Our official last day in Dublin was jam-packed with many touristy things-to-do. Our visits to each were relatively quick, but we made sure to make every second count. We got up bright and early, and took on our 3rd set of 20 000 steps – yes, we did close to that and more per day, it was crazy.
Our first stop was John’s Lane Church. The physical building of the Church started in 1862 and was only open to the public more than 10 years later in 1874 when the roof and tower were placed. It is estimated that it cost around £60,000 to build this Church and if you think about it, that was A LOT of money back then.
The Dublin Castle was our second stop, aaand I don’t want to sound spoilt, but I do wish we got to see more of the castle. On the map itself, the castle is marked as a relatively big building. What we saw felt like only a small portion of its entirety. Even though it might sound like I’m complaining, it was really beautiful and I’d recommend it (if you are into history).
Interesting fact, the Irish Crown Jewels were stolen from the castle on 6 July 1907 and they have never been recovered or found. It values at about $20 million today and remains one of Ireland’s greatest mysteries.
Time to start treasure hunting perhaps?
Next stop, the famous Trinity College (University of Dublin) and the very famous library with its Book of Kells. This was a must-see for us. After our visit, we purchased a small book about the Book of Kells and in all honesty, I really wish I had read this book before the visit. Its’ rich and deep history has inspired me to write a separate post about it (coming soon). Unfortunately, you are not allowed to take photos of the book itself and you have to be prepared for a lot of like-minded enthusiasts pushing you out of the way to get their glimpse.
Lunchtime included a whiskey tasting and tour at the Irish Whiskey Museum. We were not disappointed. Our guide Ross, was super insightful, funny and all-round, a really nice guy. Thank you Ross for captivating us with all your whiskey stories!
After lining the tummy’s with whiskey, we ventured into Grafton street to find a few souvenirs, and end-off our brief shopping spree with a picnic in St Steven Greens park – where I had a tug-of-war with an Irish Seagull for my sub.