There’s nothing like a whirlwind trip to a new city with your favourite person. Top it off with plenty of Guinness, a good stew, and vibrant locals and you’ll find yourselves in Dublin, just like me and Sam did in February. I bought Sam flights to Dublin for his 21st birthday because of his obsession with James Joyce and Ulysses, but upon our arrival in this beautiful city we found that it had much more to offer than just the museum dedicated to the iconic Irish writer. Here are my favourite pictures from the perfect two-day break:
Where We Stayed
We stayed at Isaac’s Hostel, a great value for money hostel with helpful staff, amazing facilities, and in the perfect location! Look at how cute the bunting in the street outside looks with the red windows!
Out and About
Dublin’s a bustling city, there’s no doubt about that, but the smaller size of the inner city meant that everything we wanted to see during our short getaway was within walking distance. This was great for getting to know the city, fully immersing ourselves in the backstreets and stumbling upon sights without planning too much ahead of time.
The Temple Bar:
The River Liffey:
The James Joyce Centre
This lovely little house filled with information about, art inspired by, and photographs of James Joyce was the perfect celebration of the writer and his life, exploring room after room and then, finally, the garden was so much fun!
The most expensive entertainment I booked for us ahead of our trip was to go to the Guinness Storehouse for a tour. The online booking is super easy, and the tour was surprisingly interesting and entertaining. It’s like being in a boozy, extremely Irish version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! We especially enjoyed the chance to pull our own pint, and then head up to the Gravity Bar to drink our pints looking over the city at sunset!
Recommendations for food, booze, and cheap entertainment:
- The Stag’s Head* is a fantastic Victorian pub, with a quieter room downstairs decked out with eccentric décor and a more lively room upstairs where we stumbled upon a room packed full of people singing together.
- The Celt is a traditional pub and restaurant recommended to us by the hostel that makes the most incredible Irish stew and mash! We spent the best part of an entire evening here, enjoying live music and chatting with fun loving locals.
- The Brazen Head is the second oldest pub in the world and the oldest pub in Ireland! A must-go, and lucky that it’s a 10 minute walk from the Guinness Storehouse
- The National Gallery of Ireland* is a fantastic to while away some time for free wandering around looking at a variety of art.
- Honest to Goodness* pizzas are amazing and the service is super welcoming. We booked here last minute on Valentine’s day and didn’t have to wait for our table. The desserts looked incredible too, unfortunately our eyes were bigger than our bellies!
*My good friend Max will probably chop my head off if I don’t tell you guys that he recommended these places to me, so here you go Max, thanks as always for the pointers!