Dublin: Trinity College Tour and Gourmet Food Walk

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Jan 11, 2012
Dublin's Trinity College
Visit Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland’s oldest university, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I.
Photography Beatrice Tiberi

If you’ve never visited Dublin, you might be surprised by all there is to discover. An impressive zoo, historic prison, museums, galleries, literary landmarks and delightful shopping make it an exhilarating destination for a winter getaway.

Four Seasons Hotel Dublin is like a resort in the city, with five options for drinks and dining, a spa, a fitness club and an indoor swimming pool. The location in Ballsbridge—the city’s most desirable place to live—is a beautiful 20-minute stroll from Trinity College and Grafton Street. Four Seasons promises the easiest access to all of Dublin’s most enjoyable experiences.

Take a Professor’s Tour of Trinity College

A peaceful oasis in the heart of Dublin, just off busy Grafton Street, Trinity College is one of the world’s most illustrious academic institutions.

With this exclusive Four Seasons opportunity, you’ll explore the campus with a resident professor, an expert in the College’s history, who’ll share unique personal insights into the university’s past and present.

Trinity College Dublin is Ireland’s oldest university, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. Standing on the site of a medieval monastery closed by Henry VIII, the College contains within its precincts one of the city’s oldest cemeteries. Grand 18th- and 19th-century architecture frames large squares and green playing fields. Famous alumni include such writers as Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde. (No wonder Dublin is a UNESCO City of Literature!)

Among the tour’s highlights is the College’s Old Library, constructed in the 18th century and home to 200,000 of the collection’s oldest books. Preserved within the library is one of Ireland’s greatest treasures: the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the Four Gospels, created by Celtic monks in the eighth century. You’ll learn about monastic life and how these skilled calligraphers and artists dedicated their lives to God when creating this masterpiece.

The tour of Trinity College culminates in a visit to the Library’s magnificent Long Room, which makes the building the largest single-chamber library in the world.

After your education in Irish history, you’ll return to Four Seasons for a lesson in Irish whisky. Relax in the Lobby Lounge, in the company of one of the world’s largest collections of premium Irish whisky.

With guidance from the bar’s whisky expert, you’ll have the opportunity to taste three stellar examples from Ireland’s signature distilleries: Tyrconnell Madeira Cask Finish 10 Year Old Single Malt, Bushmills 16 Year Old Single Malt and Midleton Very Rare. You’re sure to become a lifelong fan of Irish whisky! After this memorable day, keep your tasting glass as a Four Seasons souvenir.

Step Out for a Delicious Gourmet Food Walk

Some of the best Irish foods are the simplest: freshly shucked oysters, hearty soda bread and creamy sharp Cashel Blue cheese.

For those with a passion for cuisine, Four Seasons has designed an exclusive walking tour to let you explore the specialty food shops where Dubliners source the freshest and finest Irish produce.

For about 2 1/2 hours, a local food expert will guide you through the lesser-known parts of Dublin—navigating the maze of cobblestone streets—in a tour custom-designed to suit your own personal tastes and interests. You’ll be greeted by each shop’s manager, who will give an introduction to the business and will share samples of its best selections.

Stop by Sheridan’s Cheesemongers to try a variety of handmade Irish farmhouse cheeses, including the world-renowned Cashel Blue, Durrus, Killeen and St. Killian Camembert.

At a local bakery, you’ll be tempted by the aroma of traditional Irish breads. Savour the soft white lightness of an old-fashioned batch loaf, discover dark brown Guinness Beer bread, and enjoy authentic soda bread—leavened with baking soda, not yeast, featuring a crunchy crust and slightly sweet, moist interior.

Visit a craft butcher, then head to the fishmonger to hear tales of the Irish seafood industry while enjoying smoked salmon and oysters pulled that morning from Galway Bay.

For sweets, you might sample Dingle Sea Salt ice cream, artisan chocolates or creative cupcakes, depending on the day.

By the time you’re done, you’ll have grazed your way through a whole meal—and likely you’ll have purchased many treats to take back home.

To help you plan your winter escape to Dublin, these exclusive Four Seasons opportunities are available in easy-to-arrange packages.

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