Dublin was another of my adventures from last year and i loved it – but it was freezing!
This was a 3 day trip for my other half’s birthday treat in early December; we flew from Bristol airport on a Sunday and returned home on a Wednesday and the flights cost a great big £60 for the both of us. I booked these using the Skyscanner website and we flew with Aer Lingus. (be aware of smaller cases needed for hand luggage – see individual flight websites for details)
Upon boarding the plane i have to say i was a little apprehensive. i mean i know its only a seriously short haul flight (1 hour) but seeing a propeller plane lined up waiting on the runway did make me gulp. Turned out there was really nothing to worry about, made it safe and sound as you can tell or i wouldn’t be typing away right now.
After arriving at Dublin airport we did our usual and headed for the tourist stand, in this case we used the machine to purchase our travel cards – this gave us a bus to and from the airport to the centre of Dublin for 10 Euros each. This website will give you further details – Air Link
As the flights were so cheap i decided to upgrade with the hotel and booked us in The Morgan with a contemporary queen room and breakfast included (which was fab). This came in at around 340 Euros and was worth every penny. The venue itself is extremely modern and quirky and they make delicious cocktails in the bar. The breakfast was a mixture of full English and continental and they even had a ‘make your own pancakes’ machine which i, of course, indulged massively in. To add to the benefits of this hotel its situated in temple bar on the same strip as a load of bars and restaurants, meaning if you really didn’t want to you wouldn’t have to travel more than 100m for the duration of your stay.
I also have Dublin to thank for my new love of Gin; up until this i’d always been against it as i found it tasted of tree’s – i was clearly doing it all wrong and now my drink of choice is a Hendricks & cucumber concoction.
One restaurant i really must give a shout out to is ‘Elephant and Castle‘ – they serve the most delicious chicken wings, if you’re not a veggy you must try. When we walked in everyone around us had these baskets full of chicken wings so we had to ask what was going on, turns out they are mega popular and we can certainly understand why.
For drinks i would definitely recommend The Temple Bar Pub, even on a sunday it was packed and the atmosphere was second to none, not to mention the flow of alcohol was a plus. We ventured down the strip having a beverage in each and there isn’t one that i would say to avoid – give it a go yourself. The many fancy dress groups certainly added to the experience.
As always one of our first ports of call was the hop on/hop off bus by City Sightseeing – around 19 Euros per person dependent on which routes you want to try out.
Guinness Storehouse – this is surely a must do when visiting Dublin. It was great fun and we even ended up getting away with a couple of extra pints, but shhh. Whilst in here you can see the process for making Guinness and even get to pull your own pint before sitting down to enjoy it.
Dublinia – Viking and medieval museum, interesting to learn about Dublin all those years ago. Note: this is not a huge museum and shouldn’t take more than 2 hours to complete.
Glasnevin Cemetary – Perhaps slightly morbid but truly breathtaking at the same time.
IMMA – Irish Museum of Modern Art – if you are into artsy stuff then this is the place for you. We arent so much so just enjoyed the building itself and stopped in for a hot chocolate.
Kilmainham Gaol – this is a disused prison that unfortunately we didn’t get to visit – it was fully booked when we got there so if this is something that you want to see ensure to book in advance.
Asides from the above there are some beautiful buildings scattered around Dublin and just venturing around allows you to enjoy all of these.
There are also TONNES of shops if that’s something that interests you.
All in all a fab place for a long weekend.
Take warm clothes if going in winter months.
Temple Bar is the place to be if you like a lot of atmosphere, live music and a sing along.
Don’t be scared of propeller planes.