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This is a new addition to Dublin. The Ferris Wheel is 60ft is similar to the London eye and has 42 fully enclosed capsules including a VIP pod each holding up to 8 people.. One revolve last 13 minutes and you get a 360 degree view of Dublin and the Wicklow mountains. Open from 10am to 10pm. Adults €9, students/seniors €7, 4-16 year olds €6.50. 1 -3 year olds €1. Family €23 and VIP pod €55 and if you want champagne it will cost €75.
Address: Point Village Northwall Quay.
Situated on the River Liffey not far from O'Connell Street. This was Dublin's only pedestrian bridge up until the year 2000. For a 100 years Iit cost a half penny to cross it, now of course it's free. You can access the bridge through Temple Bar, its brings you over the north of the Liffey into Henry Street, another shopping area. You can also see the new boardwalks that have been recently built. It's nice to take a stroll or sit and read if the weather is good. Chances of that happening are pretty slim so do bring an umbrella with you..
Directions: Batchelors Walk, Wellington Quay. Luas Jervis stop.
St Patricks Cathedral
St Patricks Cathedral is Ireland's largest church founded beside a scared well where St Patrick is said to have baptised converts around 450. AD. The Cathedral was founded in 1191 and it best know for it's famous Dean Jonathan Swift from 1713 to 1747. Also most famous for performing Handel's Messiah here in 1742. Inside you will find a permenent exhibition that celebrates St Patricks life in the city. Admission Charges for 2011
Unwaged: OAP, student, unemployed €3.50
Family: 2 adults, 2 children (under 16 years) €15.00
Address: St Patrick's Close, Dublin 8
Directions: 9.00 - 18.00
Saturday March to October 9.00 - 18.00
Hours of Opening
November to February 9.00 - 17.00
Sunday March to October 9.00 - 11.00; 12.45 - 15.00; 16.15 - 18.00
November to February 10.00 - 11.00; 12.45 - 15.00
Phone: +353-1-453 9472
Dublin Zoo is located in The Phoenix Park 3km from the City Centre. The Zoo is recognised as one of the most modern in Europe. The Zoo has a complete transformation in the last few years and open up The Plains of Africa where you can see Lions and tigers. It is possible to get the safari train ride around the African Plains if you don't fancy walking around. There is an area for children called the pets corner which kids can interact with some of the animals. Plenty to keep children occupied whilst you walk around the zoo. The shop is another wonderful place where you can purchase stuffed animals and the normal tourist cups and souvenirs and a snack shop. There is also a restaurant that serves basic food like chicken and chips. The zoo is opened daily from 9.30 to 6pm. Adults 15 euro, students 12 euro. Under 16 10.50. Family pass can be also purchased.
Address: Dublin Zoo
Directions: Bus routes to the zoo include the Number 10 (from O'Connell Street) and Numbers 25 & 26
Phone: 353 1 474 8900
Light in the window
Find your way into the park and beside the Presidents House is the visitors centre. Every Saturday from 9.30 to 15.30 in the winter and 10.30 to 16.30 in the summer the visitors centre arranges tours of the President's House. (Aras an Uachtarain).The tour is free and includes a film, free transport to the House, tour of the exhibition centre, the main state room and gardens. The tickets are issued at the visitors centre. No cameras, no mobile phones are allowed on the tour. When you enter the house you pass a security checkpoint and then you have the police following the tour. The centre provides lockers for your belongings. Booking is not possible, just turn up on the day. It's great because it's free and its also very interesting...
Address: Phoenix Park
Directions: No 10 from O'Connell Street
Phone: 353 1 670 9155
The Gardens are to commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising in 1916 to those who gave their lives for Irish Independence. The centre Sculpute show the Children of Lir who were turned into swans by a wicked stepmother. The entrance is free and a lovely place to sit if the sun is out. The Queen of England on her recent visit to Dublin placed a wreath here along with the current President of Ireland Mary McAleese.
Address: Parnell Square
Directions: When you're on O'Connell Street walk up towards the Spire (that big needle in the middle of the street), walk to the end of O'Connell and stay on the right hand side, you will see the garden on the left.
If you would like to know more on the History of Dublin, go to "Dublin's City Hall". You will find a multi media exhibition tracing the history over the last 1000 years. You can view the Lord Mayor's chain and lots of other treasures. The building dates back to 1779. I found this tour really entertaining and very informative. They also have a cafe, Queen of Tarts, famous for cakes and a small bookstore.
Open from Monday to Saturday 10am to 5.15pm and from Sunday 2pm to 5pm.
Admission is €4. Students €2
Address: Dame Street
Directions: A few minutes walk from Trinity.
Buses: 50,50A,54A, 56A, 77,
Phone: 353 1 672 2204
The Board Walk is another recent addition to Dublin. It is really nice to take a stroll especially when the weather is good, however it does have a bit of a bad reputation because a lot of drunks and drug addicts seem to gather and share needles and bottles of wine. However the police are very active and tend to get rid of them fast as so many people like to take advantage of the walk or sit and have lunch or just people watch.
Dublin Literary Pub Crawl is a wonderful experience if you want to know more about the Irish and the Music that goes with it. The pub crawl is 12 euro per person. Two musician's take you on the tour and sing and dance along the way. You visit several pubs, get the history and personally l think it's well worth the money. Meet in Temple Bar pub at 7.30 summer time, tickets can be purchased in the bar or at the Tourist centre.
Phone: 01 204 6000
This year Guinness will celebrate 250 years since the signing of the 9000 year lease on St Jame's gate Brewery by Authur Guinness. Dublin is the hub of celebration on September 24th. Artists like David Gray, Soul II Soul and the Sugarbabes to name but a few will perform in over 40 venues across the city and also in St James's gate. For all information go to www. ticketmaster.ie for bookings on events or www.guinness.com. The party will kick off on the 24th at 17.59. 17.59 is not the time but the year Authur signed the lease, 250 years ago. The Guinness Brewery which you can't miss is located in Dublin 8. From the moment you start walking or indeed any form of transport you can smell the hobs and wheat. Q's outside are long be prepared. but worth it. Once inside you will pay for your ticket and start the long and enjoyable process around this world renowned Brewery, stopping along the way for a taste of the black stuff. It is not a guided tour, you walk around at your own pace. the storehouse was originally built in 1904. The building is modelled on a giant pint glass, stretching from reception on the ground floor to the Gravity bar at the top of the building which is made of glass and you get a fantastic 360o view all over Dublin and a free pint of guinness as part of your guide.
The ground floor hosts the retail store when you buy all sorts of stuff from mugs, to pens. This will also be the beginning of the tour where you will see an massive exhibit that tells you about the ingredients for Guinness. Namely water, barley, hops and yeast, all of which combine together to make a perfect pint of Guinness. On the second floor you will see the step by step guide of the process and see the different types of transport used by Guinness. On the second floor you will find the history of Guinness. The advertising they used long ago as well as the most up to date Television ads. The third floor you can test yourself to find out if you drink too much... many pass it by... on the forth floor you will find the story of the building from its construction in 1904 to present day. You can also leave a message on the message board. On the fifth floor which is my favourite you can learn how to pour a pint of Guinness and receive a certificate. You will also find another bar here which is informal and enjoy traditional Irish cruisine like Irish Stew made with Guinness. The seventh floor houses the famous Gravity Bar, your complimentary pint of Guinness and the beautiful view all over Dublin.
Address: St James Gate, Dublin 8
Phone: +353 1 4084804
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