The old and new vie for your attention in Dublin. History lovers have to see Dublin Castle, parts of which date back to the 13th Century, while the Book of Kells at Trinity College Library is one of Ireland's greatest treasures. Shopaholics will relish Grafton Street, while St Stephen's Green is a great chill-out spot. When it comes to eating, drinking and being merry, Temple Bar's nightspots can't be beaten.
One of Dublin's leafiest and most idyllic areas, Ballsbridge is lovely to wander around on a sunny day. The pubs alongside the Grand Canal are the perfect places to while away the hours, and you can also go for an amble in Herbert Park. If you're in the mood for a longer stroll, head over to Sandymount Strand, a sandy beach famous for featuring in James Joyce's classic novel Ulysses.
There's one major reason why Dublin City West's a place of pilgrimage for people the world over: it's where you can find the Guinness St James's Gate Brewery. Fans of the drink will love the Guinness Storehouse exhibition, while another tipple-related tour can be enjoyed at the Old Jameson Distillery. A further iconic landmark of the area is St Patrick's Cathedral, gothic resting place of Gulliver's Travels author Jonathan Swift.
Dating back to the 17th Century, Phoenix Park is undoubtedly one of the most popular attractions in Ireland. This sprawling green landscape is the home of hundreds of fallow deer, while landmarks include the striking obelisk of the Wellington Monument and Áras an Uachtaráin, the handsome residence of the Irish President. No visit would be complete without a trip to the gorillas, giraffes and zebras of Dublin Zoo.
"The Schoolhouse Hotel Dublin"
Reviewed by Julie of "Cape town South Africa" on
Mar 28, 2012
A very quaint hotel in a beautiful old school building. The staff are so very pleasant and willing to help with any .request. Situated in a beautiful neighbourhood, but quite a long walk to the centre if one is not too keen to walk. The pub is very well designed and has a fabulous atmosphere and is clearly popular with locals. The food is very good quality . Delicious tasty cooked breakfasts and really good health option as well.
The housekeeping could pay more attention. THe bathroom was not cleaned properly, basin not wiped down and empty bath gels not removed and in fact left in the same position as we left them . The cold water tap mechanism fell off when touched, so clearly not inspected. ALso a missing doorknob on the cupboard. these are things that must be checked as this is how hotel rooms deteriorate.
All in all however a very a pleasant stay and we would return.