28 hours in Dublin
December is definitely the month that holds the key to not only the Christmas spirit but the party spirit to, on a whim we decided to book Dublin for a day trip.
We found a really nice last minuet hotel – The Kingfisher Townhouse situated only 10 minutes’ walk away from the city centre. On arrival we landed into Dublin late, so we went straight to our room and walked to a bar close by – Murrays Pub, where they had a traditional Irish band and Irish dancers for entertainment while enjoying a few drinks. This was a great way to start our trip as it was very stereotypically Irish.
Breakfast was included with the Kingfisher Town House hotel in their restaurant next door, we were amazed at what was included in the breakfast as we could order both juice and/or tea or coffee as well as ordering anything off their main menu, I ordered the Irish smoked salmon with scrambled eggs and homemade sour dough my Dad (my partner in crime for the trip) ordered their sausage and bacon omelette again served with their homemade sour dough and a side of potatoes.
Once full from our breakfast we booked the Guinness factory tour as this was one of the man attractions that appeared on Worldee App.
Before making our way to our tour slot we took a trip to Dublin castle, this was such an amazing Christmassy surprise, every room was decked out in giant Christmas trees.
Dublin Castle is one of the most important buildings in Irish history. From 1204 until 1922 it was the seat of English, and later British rule in Ireland. During that time, it served principally as a residence for the British monarch’s Irish representative, the Viceroy of Ireland, and as a ceremonial and administrative centre.
We then walked to the Guinness factory which was a 20 minute walk away, it was amazing seeing how much you could do with one infamous drink.
There were 7 floors of the experience each offering something different in terms of educating on the creation process towards the end we got to pull our own Guinness which was included in the price ticket of £17.50 and then we also paid an additional £6.50 to get a ‘stofie’ which is also known as a Guinness with our faces on! This was hugely entertaining watching the whole process, but it put us off drinking them, we wanted them to continue to last.
They had a roof top bar which gives you great viewing access to the whole of Dublin city, this is where you could enjoy either your own hand pulled point or your ‘stofie’ the only drinks served in the bar were Guinness related products or water!
After this we were extremely hungry, so we looked on the app to find a cute restaurant not too far away from the Temple Bar which is where we wanted to go to finish the night. It was called Gallaghers Boxty House we had there signature potato pancake dish, the pancake mix could also be purchase in the restaurant. I had the chicken and leek deep filled pancake and it was beautiful, something so different but it was great to try something of Irish tradition. For desert I couldn’t not have the Baileys cheesecake – Baileys being a popular Irish home grown spirit. Again this was to die for and a pudding I have not stopped thinking about since.
Once we were finished with dinner, we walked to the Temple Bar – probably one of the most famous pubs in Ireland. Almost every night they have live music and that night was no different, we heard The Pogues about 10 times! It had such a great atmosphere and somewhere we would recommend going to when in Ireland.
Overall Dublin was a great city to visit within December as it was so Christmassy and really lifted our holiday spirits, with that being said Dublin can lift any ones spirits – in general it is one of the most fun and most friendly cities I have visited.