If you’re looking for a party with a couple of historic things chucked in along the way, head for The Republic of Ireland’s capital, Dublin.
You can’t go to Dublin without trying a pint of Guinness! It’s made right in the city centre at the Guinness Storehouse, so head there to find out what goes into making the black stuff before learning to pour the perfect pint. The best bit? You get to keep your pint for yourself. Ps. Just a little tip, the whole building is shaped like a pint glass so if you head for the top floor you’ll get some wicked 360° views of the city. If you’re not into your beer maybe you’d prefer some Irish Whiskey? If you take a tour around the Old Jameson Distillery, it ends with a Whiskey tasting master class.
Although drinking is a big part of a trip to Dublin there’s also loads to see; castles, churches, cathedrals and country houses to name but a few. Take a trip down Dublin’s memory lane with a visit to the Dublina exhibit for photos, videos and models of the city from years ago.
If your best nights are spent sitting in a pub with your mates, listening to live music and staying up having a laugh ‘til closing time, Dublin is the one! Head for the Temple Bar Area and you’ll find lots of traditional pubs including The Temple Bar, The Oliver St. John Gogarty and The Porterhouse.
The area has a great live music scene with most pubs and bars hiring different local artists to play each day, it’s mostly acoustic sets but some host lively gigs over the weekend, you’ll soon have your favourite! Some of the best nights had in Dublin are when one person picks up a guitar and gets the whole pub singing along.
If you’re looking for fun-loving party people you’ll find them here, especially on Friday and Saturday nights when the stag and hen groups arrive!
Without a doubt the best time of year to visit Dublin is St Patrick’s Day. It’s the one day of the year that everyone wants to be Irish so why not celebrate right where the action is, in the home of St Paddy himself. The city gets super busy during the three-day celebrations, about half a million people each year come to Dublin around March 17th. Make sure you catch the colourful parade in the city centre, there’s singing, dancing and plenty of drinking. After a quick change back at the hotel to get into your best green outfit, head back to the city centre. Look out for the special offers in the pubs and clubs, you’ll be knocking back the pints of Guinness and Irish whiskey ‘til the early hours.
Visit during September and you’ll be just in time for Dublin’s Fringe Festival. There’s music, dance, comedy, street theatre and even puppetry and it’s performed everywhere and anywhere from cafés and theatres to open-top buses!