A local’s guide to Dublin

As an Irish native and having studied in Dublin, I do know a thing or two about this boisterous city that may help you experience a different, more authentic side of Dublin when you find yourself in our fair city, but have already drank yourself happy in the Guinness Storehouse.
There is almost too much to tell you so I’m going to stay clear of the obvious tourist attractions(which are still a must if you’re visiting Dublin) because you can read all about those in Chloe’s post here.

If you find yourself in Dublin on a fine, sunny day, I’d advise you to head straight for Howth.

This beautiful seaside town becomes an absolute gem in the sunshine and although you’re only a short 30 minutes out of the city centre, the breath taking coast line and traditional farmers markets make you feel like you’re thousands of miles away. You can enjoy some of the country’s freshest fish, one of my personal favourite spots is Octopussy’s (the fish tapas are another must).

Another great spot to try fresh produce is The Oar House and if you’re just heading to Howth for the day take a walk around Howth Head and awe at the views from the Cliff Walk View.

Another hidden gem is one of Dublin’s less well known green spots, The Iveagh Gardens. A Georgian garden filled with some beautiful landscapes, a maze and rosarium, this is must if you are searching for some piece and quiet in our bustling city. A great place to picnic, the Iveagh Gardens also host an array of different events throughout the year including open air concerts and in June the ‘Taste of Dublin’ food fair.

Next on my list is Trinity’s Science Gallery, unlike your traditional science museums this one showcases exhibits that focus on one theme at a time. These change every couple of months but usually focus on any new and upcoming sciences. Very family-friendly and hands-on, sometimes you can even join in on the experiments. Make sure to check out their website before visiting to see if their exhibition is something that takes your fancy.

science-gallery

George’s Street Arcade is an enclosed Victorian market offering everything from vintage clothing to great food. One of my favourite eateries is Urban Picnic, a restaurant focused on healthy eating.

Dublin Victorian Arcade

And of course, last but not least is the infamous Copper Face Jacks, but I’ll leave you to make your own mind up on this one 😉

If you need any more info on Dublin, we suggest you head to lovindublin.com. The site is full of helpful tips for whilst you’re in the city and they’ve got some great photography on there too: like the image at the top of the page! You can read one of our favourites here about 8 great places within an hour of the centre.

Have you been to Dublin before? Have you seen any of the places we’re spoken about? What did you do for St. Patrick’s day this year? 

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