Spontaneous trip alert.
So as much as I’ve shown my love for AirBnb, there’s another site that has been my go to almost always, which is Skyscanner. Practically Godfather of the flight comparison world, and boy has it helped snap up some bargains.
Roll back to last Spring, I wanted to get inspired so opted in to travel ‘anywhere’. When generating results, it gave a list of destinations sorted by price. Ireland came back with the cheapest (replicated below) for a tiny price of £20! I browsed through the destinations and decided to go with Dublin. Why?
- Good reviews from friends.
- Great nightlife and more importantly, live music.
- 40 min flight from Mcr
So a weekend break booked for 2 friends to go off and explore Dublin!
- Depart Mcr, Friday 19:15 – 20:10
- Depart Dublin, Sunday 20:10 – 21:00
Perfect flight times, maximising on the weekend and not having to book off any annual leave. Glancing at accommodation options, we found a good deal for an apartment just of the famous Temple Bar.
Cost – €55 per night (x3)
The trip was here before I knew it, I had my overnight bag packed and left work on the Friday and went straight to the airport. Not ones to mess about, we got a taxi straight to our apartment. It was worth it by not having to faff around and look at bus timetables, etc. We got our keys to the apartment, dropped bags off and headed straight back out to Temple Bar. I was almost expecting a street party, having heard comments from other friends that had been to Dublin on previous occasions.
It was busy, but nothing on that level. Be it that it was probably 12 degrees, the only crowds outside were either smokers or groups shuffling to the next bar. The first place we popped our head into was The Turks Head. The interior was what grabbed me, that and the reggae music I could hear playing on the decks. Inside were mosaic tiled walls and art features, very much like the inside of some Spanish bars. We stayed and danced here for a bit before heading out to the find some live music. The first bar we saw with a man holding a guitar we jumped in – and it was so fun. The singer was great – from playing his own acoustic songs to popular karaoke requests. Everybody in the bar was getting involved and before we knew it, we were leaving to go home around 1 am!
Cost – €20-30
Guinness Storehouse – What’s Dublin famous for? Guinness. So how could we not visit the original storehouse. The whole experience had many interactive areas which I feel as though most tours / museums really need to adopt in order to keep customers coming in. The highlight for me was their advertising story (3rd floor) which pulled together the history of Guinness in visual formats from offline to digital progression (the branding geek within me). Although I don’t drink Guinness I can certainly appreciate all their advertising efforts in creating some imaginative and breaking boundaries and you get a sense of that throughout the tour. The other highlight was seeing a 360 view of Dublin from the 7th floor bar!
Cost – €18 for a student ticket, ours were complimentary.
Temple Bar – Yes the actual bar. Tourist central but great as it has a large beer garden. It wasn’t the warmest when we went but I managed to sit out in the sunshine with my togs on drinking a pricey, yet tasty hot chocolate. If you want a history of the area, the interiors of this bar sure help educate you. Plus, it has a pretty entrance – which is normally my influencing factor to peep in.
As we wandered around the city we saw there was some great street art on show, so instead of heading to the National Museum & Art Galley, we opted for the Modern Art Museum. The museum itself sits in what used to be a Royal Hospital in the 17th Century. A fairly grande building, surrounded by impressive gardens. Inside – what you’d expect from a Modern Art museum, contemporary art, installations and a selection of unusual exhibitions. We had a great afternoon here.
Cost – free entry!
Klaw – Foodie
I’ve not mentioned any restaurants, as eating out for proper meals isn’t something we did much except for a tiny, quirky little seafood restaurant called Klaw. Like most independant places that don’t really seat more then 10 – they didn’t take reservations. But after a 20 min wait, we managed to get seated. I had the east coast chowder followed by the lobster. Both very yummy.
Cost – €25pp. I’d say that’s good value for great seafood!
I’d love to go again and explore other areas, so if anyone’s been – leave your recommendations!