Top 5 things to do in Dublin
The bustling capital of Ireland and sitting on the East Coast of the River Liffey, Dublin is a well-known destination for ambitious tax professionals looking to enhance their tax career. With an abundance of attractions and activities, expats will truly live the best of both worlds in this beautiful city. In our latest article, we share the top 5 things for expats to do in Dublin whether you are relocating yourself or with your family.
Dublin is home to the iconic beer, Guinness, therefore it’s no surprise that one of the most popular attractions to visit here is the famous Guinness Brewery. The Guinness factory is also known as St. James Gate Brewery, which was originally founded back in 1759, and subsequently crowned the largest brewery in the world later in 1886. Whilst the brewery is no longer the largest factory, it remains the largest brewer of stout in the world to this day.
Access to the factory is around €18 which allows you to experience a full tour of the history behind Guinness and learn how the beer is uniquely crafted. The factory spans across seven floors which is designed in the shape of over 14 million Guinness pint glasses. Once the tour is complete, you can enjoy a refreshing drink whilst appreciating a panoramic view of Dublin skyline.
Samuel Becket Bridge
Boasting a contemporary and elegant design which makes a statement amongst the traditional landscape, the Samiel Becket Bridge is a must-see for expats relocating to Dublin. This iconic landmark was only built back in 2009 and has since been a popular tourist attraction whilst connecting the north and south bank of Dublin city across the River Liffey.
The Samuel Becket Bridge was inspired by Ireland’s symbol of a Harp, creating a unique maritime gateway for pedestrians and vehicles. This bridge even has the ability to rotate 90° to accommodate the traffic going to and from the docklands, an incredible spectacle to witness if you are nearby. At over 120 metres long and spanning 28 metres above the river, the Samuel Becket Bridge is an outstanding sight to see and walk along on a clear day.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
A truly stunning and traditional attraction in Dublin is St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which is the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland. Known as one of the most popular visitor attractions within Dublin, this is the tallest and largest cathedral in the whole of Ireland. Although it is located slightly off the beaten track, the cathedral can be easily accessed by public transport or via a short walk from Temple bar, a famous Irish pub where a visit is imperative for tourists and expats.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral boasts an incredibly unique interior and intricate stained-glass windows, spanning back over 800 years. Multiple tours take place inside the cathedral grounds, allowing you to take in the breathtaking architecture and famous history of this monument. Sign up to a guided tour with one of the knowledgeable guides or explore the cathedral yourself to enjoy a leisurely afternoon immersing yourself with Irish history.
Built in the 13th century, the historic Dublin Castle encompasses a vast area of over eleven acres, comprising of an incredible museum and library to soak up the history of the castle and Ireland itself. Previously used as the central administration site until 1922, the castle now hosts special occasions, concerts and exhibitions, whilst being a key government complex, attracting tourists and expats alike.
Open seven days a week, visiting Dublin Castle gives you the perfect opportunity to immerse in Irish history and architecture, ideal for professionals to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of work life. Costing just €8.50 for an adult guided tour, discovering his attraction is a must for new expats. Further explore the castle grounds by strolling around the Dubh Linn gardens and take in the marvelous architecture surrounding the castle.
The Howth Cliff Walk
If you really want to escape the lively city centre of Dublin, a scenic hill walk across the Howth Cliff Walk will certainly blow the cobwebs away and allow you to recharge before returning to the city. This spectacular coastline traverses over a 6km clifftop providing unrivalled panoramic views of Ireland’s Eye, Lambay Island and Dublin Bay. This can be accessed by taking the DART train station in Dublin city to Howth Village, only around 25 minutes travelling time.
Taking around 2 hours to complete, this is the perfect day trip to appreciate the breathtaking views of Dublin’s countryside and you may even spot The Baily Lighthouse which can be seen just before you begin the ascend to ‘The Summit’ car park. Afterwards, why not visit the idyllic village of Howth where you can enjoy a bite to eat at a variety of restaurants and explore the village charm.