Tuesday, 31 May 2016

A Weekend in Dublin

With Irish heritage from my great nan, Ireland was a place I found myself increasingly wanting to go to. I'd grown up watching Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and my personal favourite, Feet of Flames, so my love affair with the music and dance has been a long one. It's also no coincidence that upon realising that my taste in men with dark hair, blue eyes and a musical talent was more common on the emerald isle, I felt the need to take myself there this year. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was a lot more to Ireland than dancing and attractive men with accents. So in no particular order, here are my top 5 highlights from the trip!

A weekend is a very short amount of time to visit a city, I definitely plan to return now that I know what it has to offer. There are so many sights and places I'd like to explore that I just didn't have the time to before. Nevertheless I definitely experienced a few things worth talking about, so lets get on with it...

1 | Farm Restaurant, Dawson Street

If you know me, you'll know I value food very highly and never in my life do I think I have ever eaten food as good as the meal I ate here, on our first night. With gluten free options and serving only the best organic and home grown foods, cooked to perfection, this meal was 100% worth the money, even if it was slightly on the pricer side at around 30-40 euro per person. I would return time and time again, in fact my mouth is genuinely watering just thinking about the salmon I ate... You have to try this place for a bit of a holiday treat.

2 | Dublin Bus Tours

This is definitely up there as one of the highlights, we purchased the green bus, which included two routes, the purple original tour, and the pink docklands tour. We did both (the original twice!), it's a handy form of transportation as you can purchase a ticket lasting 24/48/72 hours whereby you can hop on and hop off as you like, taking you all around some of the main attractions of the city. You'll definitely want to hop off at Phoenix Park (pictured above) sizing up at over twice the size of Central Park in New York and fives times the size of Hyde Park in London, it really is a beautiful place to visit. Also, if you're going on the bus for the whole ride, pick one that has a live commentary from the driver, you can thank me later.

3 | Temple Bar

Temple Bar is the main nightlife district of Dublin; the cobbled streets are absolutely buzzing with life, surrounded by one traditional Irish pub after another, you can hear the live music pouring through the doors with each passing step. To me, Temple Bar felt like the beating heart of Dublin, valuing all the great things that the Irish do: music, booze, food and great craic! Unmissable!

4 | The Little Museum of Dublin

Located just opposite Saint Stephen's Green, this quaint little museum is all you need for a short weekend trip to get to grips with the history of Dublin. Working its way through the decades from the 1900's to the 1990's the short tour gives you an overview of all the big historical events in Dublin along with some personal stories and of course some genuine antiques and artifacts. Also entry is free if you have one of the bus tour passes!

5 | Beshoffs Gluten Free Fish and Chips

If there's one thing I've learnt about the Irish, its that their food is second to none. I would genuinely fly to Dublin for the day just to eat here. It was proper classic cod and chips, definitely one of the highlights of my trip... Not sure what that says about me but hey-ho.

Have you visited Dublin before?

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