Once again if you follow me on Instagram then you will already know that I went to Dublin a couple of weeks ago and once again I had the best time. This was actually my first ever time in Ireland and it did not disappoint; I loved hearing the Dublin accents everywhere and the live music in every pub. I was only there for 3 days with my friend Ania but we packed so much into those days to see as much as possible so I thought I would talk about everything we did for anyone wanting to plan a trip soon!
You can probably tell from my other travel diaries that I love going to different cities and seeing all of the sights, and Dublin was no different. My friend and I got the 2 day City Sightseeing bus around Dublin so we could see as much of the city as possible. We knew roughly before we went what places we wanted to see, and then also decided spontaneously while we were there to get off at some of the other spots the bus stopped at. We went to Dublin Castle, St Patricks Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, Guinness Storehouse (tried Guinness and hated it), Trinity College and St Stephens Green. On the last day, we went to Phoenix Park and rented bikes to cycle round, and then had a cup of tea in the Phoenix Park Tearooms (because we are a pair of 80 year olds) before wandering around the park a little more. I was tempted to go into the Zoo but it was difficult to shake my sister’s morals off.
However, sightseeing wasn’t the only thing we did on our trip. Obviously I can’t talk about Dublin without talking about the amazing pubs and bars they have. I really wanted to go to all the typical Irish pubs instead of the usual cocktail bars I sometimes go to and of course The Temple Bar was a must. It was probably the best bar I’ve ever been to because the atmosphere was amazing, and it definitely helped that the band sang ‘Caledonia’ while we were there which is one of my favourite songs of all time. The next night after The Temple Bar, my friend and I just went to a few different pubs around Temple Bar district, which I would definitely recommend because it is really hard to find a pub that hasn’t got an amazing atmosphere in this area.
As well as Temple Bar District, we also went to a very cool rooftop bar and restaurant called Sophie’s Bar which had amazing views of the city, as well as great food and drinks menu- the breakfast menu looked amazing as well so if you are looking for somewhere different for a proper breakfast then definitely go, it was very cool!
I researched different hotels and apartments for a while before our trip, I was originally looking for Airbnb’s because a few of my other friends were wanting to come too, and while this didn’t work out I did find quite a few really nice, quite low-priced apartments for larger groups if there are more of you going so I would definitely check Airbnb out! We ended up going for a hotel called Hotel 7 which was right off O’Connell Street and only a 15 minute walk from Temple Bar district. It was very central and the interior was so fancy, I felt so posh, but it was one of the cheapest yet central hotels I could find, (plus student discount on hotels.com) so I would definitely recommend! They also had a hotel restaurant and bar with a good cocktail menu including apple martinis, which isn’t a big deal unless you are like me and overly excited to try one!
Overall, I had such a fabulous time in Dublin and am desperate to go back at some point, preferably for St Patricks Day because that would be amazing.Three days was the perfect amount of time for us to see everything we wanted to see in the city, but if I was to go again I would love to travel around a little more and visit Galway as well.
I hope you enjoyed this post and it has inspired you to book your next city trip!