To visit a new city always brings a rush of curiosity. You want to get all its history covered, but you also want to hit a few nearby hotspots to say that you really have a feel for the city. And then you’re going to put it on Instagram.
Why not add any of these local gems to your itinerary on your next visit to the famously friendly Irish capital? This will guarantee you a handful of exceptional snapshots to share with your buddies back home.
Dublin’s most popular area, Temple Bar is a vibrant mix of classic old pubs and a healthy rush of new Ireland. A must-see for all visitors. If you like night-time photography, this is the place to be. Temple Bar maintains its charm even throughout the daytime hours. Narrow lanes and indie retailers, markets and street vendors are a photographer’s dream come true. With an array of street art and sculptures, the ultimate Dublin Instagram shot can be made wherever you go in Temple Bar. The best thing about a visit to a small town is to get off the tourist trail and discover Dublin like a local.
2. St. Stephen’s Green:
Either taking images of vivid red leaves on the autumn day or basking in the summer sun, St Stephen’s Green provides a welcoming break from the hurly-burly of Grafton Street. The park offers more than 3 km of walking trails, a spectacular waterfall and a variety of sculptures.
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3. Anne’s Lane:
A secret treasure in Dublin’s wandering lanes and crowded streets, Anne’s Lane is host to the imaginative “floating” umbrellas. Built by Zozimus Bar, these colourful umbrellas form a decorative canopy for pedestrians. Zozimus Bar is renowned for its unforgettable drinks. A two-minute walk from Grafton Street, this little gem provides a special photo experience, guaranteed to be enjoyed by your fans.
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4. The Guinness Storehouse:
In 2000, the Guinness Storehouse opened to the public, during which it became one of the most popular sights to visit. It is recommended that you give at least 90 minutes to complete the trip, during which you will climb up seven floors filled with immersive activities that will educate you on the rich past of Ireland, finishing with a pint in the Gravity Bar rooftop.
5. Phoenix Park, Dublin:
Phoenix Park is the biggest public park in any capital city in Europe. Originally established in the 1660, Phoenix Park was the Royal Hunting Park and opened in 1747 to the public. To this day there is a massive population of fallow deer. The Dublin Zoo, the Áras an Uachtaríain home, and the Victorian floral gardens are all situated in the Park. This is a favourite location for tourists and local residents in Dublin.
6. Forty Foot, Dun Laoghaire:
The Forty Foot is part of the Pavilion Theater building, overlooking the port of Dun Laoghaire. Less than a mile further down the rocky coast is Sandycove and the popular ‘Forty Foot.’ Originally known as the ‘Forty Foot Hole,’ this deep-water inlet has been an open swimming spot for almost 200 years. It’s a year-round venue open to everyone.
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7. Samuel Beckett Bridge:
This bridge opened on 10 December 2009 and had been planned for this area for a long time. On a functional level, the bridge provides an important river crossing, linking Guild Street on the north bank to Sir John Rogerson’s Quay on the south, and promoting a better, more appropriate flow of traffic within the area. Socially, it unites cultures separated by the River Liffey, but with a great deal of common history. The bridge is the diverse branding of this lively quarter and the city itself.