Dublin is definitely a weekend city break I would recommend to anyone above the age of 18! Below is a short run through of my 2 day trip to Dublin and what I recommend. (Note: we wanted quite a relaxed break, therefore if you want to explore more of Dublin in the same amount of time you could easily add in more sightseeing or activities).
We started off our first day with a walk into central Dublin. I would definitely recommend walking in, rather than paying for a taxi, as you get to take in more of Dublin itself. Obviously depending on where you are staying and the weather conditions a taxi may better! Our first stop was Dublin Castle, which cost €7 for an adult ticket and only takes around half an hour to walk round if you aren’t doing a group tour. I am not particularly keen on visiting castles usually, however I am glad I visited here and learnt some of the history behind it as well as admiring the amazing interior designs.
Next, we wandered round trying to find somewhere to go for a light bite and ended up coming across The Beer Market. The pub was pretty quiet when we went but it still had a great vibe to it. There were 3 different floors all with different seating options and even a large table on the middle level with games for kids to enjoy (or those of you who are still kids at heart!) The pub’s menu was also good for anyone with an allergy as it had a clear numerical code at the bottom so you could work out which dishes contained the allergens.
After lunch we made our way to the Guinness Factory for our tour. This was the number one thing I wanted to do in Dublin and I would suggest giving it a visit. The tour lasted for around 2 hours, and consists of you being able to walk around the different floors at your own pace. This worked quite well as everyone can read and take in information at different speeds. However, there were tour guides around if you did have any questions.
The ticket we had purchased entitled us each to a free pint of Guinness. Once we were near the top floor we were then given the option to learn how to pour our own pint (and this would be our free pint to drink) or to go up to the Gravity Bar and claim it there. We figured seeing as we were there it would be a shame to not pour our own pint, so that is exactly what we did. There was around a 10 minute wait to get into the Guinness Academy, where we were then split into groups of around 8 and taught how to pour the perfect pint!
Once we had poured our pints we tried to carefully, without spilling any, head up to the Gravity Bar to enjoy our drinks! From the Bar you then get a 360° view of Dublin. The sun was just starting to set once we got up there, which made the whole view more beautiful.
After heading back to the hotel we decided to keep it simple and order a takeaway… you can’t go wrong with pizza whilst getting ready for an evening out!
Dublin can be an expensive place, especially when it comes to drinking, however we came across a bar called Capitol that had a wide range of cocktails for around €5/6. BARGAIN! The bar had a great atmosphere and managed to make you feel slightly more sophisticated. This in no way means the bar was boring! Lots of people were still getting up and dancing, whilst others stayed sat in their booths. Additionally, they played great music the entire evening! I massively judge somewhere from the music they play, but I genuinely had nothing to criticise that evening. They had the right balance with the volume of the music too, you could still have a conversation with who you were with (without everyone else being able to hear) but unlike a club you could hear what people were actually saying.
Note: If you’re under 21 it may be worth researching a little into the bars you were planning on going to as a lot of them are 21+. Some may be lenient, however it appears to massively depend on the bouncer and your group size!
I think it’s safe to say no one wants an early start after being out til late the evening before, hence we had a lie in before walking into Dublin. We just wandered around until we saw somewhere we fancied going to for lunch. Afterwards we went shopping round the town. Like any city there are hundreds of shops to choose from depending what you are looking for. There are also plenty of souvenir shops spread around, however they are all basically selling the same stuff!
Before visiting we had heard of a popular street where people go to take pictures of all the umbrellas hanging down. Obviously, we decided to make our way here to try and take a good picture (no shame). There are many bars and pubs around this location, including the Zozimus bar which is right next door if you want to make visiting this specific street more worthwhile!
Our next stop was another must. Temple Bar! This is one of the most popular and well known pubs in Dublin, hence why we decided to try it out!
We only spent around an hour here but that was still enough time to be able to sit down, relax and listen to some live Irish music. A couple of downsides to this pub are the drink prices and the amount of people inside! It was only around 3pm when we visited and it was still quite crowded with not many seats left. Furthermore, I ordered a single Jack Daniels and Coke and it cost me just over €9. Despite all this though, it’s obviously popular for a reason & therefore I would recommend at least paying it a visit and listening to some traditional Irish music.
Due to a 4am flight the next morning our trip to Dublin ended here. It’s a beautiful city to visit and definitely has plenty you can do over a weekend break!