My first time in Dublin did not disappoint. It’s a city I’m considering living in for a year (after my UK visa ends) so it was great to explore the city, catch up with a friend and see how the locals live!
On Saturday morning, I got up relatively early and walked through Phoenix Park, seeing the Wellington Monument and the beautiful gardens with flowers blooming.
Temple Bar is a touristy spot but has a very Irish feel so it’s definitely worth walking through.
I walked around the beautiful St Stephens Green where the flowers were blooming.
For brunch, I walked down to Brother Hubbard. The food was on point!
I then walked up towards Merrion Square and went to the National Gallery of Ireland.
In the afternoon, I met Anthea for the Guinness Storehouse Brewery tour. The tour is self guided, really interactive and you can pour your “perfect pint” and it was super interesting to learn how Guinness is made. I can also vouch that it tastes so much better here in Ireland!
Afterwards, we came back and ordered some fish and chips and relaxed before heading out again.
The next morning, I head to The Book of Kells and the Longroom Library at Trinity College. You definitely should prebook tickets as the line to get in was massive. It was beautiful inside and the oldest harp sits inside.
After strolling through the grounds of Trinity College, I met up with Anthea again for Sunday carvery at Black Lion Inn in Inchicore.
Afterwards, I headed back to Temple area, got myself a treat at Offbeat Donuts and caught the 747 airport bus. Tip: you can use your leap card (top up card for public transport).
It was a lovely weekend in Dublin and I’ll definitely come back! One thing I was very surprised with was that it’s not as cashless as the UK. So make sure you have Euros and always have cash for the taxi as they don’t take card!