I’ve just returned from almost a week in Ireland’s capital city, Dublin. It was my first ever visit to the Emerald Isle (ridiculous I know, since it’s less than an hour flight from Glasgow. I have no excuse!) and it was a bit of a whirlwind.
Whilst I was in Dublin I attended popular travel blogging conference TBEX, and then extended my time in the city to go sightseeing and soak up the atmosphere. It’s a city that has so much going on (I mean where else can you listen to live music and see Irish dancers in a pub on a casual Monday night?!) and it has so much history running through it. Here’s a small snapshot of my time in Dublin…
No visit to Dublin would be complete without checking out the world famous Guinness storehouse. I really enjoyed my visit here – learning all about the process used to ‘craft’ Guinness was really interesting and the panoramic views from the Gravity Bar on the 7th floor over the city are absolutely wonderful. Don’t tell anyone though, I don’t actually like the taste of Guinness *gasp*
One thing I loved about Dublin was how colourful the city is. They have brightened up everyday utilitarian objects such as electrical cable boxes with some interesting and eye-catching designs. I particularly loved the one painted to look like a bookshelf!
I also adored the wonderful cololur pop Georgian doorways that punctuate the city. The bright colours help to break through the grey skies that are so often swirling over the city.
I had a great afternoon visiting Dublin Castle, which lies at the heart of the city and has a rich and fascinating history.
If you’re visiting then I definitely recommend having a wander through the gardens that are part of the castle. They’re incredibly peaceful and you feel a million miles away from the heart of a bustling city centre.
Another peaceful spot in the heart of the city is Trinity College, which was originally founded in the 16th century. It is home to the Book of Kells (get in the queue early in the day if you don’t want to waste ages waiting) and has beautiful grounds that are open for visitors to stroll through.
I particularly enjoyed how Dublin mixes the old with the new in a creative way. One spot that I loved in the city was The Church – literally an old church that has been converted into a bar, restaurant and nightclub and is dominated by an old organ. A place where you can enjoy good food, live music and a few drinks is pretty much my idea of church anyway!