Ireland’s capital is one of the most youthful cities in Europe and boasts a famously energetic nightlife. You’re never far from a venue with live music or theatre so if you’re ‘up for the craic’, get ready for a trip that will stay long in the memory.
The world’s best-known stout is an inseparable part of Irish culture, which makes St James’s Gate Brewery, the place where it all started, a must-see. Take in seven floors and 250 years of Guinness heritage before enjoying a glass of The Black Stuff and a panoramic view of the city.
If your taste is for something a little stronger, sample another of Ireland’s major exports right in the centre of Dublin. The guided, interactive tour of the museum takes you through the highs and lows of distilling history on the Emerald Isle and finishes with a taste of true Irish spirit. Sláinte!
Ireland’s rich literary tradition becomes clear when you step into the Long Room of this impressive library. It houses an astonishing collection of books and manuscripts, including the world-famous Book of Kells, a lavishly decorated 9th century copy of the four Gospels of the life of Jesus.
For a more unconventional attraction, explore Ireland’s penal history at Kilmainham. It served as a prison for 128 years, incarcerating common criminals but also some of the most famous figures in the campaign for Irish independence. The British imprisoned and executed the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising here.