If I told you there’s a place in the world that merges the beautiful scenery and landscapes of the Lake District with the cool city vibes of London and the legendary nightlife of Amsterdam…well, you’d think I was making it up, right? I can promise you now, I’m not.
Where am I talking about, you ask? Dublin, of course! And, with St. Patricks Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to visit this vibrant city and hear its famously charming accent while you’re at it. On my first trip to the ‘Emerald Isle’, I crammed everything I could into 48 hours, and fell in love. So, let’s start from the beginning.
After a 25-minute bus ride from the airport, I checked into my hotel, right next to Temple Bar. I was starving after a morning of travelling, so I welcomed the hearty beef and Guinness casserole served up to me at Fitzsimmons Temple Bar. I already felt like I was embracing the Irish spirit while I washed my meal down with a pint of the black stuff.
After treating myself at lunch, I took a trip down the cobbled streets of Dublin to some of the city’s most popular attractions, like the Guinness Storehouse at St. James Gate Brewery. I learnt so much about the brewing process of Guinness (e.g. 2,304,000 pints can be fermented in one brewing at the Dublin brewery), and the free samples went down a treat. Also, on St. Paddy’s Day, you’ll find there’s particularly merry celebrations with bands playing and Irish dancing.
After the excitement of learning about my favourite drink, I decided it was about time I took in the panoramic sights of the city. The best spot has to be from Gravity Bar, which has a 360° view of Dublin’s Skyline. Although, we didn’t quite have the luck of the Irish this time, as it rained!
The next morning, we headed to The Little Museum of Dublin to learn all about the origins of the capital and its history. One little gem I can share from my visit is that the name of the city originates from the Gaelic ‘Dubh-Linn’, meaning ‘Black Pool’. It also features a whole room devoted to arguably the most famous export from Dublin: U2 – a band I’ve long adored.
From there, I walked to Trinity College to see its beautiful grounds and visit its famously stunning library, to see the Book of Kells; a book dating back to the 9th Century containing the four Gospels of the New Testament.
To round off my trip, I nipped over to Phoenix Park, the largest city park in Europe, where I found the second largest Obelisk in the world, Wellington Monument. To top off what was one of my favourite ever city breaks, I spent my last night in Temple Bar, filled with Irish dancing and yet more Guinness. What a weekend, I can’t wait to go back!