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Activities for a Romantic Weekend in Dublin

Updated on May 31, 2016

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Dublin City

Dublin City is a must-visit for couples this Valentine's Day. Most anyone will feel at home here, thanks to the friendly, welcoming attitude of the city's residents, but those who enjoy the theatre, art, and music will appreciate it all the more.

Tour its landmarks rich in history, visit its beautifully-kept greens, go for a toddle around store-lined Grafton Street, and pop in for a pint at some of its quaint taverns. Even save yourself some cash by purchasing a "Dublin Pass," which will see you admitted to more than thirty of the city's most popular tourist attractions and sites.

Dublin

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Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland
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The city of Dublin is a place steeped in history, all of which is evident if you take the time to tour its beautiful streets.

A Pint of Guinness
A Pint of Guinness | Source

1. Guinness Brewery

The Guinness Brewery is one of Ireland's most popular tourist attractions, and has stood in the same place since 1670.

The St. James' gate was erected in the year 1759 and marks the official entry to the plant. Over the years, the grounds have expanded to cover a total area of sixty four acres.

The Guinness Brewery today is composed of a Roasthouse, a Brewhouse, a Fermentation Plant, a Beer Processing Plant, and the Market Street Storehouse. The first four of these buildings are where the production of Guinness beer takes place, and the Storehouse is the official visitor centre.

The Storehouse is a restored and remodel structure from 1904 and was redesigned to resemble a huge pint glass. It is seven stories high, making it one of the tallest buildings in Dublin, and inside, visitors can see how beer is made and are offered a sample in the tasting laboratory. It also contains three bars, a gift shop, and two restaurants.

Dublin's Guinness Brewery

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Guinness Storehouse, Rialto, Dublin 8, Ireland
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This is where you can take part in the Guinness experience, and see the processes involved in the creation of one of Ireland's proudest exports.

The National Gallery of Ireland
The National Gallery of Ireland | Source

2. National Gallery of Ireland

Dublin's National Gallery of Ireland houses the country's collection of art, both Irish and European, dating from the fourteenth to the twentieth century. Surprisingly enough, admission to the Gallery is completely free of charge.

George Bernard Shaw left one third of his royalties to the Gallery, and in 2006 they celebrated the 150th anniversary birthday of the playwright. He spent a great deal of his younger years immersed in the great collections, and his generosity enabled the National Gallery of Ireland to purchase awe-inspiring sculptures and paintings from the past two hundred years, including a life-sized statue of Shaw himself.

If you enjoy modern art, there is an extensive selection for you to view in the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Quite ironically, this collection is found inside a seventeenth century building.

The National Gallery of Ireland

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National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square W, Droichead Na Dothra, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Admire Ireland's complete collection of art in one beautiful, compact location.

Trinity College
Trinity College | Source

3. Trinity College

Trinity College was founded way back in 1592, which makes it the oldest college in Ireland, and one of the oldest in Europe. It is the home of the Book of Kells, an ancient and stunningly hand-illustrated manuscript of the gospels created by Celtic monks, around the year 800 AD. It is displayed twenty-four-seven in the college's old library, and a small fee is asked of tourists if they wish to view it.

Visitors may feel free to tour the Trinity campus at any time of day, even during lecture hours. They will find the surrounding grounds bustling with students, but despite this, it is a very relaxing place to take a stroll. It spans an area of forty acres, over which are spread lush lawns, vibrant gardens, historic buildings, and cobbled walkways.

Trinity College

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Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Visitors will be amazed at the awe-inspiring college, and will delight in touring the grounds and interior both.

The Shelbourne Hotel, Inside which is the Horseshoe Baar
The Shelbourne Hotel, Inside which is the Horseshoe Baar | Source

4. Horseshoe Bar

You'll find the Horseshoe Bar in the Shelburne Hotel. As you may have already guessed, it was named for its curved shape. This is one of Ireland's best-known pubs, and was even mentioned in Ulysses, by James Joyce.

Even Teetotalers should stop for a Coke or Sprite here, as the historic atmosphere is unrivalled by any other.

St. Stephen's Green
St. Stephen's Green | Source

5. St. Stephen's Green

The St. Stephen's Green is a beautiful park where couples can take the time to picnic, people-watch, amble, or just take a breather and a break from the hustle and bustle of Dublin's busy streets.

Venture into lush and shady St. Stephen's Green, and you'll find benches, sculptures, monuments, and an ornamental lake. A garden bursting with colour will catch your eye, too - this is a patch dedicated to Irish poet W.B.Yeats, and flowers of all shapes, sizes, and colours bloom here all throughout the Spring and Summertime - perfect if you choose to retreat to Dublin city with your special someone for February 14th.

The trendy Shelburne hotel can be found on the north side of St. Stephen's Green. Sitting in its No. 27 Bar and Lounge, you will have a perfect view of the park itself.

The ever-popular Stephen's Green Shopping Centre is situated opposite Fusilier's Arch, the stately, ornate west side entrance of the park. The shopping centre boasts of approximately one hundred stores and a food court.

St. Stephen's Green (& Shelbourne Hotel)

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St Stephen's Green, Ranelagh, Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland
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There's always plenty to do and see at St. Stephen's Green. If shopping isn't for you, then maybe you'd prefer to grab a drink in the Horseshoe Bar.

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Stephen's Green, Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, Ranelagh, Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland
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If it's raining when you visit St. Stephen's Green, don't worry. You can always pop into the shopping centre and browse the stores.

Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral | Source

6. Christ Church Cathedral

The oldest building in Dublin is the Christ Church Cathedral, and it is a place of great historic value. It is visited by thousands of tourists each day, and it is especially popular with Christians. As well as being a tourist attraction, it is also the home of the archbishop of Dublin.

It was constructed in 1038 originally, and was renovated in the Victorian era. It's gorgeous stained glass windows and fully functioning bells are just some of its magnificent architectural details.

Christ Church Cathedral

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Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Pl, Jamestown, DUBLIN8, Ireland
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It's impossible to visit the opulent Christ Church Cathedral and not be utterly blown away by the deep sense of peace offered by the structure.

The Dublin Writer's Museum
The Dublin Writer's Museum | Source

7. Dublin Writer's Museum

If you're interested in discovering, exploring, or even just enjoying Dublin's rich literary heritage, then you need to add the Dublin Writer's Museum to your list of places to visit. The city is famous for the many successful novelists, poets and general scribes it has produced, and nowhere documents their lives quite so well as this museum.

The city's literary geniuses of the past three centuries are animated through their books, portraits, letters, poems, and other personal documents. No matter how much you know about Irish literature, you will always find some new piece of information here.

Even if you are not particularly interested in literature, it is worth making a trip to the museum in order to behold and admire the structure itself. The dwelling is an expertly restored Georgian mansion situated in the world-famous Parnell Square, and is perhaps best known for its Gallery of Writers, where tour groups can appreciate the luxurious, expertly-installed plasterwork.

While you're there, don't forget about the bookshop, cafe, and lunchtime theatre, all of which will help you to get the most out of your experience.

Dublin Writer's Museum

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Dublin Writers Museum, 18 Parnell Square N, Smithfield, DUBLIN1, Ireland
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Behold the works of great Irish artists such as Oscar Wilde, Reginald Gray and John Jordan at the Writer's Museum in Dublin.

Dublin Zoo's Humbold Penguin Enclosure
Dublin Zoo's Humbold Penguin Enclosure | Source

8. Dublin Zoo

You'll find Dublin Zoo in the Phoenix Park. It is one of Dublin's most popular tourist attractions, and they admit approximately one million visitors yearly.

The zoo is a sprawling park covering twenty eight hectares, and one of the world's oldest, but modern zoos. It is home to around six hundred species of animals from all over the world, including many endangered ones.

The staff do their best to ensure everyone has an enjoyable time while visiting Dublin Zoo, and often put on shows with the animals, and visitors may watch as the animals are fed.

Dublin Zoo

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Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, Co. Dublin, Ireland
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You're sure to have a great time at Dublin Zoo, which is home to over six hundred different animals.

Temple Bar District
Temple Bar District | Source

9. Temple Bar

Temple Bar is not a pub, as the name suggests - rather, it is a district. You'll find plenty of art galleries, stores, restaurants, accommodation, and of course, bars. However, if you do visit Temple Bar, be sure to stay until nighttime, which is when the area truly comes to life.

It is the perfect location for anyone with an interest in Irish music, too, as there is no shortage of buskers playing in the streets and traditional Irish bands performing in the area's various establishments.

Temple Bar

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Temple Bar Hotel, Temple Bar Hotel ®, 13 Fleet St, Ranelagh, Dublin 2, Ireland
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There's never a shortage of things to do in Temple Bar, especially at night.

Ha'penny Bridge
Ha'penny Bridge | Source

10. Ha'penny Bridge

The Ha'penny Bridge is the perfect place for an evening stroll, as it is open to pedestrians only.

It has been referred to by different names since its construction in 1816, such as Wellington Bridge, Penny Ha'penny Bridge, and Liffey Bridge, though it's most popular name is Ha'penny Bridge. It's said that it was given this title due to the fact that it once cost a ha'penny to cross it.

It is one of several bridges that cross the River Liffey and join the north and south sides of Dublin, and can be accessed via Temple Bar. It is beautifully lit after dark, and the lack of traffic combines with the soft glow of the streetlights to create the perfect setting for a good-night kiss.

Ha'penny Bridge

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Ha'penny Bridge, Smithfield, Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland
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The Ha'penny bridge is a great place to go for a stroll, especially on a cool evening after a warm Summer's day.

So Ends our Tour of Dublin's Fair City

I hope you enjoyed your virtual tour of Dublin, and hopefully you came away with some ideas for a future holiday.

For your convenience, the map below displays all of the locations covered in this hub, so that you can have an idea of their positions in relation to one another.

Locations of Note in Dublin City

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A markerguinness Brewery -
Guinness Storehouse, Rialto, Dublin 8, Ireland
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B markerNational Gallery of Ireland -
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square W, Droichead Na Dothra, Dublin 2, Ireland
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C markertrinity college -
Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
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D markerSt. Stephen's Green -
St Stephen's Green, Ranelagh, Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland
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E markerChrist Church Cathedral -
Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Pl, Jamestown, DUBLIN8, Ireland
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F markerDublin Writer's Museum -
Dublin Writers Museum, 18 Parnell Square N, Smithfield, DUBLIN1, Ireland
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G markerDublin Zoo -
Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, Co. Dublin, Ireland
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H markerTemple Bar -
Temple Bar Hotel, Temple Bar Hotel ®, 13 Fleet St, Ranelagh, Dublin 2, Ireland
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I markerHa'penny Bridge -
Ha'penny Bridge, Smithfield, Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland
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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Thanks for the tour of Dublin.. I would love to visit.. looks absolutely wonderful

      thanks for sharing]

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      Debbie

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      The maps, the pictures, the descriptions... I want to go to Dublin City for Valentine's Day... Or any day!! Thanks for SHARING!! I love the history of Trinity College and my husband would want to go to a real Irish hub! Great Hub!

      Votes and shared! :-)

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      Roxanne Lewis 4 years ago from Washington

      That looks amazing! Thank you for the peek into Dublin ;)

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      VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

      You're more than welcome, Debbie. I'm sure you wouldn't be leaving Dublin disappointed.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

      So glad you enjoyed my hub, Sholland! Hopefully someday you'll come and visit us here. The Dubs will give you a warm welcome, for sure.

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      VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

      Well, thank you bunches, Roxanne.

      So happy to hear you found it interesting.

      Thanks for commenting.

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      Veronica Roberts 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I have wanted to visit Ireland for years now. Your hub made me want to even more so!

      You did a great job w/ the layout of the hub, and provided some very useful information! I wish that I could go today! =]

      Voted up, useful, & interesting.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, this would make for a romantic weekend indeed- and an incredibly fun one to boot! I'd love to go to Dublin someday, though the various activities you've outlined would REALLY attract my parents, who are huge fans of great art, beautiful cities, and good beer. Brilliant guide!

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      Stephanie Hicks 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      This is seriously one thorough hub! I love that you included map capsules to direct the reader to the sights in Dublin. I've never been to Ireland, and now am yearning even more to go there. Really awesome work! Bookmarking and sharing, Steph

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      VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

      Thank you so much, Veronica - it's very nice of you to say so.

      Very pleased you had fun reading, and hopefully someday you'll make your way to Ireland. Here's hoping!

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      VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

      Glad you approve, Simone. Thanks for the kind words.

      I do agree that your parents would really like it here, if that's what they're into. Maybe if you get a chance to holiday here, you could bring them along. :)

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      VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

      In that case, Steph, I've done my job. :)

      I'm really happy to hear you enjoyed my little virtual tour of Dublin. Thanks a bunch for your lovely comment.

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      L M Reid 4 years ago from Ireland

      A great article about Dublin. I live here so have been able to visit all the places you spoke about in the hub over the years. Well except for the pubs lol.

      The viewing Chimney in Smithfield Dublin 7 is also well worth a trip. The views of Dublin's skyline are amazing!

      Voted Up

      Thanks for Sharing

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      VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

      Thanks, Viking.

      Really? That's interesting. I live down the motorway a piece from Dublin. :)

      I'm glad you enjoyed, and were familiar with the places I covered.

      Thanks for the great comment~

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      Juliek958 4 years ago from Norman, Oklahoma

      I love Ireland and had so much fun in Dublin when I was there. You forgot a few of my favorite places....St. Patrick's Cathedral, the old Jameson's Distillery and shopping on Grafton Street. I'm glad you mentioned the Old Library at Trinity College. The Book of Kells is stunning.

    • MP50 4 years ago

      Awesome Hub, have done the "NEW YEARS EVE" night in temple bar Dublin.

      My girlfriend and I couldn't get in to any pubs or clubs, we were both all dressed up and ended up in the "Hard Rock Cafe"

      With a bunch of "Hells Angels" we had a great time, waiting in line for a taxi at 3am for 2 hours in the freezing cold Irish weather.

      We realized when the taxi driver dropped us off at our hotel, that we were only 300 meters away from the taxi rank LOL. Voted up and can't stop laughing.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a wonderful hub with the tips, maps and photos. I wish I'd had it when we were there two years ago! Oh well, maybe there will be another time. Thanks and voted up and interesting!

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      Mumbai Boy 4 years ago from Mumbai,India.

      Very Clear And Interesting Information. voted Up

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I have read Dublin in books, watched in movies. But what I loved in this hub is the personal feel. I will love to visit this place someday.

      Congratulations for the hub of the day.

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      Karen Szklany Gault 4 years ago from New England

      Beautiful hub, and well put together. Went to see the book of Kells when I visited Dublin the year I studied in Galway...but now I must return to visit the Dublin Writer's Museum....and down a pint at the Temple Bar.

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      VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

      @Juliek

      Yes, it is a very fun place with plenty to do. You'll certainly never be bored in Dublin.

      I do love Grafton Street, myself. It has such a friendly feel to it. I have to admit though, that the other two never occurred to me. I'll have to include all three if I ever do a follow-up hub.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and leave a comment!

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      VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

      @MP50

      I've never done the New Year's night, but I hear it's fantastic fun.

      My God, I've heard plenty of wacky Dublin stories, but never of one where the teller waits for ages in the pouring rain for a taxi that takes them a few paces down the road! Glad you see the funny side to it, though! :D

      Thanks for your comment. I'm only out of bed and you've made me snicker. That has to be a first!

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      VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

      Thank you, Vespawoolf. I really appreciate you saying so.

      Unfortunately, I had no photos of my own, but as far as I can see, the ones I've used don't look too bad.

      Thanks for commenting~

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      VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

      Thanks, Mumbai Boy. I'm glad you think so.

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      VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

      Vinaya, you're too sweet. Thank you for the kind words.

      Thank you very much - I can't believe it. I wasn't going to write this hub at first.

      Glad I did. :3

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      Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Have been wondering where to go for our 25th wedding anniversary, maybe this could be the place for a great weekend?Thanks for sharing this hub and congratulations on your Hub of the Day pick.

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      VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

      Thanks a whole bunch, Seafarer. You must be a big fan of literature. The book of Kells is beautiful, isn't it?

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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      VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

      @Poshcoffeeco

      I'd recommend Dublin, for sure. Shopkeepers, B&B owners/hotel staff, and bartenders love to see visitors coming. Plus, if a bartender find's out it's your anniversary, you'll get all the free beer you can drink! ;D

      Congratulations on your 25th anniversary, by the way! Wherever you choose to go, I hope you both have an incredibly magical time.

      Thanks for the lovely comment. I appreciate it.

      All the best~

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      mooboomoo 4 years ago from London

      I've popped over to Dublin twice now and loved it (but I didn't love being charged a fiver for a coke in Temple bar!)I wish I'd had your guide before going. One place that we did end up and found fascinating was Kilmainham Gaol. Not very romantic I know but for history buffs it's a great places to visit. Another was the Jameson's Distillery where a we got a little bit tiddly poo!

      Voted up and Socially Shared.

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Congratulations of a very well-deserved Hub of the Day! This was an awesome and informative article. Loved the photos, the descriptions and all the maps.

      Now, if only I could afford to travel to Ireland for a visit.

      Funny, though, on your first map, the shape of the area is very nearly a duplicate of the Massachusetts coastline from Boston to Cape Cod! ;-) Naturally, not exact, but close enough to make a mistake upon a quick glance. (Cue Twilight Zone music...)

      Voted up across the board and shared.

      (P.S. I love your cute profile photo)

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      Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      A great tour! I wish I could go on it in person! I think I'd also like to see the Post Office, where Michael Collins and friends held off the Brits.

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      seojoint 4 years ago from Canada/India

      That's a nice one... out of everything, I enjoyed reading about "Guinness Brewery" !! Nice tour dear!!

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      Silverfish 4 years ago from Edinburgh Scotland

      Lovely hub, I can't wait to visit Dublin, it sounds amazing. Thanks for the information.

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      VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

      @Mooboomoo

      I totally agree - if you want to buy food or drink, you need to prepare yourself for the prices.

      I actually hadn't realised how much historical landmarks there were in Dublin until I sat down to write this hub. I'll definatly have to write a follow-up article.

      Thanks very much for sharing, that's much appreciated.

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      VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

      @DZyMSLizzy

      You're too kind. Thank you very much - I really am so happy you enjoyed reading.

      Hahaha, that is prrreeetttty crrreeepy! Something fishy's goin' on there.

      Thanks for sharing. I really appreciate you doing that for me. (You can't tell, but I'm giving a thumbs up at my computer screen. ;3)

      (He is quite cute, isn't he? I figured with the vixen part of my screenname, he'd be a good fit. I don't really like using pictures of myself on the internet.)

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      VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

      Why thank you, Paradise. I'm more than happy to hear you had fun reading about Dublin.

      That's a great idea. I wasn't aware the post office was still there. It would make an excellent addition to any hubs that follow this one.

      Thanks for your lovely comment.

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      VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

      Thank you, Seojoint. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

      @Silver Fish

      I think you'll like it here. As much as people seem to enjoy this hub, I haven't come close to communicating the great atmosphere in Dublin city.

      Thanks for sparing the time to read and comment on my hub.

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      theastrology 4 years ago from New Delhi

      Hey! Congrats for the hub of the day..!!

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      VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

      Thank you very much, Theastrology. :3

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      Credence2 4 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      VV, A most gracious invitation to visit the "Emerald Isle" and Dublin itself, how does the cost of living compare with say London?

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    • Lee Cloak 22 months ago

      Nice hub, well done, Thanks!

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