Travels in Dublin – Day 1

We did not arrive in Dublin until 9 pm on 25th so our first full day here did not start until now.  However, from 10 pm until after 12 on the evening of the 25th I listened to some great Irish musicians in the Cobblestone pub just a few yards from our hotel.

Our first port of call on the 26th was the Guinness Storehouse where after touring the show brewery we sampled the product high up in the Company’s Gravity Bar which offers great views of the city.

Then we walked into the city passed St Patrick’s Cathedral where Jonathan Swift is buried.  From there we passed Dublin Castle and lunched at the nearby Queen of Tarts café.  In the afternoon we viewed the Book of Kells and the magnificent library in Trinity College.  We returned to our hotel for a few hours rest then headed back to the centre of the city to Temple bar where we dined and listened to more traditional Irish music.

Finally we retired to our hotel well after midnight after a tiring but well spent day.

2 Responses to Travels in Dublin – Day 1

  1. We stayed at both the Hilton Dublin and Hilton Kilmainham over a long weekend through the honors program.The hotel is a short (10-15min walk from Grafton Street) and has a tram stop right next to it which is very useful getting back and forth from the city centre.Getting to the hotel from the airport is easy enough. Use the Airport 747 (6 Euros) to take you to O’ Connell Street, walk down Grafton Street (go straight down the road) to St Stephens Green and then get the tram the rest of the way.We found the hotel and room very average. Its clean and tidy but does should a little wear and tear. The staff are helpful but the hotel was very, very noisy. We had doors slaming all night and the walls seem to be paper thin. We heard the couple next door just talking and the guy to the other side coughing.If I was pushed to decide between the Hilton Dublin and Hilton Kilmainham I would probably go for the Kilmainham and pay the extra for taxis. The Kilmainham is in much better condition, quieter with better rooms. It also has a fabulous gym and facilities. The only slight difficulty is its location which the Dublin Hilton wins on.


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