Dublin is somewhere I have wanted to visit ever since I was a little girl. My father brought me up listening to Irish folk music and I always dreamt of turning eighteen years old and being able to sip whiskey at an authentic Irish bar. A few years ago I came very close to visiting Ireland. We were on holiday in Wales for two weeks and we booked a day trip to Ireland via the ferry at Holyhead. Unfortunately due to the bad weather the ferry got cancelled and yet again I was left to dream of a city I'd grown to love through music, but never had the chance to see. Fast forward a few years and I'm now married to an Irish man and finally after one year of marriage, we will be flying out to Dublin this weekend to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. I don't know how I've managed to be with my husband for four years and still not have visited his home country, but I suppose it's better late than never and boy, I'm excited. To celebrate my upcoming trip to Dublin, I thought I would put together my own little Dublin bucketlist.
Visit Temple Bar
When it comes down to authentic Irish pubs, there's nothing that can beat the 160 year old pub, The Temple Bar - or so I've been told. The Temple Bar pub is one of Dublin's most popular tourist attractions and is renowned for playing traditional Irish music and serving some of the best Guinness, Oysters and traditional Irish whiskeys.
Next on bucket list is the Jameson Distillery. My husband loves a tipple of Jameson and I'm really interested in the history of whiskey. The tour promises to give visitors a guided tour of the whiskey making process and talks about the history of Jameson and the traditions. This would be the perfect treat for my husband on our wedding anniversary.
Trinity College is one of the oldest universities in Ireland and Western Europe and is home to the world renowned Book of Kells. The Book of Kells is one of the world's most famous manuscripts and was written in the 9th century. Whilst visiting Trinity College, the tour also takes you around the old library, which contains over 200,000 of the Library's oldest books and sculptures of famous people such as William Shakespeare and Aristotle.
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Visit Dublin's Many Statues
Last but definitely not least is to try visit as many of Dublin's famous statues. I really want to see the Phil Lynott statue on Grafton street and visit the statue of Molly Malone.
These are just a handful of things that came to mind when planning my trip to Dublin and there's so much more I want to see. If you have any recommendations feel free to leave them in the comments below.
Have you been to Dublin before?