A weekend in Dublin, Ireland

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I have recently returned from a very enjoyable (if not soggy!) weekend in Dublin. Despite the rain, the City offers such a wide range of things to do, to see, places to eat, shop and oh yes..drink!

Staying in the Temple Bar area was a good choice as it is lively and well situated, just a short walk into town. Temple Bar is full of bars, most of which offer live local music throughout the day and well into the early hours - hearty food, guinness and music, what more do you want? See my pics

Culture and history? Well, Dublin Castle is close by and well worth a look as it dates back to the 13th century Norman era, with two orignal towers and part of the medieval wall remaining. Included in the castle are the State Apartments and Chapel Royal, and are open to the public.

The River Liffy cuts through the City and provides a great place for walks, with an array of bridges you find yourself zig-zagging along taking in the views.

A 10 minute walk from Temple Bar sees you entering the gates to Trinity College, the oldest University in Ireland dating back to 1592. If you get there and brave the queue, then take a look at the Old Library with its 213ft long main room, it really is very impressive. Walking through the college you pass by wonderful architecture and the sports grounds conjur up a bit of a 'chariots of fire' feeling....or was that just the guinness?

A further 5 minute walk and you come to St Stephens Square, which is a 22 acre Victorian Park right in the heart of the City. It is beautiful (especially on a sunny day apparently) and outside the park, the square is full of fine hotels and restaurants. Perfect place to re-fuel after the mornings walk. See my pics

Dublin is quite an expensive City to eat and drink....but with a £30 return flight from Stansted to Dublin, it really is a great place for a short break. Next time I will get out of the city for some of the cycling and hiking there is to offer in the surrounding area.
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