Travelzoo Experience: 4 Days in Dublin
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Four days was the perfect amount of time to see all the major sites in Dublin, as well as take an afternoon trip to the town of Malahide, home to a castle, a cute seaside village and, on our visit, a rainbow that I’m convinced ended in a pot of gold.
While Ireland may not be the warmest place to take a winter holiday, I was willing to bet that’d it be nicer than Chicago in December. And from what I’ve heard, the Irish know how to have a good time. So when I saw a Newsflash for a four-night trip to Dublin over New Year’s Eve – including nonstop roundtrip airfare from O’Hare and lodging near the city center – I didn’t hesitate to book it.
- National Museum of Ireland: This free network of museums has four locations throughout the city, each dedicated to a different subject. Our favorite was Archeology, where we saw medieval swords, ancient Egyptian jewelry and “bog bodies” that were preserved underground for thousands of years.
- Guinness Storehouse: Seven stories dedicated to Ireland’s signature brew, this museum teaches visitors about everything from the brewing process to the company’s history – and how to pour the perfect pint. The tour ends with a pint of the black stuff at the top-floor bar, which offers 360-degree views of the city below.
- Merrion Square: Literary buffs will find plenty to love in Dublin, including this small park that features a statue of Oscar Wilde lounging on a rock and smirking at his former residence across the street. The park is also surrounded by Georgian brick townhouses, replete with colorful, picturesque doors.
- Temple Bar: Yes, it’s full of (mostly European) tourists, but you can’t go to Dublin without crawling through the many pubs in this bustling nightlife district. Singing along with the live musicians playing American covers and Irish drinking songs is encouraged.
- Ringing in the New Year at Christ Church Cathedral: If you’re there on New Year’s Eve, head to this castlelike cathedral just before midnight with a bottle of bubbly and someone to kiss. Revelers gather outside the gates and count down to midnight, when the bells ring to usher in another year.