A Snapshot of Dublin

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.

Trinity College, Dublin

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*

Guinness Dublin, Ireland

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!

Street Art, Dublin, Ireland

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.

Georgian Architecture, Dublin

I had a great afternoon visiting Dublin Castle, which lies at the heart of the city and has a rich and fascinating history.

Dublin Castle

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.

Dublin Castle

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.

Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

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!

The Church, Dublin, Ireland

13 Responses to A Snapshot of Dublin

  1. Jess Glynn (The Gap Year Guru)

    I love your Irish photo RoundUp :) Its a great snapshot of the beauty of Dublin!

    Cant believe its your first time here! haha I hope you had a lovely time at TBEX :)

    • Emma Gray

      I did indeed have a lovely time at TBEX and in DUblin. Thanks, Jess!

  2. Renuka

    Gorgeous pictures! I loved that yellow door one the most! Dublin does sound like an amazing destination!

    • Emma Gray

      Thanks, Renuka! Put it on your list of travel destinations to visit :)

  3. Tamra

    Love your pictures. Dublin looks like a cool destination :)

    • Emma Gray

      Thanks. Dublin is great, I definitely recommend it.

  4. Sandra

    I really must get to Dublin and visit the Guinness factory sometime. Looks amazing…

  5. Santos

    Simple yet lovely pictures. really liked this post

  6. Brittany

    great photos – Ireland is on my list of places to go (soon!). Funny about the Guinness – it’s sort of an acquired taste:-)

    • Emma Gray

      Thanks, Brittany! Yeah it’s definitely a great place to visit. I just can’t get myself acquired to the taste of it :(

  7. Jeremy

    Dublin looks like a really fun place to visit :D

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