No, I’m not gonna write my whole post in Irish, I’ve struggled enough during my stay in Dublin. So, welcome again, I’d love to give you a few tips where to go, what to do and how to do it best in Dublin.
First of all some basics: Dublin is Ireland’s capital city (as you all know), its currency is Euro and there is no time difference with the UK. Dublin’s weather is famous for its constant changes and I would say it’s even worse than Scotland (so be prepared to get soaked a few times a day). However, despite that, Dublin is a lovely city with grievous past offering historic haunts through its Georgian architecture, many museums and galleries. And is well known for its traditional bars and iconic brands. I haven’t met a rude person, everyone was extremely nice (especially bus drivers), however everyone “kindly” informed us to be really careful since busy places such as famous Temple bar seem to be great places to get robbed.
What to do before the trip?
- Find yourself a place to stay.
This should not be that difficult because there are many hotels as well as B&Bs available. Me and my boyfriend stayed close to the city centre in Abberley House B&B. It was a lovely place and you can “upgrade” your stay with 3 days bus ticket, that is also applicable for Hop on and Hop off tour buses (which is very handy if you want to see as many things as possible).
2. Book a flight.
Depends on your current location of course. After your arrival, you can take a bus to the city centre straight from the airport (6 Euro).
3. BUY A DUBLIN PASS!
If you really want to see everything, or at least the “Dublin essentials”, buy the Dublin pass. You can get 1, 2, 3 or 6 day pass and pick it up at the airport (or Tourist information in the city centre) when you arrive and use it as your ticket for the airport shuttle as well. After that, you can use it at basically any attraction and it saves you a lot of money and time! (Because it allows you to skip the queues.) You will get a guide book with all attractions (and the bus numbers to get there) and available discounts.
Here is my 4 day itinerary:
It was fun and interactive however I expected more. You can go through Writers room, Chambers of Horror (2 upper pictures), Hall of Irish Legends and more. What you can see in the last photo was a tunnel you had to climb through and you can have little peeks on the way and one of them was this creepy mirror “chamber”.
Christ Church Cathedral is the oldest building in Dublin and is truly charming not only from the outside. It is connected with Dublinia which is a life-size museum of Viking and Medieval era. (As you can see in the last picture, it’s very interactive, not only you can punish your beloved ones, you can try on clothes or weapons,and many more).
Stay tuned if you want to read more about my stay in Dublin!