Another weekend, and another one of our whistle-stop tours to a new city and new experiences. With so much to pack into such a short space of time, we thought we’d take the best of our experiences in the city and present them for you here in our handy guide to get the most out of a day or two in Dublin.
Start the day the right way
With a long day ahead of you and plenty to see and do, there aren’t many better ways to start the day than with a fresh cup of coffee and a crepe. Luckily, at the Lemon Crepe and Coffee Co. you can get both (it’s all in the name). With a huge selection of sweet and savoury crepes, omelettes and other breakfast goodness you can’t really go wrong. The place gets busy pretty quickly so get down there early to order at the counter and take your seat at one of the rows of benches inside (hopefully you’re not the kind of person who minds sharing a table with strangers). You can find Lemon on Dawson Street, or William Street South.
Take a walking tour of the city
There aren’t many better ways to see a city than by getting out and taking a tour on foot. While normally we tend to shy away from organised group activities and make our own way around, this time we threw caution to the wind and signed up for a three hour walking tour with SANDEMANs, who run well regarded tours throughout Europe and came highly recommended to us. Led by our guide, Carl, we weren’t left disappointed. Packed full of anecdotes, historical facts and plenty of craic, this was a great way to see the city through the eyes of a local and the three hours flew by. The tour itself covered a lot of ground, with stops at the patchwork-like Dublin Castle, a wander through Temple Bar and a stop at Trinity College to name just a few.
See the Long Room at Trinity College
The last stop on the Book of Kells tour at Trinity College, we are not kidding when we say that this really is a must see. With over 200,000 books crammed in from floor to ceiling and marble busts of great thinkers and writers from Shakespeare and Plato to Aristotle and Newton lining the hall, this is quite simply one of the most stunning rooms we’ve ever had the privilege of being in. As we mentioned, entrance to the Long Room comes as part of the Book of Kells tour, which is also worth a look, but it’s the chance to marvel at the architecture here that makes it worth the price of admission.
Enjoy the nightlife
A trip to Dublin really can’t be complete without a night out in the city centre. Being the weekend before Christmas, pretty much everywhere was packed to the rafters. Luckily our friend Sarah (@blacksheep_social on Instagram) is quite the expert when it comes to these matters and she guided us through the miles upon miles of bars and clubs that pack the streets of Dublin. We can recommend Hogan’s and The No Name Bar, which sit side by side on the corner of George’s Street and Fade Street, as well as Vintage Cocktail Club, if you’re feeling brave enough to buy a few drinks in the notoriously expensive and touristy Temple Bar.
Pull your own pint at the Guinness Storehouse
Again, no trip to Dublin would be complete without a visit to the Guinness Storehouse, which is situated a little way out of the city centre but still within walking distance. We’d heard good things beforehand about the Storehouse, but honestly, the experience was even better than we expected.
We spent a good few hours inside and particularly enjoyed the world of advertising, dedicated to the world-famous guinness marketing throughout the years. Finally, we took our leave and headed to the rooftop bar with our self-pulled pints of the black stuff to enjoy amazing views of the city; a great way to end our trip to the Emerald Isle.
Patches & Flash x