As I’ve studied in Ireland, I’ve come to get to know the country quite well. I’ve gone back after my studies for a roadtrip with my parents and two weeks ago I went back again with friends! Ofcourse I was super excited, cause going to Ireland feels like coming back home :) This time it was not to go back to Galway (where I studied) or to explore new places. It was just for a citytrip to Dublin! Ryanair had a nice price promotion (as you might know, I love finding good deals!), departing from a new airport: Amsterdam! Which is quite closeby, now that I live in Utrecht. I booked the trip with 4 friends and we stayed in a hostel including a simple breakfast. For the plane & the hostel we only paid 80 euros! The hostel was allright for the two nights, but I can better recommend you to stay in B&B’s when visiting Ireland! They’re on every street corner and many are super cute, it really shows you the Irish living room atmosphere :)
I’ve been to Dublin a few times, I can say it’s not a city where there are tremendous tourist highlights. But Dublin is perfect for fun and shopping! This time the city was all decorated with Christmas lights, which I alwasy really love! I’ve been to London and NYC before during Christmas time and it makes for such a great atmosphere! The tourist attractions I’ve visited and liked the most are the Trinity Library with the Book of Kells, the Botanic Garden & the Guinness Storehouse. Only the last one I visited on this trip (for the first time), It was fun to see the whole guinness story and what makes the Irish so proud of their beer!
Other things I really love about Dublin are ofcourse the Temple bar district, with all the fun pubs and ofcourse the Temple Bar itself. We visited this both nights, the first evening for just having drinks and listening to live music at the Quays. The second eveing we reserved seats at Badbobs in Essex St., they serve amazingggg hamburgers there! Also, there was live music with a guy with a guitar, who was really good!
For the rest, Dublin is great for a citywalk along some beautiful old buildings. Start at the Bank of Ireland & Trinity College, go into Grafton street afterwards and walk in the direction of St. Stephen’s green. The old St. Stephen’s shopping center is worth a visit and it’s very nice to relax in the park after some shopping! Next stop is walking to the St. Patrick’s Cathedral and afterwards to the Christ Church Cathedral. End the day at Dublin Castle and you’re in the Temple bar district for some dinner and music!
If you’re staying longer in Dublin I can recommend you to make a daytrip to the Wicklow Mountains: Glendalough. The nature is really beautiful there and it’s a nice way to see more of the countryside. Be sure to pack your hiking shoes, because it’s really nice to have a good walk there!
All in all, I had a great time again in Ireland, but now it’s time for me to visit some new countries and places! :)