We woke up a little later than usual on Wednesday, March 14, and we woke up to a lot of rain. Bummed that it was raining on our last full day in Dublin, we turned to look at the positives. We: 1) Got to experience real “Ireland weather” (as one of the baristas said to us at our breakfast spot); and 2) We had pretty good weather the first two days we were here! So, we added more layers and we were out the door!
Our first stop was St. Patrick’s Cathedral. With our Airbnb across the street, we decided to tour the inside on our last day. Luckily, the line wasn’t too long and we made it inside in record time, happy to be out of the rain! It is said that dating back to 450, Saint Patrick baptized people into Christianity in a well located in St. Patrick’s Park. The cathedral itself is beautiful and intricate—different from other cathedrals we have seen. We walked in and were swept away by its history and art. I was especially excited to see the memorial and burial site of Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and author of “Gulliver’s Travels.”
After the tour, we had brunch at Legit Coffee Co.—a place we definitely recommend. We enjoyed delicious hot beverages (I appreciated its variety of non-dairy alternatives for lattes) and a spread of eggs and toast and omelets. To avoid the rain (and listening to our tired bodies), we headed back to the Airbnb to dry off and get ready for our second stop of the day: Guinness Storehouse tour!
We made our way through the rainy streets of Dublin (which were actually beautiful and enjoyable!) and found ourselves at the Guinness Storehouse. This tour was definitely a little more commercial. You walked into the building (shaped like a giant pint glass) and start at the bottom in a self-guided tour. This is definitely a great way to spend half of your day (especially if it is rainy). There was no time limit and we enjoyed learning about the history of Guinness. Here are a few facts: Arthur Guinness signed a lease at the storehouse for 9,000 years—quite the risk taker. He also had 21 children, and 11 died. I also kind of like Guinness?! With your ticket, you get a free pint at the very top, the Gravity Bar, that overlooks the entire city of Dublin. It was very foggy and rainy, and the number of people in the bar made it a little steamy, so we weren’t able to see as much, but it was an awesome experience!
After the tour, we walked back to our Airbnb (in the rain…towards the wind! YAY!) and took a much-needed break. We then got ready for our dinner adventure—our first speakeasy, the Vintage Cocktail Club! All I can say is this was one of the coolest dining experiences of our life! We walked up to a secret front door, rang the bell, and we were swept upstairs and found ourselves in a gorgeous club with cushioned seats and fireplaces and tables. We sat in the bar area at a cozy table and had drinks, dinner, and dessert. It was such a great way to end the evening and our trip to Dublin!
Today, we drive (yes—we’re driving!) to Kenmare for our next installment. Dublin: You were amazing. See you again soon!