I had a middle seat and basically left a face imprint on the window
I loved this country from the absolute moment my eyes came across her scenery from the Aer Lingus window. Hubby and I went together last October to fulfill a dream of mine to go. I went solo for my second trip, did everything on foot, slept a total of 7 hours in 3.5 days (no joke) and had the time of my life. So as someone who fell in absolute love with Dublin and visited twice in 7 months, here is a list of my personal faves in the city; something for the new tourists and something for locals who forget how amazing their city is, repeat vacationers and people out and about. Aside from just walking around the city and seeing the sights, the bustle and the architecture of Dublin, this is my list of must-do items for any Dubliner-in-training:
Samuel Beckett Bridge on a wander
The Guinness Storehouse- Even if you're from Dublin and know the stories, I think it would still be a greatly festive tour once and again. To me, a brewery tour is something rad to do when guests come over; it's like showing off a little bit because it'd be a piece of your town's history- or state, or country- that only this place can delight them with. I personally enjoy the history of it all, like the glimpse of the 9000 years lease Arthur Guinness negotiated, or the Nitrogen display in the brewery tour. The Gravity Bar though, a definite must do!
You can see for miles!
Anne's Lane- Every Instagrammer's dream, right here. Zozimus seems like a pretty cool bar and all, but I think people really peek out for the installation. I did.
Abbey Court Hostel- highly recommend staying here if you're looking for an affordable stay and don't mind light sleep. Probably best for solo travel or friends.You can read my full review here. I would definitely stay here again. If you're not staying, the block it's on is sensationally located- right between Ha'Penny and O'Connell Bridge on Bachelor's Walk. I miss it already.
Backpacker Pub Crawl- I'm not a beer drinker nor a pub crawler and even I had a blast. For 12 Euro you get 5 bars and a nightclub, free shots and a Guinness. We bought the tickets at our Hostel, met at the Mercantile and hoofed it all over from there. We saw a really great back at BadBob's and I wish I could recall their name for you, but it was the star of the night for me.
Naturally my gals and I took center stage for the photo
Ha'Penny Bridge- For whatever reason, the first time I was here I didn't stop at the bridge at all. In all of its glorious history, the locks and meaning to the city, I somehow didn't think of it. So when I went back it was my second stop. I stopped on the bridge and took in the scene, the people and took a photo every time I could, which was a lot because my Hostel was directly across the bridge. It's a must do, really, because if you look at Dublin hashtags and don't have even one memory of Ha'Penny you will feel left out. Trust me.
Photo by Eliza
Trinity College- This campus is incredible. Truth be told, I looked into their Masters Film program last year. People talk about the writers who went here and may or may not have leaned against a tree, but really, it' the beauty of the architecture that I love. It's already on everyone's list of Dublin things to do, so I'll just say this; take a look around and don't let the fact that actual students will judge you for being a tourist at their school stop you. It's worth it! Pro Tip: On campus is the Book of Kells tour. It costs around 17 Euro for the tour but it ends in the Long Room, which, to me, was the only reason to take the tour in the first place, so it's kind of a butt kicker to pay that much to see one room. But still do it.
Outside Berkeley Library on Trinity Campus
There are many, many more things to see and do in this city. I couldn't list everything obviously, but I tried to put in places that you might feel sad about missing, like I had felt after my first trip.
A few participation awards go out to Christophe's mashed potatoes right on Bow Street, Bubble Waffle Factory on Merchant's Arch, Marsh's Library, Grafton Street for musicians and street performers, Molly Malone's rack, St. Patrick's Cathedral (I like it more than Christchurch but both have unbelievable stories), St. Stephen's Green where only the sassiest of magpie birds walk, and basically all of the city's graffiti. I love you.
Did I leave anything out that you feel passionate about in Dublin? Let me know in the comments!
As always, be kind to one another. Tschuss!
Werk it, Sass!