Dublin Things to Do Tips by sabsi
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Poolbeg Power Station
Well...my favourite place... as in every city....is the port!!! The two chimneys of Poolbeg power station are the landmarks of Dublin you see first or last, when coming into or leaving the city by ferry. I don't know what fascinates me with them but somehow I like them.
I was lucky to have a bedroom with a panoramic view of the smokestacks, Dublin Bay and Howth when we were in Dublin last time. I could sit at the window forever just staring at ships passing by and the waves. The sound of the ships blowing their horns at midnight on New Year's Eve only added to the atmosphere :-)
There are some great walks at the coast of Dublin Bay.
Address: Pigeon House Harbour, Dublin 4
Powerscourt Shopping Centre is a lovely shopping mall in an old townhouse just off Grafton Street. The town house was built in 1774 Lord Powerscourt. It was turned into a shopping mall more than two centuries later.
There's mostly expensive craft shops, galleries and some cafes inside. Very stylish and very different from your normal shopping centre. Free public toilets are on the upper floor.
Address: 59 South William Street, Dublin 2
Other Contact: Open everyday until 6 pm
The Smithfield Chimney
There are hardly any chances in town to see Dublin from above if you don't want to spend a fortune for the Guinness storehouse and its gravity bar. There is one cheaper option though: The chimney at Smithfield. A chimney of Jameson Distillery was turned into a viewing platform some years ago. On a fair day you get good panoramic views of the mountains around Dublin, the sea, the city centre, the Liberties, the Liffey merging into the Irish sea and the grounds of the Guinness Brewery.
For 5 EUR you can join a tour. Check times at the Comfort Inn Hotel next door. This is also where you buy your tickets. BTW: If you are too early as we were they have great tea in the hotel bar!
On a busy day it's a bit crowded up the tower but we waited for a while and took our pictures when almost everybody had gone down again.
Address: Smithfield Square, Dublin 7
Directions: Walk up the north quays towards Heuston Station, past the 4 Courts, turn off right at the sign for Jamesons Distillery
Well it's the court. And it's a nice building. Apparenly you can go and watch some courtcases if you like. I never went to see one though! But I like the look and the location of the building.
Directions: At the northside of the Liffey west of the city centre.
View from Dalkey to Bray
If you have enough time during your stay in Dublin I recommend a trip by DART along Dublin Bay.
Howth is a nice place north of Dublin with a nice little port and many fish restaurants. You can start your trip there. Make sure to have Fish & Chips here and to walk along the pier. Continue south to the southern parts of the city like Dalkey, Killiney or all the way to suburbal Bray.
Dalkey is where all the celebrities (Bono, Van Morrison, Enya etc etc) live - so there are many great houses there! I recommend walking along the coast road from Dalkey to Killiney. Besides all these villas you will get greau views from here and end up on the beach in Killiney.
For great views over Dublin go up to Killiney Hill. Bray is a rundown seaside kitsch town with a nice beach and great views.
This shop in Dublin for example. I loved it :-)
Watch out for all the 'little things' that make this place so special....
... The people holding signs up at street corners for example.
... The smell - a mixture of the sea, Guinness and smoke.
... Little newsagents shops where you can buy apple drops or a newspaper.
... A chat in a pub.
... A walk along the sea.
... Peoplewatching in the DART.
I could go on for ages here.... my best Dublin experience was in the early morning of the 1st of January 2000. We were walking home from the millennium concert when a fire engine passed by. The driver and fireman was singing Elvis songs over the speakers of the car. Wonderful!
Address: Everywhere. Just keep your eyes and ears open!
Bohemians Dublin 1 - UCD 0
Irish people are absolutely mad about sports. When I visited here first it was shortly after the world cup 1990 when the whole country was wearing the national colours green, white and orange. It was great! Everybody we met asked us how we felt as a world champion!!!
If you have the opportunity go and see a football, gaelic football or hurling match! Or go to the greyhound races...
Well I only had the chance to see a football match so far but it was really funny. We watched Bohemians beat UCD 1-0. It was a really good experience! The merchandise in Dalymount Park stadium was sold out of a plastic bag etc etc. Lovely!
Check at the tourist information or in the newspaper if there are any sports events while you are there.
Directions: Bohemians play at Dalymount Park (north of O'Connell Street). Other (bigger) stadia are Croke Park and Lansdowne Road (the last Rugby match here was on 31 December 2006).
Walk along the Liffey
Since 2001 there's a new boardwalk along the north bank of the Liffey. It's nice for a walk along the river on the less busy side of the river. There are many benches here so on a sunny day this place is perfect for a picknick.
However, it attracts some creapy creatures so I try to avoid it at night and try to enjoy it during the day.
Address: On the north side of the river
The tour at the Government buildings is really interesting. I went here in 1997 when the friend of my friend was a tourguide here and enjoyed it a lot.
It's all very stylish and modern inside! Plus you can have a look into the office of the Taoiseach, Ireland's Prime Minister.
He has an elevator in his office which brings him onto the roof to the heli-port! Good occasion for lots of Batman jokes ;)
Tours take place every Saturday. The tours start at 10.30 am, 11.15am, 12noon and 12.45pm and approx. 30-40 minutes long. Tickets are free and can be collected from the National Gallery.
Address: In Dublin's Georgian part in Merrion Street.
Here you can still smell history in this buildung. It's where the Easter Rising in 1916 mainly took place. There's still holes from the bullets in the walls...
Don't only take a picture from the outside, make sure to have a look inside. It's probably one of the most gorgeous old post offices in Europe!!
Oh, and you can buy stamps here as well ;-)
Address: O'Connell Street
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