The Beauty of Ireland

This past summer I was lucky enough to check a few more countries off of my bucket list. On top of traveling with my fiancé, I was able to travel with one of oldest and best friends on her first time out of the United States. Our first stop? Ireland.

As we flew into Dublin, an overwhelming sense of excitement and adventure struck me. Ireland looked liked the greenest green I could ever imagine, and I couldn’t wait to get on the ground and smell the crisp, wet air.

Before we checked into our AirB&B, we went to a little cafe tucked away in the streets of Dublin called Lemon Jelly Cafe. While we enjoyed a much needed meal of pastries, coffee and Irish breakfasts we planned our next three days of adventures.

Our list of places to visit included:

  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Trinity College & Library
  • The Irish Whiskey Museum
  • Teeling Whiskey Distillery
  • Guinness Brewery
  • Dublin Castle
  • Temple Bar
  • Galway
  • The Cliffs of Moher

While everything on our list was a “must see” in our minds, there were a few that definitely stood out to me…

1. Trinity College Library (The Long Room)

If you love the smell of old books and wood, this is the place for you, and is very much worth the wait and the small fee to enter! It is the largest library in Ireland and houses 200,000 bookish the Long Room alone. It is also famous for the manuscripts it holds, The Book of Kells, being one of them. An absolute gorgeous building!

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2. The Cliffs of Moher

After a long bus ride from the east coast to the west coast of Ireland, walking along the Cliffs of Moher was one of the most breath taking experiences of our trip. Not only did we probably have the most beautiful day of the year (70 and sunny), I also asked my best friend to be my Maid of Honor, so the whole trip was pretty special. I would highly recommend venturing out there to see the gorgeous coast line and take in the beautiful countryside on your way there.

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3. St. Patrick’s Cathedral

While this seems like a fairly typical thing to do when visiting Dublin, St. Pat’s was a truly beautiful cathedral and is a place I would recommend looking into. The structure of the church was stunning, but my favorite part was the tile floors. They were so unique and colorful, I couldn’t stop staring at them! St. Pat’s also had a very large courtyard outside with a large fountain and multiple benches when families were playing or people came to enjoy the weather and read a book.

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Travel Tip: If you are a student or still have your college ID handy, bring it with you when you travel! Most museums, church and attractions offer a student discount at entry. It may seem like a small savings, but when you save $2 at every attraction on a 10 day vacation, it can really add up and give you more money to spend on more experiences!

Want to see more on our time in Dublin? Check out my post, Whiskey Drunk: And Other Dublin Experiences.

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