Back in May, I was surprised with a trip away for my birthday, a whirlwind 24 hours in Dublin! Now I know you're probably thinking 24 hours is nowhere near enough time to experience the wonders of Dublin... but hopefully this post will show you how to see all the best bits when you're on a time limit, as well as showing you some of the beautiful sights that Dublin has to offer!
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At about midday, we arrived at our gorgeous hotel The Clarence which is situated right on the River Liffey! We set out grab some lunch and explore the quaint streets and shops along the river.
(We can't go anywhere without Liam wandering into a bookshop either!)
We booked dinner at a tiny little Italian restaurant on Temple Bar called IL Vicoletto, which I could not recommend any higher. The food and the service were both so incredibly authentic, and it was without doubt the tastiest Italian food we've ever had (outside of Italy of course!) Straight after dinner we headed down to Temple Bar to a great little pub with live music on all night; I think it's fair to say that the Irish know how to party like nobody else!
It wouldn't be 24 hours in Dublin if you don't wake with a slightly sore head and naturally head straight to the Guinness Storehouse... right? And I have to say it didn't disappoint. I'm not a big fan of Guinness but the whole experience was super interesting and an absolute must-do when visiting Dublin.
It was fascinating to see the ways in which the advertising and marketing of Guinness has developed over the years in the The 'World of Advertising' on the 3rd Floor. However my personal highlight was definitely the free pint right at the top of the Storehouse in the Gravity Bar, with incredible views of Dublin every way you turn.
We grabbed some food from Tesco (it's SO bizarre putting Euros into the self-service machine!!!) and went for a picnic in Phoenix Park, before spending the rest of the afternoon wandering through the colourful streets, eating ice cream and even squeezing in a quick visit to the castle.
So there you have it, how to do the Dublin highlights in 24 hours! It might have been a whirlwind experience but it was a fab way to get to see the best of Dublin without having to spend too much money. And with Dublin only a 40 minute flight away from London, what excuse to do you have not to head off for a whirlwind weekend!