6 things I want to do in Dublin on my anniversary

I can’t believe it, this weekend hubby and I are celebrating 3 years of marriage. I have no idea where the time has gone but here we are, 3 years in, and exactly as disgustingly in love as we were on that day. Eww – I’m now one of those people (you know, the ones who subject their surroundings to PDA’s and have cutesy nicknames for their significant other and walk hand in hand all the time) now but hell, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

Every year we try and celebrate our anniversary by going away for a long weekend and this year it’s Ireland’s turn to play host. As beer lovers extraordinaire, Dublin was the obvious choice so we’re packing our big coats and heading over this weekend.

 

I’ve been twice before, but that was like 10 years ago and I have a sneaky suspicion that things may have drastically changed since then, so obviously I had to do some extensive research into things hubby and I would like to see, eat, drink and experience… apart from drinking our bodyweight in beer, obvs.

 

So, without further ado, here’s my bucket list for Dublin.

 

 

The Temple Bar

The Temple Bar is quite possibly one of the most iconic bars in all of Dublin, and it’s not just about the booze, the history of the bar dates back to the early 1300s. I know it’s a super popular with tourists like me and it’s in a great location in the heart of the city. Also, I have it on good authority that they start serving beer early in the morning so this might be my first stop to avoid the enormous crowds (and long queues to the bar).

 

 

Guinness Storehouse Factory

OK, OK – I know it’s more beer but honestly, I wouldn’t be a beer lover worth my salt if I didn’t go on a pilgrimage to see where the most famous stout is made. And, I read that the interior of this place is designed to look exactly like a pint of Guinness itself and is known to be the largest pint in the world. What’s in store is a tour through seven floors of Irish brewing history, where you will learn all about the Guinness family, as well as how the beloved stout beer is crafted. The tour will end in the Gravity Bar on the 7th floor, where there’s a complementary pint of Guinness, best enjoyed with a 360 degree view of the Dublin skyline.

 

 

Trinity College Library

Next, a little culture! An incredible architectural wonder, and a room most bibliophiles would only dream of finding themselves in, the Trinity College Library is the largest library in all of Ireland. It is also home to the famous Book of Kells – a manuscript containing all of the four Gospels of the New Testament that’s over 1000 years old. And, the little geek in me is excited to know that the library’s Long Room has been known to resemble the Jedi Archives in Star Wars.

 

 

Hidden Dublin walking tour

I love me some walking tours, I always feel like I get to know the city in a really intimate manner, walking the streets the historical figures described in books and stories also trekked on. And, it’s Halloween! So hubby and I booked ourselves on a Hidden Dublin Walking Tour, which will take us around the most spectacular and memorable locations in Dublin. We’re heading to get spooked silly on the Gravedigger Ghost Bus tour that will end at the Gravediggers Pub where we’ll enjoy a “ghoulish drink”, whatever that means. I’ll report back on this!

 

 

Irish Whiskey Museum

Ah, my favourite things – history and booze! It’s culture, damnit, and I won’t hear another word about it. The Irish Whiskey Museum does tours that promise a detailed history of all types of whiskey… and not just Jameson – thank goodness. At the end of the tour, we get to taste three unique types of whiskey as celebration – and a celebration it will indeed be! Yay! Whiskey!

 

 

Oysters and stout

I know that puritans probably are shocked that I didn’t say “oysters and Guinness”, but the truth is, there’s better stouts in the world. Guinness is fine, I ain’t a hater, but given the chance I would more often than not opt for some other stout. Apparently, oysters and stout is the Irish equivalent to strawberries and champagne, and I hear it’s a great hangover cure, so there’s zero chance I’m not giving this a go while in Dublin.

 

Have you been to Dublin? Share your tips for a long weekend with me, stat!