After leaving the United Kingdom, I was not ready to go home just yet, so I headed down to Ireland to explore the capital. Of course, the capital of Ireland is Dublin, which also happens to be the largest city in the European nation. Most people associate the country with certain Irish stereotypes like their ability to consume large amounts of alcohol; however, my favorite part of this exploration was the exorbitant amount of green grass that covered the countryside. Here were a few of my favorite places in Dublin.
Whether you’re a history buff or just a fan of the Nicolas Cage-film National Treasure, the Freemasons Hall is definitely worth the visit if you are ever in Dublin. The building’s prize-winning Victorian design by Birmingham architect Edward Holmes is plenty to lure you in, but the variety of uniquely-designed meeting rooms will keep you engaged. Each room was constructed with a different style such as Egyptian or Gothic. The building also contains a library and museum.
Teeling Whiskey Distillery
Teeling is the first new distillery in Dublin in more than 125 years, which makes it a popular attraction for tourists. Since opening in 2015, it has allowed people to visit and experience a fully-operational distillery in the heart of Ireland. Being an avid whiskey fan, this experience was magnificent. Being able to smell and taste real Irish whiskey is a stretch from the usual Jack Daniel’s and Coca Cola I’ve enjoyed during previous New Years festivities.
Off The Beaten Path
As mentioned above, my favorite part of this entire trip was the nature. I took a lengthy hike through the Emerald Isle to get an up-close look at the lovely countryside that I’ve heard so much about. Let me tell you, it provided visuals that I could not even fathom trying to describe. I spent the entire day gazing at the awe-inspiring landscape that surrounds Dublin.