I’ve been meaning to write this guide ever since we got back from Dublin, but the last couple of months have been so crazy I haven’t been able to make time to do it. But here we are at last! Here is my guide to Dublin…
We flew from Bristol on a Friday and flew back the following Monday. It’s about a one hour flight and I think we paid £50 in all, however we were delayed by an hour both ways so I think next time we might pay a bit more and fly with someone else haha.
We stayed in this Airbnb and took a 20 minute bus into the centre everyday. Our biggest tip would be to get a Leap card at the airport which you could get for 3 days (you can get longer than this) I can’t remember how much it was exactly maybe around €20 but it saved us so much money! It works on any form of public transport – buses, trams and trains – we used it multiple times a day to get around the city.
Where to visit:
The two main ‘touristy’ places we visited were the Guinness Storehouse and the Jameson Distillery. When in Ireland, right?! I enjoyed both but I have to say the Jameson Distillery was my favourite.
The Guinness Storehouse was brilliant, and there was so much going on but I felt it was a little pricey – around €24 for a self guided tour and one pint of Guinness, but the 360 view from the top around Dublin was amazing. I learnt how to pull a pint properly which was fun and there are loads of nice places to eat. Tip: book your tickets online before you go, they’re cheaper!
The Jameson Distillery was smaller, but you get a tour guide and whisky tasting included. We had a small group and a hilarious guide which I think edged it in front of Guinness for me. It was relaxed and informative without the hoards of crowds in the Storehouse. Plus the Jameson cocktail I had at the end was delicious!
We discovered a few little gems on Camden street which was halfway between our Airbnb and the centre. On the first night having arrived so late we stumbled into a restaurant called Kafka – it was one of the best meals we had. I had a peanut butter ice cream cheesecake thing which I have been dreaming about ever since.
Devitts, Jack came across this bar when looking for somewhere with live music, and they didn’t disappoint. They won bar of the year in 2018 and we could see why, the food was great, the service was great and the music was – you guessed it, great!
Where to go for a treat:
This is definitely the place if you’re going for an occasion or a treat. The best steak I’ve ever had, and I love steak. I was recommended this restaurant because of their steak and oh wow! We went for an early bird deal which was around €25 for two courses. We both had rump and it was incredible, if we ever go back we will go all out and get a ribeye or something. They even brought out a free creme brûlée for Jack’s birthday at the end – we’re still trying to work out how they knew…
Bad Bobs in temple bar, is really fun – especially if you find the actual Temple Bar too busy.
Whelans – a must visit for any PS I love you fan! I just HAD to go there and imagine Gerard Butler singing to me.
St Stephens park, we visited here on our last day it was a lovely place for a wander and a history lesson.