Dublin, the Capital of the Republic of Ireland and largest city. The city charms you with many attractions and entertainment options which can be too many to choose from!
Our visit consisted of a three night stay as a short mini break. Let’s begin to share my visit there…
Bearing in mind, I haven’t been on a flight for around six years this was a massive deal to me at the time. I didn’t know exactly the process of checking in as it probably changed in some way since I had last travelled, the security process etc, and the actual flight knowing I was going to be hundreds of feet in the air kind of still gives me slight anxiety in the back of mind.
We flew from Doncaster Airport and arrived in Dublin around the 40 minute mark. It was an actual breeze the process of taking a flight and I am so glad I have broke the anxiety barrier on being on a plane ever-so slightly. It took more guts on my recent 4-hour trip to Kos, Greece a few months after this mini-break to overcome my fears of flying.
Dublin has one major airport, Dublin Airport. From the airport you can get into the city via taxi, Uber, bus, rental car, or booking a private transfer. We decided to take the Aircoach bus which was really easy to get around with and got to our destination in under an hour.
We decided to go with an airbnb apartment for a more unique feel and came across a designer apartment in the heart of Dublin with breathtaking river views. The £90pn apartment was open-plan and was recently renovated by award winning A2 architects. Situated right beside the symbol of Dublin, the Ha’penny bridge. This location was fantastic as everything a tourist wants to see was in walking distance. From Temple Bar, to Trinity College everything was minutes away from your doorstep. Cross the bridge and you are in your element from restaurants, vintage clothes shops, numerous bars, Irish Film Institute and so many other attractions. I would strongly recommend this apartment and I will definitely be paying a visit here again in future. If you’d like further details on this airbnb apartment please see below for more.
A converted grain storehouse of Ireland’s most famous brewer is the most popular must-see museum in town. So as a fellow Guinness fan, it seemed a no-brainer to go and visit.
Visitors can make their way up through various exhibits until they reach the very top floor, the Gravity Bar, rewarding yourself with a breather, a quick pitstop with a bar, and an amazing 360 degree view of what Dublin has to offer, concluding the tour, a free complimentary Guinness beverage of course.
It’s a real unique experience which I would definitely recommend to Guinness lovers who would like to know more about the history of the beer, its variants and most importantly – if you want to sample one of each!
Jamesons Distillery Bow St.
We decided to take on a whiskey tasting tour at the second most popular attraction when it comes to alcohol. Jamesons Whiskey Tour. Before the tour started we decided to order a few of Jamesons cocktails – my favourite being the cocktail Black Barrel Belle, which consisted of; Jameson Black Barrel, Duo of Sweet Vermouth, Cherry Syrup, Orange Bitters, Sloe Bitters and Aromatic Bitters. Trust me, to die for.
The tour was a guided tour unlike the Guinness Factory unfortunately, however it was interesting to be taken through the processes of making the whiskey in much detail and was a great vibe. Our guide went on to discuss the triple distillation process which makes Irish whiskies unique from their Scottish and American counterparts and also got the group involved in a whiskey tasting session. It finished off with us having a better understanding of the tastes and flavours Jamesons have to offer. The tour was very short compared to the Guinness Factory and the duration of this was roughly 35-40 minutes long. Although short and sweet I would definitely recommend as a must see visit and did actually prefer this location and venue a lot better than the Guinness factory.
Taylor Swift Reputation Tour
The reason why we actually took a mini break is because of Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour coming to Dublin at Croke Park. I booked tickets by impulse a few months prior and didn’t really think twice about it being overseas I just really needed to go. I’ve got to say I have attended many gigs and concerts in my time to say I am only 24 years old, and I do feel very lucky to have the time and money to put aside to add this to the list of artists I have seen. But this has to be the best tour performance I have ever seen. Taylor recently added her Reputation Tour from Dallas Texas on Netflix which is available to watch now in the UK and overseas.
Hard Rock Cafe
Famously known for it’s music decor memorabilia, Hard Rock in any city or country is a must see when you are a die-hard music fanatic. From Jimi Hendrix’s rosary beads and shirt, Michael Jackson’s Jackson 5 vest top, to Madonna’s pair of shoes that were worn in 1991 during a photoshoot for ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine, there are many legendary gems on the ground floor of this American cuisine restaurant. The Hard Rock Cafe is a pretty decent place to waste an evening away. The American styled meals consist of burgers, nachos, bruschetta, quesadillas – causal, family-friendly American dining. A range of merchandise is available also in their upstairs shop.
Flights, Ticket Prices, Accommodation, Websites and Other Info:
Flights from Doncaster Airport:
Plan your journey ahead to and from the airport with Aircoach Bus here.
Price: £90 per night
Location: Next to River Liffey, Ha’penny Bridge
Website: For more details on the accommodation and host please click here.
Adults 18+ from €18.50
Children 13-17 (Under 13s Free) €16.00
All adult tickets include a complimentary free drink of Guinness with a valid ID.
Under 18s will receive a free complimentary soft drink.
All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Location: See here for map and directions
Jamesons Distillery Bow St
Price: €30 for the 40-min Whiskey Tasting Experience
Ticket price includes a guided tour, four premium whiskey shots, two of which are exclusive to the distillery.
Location: See here for map and directions
Hard Rock Cafe
Location: 12 Fleet Street Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Use Google Maps for directions if needed here.
Thank you for taking a read of this post and I hope you found it interesting and/or helpful if you are planning your itinerary for a trip to Dublin.
If you have already visited Dublin, what are your favourite attractions/recommendations? Please let me know in the Comments box below.