72 Hours In Dublin.

A few weeks ago I went to Dublin for three days with my mum. It was a rather spontaneous decision, and why we chose Dublin I don't know, but something in us was drawn to the Irish city, and it was the best decision we could have made.

We only had two and a bit days so decided to just be complete tourists. For us, the best way to do this was buy two day tickets for the hop on/ hop off bus tour. This was the best idea, as there are so many stops across the city, both at the touristy places and more unusual spots too.

We were staying at Cassidy's Hotel on O'Connell Street, which was perfect, in an ideal position with a view of the 'Stiffy on the Liffey' (nicknamed by the locals because the 'Spire of Dublin' just doesn't cut it).

On the first day we did a complete tour of the city to get our bearings, before heading straight for the Guinness Factory as it was one of the furthest stops.

The Guinness Storehouse is no1 on most peoples list of things to do in Dublin, and it definitely should be. It is super interesting, and if you hold on to your ticket you have the option to learn how to pull the perfect pint of Guinness, which you can enjoy (or in my case not enjoy) afterwards. An excursion I would highly recommend. 

When it came to dinner we asked around for recommendations, and the two places which kept coming up were Flanagan's, and Murray's. We couldn't decide so went to both. We ate at Flanagan's, which was full of Irish charm and a chilled atmosphere. Afterwards we headed to Murray's Bar for a few drinks, which was where the party was. The place was buzzing with traditional Irish music and dancing all evening.

The next day we booked tickets for a tour of Kilmainham Gaol Prison. We got there a bit early to had a wonder in a beautiful nearby park.

I think the prison tour was my favourite part of the trip. We had an incredible tour guide who was so knowledgeable, and charismatic too. I love things like this anyway, but I honestly think enyone would be fascinated by it. There were even a few moments towards the end were it was a bit emotional and chilling hearing the stories of some of the inmates. You have to book before hand, which you can do here. It's quite a hike to get there (if you're on the bus), but definitely worth it.

We couldn't come to Dublin and not go to Trinity College. The main reason obviously to see the Book of Kells, which was incredibly interesting, however, everything about Trinity is beautiful. Exploring the Beauty and the Beast-esque library was mesmerising, and well as wandering the beautiful grounds too. 

We were very lucky because although it was very chilly, the sun shone for our entire trip (which is apparently a rarity). We made the most of this by exploring the quaint lanes of Temple Bar. It was rather toppy, so decided not to eat in this area. Instead, we explored, took a few selfies with Molly Malone, did a spot of shopping, and had possibly the best doughnut I have ever eaten. 
We then went for dinner at The Church. Another great recommendation, with a buzzy vibe with great music in a beautiful old building. There is an upstairs restaurant, with an expensive, fancier menu, or the downstairs which is a bar, and more informal. We opted for the bar, which was more affordable and had a much nicer atmosphere to it, as well as having delicious food.

The next day we had a fairly early flight, however on the way to the airport we went into the EPIC Museum (The Irish Emigration Museum). We weren't sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised. It was so fascinating and we ended up spending hours there. The technology and interactivity was unbelievable. I would definitely go back.
It was the perfect escape, and went by in a blur. Dublin is a city I've completely fallen for, and am already planning my next trip back.


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