St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland

by on November 26th, 2010
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Looking for a great place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Look no further than Ireland! The luck of the Irish will surely be with you in Dublin, one of my favorite spots. I’ll never forget my first trip to Dublin. I was looking out the aircraft window as we began to near Ireland, and I saw the most breathtaking green countryside. It just popped up, and there was brilliant green everywhere.

There are lots of things to do in Ireland besides admire the beautiful countryside. Read on to find out about the “can’t miss” spots.

· Dublin Castle-While not your normal castle, Dublin Castle is built on two courtyards. You won’t find a traditional mote or drawbridge, but you will find an impressive set of administrative buildings. The interior houses amazing staterooms, which can be toured. Elegant dinners and functions are often held in the castle, and touring is not allowed during those events.
· The Porterhouse-This is one of Dublin’s oldest microbrewery pub. Typical name brand beers aren’t available here, but the pub does sell its own label. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed in this local brew. The atmosphere is a bit rustic, but the food and drinks are delicious.
· Dublin Zoo-One of the oldest zoos in the world, Dublin Zoo is home to more than 700 different animals. You can view exotic animals such as snow leopards and golden lion tamarinds. Due to its popularity, the zoo can get quite crowded. It is best to go right when it opens.
· Kilmainham Gaol-Known as one of the most fantastic buildings in Dublin, this used to be a prison until 1924. Guided tours take you all around the corridors and cells. You can even listen to audio depicting the horrible conditions at the prison. You’ll get a real sense of how precious freedom is after you leave this spot!
· Guiness Storehouse-This seven-floor building tells the story of Guiness beer and how it has grown into a world famous brand. You even get to taste this local brew. The Storehouse is home to the Gravity Bar, which provides a breathtaking view of Dublin. It’s a great place to relax at the end of a day of touring.

Of course, you can’t go to Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day and not attend the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. Held on March 17, the parade boats some of Europe’s best street performers. There is also an amazing fireworks display. Too big to be celebrated on just one day, there is actually a five-day celebration, which includes concerts, exhibitions, and more fireworks. As you might imagine, the pubs are packed during this time with locals and tourists alike.

Although not one of the huge, major European hot spots, Dublin is affordable and filled with charm. I can’t think of a better place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and have a great time!

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