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Vine adventures: a glimpse of vibrant Dublin

By Maria McKenzie   18 March 2016 9:40am Europe/London

Dublin, Ireland.

Adventure couple Dave and Deb of The Planet D have recently returned from Dublin, one of our Best in Travel selections for 2016. Here they’ve rounded up their trip in 36 seconds of Vines.

‘Situated along the River Liffey, Dublin is alive with music, literature and energy. With historic pubs dating back to the 12th century you can immerse yourself in history and follow the footsteps of the likes of James Joyce to Bono. The Irish culture is equally as vibrant, and it’s not surprising to stumble upon musicians playing traditional music on the streets, or experience the great storytelling talents of the locals.’

STOP FOR A DRINK

‘Known as the cultural centre of Dublin, Temple Bar is home to many pubs, music venues and accommodation.  Make sure to explore more than just the main corners; when you walk deeper into this lively area, you’ll find outdoor markets, specialty shops and plenty of great places to stop for a bite to eat.’

SAY CHEERS

‘The Guinness Storehouse is one of Dublin’s biggest attractions and it’s easy to see why. The history of Guinness Stout dates back to 1759 when Sir Arthur Guinness signed his 9000 year lease to produce one of the world’s most successful beers. A tour of the factory takes you on a journey through history and the production process, and concludes at the rooftop gravity bar where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city.’

BE A BOOKWORM

‘Located in the historic Trinity College, The Book of Kells is considered one of the most pristine historic books in the world and dates back to 800 AD. The book contains the four Gospels, and each day two pages are displayed under glass for visitors to see the intricate and colourful artwork that monks worked on tirelessly for years.’

GET INTO THE GROOVE

‘U2 has a large presence in Dublin – they even own a hotel on the River Liffey in Temple Bar! If you love U2 your first stop should be the Little Museum on St. Stephen’s Green. This museum tells the history of Dublin and dedicates an entire room to U2. Rumour has it that Bono and the Edge stopped in for a visit and nobody recognized them. The did sign the guest book though.’

THE ONLY WAY IS UP

‘For something a little more adventurous take a trip out to Croke Park, the third largest stadium in Europe. It’s the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association and huge sporting events like the traditional Irish sport of hurling take place on these grounds. For a bird’s-eye view, sign up for the Etihad Skyline Tour that takes you to the top of the stadium for 360-degree views of the city.’

TRY OUT HURLING

‘Speaking of hurling, make sure to visit the GAA Museum that celebrates Irish national sports. You can test out your own hurling skills in the batting cage to learn how the athletes handle the hurley (stick) and slioter (ball, pronounced shlitter). There are also lots of interactive games from high jumps to reflex tests making it a fun way to learn about Gaelic sports.’

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