral

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Attraction | "The Underground Crypt is a Gem"

Christ Church Cathedral Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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From St. Patrick's, we walked up the street to Ireland's other well-known cathedral - Christ Church Cathedral. This Anglican-Episcopalian church was founded in 1030. The admission to Christ Church Cathedral was €6 per person. Despite being more impressed by the interior of St. Patrick's Cathedral, I had more fun exploring Christ Church. It was started by Vikings. In fact, the tomb of the Anglo-Norman leader Strongbow who died in 1170 can be seen inside the sanctuary. Once again, I did not do my research before our visit and missed out on the guided tour. It occurs Monday through Friday at 11 AM and 2 PM. Consequently, my wife and I walked around the sanctuary on our own and skimmed the pos...Read More

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Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Pl.
Dublin, County Dublin
+353 167 78099

Dublin Outing 3

Old Jameson Distillery

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Attraction | "Fun Tour With an Opportunity to Taste the Product"

Old Jameson Distillery Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Whiskey is no longer produced at the Old Jameson Distillery but visitors can take a guided tour. Because of the popularity of this attraction, be prepared to wait for your tour time. For example, we arrived around 2 PM on a Saturday in early March and were given a ticket for the 3:30 tour. There are two restaurants at the distillery. My wife and I enjoyed a delicious meal at one them while we waited for our tour time. The tour began with an entertaining yet informative film about the distillery and its founder John Jameson. John Jameson founded the company in 1780. He was a disciplinarian and a stickler for time. After the film, our guide asked for 8 volunteers for the taste testing that ...Read More

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Old Jameson Distillery
Bow Street Smithfield Village
Dublin, Ireland
+353 (1) 807 2355