I like to think of Dublin as a necessary evil.
I apologize for those who like Dublin, but to
me, it didn’t have the charm of the other cities in Ireland.
However, since most flights come into Ireland
through Dublin (including mine in December), it’s something you have to do and
see at least
I recommend 24 hours there, starting with…
8am – Breakfast at
Queen of Tarts
The opening hours vary for this delicious bakery, but if
you’re visiting Dublin on a Monday through Friday, you’ll be safe coming at
If you’re coming on a Saturday or
Sunday, click here
The list of menu items are mouthwatering, from homemade
scones, to Queen of Chocolate Fudge Cake.
Grab something for breakfast (a scone will cost about 3€) and then plan
your day with my handy map.
This college, founded in 1592, is one of the oldest in
Western Europe. The campus is quite beautiful
and you can walk around enjoying the architecture for free.
Many people in Dublin want to see the Book of Kells, which
is housed at Trinity College.
|Long line to get inside - Frank was not about to wait in that!|
The Book of Kells is the four Gospels of the New
The official website
says the Book of Kells has been on display at Trinity College since the 1800s.
The official website also says it cost 9€
see the Book of Kells, which explains a lot about why I took a picture of the
sign and didn’t go inside.
10am – St. Stephen’s
This park is wonderful any time of day you visit.
If you’re arriving to Dublin after an overnight flight from
the States, you might want to take a nap in St. Stephen’s Green, kinda like we
11am – Medieval Cathedrals
|Sleeping in a park, kinda like homeless people, but we were tired!|
It’s less than a mile walk to Christ Church Cathedral and
St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Christ Church
Cathedral has been around since 1028 A.D.
The architecture on the outside is amazing.
You can also go inside and see a crypt, which contains a
mummified rat and cat
to get in, however.
I, personally, found
it a little unusual to pay to enter a Catholic Church (you don’t even have to
pay to enter St. Peter’s Basilica
which is one of the most famous churches in the world!), so I just took some
pictures from the outside.
I did the same thing at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, right next
door, as it is 5.50€ to get inside
|Kinda looks like Christ Church Cathedral, doesn't it?|
This church does not have a cool
mummified cat and rat, but has many other things to see
Plus, it is a tribute to the man who brought
Christianity to Ireland and a man who I celebrate every March 17 by drinking a
case of beer or so.
Speaking of St. Patrick, by now, you’re well overdue for a
drink, as this is Ireland, and most people are at the bar at 9am. I went in more bars than I could possibly
name, but if you see one of these, do stop and have a pint. You’ll probably want to grab food too.
1pm – Guinness
It will cost you a pretty penny to go inside the Guinness
Storehouse for a tour
to be exact.
At the end, you get to
drink Guinness beer from the Gravity Bar at the top of the Storehouse, with 360°
views of the city.
I opted to save my 16.50€
and just take pictures outside.
Then, I went into a nearby pub and got a Guinness.
|Though we didn't go inside the Guinness Storehouse, we did |
drink Guinness elsewhere... and probably for much less
3pm - Old Jameson
Keeping in the groove of drinking Irish-made alcohol, walk
on over to the Old Jameson Distillery, about a mile and a half from the Guinness
Storehouse (WARNING: You may have to stop at more than one bar while making the
journey, it’s kind of a long walk). Once
you arrive, you can take a tour for 11.70€,
or you can be economical, and just take pictures for free.
This is Ireland, you have to stop at as many bars as
possible. You’ll especially want to stop
for a pint if you see a pub with your name on the outside.
5pm – General Post
If you follow my schedule, you’ll be at here about an hour
before the General Post Office closes at 6pm.
This isn’t just any post office – you’ll find bullet holes around
the columns outside – as this was the home base for insurgents of the Easter Rising
in which Ireland tried to claim independence from Britain back in 1916 (as I am
an ancient history teacher and not Ireland history teacher, you’ll have to
for more information).
It’s right outside the General Post Office where you’ll see
the Spire of Dublin, the 24th
most photographed place in the world,
according to Budget Travel
I think the best thing about Europe is the little
differences. For instance, my favorite
drink in the U.S. is Magners, which is from
Ireland. But there, they call it Bulmers.
|And they come in flavors in Ireland! Regular, pear, and berry!|
7pm – Temple Bar
This is considered a more touristy area of Ireland, but it’s
also a great place to eat. And go to
You can stay here for hours, just popping into and out of
bars, enjoying the Irish music, Irish scene, and Irish sayings.
|I love the Gaelic saying "Two shorten the road." It's so true.|
11pm – Back to the
Hotel (or, you know, whatever time you’re ready to retire)
We stayed at a few hotels in Dublin, but I think the best
was Trinity Capital Hotel. Mainly
because there was a block of rooms named Tara.
|Refer to this post if you need to know more |
about things named Tara
This hotel is very centrally located, just a few blocks from
Trinity College. The inside is funky and
The rooms are pretty big by European standards.
Even the bathroom had space to move around.
Perhaps the most important feature at the Trinity Capital
Hotel was the baggage storage. Since we
arrived in the morning from America, we stored our bags at the front desk.
|And in one of those bags was my engagement ring. Frank |
planned on proposing the next day!
Here’s a review I did for Trip Advisor
right after staying there.
We also stayed at Arlington Hotel, which is in the Temple
But the rooms there are smaller, and the prices are more
expensive (about $205 per night)
Breakfast: About 3€ (about $3.72)
Books of Kells: 9€ (about $11.17)
Cathedrals: 11.50€ ($14.27)
Guinness Storehouse: 16.50€ ($20.48)
Old Jameson Distillery: 11.70€ ($14.52)
Lunch: 10€ ($12.41)
Dinner: 20€ ($24.82)
Bar Stops: Approximately 4€ x ∞ (okay, maybe times about 4)
= 16€ (almost $20)
Trinity Capital Hotel: About $179/night
Total Cost: About $421 for two people
Best Deal: Take my all alcohol and food, no tourism approach
for about $300 for 24 hours (saving $121!)
Have you been to Dublin? What's your favorite part?