After Marcus’ most recent boys weekend away in Dublin, it seemed fitting to write a throwback blog of our trip to the Irish Capital back in January 2017. With only 72 hours to explore, we certainly made the most of our time there. We both LOVE exploring the cities right on our door step and Dublin is no exception. Just over an hour flight from London, it’s the perfect weekend getaway. This post will give you an insight to what Dublin has to offer and what we think the must-sees are when visiting.
You can get super cheap flights to Dublin (avoiding major holidays) from most UK airports – some from as little as £20rtn!! As we booked in advance, we managed to bag a couple of Ryanair flights for just £24rtn each – what a bargain!
Although ferry travel is possible, the journey is very lengthy and a flight is much more convenient!
As previously mentioned, we are huge advocates of Airbnb and the city has plenty of options available, from small studio apartments for couples to larger homes for groups! Accommodation can be relatively expensive in the city centre and it’s definitely worth considering what your itinerary is going to look like whilst you’re there to make sure you pick the best location for your stay.
For our first trip to Dublin, we stayed at the Mespil Hotel (around £95pn) located in the city’s business district. Although the hotel was a slight walk from the city centre, and wouldn’t have been our first choice, it turned out to be perfect for us – especially as the walk was only around 25 minutes through St Stephen’s Green directly to Grafton Street. All in all, we’d definitely stay here again!
For Marcus’ more recent trip, he stayed in an Airbnb (around £75pn) – perfectly suited to the group he was with – located right by Temple Bar. This location is ideal for those wanting to explore the city centre and Dublin’s nightlife.
Nb: some of the tourist hotspots (Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol) are located a bit further out so public transport / taxis can be more suitable than walking!
Similar to most of our trips, we had a bit of an idea of what we wanted to do whilst we were in Dublin but nothing was set in stone, so we will go through a few of the main hotspots that we definitely recommend doing / seeing during a weekend break.
- Kilmainham Gaol
- The Brazen Head
- Temple Bar
- Guinness Storehouse
- Trinity College
- Grafton Street
Kilmainham Gaol, a prison museum, is located slightly outside the city centre – so a taxi is definitely recommended – but in our opinion it is a must see! The prison hosted some of Ireland’s most extreme political prisoners, where they were incarcerated, tortured and many executed. The tour takes around 1.5/2 hours – it is fascinating and a tour guide will talk you through several different parts of the prison. Well worth a visit!
The Brazen Head
Ireland’s oldest pub, The Brazen Head, was a must for us! Dating back to 1198, the pub is great for both a quick pint or a full blown meal. We chose to have lunch here to really soak up the experience. The pub is very quaint and the perfect way to experience true Irish culture.
I think this was possibly my favourite (albeit most touristy) place we visited during our stay. Temple bar is a small cobbled district within Dublin that is home to many Irish bars and pubs – open seven days a week. With live music in most of the bars, it’s the perfect way to experience Dublin’s nightlife, and of course with a Guinness in hand!
One of Dublin’s most renowned sites – the Guinness storehouse is a great way to see the creation of the drink, while also being able to enjoy a fresh pint (included with the entry fee) at the rooftop bar looking across Dublin’s skyline.
Nb: We had our first taste of Hop House beer at the Guinness storehouse (after our tour) and we are so glad we did – it’s one of our favourite beers from across the world!! So make sure to make the most of all the other beers available in Dublin… you might find a hidden gem!
We’ll be back!
Whilst we are well aware that Dublin will have LOADS more to offer than what we’ve listed above, our trip was just a whistle-stop tour and these are the things we managed to see and do. Dublin was a wonderful city and we will 100% be back to explore more of what the Irish capital has to offer!
We think this post covers the basics of a weekend in Dublin and we hope you find it useful when planning your city break!
With our next trip just three weeks away, we’ll be sure to keep you posted on our adventures!
Adios for now,
Love Char & Mar xxx