Dublin - a city with many sides


Our trip started and ended in Dublin. Dublin is divided into two by River Liffey. In the beginning of our trip we browsed the Southern part and in the end the Northern part. The Southern part is where the old town is and it's quite touristic. Northern part has several attractions too but it doesn't feel so overrun by tourists and in general I liked the atmosphere of the Northern part more.

So what did we do and see?

St Patrick's Cathedral
First we went to see St Patrick's cathedral. I was actually expecting to see bigger building but there is still quite a lot to see. At the time we were there, they had an exhibition about Irish soldiers in the WW I. I'm not sure if this was a permanent exhibition or temporary.

In the ceiling there were lots of old flags hanging. Some were really old...


And if you pay attention to the floor, you can see many different Irish ornaments. Here are some examples:




After visiting the cathedral we went to see Molly Malone's statue. The song "Molly Malone" is Dublin's unofficial anthem. And there she was - representing both of her trades - prostitute and fishmonger.

Molly

Next we went to Trinity College to see the famous Book of Kells. It's a manuscript from around 800 AD. When we saw the ticket queue behind the door we decided not to spend our time there. Instead we got the tickets online for the same day's afternoon. As we had then several hours until our entry time, we went to check out the Dublin Castle.

Lonely knights at Dublin Castle
We arrived to the castle at the time when no guided tours were starting in convenient time. So we took a self-guided tour to the State Apartments instead. I think we spent there about an hour and there are some nice rooms that you can see, but I can't say it got us overly excited. If you don't have that much time in Dublin, you can easily skip the castle. Especially if you've been to other more famous and bigger castles in Europe.

Castle's dining room
It was time to return to Trinity College. The college grounds are quite big and crowded with tourists.

Trinity College
When you book your ticket online, you choose a time slot when you enter. Although the amount of people who are let in at the same time is limited, it's still quite crowded there. Especially around these really old manuscripts. You need to be patient and wait for your turn to get closer to them. The are lot of informational texts that explain the drawings and writings and how at that time manuscripts were made. I really recommend to read it all through before going to see the actual manuscripts. After seeing the manuscripts you get to the library that has unbelievable amount of old books.

Book shelves at Trinity College
There was very interesting exhibition about different types of damages on the books and how the restoration is carried out on such books. I recommend visiting Trinity College if you like old books and libraries. Do book the ticket online!

And here are some street views from the Southern side:




On our return to Dublin, we spent our time near the docks and on the Northern side. At the docks there is an amazing museum - Irish Emigration museum or EPIC. It is a museum where you could easily spend a whole day. They sell day tickets with which you can go in and out as many times as you want. It is a museum that doesn't display almost any physical items (there are just very few). Instead it is telling stories of the people. There are some videos with actors telling the stories of some historical people, but you can also browse lots of different screens. The whole museum consists of rooms that have different topics - different emigration reasons over the history and how Irish culture has expanded over the world. If you have time for just one museum in Dublin - choose this one.

Models of different emigration ships
After the museum we walked around on the Northern side and just enjoyed the atmosphere. If you go to Dublin, then plan about 3 days. We spent there 2 and half days but we would have found things to do for one more day.

Street views from the Northern side:


Post Office


Wonderful Irish language

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