Ireland has been a place I have wanted to visit for many years, Dublin especially. So this year when my sister offered to take me away for a little trip to Dublin as a birthday treat I couldn’t say no. So I thought I’d write a mini post all about what we saw, where we ate and a little insight into everything we loved about Dublin.
First of all, I personally think that two days is more than enough time to explore Dublin as long as you book certain popular attractions in advance, but we went for a more relaxed break so stretched a lot of things over the four days. So it’s up to you, whether you want to have a weekend away or a more relaxed week away.
Tip number one: Airbnb is the best way to go, especially if you want to have that home away from home kind of holiday.
Dublin isn’t a very big city, which means you can walk to most places within 20 minutes and I definitely recommend you walk around the city as much as possible, because there are so many cute nooks hidden away. Other than the ride to and from the airport we walked all around Dublin and I’m so glad we did.
Tip number two: personally the Dublin pass is not worth buying
There are a few places I highly recommend you book in advance such as Kilmainham Goal and the Guinness Factory, as both can get very busy and you may not be able to get tickets when you get there, especially if you’re visiting during the holidays. We also visited a few museums during our stay, including The Little Museum of Dublin and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, both amazing and interactive, I definitely recommend you visit at least one of them. Just across the road from The Little Museum of Dublin is St Stephens Green Park, which is an absolutely beautiful park full of so much history, if you get the time I would suggest having a little stroll around the park. For any book lovers like myself don’t leave Dublin without visiting The Book of Kells at Trinity College, not only is it a beautiful library but also has a very Harry Potter feel to it.
The Comedy Crunch is a stand-up comedy show which runs every evening in a room under a pub, one of many which run daily around Dublin. Not only is it a lovely way to spend your evening but it will have you in a fit of giggles!
Tip number three: be prepared for rain no matter what the weather app says
There are a few restaurants and cafes I definitely recommend you try before you leave. Starting with a pit stop at Queen of Tarts for a slice of cake and tea, they’re definitely worth the hype and I would not leave Dublin without trying one of their brownies of the day. While we’re on the topic of sweet treats, Dublin Cookie Co is a short walk away from the Guinness Factory and they sell the yummiest cookie sandwiches ever!
Tang Food is a little café around the corner from The Little Museum of Dublin, where I recommend any beetroot hummus lovers to stop for a spot of lunch because you will not be disappointed. Finally if you’re looking for a nice spot for brunch then Lemon & Duke is the perfect place, not only is the interior so stunning but the food is delicious!
Tip number four: Temple Bar is definitely aesthetically beautiful to look at but very much overpriced, so if you’re looking for a good ole pint why not visit one of the many pubs in Dublin.
I hope you enjoyed reading my little guide to Dublin and hopefully it gives you a bit of inspiration on what you’d like to see or do when you visit. Thank you for reading!
Love Sharuni xx
//2nd September 2018//