I’d always wanted to visit Ireland’s capital so when I found some cheap flights I thought why not?
My first Air BnB experience
When I went online to book my hostel for Dublin a couple of weeks before my flight, it turned out there were no hostels left at all for the weekend I’d chosen. Hotels are really expensive if you want to stay in the city centre, so I turned to Air Bnb.
I’d never tried it before so I was a bit apprehensive, especially as I was travelling on my own, but I found a couple living a short distance away from the city in Rathmines. They turned out to be lovely and the cottage I was staying in was clean and comfortable. Much better than sleeping in a bunkbed!
The Dublin Pass
I picked up my Dublin Pass when I arrived at the airport. The pass was about 40 Euros for 2 days and got me free entry into most of Dublin’s major attractions such as The Guinness Storehouse, The Jameson Distillery, Dublin Writer’s Museum, Dublinia, The National Wax Museum and Kilmainham Gaol to name but a few.
Given the amount of sightseeing I was doing, the pass was worth it for me and also got you fast track entry into some of the museums which made things easier. It even included a free coach journey from the airport to the city centre.
The Guinness Storehouse
My first stop when I arrived in Dublin was The Guinness Storehouse. You can read more about my visit here but needless to say there was lots of drinking involved. The tour was very visual and the building was amazing. My favourite part was the Gravity Bar – a bar at the top of the Storehouse with 360 views of the city. Plus you can enjoy a free pint there!
Here you can experience Viking and Medieval Dublin complete with the smells and sounds of times gone by (and lots of creepy wax works). Apart from getting a few weird snaps for my photo album, I don’t think the child-friendly element of the museum was quite for me. The highlight was being able to climb to the top of St Michael’s Tower and see views of the city.
The National Wax Museum
Wax works seemed to be the theme of the day as I headed to The National Wax Museum. It definitely wasn’t as good as Madam Tussaud’s in London but it’s worth taking a look if you have a Dublin Pass. I wouldn’t pay the entrance fee if I was visiting again. If you’re a fan of Jedward, Elvis Presley, Star Wars or Kylie Minogue, then you’re in luck.
Dublin Writer’s Museum
If you’re a literature fan then the Writer’s Museum is worth a look. It includes a free audio guide so you can learn all about the life and works of famous Irish writers like Joyce, Swift, Beckett and Yeats. The museum exhibits their books, letters, portraits and personal artifacts.
The Old Jameson Distillery
Day two of my visit to Dublin started bright and early with a trip to the Old Jameson Distillery. Again, it was included in the Pass but as its one of the major attractions, it can get quite busy. The tour was really good (you can read more about it here), but the whiskey tasting was a bit of a struggle at 11 o’clock in the morning… Even though I’m not a massive whiskey drinker, I thorough enjoyed my whiskey cocktail at the end of the tour!
I decided that my trip to Dublin wouldn’t really be complete without a night out and a visit to Temple Bar. There are organised bar crawls going on every night in Dublin. I found one which started in a music bar so we watched a few live bands and then things started to get a bit blurry. As always with these bar crawls, the free drinks and shots are flowing and it’s a good way to meet people, especially if you’re travelling on your own.
Despite my hangover on the last day, I was very sad to be leaving. I spent my final day just wandering around the city and taking it all in. If you’re looking for somewhere to spend a short break, I’d definitely recommend giving it a go.