Luck of the Irish

We’re back in Bourne, England now for a last weekend with family before we fly off to other climes. We had wanted to go on another trip to Estonia, but we left it too late and the flights were too expensive. So, we decided to spend a few days in Ireland instead.

We had enough time to get a feel for Dublin and surrounds, and to know that we should come back for a longer visit, during the summertime though!? Central Dublin is very walkable, and is a very vibrant city. You are not very far from the countryside however, and the Guinness is excellent wherever you find yourself!

Here is a summary of our 3 days in this iconic country:

Central Dublin is literally cut in half by the River Liffey – which makes it very easy to navigate.

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Liffey River, Dublin

Phoenix Park is one of the largest urban park in Europe.

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Phoenix Park

The old city is full of ancient landmarks. We visited the Dublinia museum to learn about the Viking origins of the city.

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Dublinia museum, Vikings

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We went for a long walk along the clifftops at Howth, on the outskirts of Dublin. The view of the Irish sea was stunning!

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Howth

Not far from Howth is the seaside town of Malahide, with it’s lovely castle & grounds.

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Malahide Castle
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Malahide Harbour

When it’s raining cats & dongs, where better to take refuge than in the Dublin museum of natural history, nicknamed “The Dead Zoo”, whose artifacts and layout have not been modified since the 19th century…

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National Museum of Ireland – Natural History

We didn’t find the gold of the leprechauns at the foot of the rainbow, but the kids did get some Irish luck nonetheless! ?