As I sit and write this I can’t help but think how much I wish it was this time last year. I had just been to see The 1975 and myself and my two best friends were living it up in Dublin.
In honour of St Patrick’s Day, I’m dedicating this post to my favourite place in the world, Dublin. Here are some of my favourite things to do and see in the city:
With plenty of live music and bars, what isn’t to love? The perfect place for a pub crawl, there’s always a great vibe in this part of the city, and is certainly never quiet.
The first thing that automatically springs to my mind is the Guinness Storehouse. Last year we went on St Patrick’s Eve and got to experience some Irish dancing, which as you can see from our faces we seriously enjoyed.
Here you can learn to pull the perfect pint of Guinness like a pro as well as learning the history that goes along with the famous drink. I definitely recommend getting on the hop on and hop off tour buses to get here, as not only are they cheaper than a taxi, you’ll get a guided tour of the city too.
Last year was my first visit ever to the National Leprechaun Museum, here you learn about various Irish folklore tales, as well as getting to sit on some massive furniture. It is mega fun.
If you’re feeling especially cultured, The National Gallery of Ireland has free admission, and has some wonderful pieces to look at.
Like any major city there is no abundance of history in Dublin. If you decide to take one of the open top tour buses you will learn loads about different buildings and historic figures in the city. You can also visit the jail, Kilmainham Gaol, where you can have a tour of the building whilst learning about its origins and inhabitants.
There’s also Trinity College Dublin, home to some beautiful grounds and buildings, and of course there’s the famous Book of Kells which you can visit.
Undoubtedly the most important part of the trip, food and drink. One of my most favourite things to do when in the city is grab a Butler’s hot chocolate (which is undeniably the nicest thing I’ve ever tasted) and go for a walk around St Stephen’s Green which is located opposite the coffee and chocolate shop.
For something a bit continental, there is the French café Le Petit Parisien on Wicklow Street. They sell incredible cakes and breakfasts, I especially adore the macaroons!
If you’re after a decent burger and chips then Captain America’s on Grafton Street is definitely the place to go. I also enjoy eyeing up all the different items celebrities have signed on the wall.
How to get here
RyanAir tend to have really good and extremely cheap deals on for flights, if you’re only going for a weekend if you just take hand luggage there will be no need to pay for a large suitcase. When you get to Dublin Airport there’s Aircoach, which has several drop off points in the city centre. It’s cheaper than a taxi too!
Where to stay
If you go to sites such as lastminute.com and booking.com you can get some brilliant offers. Just beware that you don’t get too enticed by the cheap price and end up miles out of the city, as you’ll make up for the price in taxis. Grafton Capital and O’Callaghan Davenport Hotel are in great locations and are walkable distances to Grafton Street and O’Connell Street.
As soon as I become a millionaire I am 100% moving to Dublin. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting for St Paddy’s you’ll be able to see the massive parades and enjoying the fabulous celebrations in the city, but pre-warning it is MEGA BUSY!
I hope you have a wonderful St Paddy’s wherever you’re celebrating in the world.