First bit of helpful information you will receive today…how to get there. Since we were already in England, we opted to rent a car and take the ferry over to Dublin. It was such a fun experience for my kids! We took the StenaLine which was fantastic. There was plenty to keep the kids entertained.
I found Dublin to be a quaint little city. It lacked that hustle and bustle which was just fine with me. My husband was happy because there were so many people that looked like him…red hair, freckles, and fair skin!
When you only have a day, you have to plan wisely. Of course, we didn’t do everything we wanted (another reason to go back), but I’d say we covered a fair bit to etch a memory. Here’s what we did and my take on the experience.
1. Visited Trinity College. Loved it. The college was absolutely beautiful. We also went inside the old library and saw the Book of Kells. Make this an educational part of your day and go see it. It’s not free but when else are you going to see a book that’s dated back to the 9th century?
2. Ate fish and chips at Leo Burdock’s. We ordered two fish to share. One would have been plenty for our family of four. They were huge! Don’t let the line turn you away. It moves fast, and it’s worth it. There’s a reason their wall is adorned with mugs of famous celebrities. They are that good.
3. Toured the Guinness Storehouse. This was ok. The history was interesting, but neither my husband, nor I, were wowed by it. The best part was the view at the top, and you get a free Guinness! Honestly, though, the cost wasn’t worth the experience for us. Consider spending your time elsewhere unless you really love Guinness.
We visited local shops along the walking street and enjoyed all that GREEN goodness Ireland has to offer. I know the locals probably get tired of the dreariness, but man, it’s so beautiful.
As we were driving out of the city, my husband and I were tempted to check out one of the Irish pubs that seemed to be seeping with music. However, the line in Sweet Home Alabama came to haunt me, “You have a baby! In a bar!” I couldn’t do it. Next time, sans kids, we will heed to the beckoning music!