The Dublin Diaries – Day 1

Flying to Dublin

We began our weekend break by flying nice and early from Manchester airport with Ryanair and arriving at Dublin at 9am which meant we got a full first day to explore and enjoy the city. We had booked Airbnb accomodation but this wasn’t available to us until after 2pm, so we took a taxi from the airport who dropped us off near the tourism office in the city centre and we were able to use the luggage storage there (12 euros for 2 cases).  Our bellies were calling so our next priority was breakfast; we found a place called Elephant and Castle but I think we arrived at the wrong time as the staff didn’t seem the most welcoming however the food hit the spot and gave us some energy. We then decided that as it was a fairly nice day we would go to the Guinness storehouse and take the tour which ends up in the Gravity bar at the top with 360 degrees views of Dublin which is definitely worth visiting!

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So off we went to St James’s Gate Brewery to the biggest pint glass in the world and journeyed through 7 floors of information and interactive experiences before being rewarded with a pint of the famous black stuff. We have to say it’s not our personal drink of choice but Hop House lager and soft drinks are also available; we recommend the Fanta, it’s very orangey!!!

We then left to make our way to Temple Bar where we stumbled upon the Vat House and enjoyed some more Guinness and gin and tonics whilst relaxing and resting our legs for a while, before collecting our cases and making our way to our Airbnb home for the next 2 nights which was a lovely 2 bedroomed house perfectly located behind the cathedral.  It is ideal for 2 couples sharing and everything we needed was provided, the beds were very comfortable and the house was toasty warm. After a lounge around and a freshen up of make up we were ready for food again and decided to head out to try a little Italian restaurant we had previously walked past, Forno 500 where they have a wood fired pizza oven and they were delicious! Jess enjoyed a very nice tagliatelle bolognese, our only critisicsm is we ordered a garlic bread to share at the start of the meal but it never arrived!

With full bellies we then walked back to the Temple Bar area where Friday night was in full swing and we found Oliver St John Gogarty’s Bar. If you ever visit Dublin, make sure you get yourself to Gogarty’s! The atmosphere was fantastic and the live Irish music was amazing we really had a great time here, it was in my opinion the highlight of the trip.  However, when the band finished playing and they announced more live music was on the next floor we made our way up expecting the fun to continue and were rather dissapointed that the atmosphere was just not the same so we left and made our way to the famous Temple Bar pub. As expected, the bar was heaving and although a live band was playing we just couldn’t get a spot anywhere near them so we just enjoyed our (very expensive) drinks and decided to call it a night as we needed a good nights rest before day 2 at the coast.

Keep an eye out for what we got up to at the coast!

Jess & Jane

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