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After our Travel Expert Roxana spending 48 hours in Toulouse and bringing you some amazing travel recommendations, our CEO Greg takes you on a journey to Dublin, capital city of Ireland.
People talk about the luck of the Irish but if you’re heading on a trip to Dublin, you’re the one in luck! Ireland’s capital is small enough to navigate easily and packed full of amazing things to see and do which makes it the perfect destination for a weekend away.
Built along the banks of the River Liffey, Dublin has a rich cultural heritage that spans millennia. Traces of Viking influence can be seen alongside medieval cobbled streets and elegant Georgian terraces. With its beautiful architecture and spirited atmosphere, it is not surprising that Dublin has inspired so many literary greats including William Butler Yeats, James Joyce and Oscar Wilde. But exceptional writing is not the only great thing to come out of Dublin. We also have the city to thank for Guinness which is just one part of Dublin’s lively pub culture. Despite being a prosperous urban centre, Dublin retains a small-town feel that will have you feeling right at home here. If you haven’t gotten it yet, I’m trying to say that Dublin is a pretty awesome place!
Don’t take my word for it though! Check out this phenomenal destination for yourself. Only an hour and fifteen minutes away from London, there really are no reasons to hold you back! Read on for a teaser of what you can expect to get up to with 48 hours in the fair city of Dublin.
After a hour and fifteeen minutes flight from London Stansted, I land at Dublin Aiport (the main airport in Dublin). I want to make the most of my time in the city so I jump in a taxi and head straight to the 3* Drury Court Hotel to drop off my bag.
The hotel is situated in an ideal Dublin City Centre location - perfect for all travellers, with all major Dublin sites such as St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, Dublin Castle and Temple Bar only a few minutes on foot away.
With an average rating of 4.5/5, I'm sure it's going to be a great stay!
Top o’ the mornin’ to you on your first full day in Dublin! Get an early(ish!) start and beat the crowds to Trinity College - Ireland’s oldest university and the alma mater of Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde. Start at the Long Room in the Old Library. This magnificent 65m long chamber looks like something straight out of Harry Potter with its high ceiling, dark oak beams and 200,000 ancient leatherbound books. Here you will also no doubt find a short line of people waiting patiently to see the Book of Kells. Written in around 800AD, this book is the world’s most famous medieval manuscript and one of Ireland’s most significant cultural treasures. Within its incredibly well-preserved pages you can see exquisite decorative illustrations alongside the four gospels in Latin.
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Once you’ve finished marvelling at the library, take a walk through the university’s luscious grounds and admire the building’s stunning 18th-century architecture. Grab yourself a quick pick-me-up from the nearby Café en Seine whose Art Nouveau décor is simply stunning.
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From here its just a short walk to the quirky and unmissable Little Museum of Dublin. Housed in a few rooms of an 18th-century Georgian townhouse, this is quite literally a “little” museum. Though it is small in size, it is big in wow factor! Full of treasures donated by ordinary Dubliners, the museum offers a window into the everyday life and social history of Ireland’s capital over the past century. This endlessly fascinating place squishes in everything from George Bernard Shaw to U2 and much, much more.
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Directly opposite the Little Museum of Dublin is St Stephen’s Green. This Georgian square turned public park is a gorgeous place for a late morning stroll. Amongst the greenery you can find impressive sculptures, a waterfall, an artificial lake and lots of locals kicking back and having a relax.
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Emerge from St Stephen’s Green and make your way to George’s Street Arcade. Thriving since 1881, this enclosed Victorian market houses over 50 bustling stalls and has been hailed as Europe’s first shopping centre. Walk through the charming red brick passages as vendors selling everything from authentic falafel to rare coins to tarot readings vie for your attention.
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Either pick up lunch here or treat yourself to the most decadent cheese toastie you have ever seen at Loose Canon Cheese and Wine.
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Next up on the itinerary is an essential part of the full Dublin experience – The Guinness Storehouse. This is the source of Ireland’s iconic beer that now flows to pubs all over the globe. The giant storehouse was the first skyscraper in the British Isles and inside you will find not just a brewery but also an impressive interactive museum. Sniff the roasting barley, discover the secrets of Guinness’ dark colour, learn about the Guinness family and how their popular beverage has influenced the history of the city itself. Finish your tour with a complementary pint of the ‘black stuff’ in the Gravity Bar. One of the highest vantage points in the city, this bar offers a panoramic view of Dublin that will complement your drink quite splendidly!
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Keep the Guinness flowing and pick up a pint with your dinner at one of Dublin’s many, many pubs. The Liberties is a particularly good gastropub that offers delicious traditional dishes. Feast on classic Irish stew, try boxty which is a sort of potato pancake, or devour some drisheen otherwise known as black pudding. This food is not just a great meal but also an excellent lining for your stomach as a night of drinking like the Irish awaits!
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There are more than 600 classic pubs in Dublin but many of the best are to be found nestled in the cobbled streets of Temple Bar. Embark on a bar crawl around this district soaking up the friendly atmosphere. Either stay here all night or take it up a notch and head for the dancefloor of one of Dublin’s many clubs. Copper Face Jack’s is best known for its cheesy tunes which spill over multiple dance floors and last until the earliest hours of the morning. Dicey’s is another great club popular thanks to its low prices with pints only costing about €2.
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Don’t be dismayed if late night raves aren’t your scene. Instead end your night with a sophisticated nightcap at The Sidecar. Oozing roaring 20’s Gatsby-style vibes with its classy furnishings, outside terrace and general air of decadence, this is a fantastic place to end your night.
Last night may have left you feeling a little worse for wear. Lucky for you though, the Irish are very experienced at soaking up a hangover and a big grilled breakfast at The Bakehouse should cure you!
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Feeling revitalised, take on the Kilmainham Gaol. Originally opened in 1796, this restored former prison is now a museum. Book a tour in advance for a fascinating insight to the many politically fraught episodes that marked Ireland’s long road to independence.
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A 15-minute walk away from the Gaol is the 17th century Royal Hospital, which now houses the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). Within this elegant setting, is a continually changing selection of impressive exhibitions all featuring cutting-edge modern artwork. The museum also houses 50 works by Lucian Freud, one the greatest realist painters of the 20th century. Prepare to be completely captivated by the intricate detail of his artwork.
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After that long morning, put your feet up in front of a tasty plate of food at the casual and funky restaurant The Fumbally. Serving meals that are delicious but unpretentious, this is a wonderful place to take a break and regain your energy.
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Your next stop is Christ Church Cathedral. This majestic cathedral was founded in 1028 as a wooden Viking church. Thanks to renovations throughout its life, the cathedral has survived to be the oldest structure in Dublin and one of the largest medieval crypts in Europe. Take in the mesmerising architecture, before stepping off Dublin’s busy streets to venture within its walls and wonder at its captivating interior.
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Located just next door is the Dublinia, a museum which transports you back to Dublin in the Viking and medieval periods. See what life was like on-board a Viking warship, try on Viking clothes, visit a smoky and cramped Viking house and learn about the Viking myths and mysteries that have left their mark on Dublin. As you continue through the museum, you will jump forward in time to the middle ages. Learn all about crime and punishment, death and disease and even toothache remedies of 700 years ago. At the end of the exhibition, make sure not to miss St Michael’s Tower. Climb to the top for a fantastic view of the beautiful city sprawling out beneath you.
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As the sun begins to set, make your way to Sophie’s rooftop bar for a sleek and sophisticated drink. The Dublin skyline looks stunning in the sunset and makes for a perfect photo opportunity. Follow your drink here with dinner at Delahunt. This restaurant contrasts its authentic Victorian interiors with a modern menu and the result is marvellous. The restaurant is so connected to the city that is features in James Joyce’s Ulysses and as you watch the restaurant’s original 1906 sign swing, you will feel this connection to Dublin too.
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If you can’t quite bare to say goodbye to Dublin yet, find a pub for a night of dancing to Irish tunes performed by local musicians. For one last huzzah, you can’t go wrong with the oldest pub in the city, the Brazen Head. Order a final pint of Guinness (it would be rude not to!) and start planning your return journey!
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