Our most recent trip was to Dublin in December, such a festive time to visit a city, here’s a little run down of where we stayed and what we got up to.
We booked back in July – its always best to book so far in advance to try and get good deals on flights, if you can. We took the cheapest option since its only a 40 minute journey and booked with Ryanair, which was great value for money. We have visited Dublin a few times already so this trip was to visit a few places we haven’t already and see the city all dressed up for Christmas. We have previously been to see the Guinness Factory, done the city sightseeing bus, visited the Zoo and Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin Castle so these were not on our plans for this trip (but all definitely worth doing).
Travelling to and from the airport is so simple in Dublin, there are a couple of different buses outside which go straight into the centre and stop in proximity to most accommodation in the city, this time we used the Airlink Express.
For the hotel we stayed somewhere we have’t stayed before in the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, which was a lovely hotel in a great location, I would recommend this to anyone and I’m sure we would look to stay here again in the future. The room was ready when we arrived which was very early morning, which we were so glad about as we decided to take a nap before heading out exploring.
We decided to head to Bunsen first for a quick lunch on our way to Iveagh Gardens where we hadn’t been before. The burgers at Bunsen were fantastic, such a simple menu (in fact probably the smallest menu I have ever seen!) but very effective. We did have to queue for a few minutes for a table as it was quite busy when we arrived.
After walking around the gardens we headed up to Grafton street for a spot of shopping, taking in the displays at Brown Thomas is always a favourite of mine, peeking at the decorations in St Stephens Green Shopping Arcade and then walking up to Arnotts over the river to see what glorious Christmas displays they had on offer. After all that walking a drink was in order so we headed to the Church in Dublin. An old church converted into a restaurant and bar, was a fantastic location for a drink, the food did look great but we already had dinner reservations for later.
After getting merry on a couple of cocktails we had another nap…can you believe it, and we slept through our dinner reservation, we were gutted and by the time we had got ready everywhere was closing, so instead of writing the night off we decided to head into Temple Bar, have a few drinks and then get a takeaway to eat back in the room. So off we headed, Temple Bar was heaving, a Friday evening in the run up to Christmas was bound to be, but we bustled our way round few pubs and had a couple of drinks and made the most of our evening. Thankfully there are plenty of takeaways around this area so we grabbed some food and headed home.
Day Two we had a walk around Merrion Square and a trip to the Natural History Museum. This museum was excellent, number 1 it was free (winner) but the exhibits were great, so easy to see, well displayed and within close proximity so you didn’t have to walk miles between exhibits like some we have visited. There was a box to leave a donation so we did as we had enjoyed it so much, definitely recommend if you are visiting Dublin I didn’t even know it was there until this trip which is probably my 7th visit. There are lots of other Art galleries and parks around here which we didn’t decide to visit on this occasion.
That evening we had dinner reservations at Boeuf. Wow, the food was fabulous. So many different types of steak and the toppings and crusts you could add to personalise your steak was excellent, we will definitely return on a future trip. After dinner we headed to a few cocktail bars around the Grafton and Dawson Street areas which were great.
On our final day we went to the Book of Kells (we had prebooked tickets the day before inside the Trinity College Campus), it was something I think you have to see, but it was so busy, you barely got close to the book at all (it’s a little like trying to see the Mona Lisa) but again something you have to see. The best part for me personally was the Library Long Room upstairs where all the books are stored, I was amazed by the beauty of this place, it reminds me of something from Harry Potter definitely go and see it!
Unfortunately our trip came to a close here so more to explore when we return again.
Are there any unusual places you have been to in Dublin? Anywhere we must tick off next time I’d love to hear from you. Make sure you subscribe to hear about my upcoming trips this year – Disneyland Paris, Las Vegas, Nashville and New York to name a few!