As a spontaneous plan I did a three day citytrip to Dublin with a good friend of mine. We stayed in Ashfield’s Hostel which was affordable, had a central location and had a great free breakfast as well (toast, juice, coffee, yoghurt, cereals). The first day we arrived in the afternoon so we didn’t do much sightseeing. But we started our trip perfectly because we started with a pint of Guinness in a great pub (O’neill) close to the hostel. What I really like about Ireland is that you can have amazing pub food for dinner in almoste every pub! We had some dinner at O’neill, I had an amazing traditional Irish stew with lots of veggies.
After our first pint and lovely dinner we walked a bit to get a first glimpse of the city. We drank another pint of Guinness in another pub and after that we went to the famous Temple Bar which I would really recommend! The vibe there is amazing and they have live Irish music every night. They even have a nice little beer garden. Fun fact: the area around Temple bar is the only area in Dublin where they still have cobblestones, so this area gives you a feeling of how Dublin used to be. We ended our night in the pub ‘the Oliver St. John Gogarty’ which was just as amazing as Temple Bar (same great vibe and beautiful live music).
The second day we did a walking tour which we got from a book about Dublin we took with us. Dublin is not too big, so everything is on walking distance, which I really liked because you really get a glimpse of the real Dublin. A beautiful place is Trinity College, the university of Dublin, founded in 1952. At Trinity College you can also visit the amazing and beautiful library (the long room), including the book of Kells. The book of Kells is one of the oldest books in the world. The old library (the long room) is almost 65 metres and has more than 200.000 books! I really loved it so I think it’s definitely worth to check it out.
We also checked out some parks (we were lucky that we have nice sunny weather) and visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral. But the biggest highlight of our trip was for sure the Guinness Storehouse! This place should definitely be on your list if you’re visiting Dublin. The building itself is already breathtaking (so enormous and industrial). The museaum itself has seven floors, starting on the first floor with a bit of history about Guinness and how it is made. Then there’s a nice little tastingroom where they will teach you how to drink Guinness properly. And then you can choose if you want to learn how to pour your own Guinness (and drink it after). If you don’t want that, you can still enjoy a free pint of Guinness on the rooftop terrace with a 360° view.
If you like to check out some museums Dublin is a great place to be. A lot of museums have free entrance, so if you’re on a budget it’s nice to add a museum visit to your trip! We visited the National Museum of Ireland, which was fun and won’t take too much time because it isn’t that big. I know the National History Museum is also free to visit, so that’s also a great option. Another place you could check out is the Dublin Castle. For a nice cup of coffee or tea you can go to the old coffee house Bewley’s cafe, opened in 1840. When we visited Dublin it was closed for renovation unfortunately, but there was a smaller Bewley’s cafe which still was great to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee. I also photographed this beautiful lady (see the picture below). I love how Irish and sophisticated she looks there drinking her cup of tea and reading the newspaper. Another shout out to the Irish, they are so polite, caring and generous!