Day 2: Explore Dublin, Ireland in 3 Days

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To start our Day 2 in Dublin city, make sure to have a good breakfast whether in the hotel you are staying in or look for nice local restaurant nearby. If you haven’t tried a full Irish breakfast before, well, this is it.

The traditional full Irish breakfast consists of eggs, bacon, sausages, black and white pudding served with the side of beans and toasts. YUMMY !!!! 

Now, once you are all set and ready, you go back to that hop-on hop-off bus stop to start exploring the city. The ticket is valid for 2 days, which I think is really a very good value for the price, so you have the full day to go to the places you haven’t been yet.

hop-on hop-off bus

St. Stephen’s Green

St. Stephen’s Green is a popular public park with an area of 22 acres which was opened on July, 1880. On a clear sky weather, it would be nice to stroll around the park or even have a picnic. There are plenty of ducks on the pond waiting for you to be fed.

If you feel like going for shopping, there is also a shopping mall which was named after the park just right next to it.

Kilmainham Gaol

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Kilmainham Gaol is a former penitentiary built in 1796 and was closed in 1924. It is now a museum giving a real insight of what is like in one of the most important sight of the Modern Irish history. Countless Irish rebellions were jailed and executed here fighting for the freedom and national independence of their country.

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For me, this was my favourite attraction that we saw in Dublin because of the authentic experience I had learning about the history of the modern period of Ireland and my first time to be inside a prison.

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view from the prison courtyards

The Cross was the place of execution of the leaders of the 1916 Rising.

The Cross was the place of execution of the leaders of the 1916 Rising.

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For lunchtime, head back to O’Connell Street. There are wide ranges of food restaurants to choose from. As you head back to O’Connell Street, you’ll be passing right to Liffey River.

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The Liffey River has been an important gateway for trading back from the beginnings of the city centuries ago up to this time.

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From O’Connell Street, We hopped on the bus again but this time on a different route. We headed to the Docklands, where most of the infrastructures are very modern. This route is quite shorter compared to the other one hence it only has few stops. We didn’t even get off the bus for the entire route as we simply enjoyed already the sceneries from the top of the bus. The entire trip only takes around 30 minutes.

The Samuel Beckett Bridge was designed as an Irish icon in an image of a harp.

The Samuel Beckett Bridge was designed as an Irish icon in an image of a harp.

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Convention Centre Dublin

Convention Centre Dublin

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Bord Gais Energy Theatre

Once we got back to O’Connell Street, we took the other route and headed to Phoenix Park.

Phoenix Park

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Phoenix Park is a walled city park with an area of 707 hectares and it is considered as one of the largest in Europe. There are several historical landmarks, monuments and attractions located inside this huge park such as:

Áras an Uachtaráin

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I don’t know how to pronounce this correctly but this is the official residence of the President of Ireland since 1922.

Wellington Monument

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The Wellington Monument is a stone pillar built to honour the triumphs of  Arthur Wellington, one of the superior military and bureaucratic figures of the 19th century. He is famously known for defeating the French army under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

Dublin Zoo

One of the most popular attraction in the city is Dublin Zoo. Located inside of the Phoenix Park, it is the largest zoo in Ireland with an area of 28 hectares.

After the long day, why don’t you go back to Temple Bar and continue what you had already started on the first day? Drinking !!!!

Enjoy the vibrant night life in Temple Bar and try to visit as many pubs as you can while enjoying drinking and listening to an Irish traditional music.

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