How are you feeling? I just lost a draft that I was working on for the last 20-30 minutes… It absolutely drives me crazy when this happens, and especially when I know that I saved it before. Anyway.. let’s start over:
This Friday we had Culture Night in Dublin, Ireland. I couldn’t miss this and not take the opportunity to visit a few venues and find a bit more about Irish history. Me and Alex went and visited the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, the Grand Lodge of Freemasons of Ireland, the Dublin City Hall, and the Dublin Castle. All of them were beautiful and I will advise not to skip them if you ever are in Dublin.
The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland was founded by John Stearne in 1654 and was known as the King and Queen’s College of Physicians in Ireland until 1890. In 1860 College moved to the Kildare Street Club on Kildare street. Probably the most impressive room is Dun’s Library, that holds the most important collections of manuscripts that are related to the history of medicine in Ireland.
The Grand Lodge of Freemasons of Ireland is one of the things that I had on my checklist and I was so happy that I finally managed to check it out. From outside it looks like an absolutely normal Irish building, nothing too special, but when you enter you feel like gpoing back in time. You can also visit on days other than Culture Night, but you will need to check their website for more details.
Dublin City Hall can be visited any day, but on Culture Night you have the opportunity to see the Council Chambers (I hope I remembered the correct name 🙂 ). Do not miss the chance, because as far as I know it’s only once per year, and it is free!
Next to City Hall you have Dublin Castle. I have visited it twice already and was really impressed by the church, which unfortunately was not opened during the night. But we still went in the castle and saw all the rooms and imagined how it was back then. The castle was built first as a fortification and later became an official residence. During the year you can visit the courtyard and the gardens free of charge. But I would advise you to book a guided tour as well, because as I said, the church is worth the visit.
On the way home we stopped for a pizza and cheese and garlic chips. It was the perfect dinner! I know…not the healthiest option.
Below are some pictures from the night. If you decide to visit any of these 4 venues, let me know your feedback. I would love to hear which was your favorite.
Until next time be kind with the ones around you!