There is so much to do in Dublin but I will be just highlighting a few of the places that I had a chance to visit on my trip back in April this year. We were doing a road trip from Dublin to the southeastern areas of the Green Isle so we had only allocated a day for Dublin. Which was probably not thought out properly since we arrived at Dublin at 5 in the morning – on barely any sleep from the flight. Nevertheless, we made the most and best out of our day in Dublin, the capital of Ireland.
Without a doubt for me, the best place in Dublin was the library at Trinity College. The Long Room is absolutely gorgeous and even more impressive in person. I had been dying to visit this library – one of the main reasons why I wanted to visit Ireland so bad – and it absolutely lived up to all my expectations. I could have sat there for hours, but we didn’t actually have hours to spare. It’s truly a place of dreams and wonder for anyone, especially bibliophiles.
An interesting stop that we made was at the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History. “We” being a relative term since my friend waited for me outside and I explored a bit of the museum on my own. And I’m going to be honest, I didn’t realize that a lot of what I was going to see was going to be real. I had never seen so many taxidermy animals all at once. So I was a little freaked out by the end of my quick walk-through tour but it’s definitely fascinating to see all these specimens housed in this seemingly simple and small museum in the middle of the city.
It didn’t seem right not to also visit Dublin Castle since we were already in Dublin. Out of all the castles that we would visit, I think this was the one that was most like what you would expect of a castle that is being restored and renovated in order to preserve it. It reminded me a bit of the castles in France and England that I’ve been to. So perhaps not my favourite castle in Ireland.
And finally, for my fellow bibliophile out there, a visit to the National Library of Dublin is worth a visit. It’s not really meant for visitors but people who actually want to use the reading room in the library. Nor are photos allowed but sometimes your finger slips and you just have to share how gorgeous a library is.