The Hipster Side of Dublin.
Julian Opie – Dublin City Gallery | Hugh LaneGarden of Remembrance
At the beginning of the year after last Christmas was over and my bank balance wasn’t looking too bad. Naturally thoughts of a trip away spring to mind. With Spring and Easter and the UK bank holidays, Squeezing in a trip to Dublin sounds like a good idea.
This will be the first time I have ever been to Ireland. Shame on me as travelling to Dublin from London is only less than an hour from Heathrow. We flew with Aer Lingus, as they had the best price and deal for the time we wanted to visit Dublin around Easter.
There are so many things to do and see in Dublin, so don’t be surprised if you decide to come back and revisit. That also means a few more blog posts here too.
Ha’ Penny Bridge – River LiffeyEdward Delaney’s Famine Memorial | St Stephen’s Green We stayed at The Belvedere Hotel, the room was very clean and the location was ideal for us as everything was easy to get to. If you fancied a night in with your Guinness, the hotel has several Belvedere traditional music and dance nights.The Belvedere Hotel
Dublin itself isn’t a big city, so getting around is easy. Walking is preferred, but if you are staying longer than a couple of days I would advise hopping on a tour bus, that way you can quickly establish what things to see and do in the area without spending too much on transportation.
Normally we like to plan as much as possible so we can benefit the amount of time we were there. If you have time would recommend a day trip out of Dublin like The Museum of Style Icons blog post I wrote recently is good if you like your fashion and memorabilia.
You can’t come to Ireland without checking out the castles. There are many to see, so be prepared for plenty of walking. Comfortable shoes at the ready.For those who are on a budget and just want a quick bite to eat. Bunsen Burgers is great for a laid back no fuss burger and fries.FX Buckley SteakhouseAvoca Store | Foodhall | Café | Garden Centre
As I live in London, I am spoilt for choice when deciding which place to try out to dine at. So when I travel I like to find the hipster side of Dublin and where are the best places to eat and shop at.
Want some fancy dining?
For those who are steak lovers (other food types are also available). I would highly recommend FK Buckley Steakhouse. They know their beef. As well as having several butchers on the high street, the staff at the restaurant can present to you before you order a platter of cuts of beef and are happy to explain the types of steak available. They even tell you the best way to have your steak cooked too. Would advise booking advance as this is a very popular place to dine at.
If you want a healthier option quick bite to eat the café and deli at Avoca is great. There is also a store attached, so plenty of gifts for family and friends
Even though I had a bad cold and wasn’t 100%, overall I had a great time and would recommend you visit soon.
If you had a week in Dublin, what are the two things you would do there?
Want more to do and see? If visiting Newbridge outside Dublin, check out my recent trip to The Museum of Style Icons exhibition.