Yesterday was a public holiday here in the Republic of Ireland, so other than the St Patrick’s party, nothing really happened. All the shops were closed, only half the buses were running and all the locals were drinking the black beer they call Guinness. Today, everything was back to normal so we hopped on a bus and easily travelled to the city centre.

First stop was the Christ Church Cathedral. This baby dates back to c.1030 and officially claimed the seat of both the Church of Ireland and the Roman Catholic archbishops of Dublin. It is simply breathtaking and a must see when in Dublin.

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Next we headed over to St Patrick’s Cathedral which is about a 10 minutes walk from Christ Church. St Patrick’s Cathedral is also known as the National Cathedral and Church of Saint Patrick and was founded in 1191. While we were visiting this beautiful cathedral, the choir started singing and changed the entire atmosphere. To be very honest, you can skip this one if you have limited time in Dublin. Don’t get me wrong, it was beautiful and the history incredible to read, but only do it if you have enough time.

Then we visited Guinness! More than a million people a year visit the home of Guinness, and most agree that it’s a highlight of a trip to Dublin. Housed in an old fermentation plant, the 7-story visitor experience tells the history of the world-famous Guinness Stout. The story begins more than 250 years ago and ends at the Gravity Bar where we received a complimentary pint of Guinness.

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We decided to do dinner at the hotel as we were totally and completely drained after last night’s party.

Tomorrow we will visit Jameson and the castle.

Cheers