I visited Dublin for a weekend in May and it was possible for me to enjoy the sparkling spirit of this awesome Irish city. I chose an hostel Ashfield Hostel in 20 D’Olier Street for my stay to get inside the young spirit of this incredbile city full of history. It was a nice experience. My room was not perfect, but pretty good. The position of the hostel was ideal to visit the best attraction of Dublin.
Some of my favourite things to do in Dublin are:
- Visit museums, churches and exhibitions that give a flavour of Dublin, Ireland and the Irish;
- Take fun walking tours of the city or day trips to picturesque surrounding areas;
- Relax in tranquil parks ;
- And of course eat, drink and be happy!
First Step: a big brunch at River Bar in 1 Burgh Quay, Dublin . It was an amazing food and beer experience . I have never eaten such big fried potatoes with bacon, eggs and cheddar cheese in my life. I cannot going on describing it , it’s better my smiling photo !
Second Step : try to be on one of the first busses leaving O’ConnellStreet for the “Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour” and get a big slice of Dublin without any effort. The busses will take you past the major sights . After about 30 minutesof a bus sightseeing , visit Trinity College , the City Hall, the Dublin Castle, the San Patrick’s Cathedral and St Christ Church.
Third Step: I highly recommend eating the fantastic Irish Stew at BrazenHead in 20 Lower Bridge St. Merchants Quay, Dublin 8. It’s the oldest Irish Pub in Dublin . It’s the best place where to spend the rest of the night for enjoying the happy and easy atmosphere of Dublin.
Temple Bar has always been a popular spot – the Vikings set up camp here as far back as 795 A.D.
Their settlement remains can be seen in Dublin Castle today. Fast forward a few centuries to a time when British diplomat Sir William Temple built his grand residence and gardens on the site, the name stuck and Temple Bar was born. Temple Bar area is a square on the south bank of the River Liffey with off-shooting streets and narrow laneways. They’re lined with boutiques, cafes, galleries and pubs, and at any time of year, packed with culture-vultures and party-seekers. It’s the city’s playground, and it has a lot going on. Temple Bar is reputed to be Dublin’s “bohemian quarter.” It certainly is full of entertainment, art, and culinary action. It is generally regarded to be on the list of top attractions of Dublin and visited by everybody .
Guinness is synonymous with Ireland and no visit to Dublin is complete without a trip to the Guinness Storehouse – the Home of Guinness. The tour takes through different rooms and vaults where you learn more about how Guinness is made . I was surprised by the modern feel of the building and by the innovative approach of the tour that explains all the different ingredients and steps used to produce the tasty brew, including a waterfall and giant copper barrel. The overall visit is very interactive. My favorite part, however, was pouring my own Guinness, on the fourth floor. You get a few tips on how to pour the get pint of Guinness and then it’s your turn to try. Much easier than it sounds!
After having spent a few days in Dublin, I left with many memories and impressions of the city. Dublin was such a wonderful city, full of colorfully bright doors, pubs & friendly people. In Dublin I found the locals very talkative and easy going. If you stand next to someone at a bus stop you can be sure to know their life story 10 minutes later.
Enjoy Ireland !