- 4 Jan, 2018 -
DUBLIN IN A DAY
There are so many things to see and do in Ireland’s capital city. But what if you only had one day to cram in as much as you could. Where would you go? What would you want to see?
I faced this dilemma back in November when I spent just a day in Dublin. Here’s how I chose to spend my time.
ST STEPHENS GREEN
It’s rare to find such a stunning park of this size so close to a city centre, and with autumn having truly arrived in Dublin it was sunny and crisp, making a stroll around St Stephen’s Green an absolute must.
BRUNCH AT BROTHER HUBBARD, NORTH
Brunch at this cosy cafe and eatery on Capel St was a delight. Their creative, yet small menu gave us excellent options and the coffee was a welcome sight on such a chilly day. My poached eggs with avocado and feta hit the spot and soon after we were ready for some more exploring.
Although we didn’t have the time to go inside Dublin Castle, it’s worth a walk past to have a look at the outside. A lot of this historic castle has been rebuilt over the years and only the Record Tower (pictured above) remains from the original build in 1230.
Ahh the cobbled streets of Temple Bar - quite possibly my favourite place in Dublin. Yes, i know it’s by far the most visited place, but for a very good reason. No visit to Ireland would be complete without a drink in The Temple Bar Pub. We sat for hours, drinking cider and listening to live Irish music.
We were lucky enough to stop by Trinity College as some of their students were graduating.
The school was bustling with hopeful twenty-somethings in their cap and gowns, surrounded by their proud families and posing for their obligatory ‘throw your cap in the air’ photo.
THE PIGS EAR
By this point we had walked miles so it was time for food. YEY! MY FAVOURITE PART.
Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant, The Pigs Ear, is situated close to Trinity college so I had booked us a table ahead of time for what proved to be an excellent meal.
You can read my full review and see more photos on my experience at The Pigs Ear here.
I had been to Dublin a few times before this trip. The first, I took a hop-on-hop-off bus which was a great way to get a feel for the City, and the second I visited the Guinness Storehouse, Whiskey distillery and museums - a longer trip and I could really take my time and visit more places.
Dublin is a relatively small city, and you can walk around it quite easily within a day but, if you wanted to go in EVERY museum and EVERY church plus the tours around the Guinness Storehouse and Whiskey distillery then you would need 2 – 3 days to say you’ve really experienced Dublin.