In Dublin’s Fair City

Leprechauns all done – or so we thought until we bumped into this chap, we spent the rest of our afternoon strolling around Dublin taking in the sights and sounds of this lively and historic city. Most of the main sights are situated in a comparatively small area so walking is a breeze.

07.10.21 - Temple Bar

We headed first to the River Liffey, sat for a while on the river bank eating sandwiches then used the Ha’penny Bridge to cross to the other side. My favourite Dublin bridge, not too tricky to see why this is the most photographed river crossing in the city. In the days before the bridge people crossed the river using a ferry. These were in bad condition and the owner was given an ultimatum – either fix the boats or build a bridge. He went for the latter option and charged anyone crossing a ha’penny toll. The name stuck but it’s free today.

07.10.18 - Ha'Penny Bridge

Just across the road and down a side street we found ourselves in Temple Bar – the hub of Dublin nightlife. We’ve been in this area before, always early when it has been deserted and we always wondered what all the fuss was about. Today we strolled through late afternoon and totally got it. Narrow cobbled streets lined with traditional pubs which were buzzing. Lots of bands, live music playing everywhere and a great atmosphere. It felt very family friendly – not too sure about later in the evening though. I sought out Fishamble Street – where Handel’s Messiah was first performed in April 1742. A big fan am I, this was my must see.

07.10.20 - Temple Bar

 

07.10.24 - Temple Bar

07.10.25 - Temple Bar

 

07.10.26 - Temple Bar

We carried on past the Central Bank and saw the building that is now the Bank of Ireland but once was Ireland’s Parliament Building. Son was disappointed Molly Malone (“the tart with the cart” as she is also fondly known) his favourite Dublin statue was nowhere to be seen – apparently away for renovation and repair work she will be back.

Grafton Street – a pedestrian area and Dublin’s main posh shopping zone was also buzzing with life. We peeked in the windows of the grand department store Brown Thomas but for us it was all about the buskers – a whole street full of them. A hour flew past as we watched amongst others mime acts, musicians, a quirky and very lithe elderly gent and then our son transformed into a wee green man.

07.10.27 - Grafton Street

07.10.30 - Grafton Street

07.10.33 - Grafton Street

07.10.36 - Grafton Street

At the end of Grafton Street and across a busy road is Fusilier’s Arch and the entrance to St Stephen’s Green – just what we needed after all the hustle and bustle – a calm, green oasis right in the heart of the city. Son fed the ducks and found a great playground where he leaped, climbed and generally let off steam while we lounged on the grass.

All too soon it was time to leave. We retraced our steps through the city, this time using O’Connell Bridge to cross the river. Apparently this is the only bridge in the world that is wider than it is long. We had planned to linger a while on O’Connell Street but a sudden burst of torrential rain put paid to that idea and a dash back to our car became a priority. A rather hasty goodbye to the wonderful city of Dublin – hopefully see you next summer!

71 thoughts on “In Dublin’s Fair City

  1. We leave on Saturday. What a wonderful start to our return to Dublin reading your post. The photos are lovely. Do you know, are we likely to see flowers at this time of year there?

    • Daffodils are everywhere here at the moment – you should see lots of those over there and some other spring bulbs for sure – a good time to visit I think! Have a safe journey – looking forward to reading all about it!!

  2. Dublin and Temple Bar look so different in the sunshine! I remember my weekend there and it was torrential rain the whole time. But this was pre-monkey, so we spent most of the time in the pub! Which is why I don’t recall much else 🙂 It looks like a great city though for kids – we really want to tour Ireland one day…

    • I remember those days when afternoons in the pub were a common feature on our sightseeing agenda!! No more though….. It is great for children, lots to see and plenty to do, everyone is very tolerant of kids as well so you just soak up that relaxed vibe. Hope you get the chance to explore with your little monkey sometime.

  3. It looks like a great city, Joy. Is there a perpetual party atmosphere or only during certain parts of the day and in specific parts of the city?

    • Some parts are pretty serious George but other areas do have the party vibe – Temple Bar being the most popular one. We found it incredibly lively in the afternoon and I think the party goes on there until the very early hours – too late for us party poopers though!!

    • I can imagine you got very little sleep on that trip Anabel – considering the noise level and party atmosphere there at 2pm when we strolled through!! We love it there too though and were pleased to experience the music and life in this area on our trip this time.

      • Actually, we prefer Belfast to Dublin. Less tourists and so much to see though we truly didn’t plan sufficient time in Belfast. We could have easily stayed a few more days. Truly a place to visit.

  4. Thanks for sharing! Your posts are keeping my travel need fulfilled… Also thanks for mentioning Handel’s Messiah. (I had NO idea it was first performed in Dublin…) We always played it at Easter but I had completely forgotten… Now I can get it out (just in time!)

    • The atmosphere was really good in the early afternoon – I could well imagine things getting a bit less desirable though in the evening and at night. Seems like this was probably the best time to go?

  5. Love the narrow streets and all the cozy pubs! Temple Bar looks like a fun place for a pint! How do you find understanding the Irish dialect?

    • It was a lot of fun even in the early afternoon and I loved this whole area with its cobbles and quaintness. I actually come from Ireland so the accent is fine for me – not so easy for my husband and son all the time though!!

  6. Sounds like a great visit, it’s so nice to walk along the river there! I can say from experience that at night the temple bar is not always family friendly haha. But it is fun!

  7. Lovely tour round Dublin Joy you really get the feel of the city and the atmosphere from your post and great photos! Am having problems with the wordpress app on my iPad and the hotel wifi so it’s been difficult to read other blogs. Am hoping this comment works! Also I can’t access the “like” button but I do like this post even if I can’t click on the button! The weather’s been great this week – even I have felt warm though not in summer clothes like some people around the place..the air still has a crisp chill to it in my opinion!! Have a lovely weekend and hope the warmer weather continues! 😃

    • I know the feeling with hotel WiFi Rosemary – I’ve been really haphazard too with blog reading over the Easter holidays! Glad you’re enjoying the warmer weather – I know what you mean though about people in summer clothes, I follow my granny’s view and don’t cast a clout till May is out!! There is definitely a chill still in the air but so lovely to see the sunshine we seem to have been deprived of for so long. A bit of a mixed weekend supposedly but the weather is rumoured to pick up again next week – fingers crossed. Hope your weekend is great too!

  8. I have stayed in Dublin for 7 months before (a long time ago) and I am familiar with all the photos you posted. Your post reminds me of my good memories in Dublin. Thank you!

  9. Always lovely with a little reminder of how lovely Dublin is. Hardly ever go there as a tourist, so forget to see it with the curious eyes of a tourist. Thanks for helping me to remember to do that 🙂

  10. Wonderful. So nice to read, so much rememeberance before my very eyes again 🙂 . I stayed in Dublin in August 2017. Get a look at my pictures, so you wish. Already getting “homesick” to Ireland.

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