A visit to the St James’s Gate Brewery is a must when in Dublin. Since Arthur Guinness founded the brewery in 1759, Guinness has become one of the world’s most recognisable brands. This converted grain storehouse allows you to discover its seven floors, offering an insight into everything Guinness, before being rewarded at the end with ‘the best pint of Guinness in the world’ on the top floor of the Gravity Bar, which also offers fantastic panoramic views over the city.
Though most of the striking Dublin Castle dates back to the 18th century, it was the stronghold of British power in Ireland for more than 700 years; its origins began with the Anglo-Norman fortress commissioned by King John in 1204, though the Record Tower (dating back to 1258) is the only part that survives from the original. Most of the buildings you see today were built in the 18th century, still showcasing an impressive evolution of Irish architecture. Take a guided or self-guided tour of the castle and delve into its fascinating and vast history!
A visit to Ireland’s most prestigious university in the heart of the city is a brilliant way to spend an afternoon. Wander over the cobbled squares, gazing at the magnificent 18th and 19th-century architecture and beautifully landscaped gardens. Really stealing the show, discover the literary treasures found within the Old Library. Built by Thomas Burgh between 1712 and 1732, the library boasts a stunning 65m Long Room, the library’s main chamber and home to a staggering 200,000 of the library’s oldest volumes.
Museums and Galleries
Dublin has a wealth of galleries and museums that are perfect for a day’s outing. Visit the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Ireland’s most important cultural institution. Founded in 1877, the museum holds most of the nation’s archaeological treasures - including the Ardagh Chalice and the Tara Brooch. The exquisite collection of world class art at the Dublin City Gallery should not be missed; gaze at the best of contemporary Irish art, including Francis Bacon’s relocated studio. Meanwhile, fantastic works by Jack B Yeats and other Irish artists are housed in the glorious National Gallery.
For any Whiskey fan, Dublin is the place for you! A trip to the Old Jameson Distillery is a perfect way to spend a day; the informative tour will take you through the factory followed by, of course, a tasting at the end. The Teeling Distillery is another treasure for whiskey lovers; opened in just 2015, it is the first new distillery in Dublin for 125 years.
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Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
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