Anchor House B&B – Dublin, Ireland

Author: , February 10th, 2017

Anchor House B&B

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

The Anchor House Dublin is regarded as one of Dublin’s most charming City Centre Bed & Breakfasts.

This former 1790’s home is located within a few minutes walk of Dublin’s popular tourist attractions, which include Temple Bar, Grafton Street, Henry Street, Trinity College, The O2, Dublin Convention Centre, Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Guinness Storehouse, Stephen’s Green, Dublin Castle, Croke Park Stadium, & the Aviva Stadium on Landsdowne Road.

The Anchor House B&B is perfectly situated in the city centre, 200 metres from The Central Bus Station Tram Stop, to the rear of Gandon’s Custom House.

The easiest & most economical way to reach us from Dublin Airport is by using the Dublin Bub No. 41. It may be better to use the Dublin Bus Airlink No. 747 with heavy baggage. A Taxi will cost 20 to 25 Euro, which might best suit a group of 3 or 4.

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Dublin – A Walk Through Time

Author: , February 21st, 2016


Google has teamed up with Irish historians and experts to bring the Dublin of days long gone to life on screens around the world.

For the centenary of the 1916 Dublin Rising, one of Ireland’s most significant historical events, Google and a team of experts from Ireland 2016 and Century Ireland have created an interactive map allowing users to digitally travel back in time and visit the Rising’s key places.

Leading the way for the country to partially break free of the United Kingdom to form the Republic of Ireland, the Rising’s impact on Dublin is hardly visible around the capital today.

By Stefanie Gerdes – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Temple Bar: Dublin’s Cultural Quarter

Author: , September 27th, 2015

Temple Var, Dublin

Dublin is lively enough as it is, but on the streets of Temple Bar, the world-famous Irish craic rules at any time of day. Flowing towards the Irish Sea, the River Liffey marks the district’s northern border; towards the South, Dame Street reigns in Dublin’s cultural quarter.

There may just be an estimated 3,000 people living in the area, but they’re usually very welcoming towards new faces – often up for a chat, most of them are more than happy to make new friends over a pint.

Wandering over via the Ha’penny Bridge – one of the city’s most photographed bridges, named after the toll that had to be paid until 1919 – walking down the cobbled streets and into Temple Bar is like stepping into all the stories ever told about Irish culture.

By Stefanie Gerdes – Full Story at Gay Star News | Ireland Gay Travel Resources

Dublin Like a Local

Author: , March 22nd, 2015

Aifric ChriodainTo celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, Aifric Chriodain, a Trinity College Dublin student shares her love of her buzzing hometown/

I’ve lived here since… I was born – I’m a true ‘Dub’!

Dublin’s best-kept secret is… Vintage Cocktail Club. It’s behind a black unmarked door in Temple Bar – ring the bell and it’s a gorgeous three-storey speakeasy-type-place with a huge cocktail menu.

My favorite queer bar has to be… Mother on Saturdays. It has the best DJs and the coolest regulars of any gay night in town. The best time to go is around 1am; cover is [euro]10 and the club stays open until 4 (most clubs in Dublin shut at 3). I’d also recommend Panti Bliss’s famous Pantibar. The drag show starts at half 9-10pm and features Panti and guests, and is packed out every week. Cheap drinks and great buzz means Pantibar is unmissable of a Saturday.

My favourite place to people-watch is… Grogan’s and Pygmalion on South William Street have big smoking areas and are great for spotting hipsters. For a more traditional Irish vibe try the Stag’s Head.

By Aifric Chriodain – Full Story at Gay Star News | Ireland Gay Travel Resources

Exploring Dublin on the Cheap

Author: , January 5th, 2015

Dublin Ireland - Apple Maps

Dublin is rightfully high on many travelers’ lists, and this at-once ancient and modern city is full of welcoming people and a rich culture that stretches back for millennia. While there’s more to do in Dublin than one trip often allows, here are some budget-friendly tips that won’t disappoint.

1: Get a Dublin Pass

The Dublin Pass card covers admission to 33 of Dublin’s top attractions, including the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Zoo, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Kilmainhan Gaol, Malahide Castle, and the National Museum of Ireland. Cards are available in multiple day passes, and start at [euro]39 per adult/[euro]21 per child for a day ([euro]105 per adult for 6 days.) Pro tip: Plan your daily itinerary beforehand to make sure the pass will result in savings.

2: Get around with a LEAP Card

A LEAP Card allows visitors to use buses, the Luas tram services and DART, and Commuter Rail in Dublin for 72 hours for [euro]19.50. Cards are sold at the 24-hour SPAR retail shop in the arrivals hall at the Dublin Airport in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, or at the Travel Information Desk in Terminal 1. Depending on your itinerary, this can save quite a bit in transportation fares.

By Steve Larese – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Ireland Gay Travel Resources

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Featured Gay Tour Operator: Oscar Wilde Tours

Author: , November 9th, 2014

Oscar Wilde ToursPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay history for gay travelers: luxury guided tours focused on gay history. Exclusive experiences, including visits to places normally closed to the public and lectures by prominent gay authors and performers. Our 2014 tour follows Oscar Wilde’s life from Dublin to Paris. Gay Italy in 2015, Greece in 2016.

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Visiting Wilde Dublin

Author: , September 4th, 2014

Oscar Wilde statue, DublinIt’s with a reflective heart that I stand in the corner of Oscar Wilde’s childhood home of 1 Merrion Square. Located on the most fashionable side of Dublin, an area once envied for its location near the Duke of Leinster’s residence. The gracious Georgian townhouse now feels like an empty shell of how I had pictured it before stepping through the front door. After 23 years of being left in disrepair, the American College Dublin worked to completely renovate the property, and, while much credit is due, the College stopped providing tours after a few short years. Now, the building has been completely taken over as a sterile campus. But I am lucky still, as Oscar Wilde Tours provides us access to explore the building, a privilege that few, even the Oscar Wilde Society, enjoy.

I am greeted by one of the few portraits known of Oscar Wilde’s mother, Lady Jane Wilde, the famous nationalist, essayist, and poet, and then by a stunning stained-glass window that represents The Happy Prince. I marvel at how perfectly the arched window represents the themes of the short story–the deep class divides of Victorian times and the visceral struggle of the Irish famine, all done in a Gaudi-meets-Jill Thompson fashion. The sun shines through the blue glass, illuminating snowy dust particles flowing toward a staircase that leads to the second floor. I walk up slowly, picturing a young Oscar Wilde jetting up the stairs just home from school, and I trace my finger along the Georgian-yellow wall.

A woman from the college is following closely behind making sure we’re out by the time she has a conference call. “We don’t normally do tours,” she repeats excessively. She bookends each detail she points out with the same phrase: “We’re a private institution.” Ignoring her warnings that we can’t spend too much time, I sit in the corner of Lady Jane Wilde’s parlor. It was in this room that Lady Wilde held her famous gatherings, where the greatest literary and political minds converged in Ireland. It’s here, in this very corner, in which a young Oscar Wilde would have sat quietly and listened to the goings-on of the time, and very likely where Oscar picked up his knack for dialogue, wit, and the powerful sense of observation that he carried with him until the day he died.

By Joseph Pedro – Full Story at Passport | Ireland Gay Travel Resources

Dublin Celebrates Gay Theatre This Month

Author: , May 10th, 2014

Gay Film FestivalThings are “rarely pure and never simple” at the International Dublin Gay Theater Festival. The festival was established in 2004 to commemorate the 151st anniversary of the birth of Oscar Wilde, and it aims to present new Irish and international works with broad gay themes.

Whether a play is by an LGBT writer, has particular gay relevance, or includes performances by openly gay people, it can be featured in this annual event that attracts an international crowd to the Irish capital. Immerse yourself in the rich history of queerness and theatre, from May 5-18.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Anchor House B&B, Dublin, Ireland

Author: , March 1st, 2014

Anchor House B&B - Dublin IrelandPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Regarded as 1 of Dublin’s Most Carming B&B’s: The Anchor Guesthouse is perfectly situated in the city centre, 200 metres from the central bus station tram stop, to the rear of Gandon’s Custom House. Rates quoted are room only per night. Full or Continental breakfast is available daily, if required.

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8 Restaurants for Dublin in Autumn

Author: , October 22nd, 2013

Dublin, IrelandWe’ve all been tempted by those incredibly affordable airfare deals to Ireland. But with most of them falling in the autumn and winter months, you might be wondering what to see and do once you get there – and how many sweaters and coats you’ll have to pack. Thankfully, Dubliners take to the streets through the winter months, bundling up for plenty of outdoor activities, including al fresco dining. Thankfully, eating outdoors in the Irish capital doesn’t have to result in frostbitten fingers and hypothermia – if you take a few cues from the locals. The following local favorites take care to keep their open-air spaces and their patrons warm, regardless of the season.


Come on the weekend for Odessa’s acclaimed brunch menu, served in the earth- and sand-hued dining room. After you’ve licked what remains of the Vietnamese Chicken Brunch off of your plate, head up to the fourth-floor Roof Bar for a Sparkling Mojito – a prosecco twist on the classic cocktail. Navigate a seat within sight of the fireplace and close to a heating lamp for both warmth and ambiance. Dublin 2, near Dame Street.

Authored By Masha Vapnitchnaia – See the Full Story at Shermans Travel Blog

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