Dublin in 20 Photos

This is part 7 in the city series already, things are moving fast! We’re now heading to Dublin, capital of Ireland.

When, in 2013, Caroline and I spent three months traveling around Ireland and looking for jobs, we were based in Dublin for a full month. I think that we pretty much saw every single corner, highlight, attraction, park and historic site.

A confession before we continue: while most people seemed to love Dublin, we didn’t really. I immediately have to add that that was mainly due to our growing frustration with an unsuccessful job search. This led to dwindling bank accounts and eventually to our having to leave the country. Not the best time of our lives, but in retrospect we now realize how much we actually saw of Dublin and Ireland as a whole. It’s a beautiful country.

Dublin is home to several fantastic – truly – museums, many wonderful parks, pedestrian shopping streets, cathedrals, statues and beautiful buildings. Of course, it is also the city of Jameson and Guinness, a beer that I had to learn to love but now consider as one of the best beers in the world. Additionally, there are hundreds and hundreds of pubs, several of which we visited.

Although I didn’t really click with the city when we were there, I am still incredibly glad that we spent a good chunk of time there. By walking around every single day, it became one of the cities that I know best. I do know it like the back of my hand.

Jump on my photographic tour bus and come see Dublin with me!

Dublin in 20 Photos

O'Connell Street and The Spire
Effectively the center of Dublin, O’Connell Street is the main thoroughfare in the city and Europe’s widest urban street. The Spire, a focal point in Dublin, is the world’s tallest sculpture
St Stephen's Green, Dublin
St Stephen’s Green lies at the end of pedestrian Grafton Street and is a popular place to hangout among workers, tourists and students alike
Dublin Castle
Built on the foundations of a Viking fortress, Dublin Castle is one of the oldest structures in the city. It now is an important administrative building, used for inaugurations, receptions and state dinners. Several rooms can be visited, including the imposing State Apartments
Grattan Bridge across the River Liffey
The River Liffey flows through the city’s heart. Here you can see the boardwalk behind a beautiful ornament on the Grattan Bridge
Merrion Square Open Air Art Gallery, Dublin
The free Open Air Art Gallery takes place every Sunday around Merrion Square
Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
Notorious Kilmainham Gaol was where several rebels from the Easter Rising and other revolutions were held; some were executed there. The prison is one of the absolute highlights of Dublin
Oscar Wilde statue in Merrion Square
Dublin’s knows how to honor its prominent citizens: this statue of Oscar Wilde can be found in Merrion Square. Other residents that have been immortalized in statues or monuments include James Joyce, Daniel O’Connell, Wolfe Tone and Benjamin Guinness
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland
Impressive Christ Church Cathedral is nearly one thousand years old and one of Dublin’s most recognizable landmarks
Bulmers and Guinness in a pub in Dublin
Allow me to state the obvious: Ireland is famous for its beer and whiskey. So, an essential part of any trip to Dublin is a visit to the pub
Wellington Monument in Phoenix Park
The Wellington Monument, the largest obelisk in all of Europe, is located in Phoenix Park, which is the largest enclosed urban park in any European capital city. The park covers more than 700 hectares (1,730 acres) and is home to a herd of deer and Dublin Zoo
Pub in Dublin
There are hundreds and hundreds and hundreds more pubs in Dublin
The National Museum of Decorative Arts and History in Dublin
The National Museums of Ireland consist of four separate museums. This is a picture from inside the excellent National Museum of Decorative Arts and History, located in Colin Barracks
Buskers next to the Molly Malone Statue, Dublin
Buskers can be seen and heard all around Grafton Street. These two guys are jamming away next to the famous Molly Malone Statue
Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland
Also on Grafton Street lies Dublin’s famous university. Trinity College is made up of stunning historic buildings and home to the renowned Book of Kells
Row houses in Georgian Dublin
Typical row houses in Georgian Dublin. Notice the colorful doorways
St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin
St Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Ireland. It is officially the National Cathedral, a special name that was given to this church that actually has no seat of a bishop
National Botanic Gardens of Dublin
Renowned for their beautifully restored glasshouses, the National Botanic Gardens also feature more than 15,000 plant species and cultivars
Ha'Penny Bridge after dark
Dublin is as lively in the evening as it in daylight. This is the city’s most famous bridge, the Ha’Penny Bridge, photographed long after nightfall
The Four Courts in Dublin, Ireland
The Four Courts is a striking building on the banks of the River Liffey. As the name suggests, it is where several of Ireland’s main courts are housed
Vibrant Temple Bar, Dublin
Lastly, a picture of one of Dublin’s most vibrant areas: Temple Bar. This cobbled neighborhood is filled with pubs, restaurants and nightclubs, but also with museums, open-air markets and art galleries

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Have you ever been to Dublin? How many pints did you drink?

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