On Dublin

Dublin – Located on the River Liffey where its mouth meets the Irish Sea. This 9th century Viking settlement has grown into Ireland’s largest city and capital.

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Dublin – The place I initially called “the most walkable” city on the trip, this vibrant city embraces its rich in history. Home to Yeats, Beckett, Shaw, Wilde, Swift, Stoker, and others, Dublin is a UNESCO City of Literature.

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Dublin – Home to Trinity College (founded in 1592), a prestigious university in the likes of Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford, and US Ivy League schools.

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Dublin – Home to Dublin Castle, the fortified center of the Norman Empire

Dublin – Home to two distinguished cathedrals of the Church of Ireland (Anglican): Christ Church and St. Patrick’s.

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Dublin – Home to Guinness, the creamy brew that tastes better in Ireland than elsewhere. The Guinness family has also done much for local residents. We regretfully didn’t take the tour.

Dublin – Home to Ireland’s Famine Memorial – a somber collection of bronze statues along the River Liffey’s north bank about the 1845-1849 famine.

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One of the benefits of cruising is being able to see many destinations. On the down side, time is short in the port. From what I observed, Dublin is a city I would be willing to return for multiple days. Here’s a 3-minute video providing a short overview of this wonderful city.

For other posts about our time in the British Isles, click here.

Next stop: Across the Irish Sea to Liverpool


25 thoughts on “On Dublin

    • Carrie,
      We didn’t plan on touring Guinness. When the hop-on hop-off bus stopped there, the line was very short … so that was our best chance. When we went by later, the lines were long – very long! Heard great things from other cruisers.

      I know you enjoy beer, so I surprised that you don’t like Guinness. I always thought it would be heavy with a strong taste, but wow … it was smooth, creamy, and very easy to drink. Oh well … not all tastes are for everyone.


    • Pauline,
      Cheers to your appreciation of Guinness. I wonder where the Kiwi version is brewed? From what I understand, they have only 5 breweries – Dublin, Malaysia, and 3 in Africa … and some of their other varieties may be brewed by the facilities of other brewers. After all, Diageo – the largest alcoholic beverage company in the world – owns Guinness (and obviously many other brands).

      We like cruising – but like anything, there are plusses and minuses. Here’s a cruise I would like to take … 21 days from New Zealand to Singapore.


  1. Your tagging of Dublin as “the most walkable” city on your trip makes me want to return there for a second visit, this time to explore the historical sites on foot, as opposed to my first time in 1978 on a National Education Association UK tour with a herd of teachers who dragged me along to sample as many of Dublin’s famous bars as possible. Speaking of bars, I’m still searching in vain for a place in the U.S. that serves Guinness Stout on tap like they do in Dublin (type of carbonation, temperature, amount of foam head, etc.).

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  2. Tim,
    Although I knew people you had, I never took an NEA tour … and can’t recall thinking about one beyond seeing the ads in publications and mailings. I talked to a bartender at the Century Inn who had been to Ireland and was aware of the taste differences.


  3. Love me some Dublin! We were there a few years ago to watch Penn State play UCF in football (coaches O’Brien and O’Leary cooked up the idea!) The pep rally was in Temple Bar and the Penn State party was in the Guinness Storehouse. Penn State won at the last second–I’d do it again tomorrow if I could!

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