Dublin is a large, but friendly city. I had a wonderful time in Dublin and loved walking around the city. If you have to eat gluten-free like I do, you’ll have an extremely easy time. Many restaurants offer gluten-free options, including pizza and fish and chips.
While in Dublin, I visited Trinity College, the Guinness Storehouse, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I also saw Riverdance. I asked some of the locals what I should do in Dublin and many of them said I should go to the zoo. I thought it was odd, but made the time to go and it was definitely a highlight. The Dublin Zoo is very well done. It sits in the middle of Phoenix Park, which is the largest enclosed park in Europe. If you ever go to Dublin, I highly recommend a walk through Phoenix Park and a visit to the zoo.
During my few days in Dublin, I also went to Cork. On the way to Cork, I saw the Rock of Cashel and Blarney Castle. The Rock of Cashel was once the seat of the Kings of Munster and was visited by St. Patrick in 450.
Blarney Castle was built approximately six hundred years ago. It has beautiful gardens, but is most famous as the home of the Blarney Stone. It is believed that if you kiss the stone, you get the gift of eloquence. I walked up the steep, narrow steps of the castle, but didn’t kiss the stone. As I stood on the top of the castle, my mind couldn’t get past the thousands of people that had kissed the stone that day; so I chose to skip it and make the trek back down.
Cork was a nice city to visit. Unfortunately, my time there was short. I had just enough time to walk through some of the shops on Patrick Street and eat an ice cream.
Have you been to Dublin? What did you like about Dublin?