My Guide to Dublin

 In Europe, Ireland, Weekend Getaways

Whenever I go to travel somewhere, e.g. Dublin, I search around online but I can never actually find a good source of information. Bearing in mind i prefer Blogs (really personal perspectives).

My most viewed blog posts are the ones I wrote as I prepared to travel South East Asia (Preparations Part IPreparations Part II).

So I’m going to do it for any getaways / city breaks I do – just incase you fancy a trip and don’t know where to start!

Here’s my ‘Guide to Dublin’ 🙂

Travel
You can get super cheap flights to Dublin from London if you book in advance / away from major holidays. (Ryan Air, Aer Lingus, BA, Air France).

We were very last minute with our trip, and because we were going for New Year (very popular time) the flights were over £200 each – normally you can pick up return flights for as little as £30!

So we decided to use the SailRail.
You basically ‘use the rail, then ya sail’ – £36 each way.
Only downside is it’s a 8-10 hour journey.
(But if you’re used to travelling like me, I don’t mind journeys at all. Time to think, listen to music and write lyrics! Plus you save the pennies!)

SailRail Irish Ferries – On the way to Dublin 🙂

Accommodation
There were 3 of us going and so we were either looking for a family hotel room, or an apartment.

Again we were pretty late booking and one apartment kept popping up wherever i was searching – Parnell Apartments.

If I’m honest, the website photos didn’t look amazing, but location was perfect (near O’Connell St, Temple Bar). The price was right and well – beggars can’t be choosers. We stayed for 3 nights and paid £150 each.

Can I say, WE WERE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED. The apartment was SO SO GOOD.
(Plus it had FREE WIFI – that worked!)

Above you can see the open plan Kitchen / Dining area, which was so nice and clean. Equipped with TV, Oven, Hob, Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Fridge/Freezer etc.

As you can see below there were beautiful big windows allowing lots of sunlight in, plus a balcony (not amazing views, but still a nice feature).

The apartment slept 3, but had only 1 bedroom.
The sofa in the kitchen/dining area turns into a sofa bed.

Surprisingly everywhere was clean and we really weren’t expecting it for the price or location so we were super chuffed.
Having an apartment also meant we could save and cooked some meals from home 🙂

All in all, I would definitely stay here again!!! We walked pretty much everywhere from our apartment. Theres a big Tesco just around the corner, O’Connell Street is a 5 minute walk, Temple Bar is a 15 minute walk, and Grafton Street is about 20ish minutes.

If you’re looking for nightlife, stay around Temple bar 🙂

Things to do
– Kilmainham Jail 
– Trinity College (Book of Kells)
– Dublin Castle
– Temple Bar (touristy bit)
– O’Connell St.
– Guinness Storehouse
– Grafton Street (famous busking highstreet)
– Mountains (believe it or not)

There’s just a couple I did / was told to do! No doubt there are PLENTY of other coool things to do!

Remember!
Southern Ireland (Dublin included) is classed as out of the UK. 
So:
1. Your phone will be classed as ‘operating from abroad’.
2. You will need Euros 🙂

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I think I’ve covered the basic things to account for when heading to Dublin!

Stay tuned to see exactly what we got up to in Dublin!   

PLUS *MY FIRST EVER VLOG* (Video Blog) in which you will come up close and personal on our trip to Dublin!

Mollie xoxo
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