In July 2015, my best friend, Kirsti and I took a trip to Dublin for 3 days (2 nights). Seems like a lifetime ago now! We keep saying we’re going to go back, but so far, we haven’t made it. There’s always next year!
So, you’re probably wondering… why Dublin? Well, I’d been to Dublin as a child with my parents and brother but Kirsti had never been before, so we thought… why not?!
We managed to get a great deal, with our flights and hotel through icelolly.com coming to a grand total of £100 each. Bargain! We stayed at the Dublin Central Inn which was perfectly positioned for taking in the centre of Dublin; not too close but within walking distance. The hotel was simple, clean, and our room was lovely. Breakfast was included which was a very nice buffet-style breakfast. We didn’t spend much time in the room but it was perfect for what we needed.
Dublin is one of those places that will constantly surprise you and take your breath away. We managed to do and see so much, considering we were only there for 3 days. Here’s what we got up to…
We walked around the grounds of Trinity College, which quite frankly, is absolutely massive. It has some stunning buildings and is home to some fantastic sculptures. I was astonished at how crowded it was with tourists as well. It’s worth having a look around if you’re passing. There are plenty of other things to see at Trinity College, including the Science Gallery, Zoological Museum and The Book Of Kells. (Please note: You may have to buy tickets for some of these activities).
The National Wax Museum Plus
‘The National Wax Museum Plus Dublin has a variety of fun activities, designed to cater to people of all ages and walks of life.’ – The National Wax Museum Plus. It cost us €10 each to go in and we were in there for the best part of an hour and a half. There are all kinds of wax figures – Father Ted’s Room, Music & Entertainment, Science & Discovery, Chambers Of Horror, Great Irish Writers, Time Vaults, and even Santa. You can even get a mould of your hand immortalised in wax… cool, right? Lots of fun to be had, and there’s even a souvenir shop on your way out! Because who doesn’t love a good souvenir, right?!
Erected in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle is now a major government complex and a key tourist attraction. You can do guided or self-guided tours of the castle; however, we made the decision to just walk around the castles grounds ourselves due to time constraints. The castle is a beautiful piece of architecture and I would recommend having a visit if you’re in the area.
We visited Temple Bar, both nights we were in Dublin. We’d walk up and down the strip, stopping to listen to buskers before carrying on and finding a pub we liked the look of. One night, we found ourselves in a proper Irish pub which had an Irish band playing live. They were outstanding!
Bunsen, Temple Bar
Bunsen is a burger place on Temple Bar serving the best burgers I’ve probably ever tasted (and I’ve tasted a lot of burgers, I can assure you!) My mouth is watering just thinking about it. The burgers range from between €6 to €10 and you can add fries and a drink for an extra charge. The sweet potato fries are fantastic! You should absolutely grab yourself a burger if you’re wandering past.
Places we didn’t get a chance to visit but are on the list for when we go back:
We had the best time in Dublin and we have every intention of going back. Kirsti is forever going on about how we absolutely HAVE to go back, plus there’s still so much left for us to visit.
I can’t recommend Dublin enough; there really is something for everyone and I haven’t yet met a person who hasn’t loved it!