Make sure to schedule in a visit to Trinity College Dublin on your first day in Ireland.
This is one of Dublin’s premier visitor attractions and not without reason.
Two hundred years ago you would have paid your dues (a ha’pennies worth to be exact) to William Walsh, who built the bridge when his ferries went into disrepair, but nowadays you’re free to come and go as you please.
It’s also a great place to whip out your camera and get snap happy with stretching views down the river that are just begging to be captured on film. (Dublin’s favourite shopping district) has everything you need to relax.
Patrick’s Cathedral and you’ll even wade by a recording studio where the likes of U2 have laid down tracks.
Or if you prefer to ditch the wheels and wander around the old fashioned way, the Dublin Tourist Board have a whole range of free i Walks (guided tours recorded as podcasts) available for download so you can ramble around the city while the soothing voice of author Pat Liddy fills you on the history of Dublin.
For the art-lover Dublin has a whole host of museums and art galleries from the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle to the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
What’s more, entry is free, so there’s no excuse not to sample some of the more artistic delights our “Fair City” has to offer.
Once you’ve decided to hit the road and you have collected your car, you’ll have a choice of routes.“The Book of Kells” resides in Trinity’s Old Library.This book, which is a 9th Century gospel manuscript contains lavish illustrations and is accompanied in the library by an exhibition – “Turning Lightness into Dark”.During the tour you’ll discover all the history behind this famous brand and get an insight into the magic behind the “black stuff”. Although a little further out from the city centre on the north side of Dublin, the Butlers Chocolate Experience is a must see for anyone with a sweet tooth.It’s the ultimate chocolate discovery tour where you can see the Butlers factory in operation – home to Ireland’s favourite chocolatier.