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  • So this week we're excited to be exploring Dublin and we're planning to spend an entire

  • week here. This video is going to highlight 25 things to do around the city.

  • Dublin is where most trips in Ireland begin, so before seeing the rest of the country,

  • Audrey and I spent a whole week getting to know the capital. When the weather cooperated

  • we walked around the city, toured Trinity College, and visited the botanical gardens,

  • and when it poured rain as it often does in this part of the world, we just popped into

  • a pub for some Irish stew and a pint of Guinness. The following video will show you a few of

  • the different things to do in Dublin, Ireland. Enjoy!

  • So today we are back on University grounds. Thankfully not as students. We are just visiting

  • Trinity College Dublin but the real name of it. Listen to this - it's College of the Holy

  • and undivided trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin. Quite the mouthful, right?

  • So we've signed up to take a tour. We're going to be visiting the grounds, the library and

  • also setting eyes on the Book of Kells.

  • Trinity College was founded in 1592 and it is the oldest university in Ireland. The campus

  • is open to visitors interested in touring the grounds, and you'll also get to hear some

  • fascinating stories of famous students, including the likes of Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift,

  • and Bram Stoker.

  • So we came all the way out to Phoenix Park on the west end of Dublin because we were

  • told that you can see wild deer here. And we were lucky enough to spot one. So we're

  • like quietly tiptoeing towards it and we were able to see it and it was so cool.

  • I've been really enjoying this park. It is a great place to get outside the city center

  • and it is massive. We've only explored a mere fraction of it.

  • Easily one of the most popular attractions here in Dublin is the Guinness Storehouse.

  • And I've had a friend who has visited here and told me about the experience. And it really

  • is basically just like an experience. You go in and it is almost like a museum. You

  • have all of these different interactive rooms, there is interactive multimedia and at the

  • very top there is a bar where you get a complimentary pint and you have really good panoramic views

  • of the city.

  • The Guinness Storehouse is Dublin's most popular attraction, and it's a must-visit for beer

  • lovers. The Storehouse covers seven floors surrounding a glass atrium shaped like a pint

  • of Guinness. Inside you'll also find a copy of the 9,000 year lease signed by Arthur Guinness

  • on the brewery site - they won't be going anywhere for a while!

  • Grafton Street is one of the main shopping areas in Dublin. You're likely to find lots

  • of musicians, buskers, and performers along here, plus you get a good vantage point of

  • The Spire.

  • So this afternoon we're doing a battle of the drinks. We are ordering two different

  • spiked coffees. Sam is getting the Irish Coffee and I'm getting the Baileys Coffee. And we're

  • going to see which one is the tastiest.

  • What is in your Irish Whiskey? Tell us. Alright, so if you take a look over here you'll notice

  • that there is cream on the top. And then this is normal coffee which has been enhanced with

  • sugar. And the secret ingredient here is Jameson Whiskey. Oh, yeah!

  • That must be good because you're chugging it. That is so good.

  • I mean I got a big gulp of cream because it is the first sip but I also really tasted

  • a lot of the whiskey and of course there is a really strong coffee flavor. And the sugar.

  • It is like basically having a dessert.

  • So I got a bit more of a feminine drink instead of whisky.

  • This one has Baileys cream liqueur. So let's try it.

  • Ooh, you can definitely still taste the alcohol in that.

  • Mmmmm.

  • Yeah, this is nice. And it is really sweet. Like Sam said about his it is almost like

  • a dessert in a cup. And it is really nice on a cold day.

  • So I'm just going to keep sipping.

  • So I guess it is time for me to try yours. I have a feeling I'm not going to like it

  • as much because I'm not a big whiskey fan. But here we go.

  • You have cream on your lips.

  • I like mine better for sure.

  • Mine is sweeter. This one is a lot stronger. It's got a kick to it.

  • And I feel like if I drank this whole thing I would tumbling by the time I walked out.

  • So Baileys for the win? Baileys for the win.

  • So we're here visiting the Botanical Gardens, which is a great green escape, and what we're

  • really loving about it is because it is slightly outside of the city centre there is hardly

  • anyone and it is also a free attraction.

  • The National Botanic Gardens are located a few kilometers north of the city center, and

  • you'll find it's a very tranquil place. The gardens were founded in 1795 and today they

  • hold over 20,000 living plants.

  • Prior to the establishment of Glasnevin Cemetery, Irish Catholics had no place of their own

  • to bury their dead. This burial ground gave both Irish Catholics and Protestants a place

  • where they could give their dead dignified burial, and it has since become the resting

  • place for people of all religions and non religions.

  • Experience Gaelic Games is a place where you can come and try traditional Irish sports

  • like hurling and Gaelic football. It's a fun and unique way to take part in an integral

  • part of Irish culture, and they have programs that cater to groups or independent travelers

  • looking to join a team for the day.

  • So you can't visit Oscar Wilde's former home because it is being used by the American college

  • Dublin but you can come to the park right across the street and see him here for yourself.

  • Number One Merrion Square is the former home of Oscar Wilde, and if you walk over to the

  • park right across the street you'll be able to see a statue of Wilde himself.

  • Right now I'm visiting Jameson Distillery. And what is cool about this place is that

  • you can go inside and there is tours of the distillery. There is also a really cool gift

  • shop, there is a bar, there is a restaurant. So there is a lot to do for just about anyone

  • who is interested in learning about whisky.

  • The Old Jameson Distillery is the original site where Jameson Irish Whiskey was distilled

  • until 1971. It is now a visitor centre that offers both guided tours and whiskey tastings.

  • We are here in Dublin and it is lunchtime so we've tracked down the oldest pub in the

  • whole country. We are here at the Brazen Head which apparently dates back to 1198. That's

  • like what 900 hundred years or so that this place has been around. But I mean obviously

  • not the whole structure is authentic. It is probably just a few bricks and stones. But

  • anyways it is the oldest in the country and we're here for lunch.

  • So you've gone for something a little bit more hearty. Yeah, like this burger is enormous.

  • It's one of the biggest looking burgers I've had in a while. Oh la lah.

  • And these fries. These are the thickest cut of fries. Look they're thicker than my finger.

  • I hope you're planning to share. Hahahaha. I don't know about that.

  • Well that was a really neat bar. What kind of makes it unique, aside from it being the

  • oldest pub in all of Ireland of course, is that there is all of these different kinds

  • of rooms. You can eat outside, you can eat inside a bar and there is a second level up

  • top. And so we checked out most of it.

  • So Sam is exploring his Viking roots. Not my roots. I am a Viking! Nice outfit.

  • I'm writing my name in a foreign alphabet. So that's 'A'.

  • Oh! A Viking toilet and someone is gassy!

  • So we are now inside a viking home and this is how people would have lived and stayed

  • warm. You've got a little kitchen/stove happening here.

  • Saint Patrick's was founded in 1191 and it was built in honour of Ireland’s patron

  • saint. The Cathedral is open to visitors for a small fee.

  • So it is museum time. My favorite time and Sam is tagging along. So this is the National

  • Museum of Ireland and we're going to go in and check it out.

  • Temple Bar is an area known for its lively nightlife. Located on the southbank of the

  • River Liffey, you'll find all sorts of pubs playing live music once the sun goes down.

  • There's also one pub in Temple Bar, called The Temple Bar, but don't let that confuse

  • you.

  • Hahaha! So what are we up to tonight? We're going for some beer. We're going for some

  • beer. We're going for a pint. And this is Audrey's sister Ashley and friend Raakel.

  • We're going to go out for a pint and see what the nightlife is like in Dublin.

  • So here is to friends and family in Dublin! Cheers! Woo!

  • I'm really excited about lunch today. I'm trying something for the first time called

  • Irish Stew. And that consists of mutton, potatoes and onions. And it is considered to be sort

  • of a peasant type of meal. But considering how cold it is outside. It has been hovering

  • around the 15 degree mark and it has been raining a lot. This is the perfect kind of

  • food to help warm us up.

  • So like Sam was saying the main ingredients in an Irish Stew are usually mutton, potatoes

  • and onions but you can get a little bit fancy with the recipe and start adding different

  • vegetables.

  • So what I have here actually has carrots, celery and a few different herbs and spices.

  • So I can't wait to try that. I'm really hungry.

  • Mmmm. Oh my gosh.

  • That is really nice.

  • Like it is actually really cold outside. It's been raining all day so it is really nice

  • to be inside, sitting in a pub and enjoying my stew.

  • The Irish Whiskey Museum covers the story of Irish whiskey through the ages. You can

  • take a guided tour, or go straight to their bar for a little whiskey sampling like we

  • did.

  • Here is the part I've been waiting for. It's time to try my Irish Whiskey. That's nice.

  • Does it burn on the way down? You better believe it does. Does it warm you up? Yes. Ooh!

  • St. Stephen's Green is a large park located in Dublin's city centre. If the weather cooperates,

  • it's a nice place for a picnic.

  • St. Audeon's Gate is a 13th century gate that sits on one of the remaining stretches of

  • the city wall. This would have once been the entrance into the medieval city, and we ended

  • up befriending a puppy.

  • Dublin Castle has played many roles over its history, ranging from a defensive fortification

  • for the Norman city of Dublin, to the setting of presidential inaugurations in modern day

  • Dublin. It is also open for tours to visitors.

  • The Irish Museum of Modern Art is housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham which dates

  • back to the 17th-century. Its collection focuses on modern and contemporary art.

  • Kilmainham Gaol is a former prison where many figures involved in the struggle for Irish

  • independence were held.

  • If you're in the mood for a scenic walk, we recommend walking along the length of the

  • River Liffey until you reach the Grand Canal.

  • We are currently visiting St. Michael's Tower. There would have been a huge bell all the

  • way up there. And it would have told to announce mass, funerals, special events but also if

  • there was a really bad storm and people needed to start praying for their neighbors and anyone

  • who was out at sea.

  • So we have come to the end of our time in Dublin. Tell us, what did you think of the

  • city? I actually loved it here. I'm really glad that we gave ourselves eight days to

  • properly explore the city. It allowed us to travel around nice and slow and to delve deep.

  • What I really loved about Dublin is that is one of the most walk-able cities I've ever

  • visited in Europe. We almost did all of sightseeing on foot and that is just fantastic.

  • I really enjoyed the pub culture here. Drinking Guinness. The people were really friendly

  • - especially at our local pub in Glasnevin.

  • So my one tip for saving money in Dublin is to get a Leap Card. It will help you save

  • money on the bus compared to if you're buying individual fares with cash.

  • So what did you think of Dublin? Well, I have to be honest. I didn't fall in love with the

  • city right away but it is definitely the kind of place that grows on you over time. And

  • getting to spend 8 days here, we really got to experience a bit more of the culture and

  • enjoy the pubs and just visit museums and get to know the city a little bit deeper than

  • just what you see on the surface. So we actually had a really great time here and would highly

  • recommend it.

  • And that's a wrap for our time in Dublin! We hope you enjoyed this video and that it

  • gave you a few ideas of what the city has to offer. As always, if you have any other

  • suggestions of fun things to do in Dublin as a visitor, feel free to share them in the

  • comments below. Wishing you happy travels!

So this week we're excited to be exploring Dublin and we're planning to spend an entire

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