Touch down in Dublin! After just a 1 hour flight from London Gatwick, we landed at Terminal 1, ready for a whistle stop tour of Ireland’s capital. We were here for just 24 hours to celebrate my, James’ birthday, and in all honesty, it wasn’t enough time to explore Dublin in it’s full beauty, quirkiness, cuisine and liquid options. We’ll definitely be back, but for now, here is what we got up to in our 24 Hours in Dublin…
Our first job was to pick up our Media Passes which were very kindly given to us by Love Dublin. This gave us access to all of the main attractions and bus tour. The sightseeing office at the airport had it waiting for us, and from there, it was time to get on to the Airport-City link bus, which took us very close to our hotel.
We were staying at The Castle Hotel, a medium sized B&B, located very conveniently just off O’Connell street – the main shopping street in Dublin. Although of course we didn’t spend much time there, we had a great stay and was reasonably priced at 99 euros for the night. After a quick pick me up coffee at Esquire’s, we were able to check in early and drop our bags, and get on with our day.
It was now about midday and we had an hour to fill before our lunch reservation which at this point, was still a mystery to me! Jessica had kept everything as a surprise, being my birthday and all, so everything was left in her hands to get us to the places she had planned.
We jumped on the bus tour to fill the hour and get a taster of what Dublin has to offer, and it turns out that one of the main things is hilarious bus drivers! This guy was telling jokes left right and centre, and clearly loved his job – you certainly get comedy value aboard these buses!
We have written up a full foodie post for our lunch destination, The Vintage Kitchen, on our food blog. Do head over there to see and read about the incredible food we had. If you’re ever in Dublin, this comes at the top of our recommended list…
Lunch @ The Vintage Kitchen
After a three course extravaganza, we and our very full tummy’s continued with our adventures. In true Dublin fashion, the rain started to pour so we took cover on the bottom deck of the tour bus, and it was onwards to our first attraction.
If you know anything about Dublin, the chances are is that it’s famous for Guinness, and if you’ve been, the chances are you have been to the Guinness Storehouse. The home of the black stuff, and the best pint of it you can find anywhere in the world.
Although neither of us had never tried it before, a trip to Dublin just wouldn’t be right without coming here. We made our way through seven floors of Guinness education, from sourcing the ingredients, brewing process, how to pour the perfect pint, and best of all, sitting up on the Gravity Bar with our perfect pint of Guinness, overlooking the sunset and incredible views of this magnificent city.
These pictures are just a taste of what is over on our Photo Diary post, so head over there now to see exactly what the Storehouse has to offer…Guinness Storehouse Photo DiaryFrom there we went back to the hotel to freshen up for dinner, again, at another secret location. It was only to be revealed when we were literally on the doorstep! Unfortunately by this point, the long day was catching up with me and I began to not feel well. However we still have a great review of Bloom Brasserie over on the food blog, and when we do come back to Dublin, we’ll be back here. We owe them one…Dinner @ Bloom Brasserie
With having to cut the night short, it did mean that we didn’t get to experience The Temple Bar in all it’s glory. It was a real shame, but again, next time we’re here…
After a miraculously quick overnight recovery by myself, normal service was resumed and it was time for breakfast. Again, a secret location which we battled through the wind and rain to get to, but when we arrived at Beanhive, we knew it was worth it.
As you can see from the below picture, they are known for their unique coffee art which aims to “draw smiles on customer’s faces.” A fantastic way to start the day, and one which you can read about again on the food blog…
Breakfast @ Beanhive
Our time to get back to the airport was now fast approaching, and all we had time left to do at this point was to grab some souvenirs, and pick up everything from the hotel. Within a few hours of leaving Dublin, we were back at home and ready to continue celebrating my birthday in London.With it being such a flying visit, we do feel like we missed out on a lot. However everything we did do was fully enjoyed and we returned knowing that next time we go, we have a lot of fun in store!If you would like to watch our vlog from our time here, click on the link below!…
Disclaimer: We were given Dublin Media Passes and bus tickets, so our transportation, visit to Guinness Storehouse and Green Bus Tour were all complimentary, but as always, all opinions and photos are our own.