I can’t believe that I haven’t posted since January – guess time truly flies when you’re wedding planning! But I had to make sure that I recapped my May trip to Dublin because it was pretty awesome.
I flew Aer Lingus to ensure I started my trip with the proper Irish feel. Mission accomplished! Green plane, Irish accents and even a shamrock on the wing. Once we started to descend into Ireland, the vibrant green landscape became more visible – and it was gorgeous! I snapped a few shots and landed shortly after.
I stayed at a B&B called Number 31 per the recommendation of a colleague and it was just perfect! After a short 30 min cab ride from the airport, I was brought to a large wooden door on a residential Dublin street. The owner greeted me, and immediately brought me to the breakfast room, as I took a red eye and just made it in time for the award winning breakfast. It did not disappoint! I am a breakfast person, and the selection blew me away! After, I was able to check-in early. My room was standard and located on the 4th floor (no elevator). I 100% recommend Number 31, but if you don’t like stairs, be sure to request a room on a lower floor.
Lobby of Number 31:
Outdoor breakfast table:
Coffee, assorted bread (brown bread was AMAZING!), fresh squeezed OJ and fruit + yogurt:
Main breakfast of eggs and smoked salmon – delish!
During the work week, I made it out to a pub called The Ginger Man. After a Guinness or 2, I decided to order fish & chips and it was the best! Granted I didn’t have time to sample and compare from other Dublin pubs, but based on past experience it was good. I definitely recommend this place for a good bar vibe and food!
I was excited when Saturday came, because I was officially free to explore. I signed up for a countryside tour to Glendalough which would have been perfect, but it rained the entire day. Our tour guide told us that it was the worst weather he has seen in 2 years – just my luck! But I was happy to hear about the history of land and we made a few scenic stops – or at least tried to!
Our first stop at a scenic overlook was a bust!
The actual monastic settlement area of Glendalough was interesting and more visible compared to the green valleys we were meant to see on the way. The gray backdrop made things seem more authentic in a way!
And at the end of the day I was just happy to be exploring anyway!
I took the Wild Wicklow tour per the recommendation of a coworker. It was a bigger bus tour and I’m sure it would have been better if the sun was out, but it wasn’t my favorite. For others seeking tours, I recommend going with a small group.
By the end of the tour day, I was dead! It lasted from about 9am – 5:30pm. But my good nights rest allowed me to wake up early for my Dublin sightseeing. Luckily it stopped raining, and was just overcast!
On Sunday, I visited Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Christ Church, with St. Patricks being my favorite. Then I made my way to the Guinness Storehouse, where I wish I was able to spend more time. It was huge and had a ton of interactive areas! After making my way through, I enjoyed my free Guinness that came with admission at the rooftop observatory. Perfect way to end the trip!
I enjoyed that the city was walkable, that the people were amazingly friendly, and that a small town feel was maintained despite the presence of bigger businesses. I definitely plan to go back and spend more time exploring in the future!