We planned our trip according to the weather forecast available on our i-phones, which indicated that Thursday and Friday would have the best weather and would therefore be the best days for our daytrips to Dalkey and Belfast. Wednesday was deemed a good day for walking around the city of Dublin.
Compared to other European cities, the architecture is a little non descript. We were given the tip that the famous chocolate in Dublin is Butlers chocolate and, like Lindt, they have a cafe-cum-store in the city, which is where we went for our morning coffee before exploring the city. I would highly recommend bringing their chocolates back as souvenirs for family and friends-in true Irish style, they have a whisky flavoured chocolate! Anyway, after that, we headed to St Patricks Cathedral, the famous Cathedral in Dublin. The building dates from 1220 and it was built in honor of Ireland’s patron Saint Patrick and was raised to Cathedral status in 1229. There is an entrance fee of EUR 6.00 to enter.
Afterwards, we went to the Jameson Distillery, Ireland’s famous whisky brewery, and did a tour of the brewery which had a very interesting and interactive demonstration of the distilling process for whisky. I would highly recommend booking the tour-it costs around EUR 16 per person, but to get the most out of the experience, it is well worth it.
We were able to sample 3 different types of whisky-from Scotland, Ireland and American whisky and at the end of it, we received a certificate for Whisky appreciation! We also received a complimentary drink, which was either a whisky, or for those who preferred something lighter-such as ourselves-a ginger beer.
Dinner was close by, at Dublin’s oldest pub, called the Brazen Head, established in 1198. It was tiny and had a very quaint and cozy atmosphere and was famous for its large range of lagers. This was then followed by a walk along the river towards Ballsbridge, which was quite pretty, with all the city lights.
Looking forward to our daytrip to Dalkey the next day!