Our second day in Dublin was jammed packed with visits to Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Guinness Storehouse and Trinity College. After eating breakfast at Elephant and Castle near our hotel, we started walking over to Christ Church Cathedral. Everyone talks about St. Patrick’s Cathedral, but I honestly did not know much about Christ Church Cathedral until we got there. The cathedral is gorgeous from the outside! And is equally stunning on the inside. I was pleasantly surprised that I could take pictures once inside since some cathedrals/castles have a “no photography” rule… and trust me, I have been told “You cannot take pictures here” many times. A fun fact that we learned at Christ Church Cathedral, the Showtime show “The Tudors” filmed a few scenes at the cathedral.
A short walk from Christ Church Cathedral is St. Patrick’s Cathedral. St. Patrick’s Cathedral is another beautiful church but it also has a beautiful park next to it, St. Patrick’s Park. It’s funny how no matter how many cathedrals you in, they all are different and all are beautiful in their own way. I swear I have pictures of inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Once I find them, I will post them!
After getting our fill of cathedrals for the morning, we walked over to Guinness Storehouse for their tour and infamous pint of Guinness in their Gravity Bar. Unlike the Old Jameson Distillery tour, the Guinness tour is unguided. You walk around at your own pace. I have a confession, I’m not a fan of Guinness. I guess I’m not a fan of dark (black) beer. Good thing for Jim cause he got to also drink my free milkshake pint. While Jim drank, I snapped pictures. The view from the Gravity Bar is amazing! You really get to see all of Dublin.
After Guinness, we took off walking to find a good dinner spot. After spending hours on Yelp prior to our trip, I bookmarked a few places that sounded interesting. We finally decided on grabbing dinner at The Pig’s Ear. We didn’t have reservations but since it was still pretty early, they sat us and I’m so glad they did. While it is a pricier restaurant, the food was amazing… probably the best we had on our entire trip. After dinner, we walked around the area by the restaurant. To our surprise, we stumbled upon Grafton Street. Grafton Street is super cute and is one of the main shopping street in Dublin. In other words, it’s a girl’s dream. The other main shopping street in Dublin is Henry Street which is by the Spire of Dublin, north of the River Liffey. We actually made it over there as well and walked around. Grafton Street had your higher end stores like Richard Alan and Ted Baker while Henry Street had your H&M and Forever XXI.
Walking back to our hotel, we stopped by Trinity College. The campus is gorgeous and everything had history or a story behind it which I love in universities. My college, Stephen F. Austin State University, was sadly established in 1921… 392 YEARS AFTER TRINITY COLLEGE! There were a few students wandering around campus when we stopped by and all I kept on thinking was “lucky son-of-a-guns”.
Dublin is a great city and I would love to go back one day, next time visiting more of the countryside and the west part of the island.