5 Best Photo Opportunities in Dublin

by Jen Goldenberg, an AOL Travel ContributorPosted Oct 12th 2010 11:13 AM

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Ireland's capital is filled with photo opportunities; Dublin's vibrant outskirts, moreover, tempt amateurs of travel photography to explore. Here are a few of the best photo opportunities Dublin has to offer.



1. The Romantic Photo


Cliffs of Moher For a perfectly romantic spot, set out on a day trip to Dublin's scenic Cliffs of Moher. The three-hour drive from Dublin is worth it for the majestic views across the Atlantic Ocean. Standing at 214 meters above sea level, the rocky Cliffs of Moher make you feel as if you're on top of the world. The world-famous locale, a contender for the "New Seven Wonders of Nature", is the ideal location for your best romantic photo (and even a proposal?).

The Cliffs of Moher; County Clare; +353-65-708-6141. Open Nov-Feb 9:15AM-5PM; Mar & Oct 9AM-6PM (6:30PM weekends); April 9am-6.30pm (7PM weekends); May & Sept 9AM-7PM (7:30PM weekends); June 9AM-7:30PM; July & Aug 9AM-9:30PM. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens.

2. The Quirky Photo


"The Wishing Hand" On the grounds of the Irish Department of Education and Science buildings on Malbourough Street, you'll find some unique and quirky photo opportunities in Dublin. "The Wishing Hand" was sculpted in bronze by Linda Brunker in 2001, and is a beautiful addition to the art in Dublin. The large hand, palm faced up, offers an opportunity to take out your camera and is a perfect addition to your Dublin travel photography album. The numerous poses capable of being created with this giant hand are astonishing. This quiet spot will leave you with an eccentric yet exciting photo.

"The Wishing Hand" is located on Marlborough Street at the Department of Education, Dublin 1.

3. The Family Fun Photo


Dublinia Dublin was once a medieval city, yet walking around modern day Dublin, some may forget its historical roots. At Dublinia, the interactive museum of Viking and medieval history, there are plenty of Dublin photo opportunities. Waltz through a medieval market, dress the part in traditional costume, and even try on the sort of medieval armor that knights wore. Even if history isn't your forte, Dublinia is fun for both children and adults, and you'll walk out with a number of humorous family photos.

Dublinia, St. Michael's Hill, Christ Church, Dublin 8; +353-1-679-4611. Hours are Apr-Sept 10AM-5PM, Oct-Mar 10AM-4:30PM. Admission for adults is $6.95, students and seniors are $5.95, children are $4.95 and family tickets (2 adults & 2 children) are $20.

4. The Scenic Photo


Guinness Storehouse You'll have a bird's-eye view while enjoying a brew atop the Guinness Storehouse. After completing a tour of the historical brewery, the last stop is a visit to the Gravity Bar on the seventh floor. Here, you get a complimentary pint of Guinness and an unparalleled photography landscape of Dublin laid out before you. Providing the world with exceptional beer for almost three centuries, the Guinness Storehouse is an architectural attraction as well. Through floor to ceiling glass windows, you have a 360 degree lookout point across Dublin City, which makes the Guinness Storehouse the ideal spot for some of the best photo ops in Dublin.

Guinness Storehouse, St James's Gate, Dublin 8; + 353-1-408-4800. It is open seven days a week from 9:30AM-5PM except for July and August, when the last admission is at 7PM. Admission is $13.50 for adults ($15 online), $11 for students over 18 and senior citizens, $34 for a family, $9 for students under 18, and $5 for children aged 6-12.

5. The Classic Photo


Temple Bar For a classic, timeless and memorable Dublin photo opportunities that encompass the character of this vibrant city, head to Temple Bar. Not quite the bar itself, but the area surrounding it is full of life and charisma and provides some of the best photo ops in Dublin. The well-preserved cobbled streets have a medieval street pattern that becomes crowded at night because of the many restaurants, clubs and bars. This bustling area with old world charm is also home to an array of cultural institutions.

The Temple Bar area is located between the Bank of Ireland, Dame Street, Parliament Street, and the Liffey.
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