Dublin's fair city and The Clarence Hotel.
Places for 'u2' Go and What to Do in Dublin. I know, it's a catchy title isn't it?
It seems like a lifetime ago but 5 years is not that long since we visited the fair city of Dublin. We were excited at the prospect of staying at the Clarence Hotel, Now I'm no travel writer so you will have to bear with me as I recall our visit to the U2 owned boutique hotel that is The Clarence.
In partnership are Bono and The Edge, so you can imagine what we thought on our arrival at the reception desk, to be greeted with piped music coming through the speakers quite quietly, their own compilation of U2 tunes. Makes sense I guess but not your average muzak that you get in the background at most hotels.
What you realize immediately is that the hotel is quite sophisticated and very comfortable. It was a shame we were only going to be there for a few days. It was a case of dropping the bags off, having a quick look around and then out into the Temple Bar district we had heard so much about.
By far one of the best bits about this hotel is the Octagon bar. Sitting in the middle of the room this huge cocktail bar stands proudly and is a comfortable and well furnished bar.
Below stairs at the Clarence is a cocktail bar called The Liquor Rooms which is a very comfortable place if you are on a special night out. As you can see there is more to this hotel than meets the eye and is definitely my first choice when visiting Dublin again.
Clarence Hotel rooftop gig u2. It's a beautiful day.
Temple Bar is an area close to the river Liffey and is said to be the cultural quarter of the city. It is probably the most visited part of the town and is the place you go for the bars and nightlife.
In this area you will find institutions like The Irish Photography Centre, The Irish Film Institute, Stock Exchange and The New Theatre to mention just a few.
Packed full of restaurants, bars and cafes it really is a hub of action both day and night. You really cannot afford not to be out and about if you only have a few days there as there is so much to see and do. There really is something for everyone.
Places for u2 go.
For us the 2 best attractions and ones we really wanted to visit were, The Guinness Storehouse and it's tour and the Jameson Whisky tour. I can highly recommend both.
Access to all areas of the city is really good as there are many open top bus tours and services. Hop on and off bus routes are really good. Make sure you know which route goes where as once you get off you may end up having a long walk as we found out when we went to the Jameson tour. You just can't not go visit where the Guinness story began.
For anyone who is into rugby, Croak Park - Aviva stadium is the place to go. View it from the river on a boat trip. It is a very modern stadium and is the home of Irish rugby.
Check out the map below for important addresses of the attractions mentioned.
Attractions for u2 to go see when in Dublin.
Don't forget the guide book.
It's always a good idea to take along some information about the place you are visiting. I like a proper book or map but in these technological days you can just use the power of Google so if you prefer to travel light, buy a book and download it to your smart phone.
This one is great and if you want to try before you buy go to the Kindle store and have a look inside. As you will see it is full of information on the history surrounding Dublin and includes chapters on where to stay, eat and the transport systems available to you on your stay.
Don't take my word for it, have a good look.
Dublin guide book.
Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar
Top of the world ! Cheers, Slainte !
If you like live music when you are out for a drink then you will love Dublin. Starting off early afternoon there is a constantly changing music scene in just about every bar you go in. One of our favourites in the early afternoon was the Merchants Arch, situated close to Halfpenny Bridge. A place where you can easily pass a few hours having a meal, a few pints of the black stuff and a good old sing song.
Famous people from Dublin
Famous people who were born in Dublin, believe it or not, even include a world famous Lion of all things. The most famous though is, you guessed it, Bono and u2.
The Lion was born in Dublin zoo in 1909 and went by the name of Slats. His claim to fame was for being the mascot of the film producer MGM. Check out what is reported to be the top 10 famous people from Dublin below and who is at the top of the list :-
- Bono - musician
- Colin Farrell - Hollywood actor
- Sinead O' Connor - musician
- Oscar Wilde - poet / writer
- Conor McGregor - marshal arts champion
- Samuel Beckett - nobel prize for literature
- Slats the Lion - MGM film company mascot
- Le Galaxie - Irish dance troop
- Maeve Binchy - writer
- Francis Bacon - famous 20th century painter
River trip anyone?
While we were visiting Dublin we took a river boat trip along the Liffey. This is a great way to see the sights as it slowly chugs down towards open sea. The riverbank is lined with many very new modern buildings noteworthy of seeing in any European city.
If a boat trip is not your idea of heaven then simply take a stroll along the side of the river. Equally just sitting on a bench might be your preferred way to spend the time. You might need to sit a while after all the walking you will be doing.
What are you waiting for?
If you like what you have seen about Dublin why not put it on the list of places to visit post the pandemic?
Go on - you know you want to.
don't take my word for it, see for yourself.
A very modern city
Have a great time.
Whatever and wherever you choose to visit I hope you have a great time, I can guarantee you won't have enough time to fit everything in so expect to go back there in the future.
Cheers for now.
Night time in Dublin
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