1. Cowl Neck Aran Sweater Dress | 2. Avoca Lambswool Throw | 3. Traditional Walking Stick
4. Dunbeacon Pottery | 5. Lambswool Celtic Ruana Wrap | 6. Burren Perfumery
7. Dublin Bridge Tote | 8. Bog Standard Candles | 9. Louis Mulcahy Pottery
10. Bush Mills Whiskey | 11. Aran Cowl Neck Sweater | 12. Foxford Lambswool Scarf
I posted an example packing list and showed you how many outfit options you could get from the packing light list the other day. In this post I want to give you some fun ideas of what you could buy for souvenirs, and what you can see in and around the city. Remember that a Dublin Pass not only covers transportation but also a myriad of Dublin attractions. It is a great way to save money.
- The Book of Kells / Trinity College – Established my Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College is Dublin’s oldest. It also contains many interesting and amazing things such as the Science Gallery, Zoological Museum, and The Book of Kells. The Book of Kells is displayed in a magnificent 18th century old library which would be worth a visit itself (seriously, check out the video it’s gorgeous). The Book of Kells is Ireland’s most famous cultural treasure. It is a 9th century medieval manuscript that is a copy of the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ. I’m not in to Jesus but I am into old libraries and medieval artifacts so seeing the beautifully decorated book that is considered the world’s most famous medieval manuscript is a must for me.
- Dublin Zoo – A wonderful family attractions, it is one of the oldest and most popular zoos. It is a registered charity which means your visit helps to maintain the zoo. Its mission is to “work in partnership with zoos worldwide to make a significant contribution to the conservation of the endangered species on Earth”.
- National Gallery of Ireland – a large collection of around 15,000 pieces of European art that spans the 13th to the 20th century. It also has the world’s most extensive collection of Irish art. Admission is free.
- National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology – At this branch of The National Museum of Ireland (4 branches) you will find artefacts dating from 7000BC to the 20th Century. These artifacts are exhibited in seven galleries. A comprehensive history of Ireland can be seen through this museum, like the treasures of early medieval Ireland in The Treasury Exhibition.
- St. Patrick’s Cathedral – The present building dates from 1220 and today is The National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. It is beautiful with its high flying buttresses you can see and feel the history. It is an architectural and historical site and a popular tourist attraction. It is primarily a place of worship so please respect that if visiting.
- Loft Market – an indoor fashion market that displays art, fashion, and jewellery of Dublin’s up and coming designers. It also offers amazing vintage finds.
- A Walk on Dollymount Strand / in St. Stephen’s Green – Dollymount strand is a 5 kilometre stretch of sandy beach and dunes along the coastline. St. Stephen’s Green is a city centre public park. It is 9 hectares and still maintains much of its Victorian layout There are over 3.5 km of pathways to walk.
- Kilmainham Gaol – a former prison that is now a museum. It is one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland’s history from the 1780’s to the 1920’s.
- Dublin Castle – Most of the standing castle dates from the 18th century but a castle has stood on this site since the days of King John the first Lord of Ireland (12th century).
- Imaginosity – Ireland’s only interactive children’s museum this is great for families. Children use their imaginations to experience all the interactive exhibitions.