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Jenna in Dublin: A Culture Lover's Guide

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Jenna in Dublin: A Culture Lover's Guide
Viator's team of travel insiders is obsessed with finding the best things to do everywhere we travel (and live). From traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, we scour the options and find the coolest activities—which is fun for us, and helpful for you! See below for tips, insights, and hand-selected things to do from one of our travel experts.

The Traveler: Jenna Valdespino, Managing Editor, Attractions

Describe your time in Dublin.
I visited Dublin for about a week in 2015 with a good friend from college. Working at Viator gave me the travel bug, and this was actually my first trip out of the U.S.—so I definitely did my research.

What was your favorite attraction?
I'm a book nerd, so I loved the Long Room at the Trinity College library. The campus' buildings are so much more historic than anything I had seen at home in California, and the library is especially striking with thousands of old, beautifully bound books shelved to the ceiling.

What are three experiences a first-time visitor can't miss?
  • Check out some traditional Irish pubs. I found live music at almost every pub I went to, with some featuring true Irish tunes and other bands playing covers of American classics from the likes of Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond. With hundreds of bars in the city, taking a pub crawl tour helped remove the guesswork of finding the best places to go, especially beyond the main tourist hub of Temple Bar.
  • Explore by foot. I spent a lot of time walking around the city—the River Liffey splits the city into northern and southern sections, making it pretty easy to navigate. Whether you wander on your own or take a themed walking tour, you'll find a ton of sights on just about every block in the main downtown area.
  • Take a day trip. Dublin has a lot to offer, but Ireland's small size makes day trips easy. I didn't rent a car, so my friend and I took a tour to the Cliffs of Moher to sit and dangle our legs hundreds of feet over the ocean. We also spent time in Cork and visited Blarney Castle, about a three-hour drive outside the city.
  • What's the best Insider Tip you can offer future visitors to Dublin?
    It's best to wear layers in all of Ireland, as the weather can be unpredictable. I expected nonstop rain during my spring visit but instead got warm sunshine at the Cliffs of Moher, chilly nights in Dublin, what felt like a wind tunnel in Northern Ireland, and only one short shower over the course of a week. You'll be glad you came prepared.
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