Time for a break? – Explore Dublin

Thinking about taking a break? What about spending a weekend in the Irish capital? Ryanair often have very cheap flight tickets from Glasgow to Dublin. I got mine for just £20 both ways! The Irish capital is paradise for all food, vintage stores, photogenic walls, cute streets, and pub lovers. Let me give you some tips on what you should visit when in Dublin.

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TEMPLE BAR 

The District where music plays and Guinness is served. You will find lots of vintage stores, souvenir shops, cheap kebabs and many interesting places to eat there.

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STEPHEN’S GREEN

A beautiful park with a lake in its centre lies right next to the house of Oscar Wilde.

STEPHEN’S GREEN SHOPPING CENTRE

Breathtaking building of a shopping mall is definitely worth visiting – especially during the Christmas season as the decorations are amazing.

GRAFTON STREET

Main promenade with luxurious stores is definitely something you can’t miss.

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DUBLIN CASTLE

Definitely worth seeing. The castle today is a major tourist attraction and conferencing destination. The building is also used for State dinner, the inauguration of the presidents of Ireland.

PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL

The Beautiful protestant cathedral is worth a visit. The admission is 6 euro. St. Patrick’s is the tallest church in Ireland and the largest. Since 1870, the Church of Ireland has designated St Patrick’s as the national cathedral for the whole of Ireland.

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TRINITY COLLEGE

University campus like the one from Harry Potter. Trinity College, officially the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin, is the sole constituent college of the University of Dublin and is a research university.

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NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND

Amazing interior hides treasures like art pieces from Velázquez and Rembrandt.

JAMESON DISTILLERY

The student ticket is 16 euro, you will find out interesting information about Jameson whisky distillation process, get three shots of whisky and voucher for one mixed drink for free! Yay! 😀

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GUINNESS STOREHOUSE

If you prefer beer over a whiskey, the Guinness storehouse is the place to go. The Guinness Storehouse explains the history of Beer. The story is told through various interactive exhibition areas including ingredients, brewing, transport, cooperage, advertising and sponsorship.

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HA’PENNY BRIDGE

Bridge built in 1816 is the most beautiful bridge in Dublin.

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While travelling, not only do you gain amazing experiences and memories, but you can actually learn a lot. Here is a short list of few notes I wrote down to my journal when away in Dublin:

  1. Sleeping in a hostel room with other 16 people is not the best idea, especially when your bed is right next to the entrance and you can barely see a thing because of the lack of light.
  1. Sitting on a plane next to two attractive men can sound like a fairytale, but not when you’re tired and you find yourself leaning on one of them every three minutes.
  1. Travelling on your own is great. I love not being dependent on anyone, but on the other hand, it’s cool to have someone you can meet up with. I met up with my friend from high school who is currently working in Dublin and with another friend from Scotland who was visiting Ireland at the same time.
  1. Never put a gold necklace into your phone case if you don’t want to lose it!

Jana

 

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