Thursday, 21 March 2019

DUBLIN | WHERE TO STAY, THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO EAT

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Last weekend my friend Sian and I hopped on a plane to the capital of Ireland, Dublin. We were there for a total of 3 days, 2 nights and managed to cram in a lot, including a coach tour to Northern Ireland.

This is my favourite part about going away, coming home and going through all my pictures and putting together a travel guide. I will be splitting this guide into 4 posts so I can give more detail into what we got up to on each day. 

WHERE TO STAY:
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We booked our trip back in October last year and a lot of the city centre hostels and Airbnb's had been taken for St Patrick's weekend. Our choices were very limited but I found a good deal on Premier Inn for €171.50 roughly £151.81 (£75 each). The hotel is a 5-minute journey from the airport and there's a shuttle for €2 roughly £1.73 that will take you directly from the airport to the hotel and back. 

THINGS TO DO:
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There is a lot to do in Dublin and here's a list of a few of the things we discovered:
Guinness Storehouse, 
Trinity college, 
River Liffey, 
St Stephen's shopping centre,
National botanical gardens 
Dublin Castle 
Oscar Wilde's house (Merrion square)
National Gallery 
Temple Bar
Henrietta Street
Fitzwilliam Square
Abandoned prison of Kilmainham Gaol 
Dublin Zoo 

There is such a large variety of things to do in Dublin and probably a lot more than I've mentioned. Unfortunately, we didn't manage to do them all but that's an excuse to go back right?

PLACES TO EAT: 
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For just under €13 you can eat at Jimmy Chung's Chinese Buffet. I'm very picky when it comes to Chinese restaurants but this place has gained a spot on my list of one of the best Chinese I've ever eaten. 

If you're after a sweet treat while wandering around the city, The Rolling Donut and The Hot Donut have got you covered. I had the kinder bueno donut at the rolling donut and the raspberry jam donut at the hot donut, solid 10/10.

Here are a few other places to eat in the city centre that were recommended to us:
Takara
Gelato d natura
Laudree
Yamanori Tengu
Banyi
Cookes restaurant 
Saba 
Eat Yard
Fire restaurant and lounge 
Clever East
Vintage cocktail club
Elephant and castle
House Dublin
NoLlta
Blushing healthy food coffee
Esquires Coffee
The Hungry Mexican
Bakehouse 
Thunderroad Cafe
Pitt Bros
The Merchants Arch 
POQ Cafe
Umi Falafel 
Kimchi Hophouse
Eat Okyo
Yamamori noodles
Brother Hubbard 
The Happy Pear

We had the best time in Dublin and it is definitely on the list of places to revisit. There is so much to see and do, you can find something for everyone to enjoy. 

Have you ever visited Dublin before?

Fran
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