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|
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.
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|
|Castle's dining room|
|Book shelves at Trinity College|
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|
Street views from the Northern side:
|Wonderful Irish language|