Dublin is a great city to visit if you don’t have long vacations. A weekend is enough to visit the main points of the city. I personally went there on a weekend trip and I did it again later so I guess this is enough to show you how I recommend visiting Dublin.
TRAVEL TO DUBLIN – IRELAND
- AIRPLANE ROUND TRIP FROM £9.99/13€/$14 (all flights) – Ryanair from London or Birmingham – England TO Dublin– Ireland (duration: 1 hour)
From the airport to the center
- TAXI FROM £20/25€/$28 (duration: 25 minutes)
- BUS FROM £4.6/6€/$6.7
You can also get there by boat and then taxi to the center but if you book in advance flying is easier and cheaper. The first time I went there due to St. Patrick’s flights were a bit expensive and I did not book in advance so the boat ended up being the option taken.
I visited Dublin for the first time during St. Patrick’s. The city was very crowded and everything was slightly more expensive but I will give you the general prices for hostels and flights and not the ones during St. Patrick’s (17th of March). I went there with a friend and we stayed in a hostel. They offer a variety of cozy hostels just above their bars and restaurants in the city center which is a perfect spot to visit all the main attractions by foot.
Our hostel offered a free guided tour which I recommend: guides are super nice and they explain everything to you! You get to walk through all the main touristic points which makes it easier to then select what do you want to see.
HOSTELS AND HOTELS
- Oliver St. John Gogarty DORMS FROM £11/14€/$15.50This is the one I stood at the first time I went there and the one that offers free guided tours and also an welcome drink. It is right in the center but condition are suitable only for those who need a room just to sleep and plan to stay all day out since you do not have much of your own space but I guess that is any hostel!
- Abigails Hostel DORMS FROM £8.5/11€/$12.20This is the hostel I stood at the second time. In my opinion is more comfortable and offers better conditions than Oliver does. It has a big variety at breakfast (food lover here!) and the rooms look newer, bigger and nicer. Location wise is pretty much just as good as Oliver as it lays right in front of the river Liffey that runs in the center of the city.
- Herbert Park Hotel **** FROM £99.60/129€/$144 This is a nice hotel if you are looking for a high quality and modern place to stay. It is a bit further from the center but if you are not on a budget it offers great quality service with a wide range of facilities and only a 15 minute taxi drive from the center.
From our free guided walk tour we choose to visit Trinity College, the post office, the castle, the Viking museum, Guinness Store House, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the City Hall. We arrived on the 16th of March at night and we stood for three days – 17, 18 and 19. This was plenty of time to visited all we wanted and there was also free time for souvenir shopping. We also did a Viking tour in a car that goes on the water at a certain point which was a lot of fun!
On the night we arrived we had dinner at an Irish restaurant which had Irish live dance and music at dinner! The menu was a typical Irish food menu that included their famous Irish stew which I recommend trying!
ARLINGTON HOTEL – full dinner menu with live dance: £26/33.95€/$37.80
Trinity College is world known for being one of the best colleges and it has a classic style making it very pretty. The refectory looks like Harry Potter’s eating room and in fact the students also wear long back gowns which means when it’s full looks just like in Hogwarts!
Guinness Story House is very nice experience! They take you through all the process of making the beer and you even get free beer!
At least one night I think is mandatory to get the feeling of what is like to be in an Irish pub – so much fun!! I am studying in England where I did not enjoy the night life. Being from Portugal I thought maybe I didn’t like it becayse it is very cold but I was wrong! Dublin is quite cold also and rainy but the nightlife is unforgettable! Most pubs have live music with great singers and everyone is so nice making you feel welcome at any door you go in!