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A World of Wanderlust: Dublin, Ireland

If you’re headed to Dublin anytime soon, here are some things you should be sure to do!

Hit up the west coast.

There are plenty of busses that can take you across Ireland. What’s there? The Cliffs of Moher, that’s what. They’re windy, sometimes rainy and oh-so-beautiful. As an added bonus, the bus tour takes you by some castles and other sites throughout Ireland.

Dublin, Ireland

Drink up!

What is Ireland famous for? Guinness, that’s what. Even if you aren’t a fan of this (delicious) dark beer, you should still drop by the Guinness brewery in Dublin and get your Guinness-pouring certificate. You pay to get in, but there’s free beer all the way through the seven-story museum!

Dublin, Ireland

Expand your knowledge.

One of my favorite places in the world is found in Dublin… the Long Room at Trinity College. If you like books, this place is heaven. If you don’t like books, the architecture itself is enough to entertain and awe you.

Dublin, Ireland

You can also visit the Dublin Writer’s museum where you can learn cool facts and see even cooler artifacts and remnants of the writing lives of people like James Joyce.

Drink up! (again)

There are plenty of bars and pubs in Dublin, decked out in green lights of course. They often feature live music – the traditional Irish music no less. Some of these places can get pretty rowdy but that’s the fun of it, I think!

Where to stay.

When traveling, I always suggest staying in hostels. They’re cheap, not too sketchy and give you the opportunity to meet other travelers and even locals.

What to eat.

Ireland has some darn good chowder. Pair that with a pint of Guinness and you are set.

What to pack.

Ireland can be pretty rainy. We got lucky on our trip – it was mostly just overcast. But I would suggest rain gear to be on the safe side.

Ireland is a beautiful place, full of culture, fun people, good music and fantastic food and drink. This article only touches the surface of what there is to do in Dublin. So, as always, explore, find new things that aren’t in the tourist guides and travel like a local.

All photos within the text are courtesy of Maggie Marshall and cannot be used or reproduced without express permission from the owner.

About the Author

Maggie Marshall

Maggie is a senior English major at Abilene Christian University. She enjoys creative writing, reading everything she can get her hands on, and learning what it means to be a grown-up. After graduation, she plans to pursue a MFA in creative writing and perhaps a PhD after that, all while working on getting published and finding as many writing opportunities as possible. She would love to continue contributing to sites like GenTwenty and perhaps, after getting her doctorate, become a professor of creative writing at a university.