|Already dreaming of Spring Break? While friends and coworkers jet off to the usual warm weather vacation spots, we’re fans of taking the road less traveled, which is why Dublin, Ireland gets our vote for your next big adventure. Abundant in both man-made and natural beauty, there’s plenty to discover in this ever-evolving city. Read on for where to start:
If you’re looking for a hearty meal to last you throughout the day, make room on your list to support your local chipper and pay a visit to No.2 Werburgh Street–the first site of Leo Burdock’s Famous Traditional Fish and Chips and a hometown favorite for this classic, crispy dish.
Stop in for a “‘great oul feed” around lunchtime, where you may bump shoulders with the rich and famous. Celebrities have been known to stop in for what’s been branded as the tastiest chips in Dublin.
George’s Street Arcade
Looking to find some treasures while you’re in town? George’s Street Arcade offers a wide array of unique collectibles, from vintage handbags to high fashion pieces, contemporary art, antiques, and a host of other wares. Spend an afternoon wandering the various shops, galleries and restaurants inside this Victorian market and treat yourself to a little something special.
According to Leopold Bloom in James Joyce’s Ulysses, a “good puzzle would be to cross Dublin without passing a pub”. Indeed, there’s no shortage of pubs to choose from, but one establishment above the rest gets our vote as one that’s not to be missed. Pour yourself the perfect pint of the black stuff at Guinness Storehouse, where you can see, sip and smell the Guinness experience through seven interactive floors and tastings. Learn to master the 119.5 second pour and peruse the gift shop before you sit and stay a spell with a cold one and warm, friendly conversation.
Dublin Ghost Bus Tour
They say cities really come alive at night, and what better way to test that theory than with a close encounter with the supernatural? Spooky sights are sure to get your spine-tingling and heart racing on the Dublin Ghost Bus Tour as you explore the Crypt of Christchurch Cathedral, discover Dracula’s Dublin origins and pay a visit to Dark Kelly, the wandering madam of Maiden Tower.
National Botanic Gardens
Located just 10 minutes from Dublin’s city center and bursting with more than 15,000 species of plants (including 6 that are extinct in the wild), the National Botanic Gardens invite you to bring a picnic, lie back and smell the roses. Vibrant blooms await you in every direction at this tranquil oasis as you stroll through the gardens, exploring the many outdoor “habitats” before taking the time to brush up on your plant identification in the shade of one of the ground’s large, sweeping willows. Faced with less than desirable weather on your journey? Wrought iron glasshouses will shelter you from the rain and delight your senses with a dizzying array of cactus, palms and prized orchids.
Just like its gardens, Ireland’s capital city is in full bloom, bursting with art, culture, and natural beauty. Ready to make the trip to the World’s Second Friendliest City? Book a stay at one of the four stunning Radisson Blu hotels in the area, and let your adventure begin.