I am very fortunate as I get to travel to many new cities/countries every year as part of my job. However, this means that I have little to no time to actually see the place. I am usually shuttling between the airport, hotel, and conferences and meetings. It can get very intense, but if I can, I always try and squeeze in a few hours to see a few things that are on my ‘must-see’ list, and try the local cuisine before I board my plane back home. In my ‘City in 12 hours’ feature, I highlight the things I chose to see, do, eat and experience during my very short trips to some great European cities.
Dublin is a such a compact, but vibrant city, that it makes it a perfect place to discover with only a few hours at hand. I landed in Dublin the day before a work engagement, and I had the evening free to explore bits of the city. Being a lovely spring day, I decided to walk from my hotel to the Trinity College Dublin campus which was only a 15-minute walk from my hotel. The Long Room should be on every visitor’s lists of things to see in Dublin! It is absolutely gorgeous! Holding 200,000 of some of the oldest books in the world, this beautiful library is breathtaking! Filled with columns and columns of old, musty books in huge multi-storey shelves with imposing, barrelled ceilings, it has a very Harry Potter-esque feeling. It also houses one of Ireland’s greatest treasures, the Book of Kells, an exquisitely decorated manuscript of the four gospels, created by Christian monks.
Trinity College is only a few minutes away from the lively Temple Bar area, which is Dublin’s cultural quarter filled with bars, restaurants and nightlife. The area was bustling and full of character. The Temple Bar pub is quite famous, but pop into any of the pubs in the area for a pint of Guinness and some live Irish music for the authentic Irish experience.