Travelling is one of my favourite things to do. I have always loved exploring other cities and cultures so I thought it would be good to just gather all the information I thought it would be useful for cities that I know really good, and just create a little city guide for you!
I was not sure what cities you wanted me doing first or if you had any preference so I headed over on Instagram and asked my followers what cities would be interesting having a blogger’s guide to and a lot of you said Paris, followed by Barcelona, Dublin & Belfast (coming your way). Here is what needs to be known about the city of love!
GETTING TO DUBLIN
Dublin has one airport so it’s pretty straight forward, there are two terminals, but the buds station to Dublin city centre are mostly in terminal 1. There are plenty of buses that head to the city centre and very frequent so if you miss the one you were thinking on grabbing, don’t panic, there’s another one already on the way.
It usually takes around 25 minutes to get to the city centre and the costs depends on the service you choose to take. I recommend taking the Aircoach service as it is the one that takes shorter to arrive to the city, for a single ticket it is 6€.
Getting around the city itself I would not worry too much, Dublin is a pretty small city, it’s not like Paris, Rome or Barcelona where you need to take the metro or bus or you will walk forever until you get where you want to. The whole city is walkable. I have been there a lot of times and have never taken any transport, I have always walked everywhere.
ACCOMMODATION & TRANSPORT
Accommodation wise, like I said in Paris, there are a lot of options for all budgets, but in general, Dublin is a pretty expensive place to stay. I recommend hostels because there are plenty of them and they are the cheapest option.
My hostel recommendations are:
- Generator Hostel. The Generator brand is in most capital cities in Europe. They have certain standards that make them great options as you already know what to expect. They are very modern and cool looking, you can tell they want to attract young people.
- Abbey Court. The location of this hostel is literally great, is located next to O’Conell Bridge. It is close by the Temple Bar area, Trinity College & Grafton Street. It has been opened for more than 20 years.
- Jacobs Inn. uihdgrtfs
These three hostels have the option of private rooms or shared dorms so whatever your preference is, you have the options.
WHAT TO DO & SEE
- Temple Bar. Most people it is just a bar but in reality is a whole neighbourhood of the city. It is true that there is the famous bar called like that, but in reality is a whole area. It is full of pubs and there is some cool street art. The area itself is very artsy, full of little shops and restaurants and cobble streets.
- St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It is the National Cathedral of the church of Ireland as you can guess by the name. It was built in 1191 although it was reformed around the 16th century. The cathedral today is mostly used to host national ceremonies mostly and it is open to the public to visit. I really recommend visiting it as the interiors are beautiful.
- Dublin Castle. The castle today is an Irish Government complex, but it was built back in the 13th century on what it used to be a Viking settlement. As year went by, it served for years as the headquarters for the English & British administration in Ireland back in 1922.
- Guinness Storehouse. Even if you are not the biggest Guinness fan, I recommend going just because it’s so much fun and entertaining. If you don’t like beer at all maybe just skip it though. The storehouse shows you how the beer is made, the different marketing campaigns they have had throughout the years and you can even taste some different types of Guinness. At the top there is this bar where you can see the whole city of Dublin while enjoying a pint, not bad.
- Christ Church. It is a medieval church that was built around the 11th century, it was the original Viking Church then incorporated into the Irish church. It is located nearby the Temple Bar district. Next to it there’s Dublinia, a museum that focuses mostly on the Vikings and medieval history of Dublin. They are connected by a little bridge in within the building so if you have time, visiting the museum is pretty interesting.
- Trinity College. It is a University in Dublin but the architecture itself is really pretty so I just recommend walking around and just enjoying the buildings. In the College there is the Book of Kells, which is basically a manuscript from the 9th century with the 4 gospels of the life of Jesus Christ. I am not religious and found it interesting anyway so I really recommend it either if you are religious or not.
- St. Stephen’s Green. It’s a gorgeous park located in the more south part of the city, at the end of Grafton Street, a street of full famous shops like Disney, Brown Thomas or Victoria Secret. It is great for picnics in the summer. It is nice to walk around it after a busy day of visiting the rest of the city.
What is another city you would like me doing a Blogger’s City Guide? Let me know in the comments below or through Instagram 🙂