It was a beautiful day in the city of Dublin, so my friend Nyra and I decided to spend our “free day” walking around one of the touristic areas of Dublin. When we were walking past The Little Museum of Dublin, we decided to book a tour and join the group of many visitors who go to this museum. We didn’t have to pay to be part of the tour because of our touristic bus pass, and with our student ID we would have got a discount. When we booked the tour, the worker said that we have to wait two hours because the earlier times were already booked. This shows that indeed this is the most visited attraction in the city.
The tour inside the museum was so much better than I expected. I thought that we were going to walk in different rooms with a person talking about the history of Ireland by using significant events. To my surprise, we just had to walk between two rooms in one hour. Now it makes sense why is it called the little museum. Inside the first room, the walls were decorated with pictures, objects and maps from the 1900s to the 1920s. Also, furniture like chairs, sofas and closets representative from that period were inside the room. The tour guide started his tour by asking one by one (around 40 people) where do we come from. It was great to see that the museum cares about each individual who visits them, and welcomes all nationalities and backgrounds. The guide explained the history of Ireland with important people, social events and events that happened worldwide that affected Ireland. He even sang a couple of famous songs to relate to that time period, and visitors who knew the lyrics followed him. Everyone was very friendly and interested in the tour. The second room is decorated with a lot of pictures, objects and stories from the 1930s to 1990s. It was a place full of history for Irish people and other nationalities. At the end of the tour, the guide mentioned to write a positive review in Trip Advisor in order to help fund an addition to the museum to expand the history and create more exhibitions. This wasn’t the first time a tour guide mentioned Trip Advisor. All the places we have been so far mentioned Trip Advisor as a way to promote their business to foreigners and even locals. Trip Advisor is a very important platform for tourism here in Dublin. Food places, attractions, shops, churches and others depend on reviews to become recognized and therefore receive a higher number of visitors if the reviews are good.
After the museum visit, we went to a famous Fish and Chips restaurant called Leo Burdock to enjoy traditional Irish food. The place doesn’t have chairs to eat there so we went to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and ate with the beautiful view of the church and sound of the bells. Later, we visited Trinity College Dublin, which is one of the most famous and oldest universities in Dublin. It has an incredible historical campus and you can see people from all ages and backgrounds walking in groups and admiring the architecture of this campus. This university is also considered a touristic attraction for tourists; therefore, it is part of the tourism industry in Dublin. If you ever want to go back in time, visit The Little Museum of Dublin and Trinity College!