As the summer holiday season approaches, many people will be planning their annual or biannual getaways with excitation. Whatever you're anticipating for a week in the Majorcan sun or looking forward to three weeks of traveling around in Thailand, your summer vacation is sure to bring out the travel guru in you. However, do not confine yourself to your designated holiday travel period. There are plenty of European destinations that are easy to travel and will provide excellent day trips to you, your family and your friends. Dublin, for example, is convenient to get from the UK and offers a wide range of fun activities.
Like many major cities, Dublin is split into two halves by the River Liffey. On the north side of Dublin, you'll find Connell Street, the main thoroughfare through which a number of shopping streets, including Henry Street and Talbot Street, intersect. On Dublin's south side, visitors will find St. Louis Stephen's Green, the stunning buildings of Trinity College, the Christ Church Cathedral (which dates back to the eleventh century) and a host of other beautiful attractions.
On a day trip to Dublin, you can check out some of Ireland's best museums, art galleries and monuments, including the National Museum of Ireland, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Dublin Castle and the National Botanic Gardens. Alternatively, visit Phoenix Park, the second largest city park in Europe; Phoenix Park includes a Polo Field and Dublin Zoo, and is home to the residences of the Irish President and the US Ambassador to Ireland.
If you're hiring to incorporate some of Dublin's more irreverent stops on your visit, take a trip to the Bram Stoker Museum, which offers a spine-chilling tour through the life of the author of Dracula . Or take a Viking Splash Tour, which runs through the city by river and road in a World War Two amphibious craft – an experience that's guaranteed to be a bit different to your regular bus tour! In addition, if you're looking to explore some of Dublin's less traveled areas, you'll have a range of resources available to help you in your quest. Local radio station Newstalk 106, for example, broadcasts a series of podcasts called 'Hidden Dublin', presented by local historian Pat Liddy, who are sure to help you explore the city.
No trip to Dublin would be complete without a visit to the Guinness Storehouse, which retells the story of Ireland's most famous export. The Guinness Storehouse includes a free guided tour of Guinness at the Gravity Bar, which offers spectacular views all around the city. And of course, you'll want to frequent some of Dublin's more traditional bars on your day trip! Visit the Temple Bar area of Dublin for a mix of food, drink, shopping and music for an experience that's sure to be a highlight of your stay.
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