Virtuoso Voyages Directory - 2017-2018 - 144
Clockwise from top: View of Dublin from River Liffey;
Christ Church Cathedral; St. Patrick's Day parade.
The friendliest welcome in Europe
There has never been a better time to visit Ireland's capital. It is almost effortless to
visit, with a completely walkable city center divided by the River Liffey. Regal Georgian
architecture, a literary heritage that gave the world James Joyce and William Butler
Yeats, and famous Guinness beer has drawn visitors to Dublin for decades. Add
today's creative new restaurants and museum exhibits, a focus on bread baking and
coffee culture, and a young population and Dublin's popularity continues to grow.
The party hub is still the Temple Bar district, with pubs and live music. The other
major tourist area runs from Trinity College, with the Book of Kells, to Grafton
Street for shopping, and on to quiet St. Stephen's Green. Hipper areas include the
Docklands and Smithfield, with the Old Jameson Distillery.
Seek spots off the tourist track like The Fumbally, the perfect casual spot for breakfast
or lunch. Eat ice cream at Murphy's, owned by two brothers, with treats handmade in
Dingle with milk from Kerry cows. Avoca department stores sell a variety of goods,
including throws, rugs, and scarves handwoven at their mill in County Wicklow since
1723. Fallon & Byrne is an epicurean paradise with a wine bar, gourmet grocery store,
Our Virtuoso shore experience explores historical Leixlip Castle and includes lunch at
the K Club.