Friday, 11 July 2014

Travel Tips: Dublin

Dublin City- Courtesy of Terri Casey :) 
The Docks- River Liffey
Bad Ass Cafe

St. Stephens Green Park

Grabbing food after a great night out :) 

Temple Bar

More Temple Bar

A lot of people that I work with have asked me for tips for trips they plan to Dublin soon. So I have decided to write this post. I lived in Dublin for over a year and I loved it so much there, I'd go back in a heart beat. 

If you plan to go to Dublin any time soon you should go to the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle, Trinity.  Trinity is one of the top Universities in Ireland and it’s really  beautiful. It’s in the centre of the city- that’s where the book of Kells is also kept (Really famous book). I'm pretty sure they do tours but you can also just walk in and wander.

St. Stephens Green is a really nice park at the top of Grafton Street.  Grafton Street is a really busy shopping street with a lot of restaurants and cafes off the side street.  It’s just a really nice area. 

Near Grafton Street is Temple Bar, that’s a huge tourist attraction, really beautiful area, I used to always eat there. Elephant and Castle is a great place to eat in temple bar. If you do go, get the chicken wings as they are to die for.  You’ll see everyone eating them.  If you go later in the evening try and book ahead. I always used to eat in the Bad Ass Cafe...mmm to die for! Temple bar also has a market there on Sunday morning where you can buy books, cheese and all sorts.

Henry Street, just off of O Connell Street is also a great area for shopping.  The Jervis Centre is amazing! If you head over to O Connell Street, do have your wits about you. The area can be a little rough at night but during the day you'll be fine. Stay away, far away from Talbot Street.
If you want to venture out of the city centre, Ranelagh is the place to go for food.  There is literally a whole street of really good restaurants.  If you want to go there, get the number 11 bus from O Connell Street. If you’re not sure ask the bus drivers and they will tell you, make sure you have the correct change for the bus too. They don’t except notes. 

Howth is also a beautiful area by the sea, you can get there by using the Dart or bus. 

Most of the Museums on Kildare street are all free, if you have time you should take a look.

There is also the National Leprechaun Museum, I've never been but it looks hilarious, you can walk there or get the luas (the tram) .  To be honest the place hasn't gotten great reviews but it sounds too funny to miss out on.

For night-life, Temple bar will be buzzing but it is quite expensive.  That general area is pretty good though, you should try the workman's club.   Mulligans of Poolbeg is a great pub. Doyles is also pretty good. Sweeneys on Dame Street is great. Harcourt Street is a very popular area for nightlife. Whelans on Wexford Street is a popular place for good music and bands.  If you do venture around Temple Bar/Dame street, go to Zaytoons after for food. They have the best Kebabs I've ever tasted. I miss them so much!

If you do visit Dublin, I hope you have a good trip J