Last weekend my wonderful girlfriend took me on a trip to Dublin for my birthday. I thought I would share some of the highlights of our trip.
We stayed at the Maldron Hotel at Parnell Square. The location was pretty perfect. It was central enough that everything was within walking distance but far enough out of the way that we didn’t hear any noise from the bars and clubs.
We spent most of the afternoon wandering the city and looking around the shops (spending ALL of the money, but sure, ‘we’re on holiday!’). We ended up stopping for a drink in The Gin Palace. This cocktail I got was called “Creamy Pleasure“ (take that as you will) – for central Dublin – it was pretty reasonably priced for cocktails.
On Saturday we had lunch at a lovely pub called Madigans on O’Connell Street and then went on a tour of Kilmainham Jail. As someone who has limited knowledge of Irish history – this was a really worthwhile experience and I learnt a lot! The tour itself lasted around 80 minutes but they also have a museum which you could easily spend another hour or so in. There was a lot to take in but our tour guide Martha was really engaging and easy to listen to.
On Saturday night we went for my birthday meal to the Hard Rock Café. I love Hard Rock Cafés and I try to go to one in every city I visit. Luckily (?!) Belfast doesn’t have one – or I would be seriously overweight. We had this huge plate of nachos to start. We managed to polish off despite the fact that it could probably have comfortably fed a family of four. For my main I had “Twisted Mac and Cheese” which was effectively macaroni cheese with char-grilled chicken and peppers. It was so great – I’m going to try and make it at home and post the recipe on here.
On Sunday we went to the Guinness Storehouse. I would recommend the Guinness Storehouse to anyone visiting Dublin, whether you’re a fan of the Black Stuff or not. I didn’t think I was – until I found out that I was DRINKING IT WRONG!! It turns out that there is a particular way to drink Guinness and they teach you it as part of your tour. I would recommend setting aside a few hours to spend at the Storehouse because there is SO much to do and see. Each floor is dedicated to a different aspect of the brand including ingredients, brewing and even advertising. After your self-guided tour you can get a free pint of Guinness/Hop House 13 (or a soft drink for the non-drinkers out there) in the Gravity Bar. It has a great 360o view of Dublin.
Overall it was an amazing weekend and I definitely didn’t want it to end. If you haven’t already visited Dublin – it’s a great city and there’s SO much to do. I reckon you could easily spend about a week doing the touristy things alone.