When someone says “Dublin”, what are the first thoughts that pop into your mind? A land filled with rowdy Irish pubs, menus featuring lots of potatoes, and green shamrocks on everything imaginable? While that might be somewhat true , there is way more to discover in Ireland’s capital. Let’s skip the obvious sites like the Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar and focus on experience Dublin like a local!
The Doors of Dublin
It’s no lie that I love myself a nice, fancy door. And thankfully, Dublin is scattered with adorable Georgian town homes each featuring a bright and colorful door. Rumor has it that townsfolk back in the day painted their doors different colors from their neighbors, as a way to identify their homes after a night out at the local pub! It’s easy see some doors by just be walking a few minutes out of the city center, but don’t forget to visit Merrion Square, Pembroke Road, Baggot Street, and Fitzwilliam Square for some of the most colorful ones.
National Library of Dublin
The weather in Dublin can be unpredictable, with snow one day and bright sun the next. If you visit anytime not in the Summer, then you can almost always expect that it will rain at least one day during your trip! During those gray, rainy days, visit the National Library of Dublin. Even if you’re not a bookworm, you can enjoy the jaw-dropping reading room on the first floor. The dome of the reading room is lit by white arched windows and teal blue walls, making this one of the most Instagrammable places in the city! But unfortunately, you’ll need to lock your camera and belongings in a safe before visiting the reading room, but it’s still a sight to behold.
Walk to the Poolbeg Lighthouse
Now for those beautiful sunny days in Dublin, I recommend getting outside and walking to the gorgeous Poolbeg Lighthouse. Located on the Great South Wall at the Port of Dublin, the lighthouse was built 1768 and was originally powered by candles! You probably won’t find the lighthouse listed on any tourist brochure, because there is no public transportation and the walk from the city center is a little over 1.5 hours. But once you arrive at the seawall, the view of the city, mountains and incoming ships is absolutely stunning.