September 19, 2008

Things to do in Dublin, Ireland

flowers, moore street market, dublin An edited excerpt of our time in Dublin from my 2006 travel journal:

Day 10: After buying a daily family rambler pass, we took the bus into the city center. We walked through the Moore Street Market, but it was very quiet, only a few stands there at 10:00.

Our next stop was Old Library at Trinity College to see the Book of Kells. There was a long line, but it went very fast. In the first room, there are displays set up describing the history of the time and the books. The books are in a glass case in the 2nd room. After looking at the books, you go upstairs to the Long Room. The Book of Kells was amazing, and the library was beautiful. There are several old books displayed in glass cases. Our sons read part of the 1st edition of Jack and the Beanstalk.

We decided to try the lunch at the Porterhouse. The lamb souvlaki was delicious. Walked to St Stephen's Green where the boys played with their new soccer balls. We also wandered through Merrion Square before visiting the National Gallery of Ireland. Finished up the day with a tour of Christchurch Cathedral and Lebanese wraps for dinner. Christchurch was very interesting, the boys were fascinated by the medieval crypt.

grafton street, dublinDay 11: Back to the city center where we visited the National Museum of Ireland. We were there for about 2 hours. It was smaller than I expected, but with a lot of interesting displays. We liked the gold exhibit and the bog bodies and clothes the best. This museum was perfect, just enough to see without getting information overload. All 3 boys enjoyed it.

After some shopping, we ate delicious sandwiches and paninis at O'Neill's. After lunch, we did the tour of Dublin Castle. This was more interesting than I expected. I enjoyed the stories about Queen Victoria (the boys are calling her "the whiner" now) and we really liked the tour of the undercroft area. Our tour guide was great at creating visuals for us, helping us imagine what it was like so long ago.

We caught the bus to Phoenix Park, more room for the boys to kick the soccer ball around. The bus dropped us off at the People's Garden, and after touring so many places, resting for a few hours in a park sounded wonderful. We played in the People's Garden and visited the Wellington Monument, then went back to Dublin and to O'Neill's to try their dinner. Bring a big appetite! They serve huge portions. I had the beef and guinness stew with roasted potatoes. You could pick mashed or roasted. The roasted were delicious.

*** tip **** Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your bag. This came in very handy during our trip. Some of the restrooms weren't as clean as you might like, or might be missing soap, and sometimes you might put your hands on a railing or wall that is sticky. We used ours a lot.

More pictures of Dublin on Rambling Traveler:
Friday Photo Post: Views from a Dublin Bus
Dublin, Ireland
Anne Street in Dublin, Ireland