Visit Dublin – Best Irish Experience Guide

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Visit Dublin – Best Irish Experience Guide

At the beginning of this month, I’ve been in Dublin for my birthday. Ireland was a destination that I spontaneously chose two months ago and usually I travel alone, but this time, I have invited two of my best friends with me. We had a lot of fun and learned a lot about the country and how it behaves in terms of weather, what people like, what they do for fun and so on.

In this article, I will tell you everything you’ll need to know if you plan to visit Dublin soon, everything that I have experienced in 5 days.

First Impression

When the plane landed, I’ve noticed that it was so warm outside and pleasant. What amazed me was that they literally love flowers so much. Maybe the flowers excess was because it’s spring, but on the other hand, that is not the case in Brussels. So you’ll see well tended gardens everywhere, and people walking around with flowers in their hands.

Another surprising and interesting things that I’ve seen everywhere are donuts. And they are so delicious. I don’t know exactly why they are all around and how they took over the city, but I won’t complain. You should definitely try them.

The third thing that I’ve discovered about Irish people is that they are not cold. Weather will change from sunny to rainy in about 2 minutes, but we’ll get later to this part. When we went out at night, covered in about 3 layers and still being cold, we’ve seen people in summer dresses and shorts. How do you do that, guys? Teach me, I don’t want to be cold anymore.

What to See in Dublin and Around

As we only got time to see Dublin and the small town next to it, called Howth, I can only tell you about them. Wished that we’d have more time to go to Northern Ireland, as well as Cliffs of Moher, but maybe next time.

Top attractions in Dublin are the following:

  • Trinity College – You’ll discover amazing galleries here. What I loved was the Science Gallery, which had all sorts of geeky fun stuff to play with.
  • St Stephen’s Green Park – Here you can relax after a full day of exploring, with lots of flower gardens ( oh, they love them, did I mention?). You will also see here the statue of Oscar Wilde.
  • The Guinness Storehouse – Amazing experience and you’ll even go to the Beer University, where you’ll get a diploma stating that you are a beer expert!
  • The Dublin Castle – Right in the center of the city, which is also a door to the past.
  • The Phoenix Park – OK, I have a question for you now, do you love Bambi? Do you wish to see, feed and pet Bambi? Well, you are lucky (because you’re in Ireland, come on). To get serious now, in this park, you’ll be able to see real life deers hanging around, eating their grass and sometimes, the carrots or apples you will feed them. Or they can ignore you, that is also a possibility.
  • Temple Bar – If you’d like to visit some Irish bars, here is your chance. Temple Bar street has a lot of them.

Have you seen Dublin? Let me know what others must-do’s there are in your opinion, in the comment section. To move forward, I will speak about Howth.

Howth is a small town next to Dublin, easy accessible by bus. You’ll get there in about 40 minutes from Dublin’s city center. This is the best alternative if you want to see cliffs in Ireland but don’t have enough time to get to Cliffs of Moher. The views are astonishing. We have even discovered a tiny beach with clear blue water, which was obviously too cold.

Have you been to Howth? Let me know what you think about it and what else you’d recommend around Dublin.

What You’ll Need

In terms of accessories, I’d definitely recommend a rain coat. The umbrella just isn’t going to work, because of the wind. The weather in Ireland is very moody. One minute it’s all warm and sunny and the next thing you know, you’ll be caught in a hailstorm. Do not underestimate the Irish weather, my friends, never.

As not only the weather is unpredictable, but the temperature as well, I’d recommend dressing like an onion, with several layers. In this way, it’s easy to remove or put back a layer.

The most important thing that I think you’ll need is an adapter. Depending on which part of the world you are from, do your research because you’ll have to charge your electronics. You will need the G type plug, with 3 rectangular pins. If you’d like a universal adapter for all your trips from now on, check this one.

One fact that we have discovered is that you won’t be able to buy alcohol from stores after 10 PM, you can only drink in a bar. The prices are not so different from the stores actually, so you won’t go bankrupt from a couple of beers in the Irish bars, but if you want to taste them at your accommodation, be sure to go to the market before 10 PM. Sláinte! (means “Cheers!” in Irish)

Sláinte!

OK, so here is your full guide about visiting Dublin and the surroundings. Don’t forget your adapter, your rain coat and several layers of clothes. Make sure you visit Bambi at the Pheonix Park, taste Guinness at its factory and see the Howth’s cliffs and secret beach.

Have you been to Ireland? How did you like it? Let me know about your experience in the comment section!

2 Responses

  1. Rob Fore says:

    What a fun read, Stephania – call me the next time you need a traveling companion because it sounds like you are just too much fun to hang out with.

    Flowers and donuts! Love it. And your insight that the Irish locals don’t seem to get cold was just too funny. I noticed that in a few places I have visited as well. I think it’s too hot or too cold and THEY seem to think it is just perfect. It’s amazing, really, isn’t it?

    My wife and I have never been to Dublin or anywhere in Ireland actually. What about the political climate? Meaning is it safe, really, to travel there or is there ‘stuff’ you really need to be aware of? For example, I don’t think we’ll be heading over into Israel or the middle east anytime soon… due to the political climate. Make sense?

    • Stefania says:

      Hey Rob, thanks for the read. Ireland is safe, nothing to worry about. I get your concerns, but it’s fine in Ireland. So glad I have inspired you 🙂

      Enjoy your traveling!

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