So a little while ago myself and my family went on a trip to Dublin for the weekend for some family bonding time. I absolutely loved Dublin! It’s now one of my favourite cities and I really can’t wait to go back in the future. This was the first time that I’d been to Ireland which is surprising considering that half my family come from there!
Getting on an aeroplane at 7am the morning after my prom was definitely not one of the best experiences of my life, but tired and hungover I persevered! Luckily it was only a 45 minute flight so I was able to entertain myself by watching an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians on the way over. Once we landed we headed straight to our hotel, which was right opposite St Stephen’s Green. We dropped off our luggage and then went straight to the high street, where we met the rest of the family. (Sidenote: Only my uncle knew we were coming over, so the rest of the family were really surprised and please to see us!).
After doing a little bit of shopping in Penny’s (their version of Primark), we noticed the streets to get extremely busy, and unbeknown to me, it turned out to be Gay Pride Weekend! I have never been to pride before so it was something quite exciting! The atmosphere was incredible with so many people singing and dancing, and an amazing parade with hundreds of people waving flags and floats went past. After this we took a walk (stopping at a few bars on the way) and came across a Leprechaun Museum, so being the tourists that we were, we decided to go in and have a look. The guides there take you on a tour which is accompanied by an old folks tale, which was quite cheesy, but we all had a good time climbing on the giant chairs pretending to be a leprechaun! After all the excitement we had a wonder back to the hotel to get ready to go out for food and drinks.
We walked down to Temple Bar which was still buzzing from the aftermath of the parades, and found a proper Irish pub called The Oliver St John Gogarty, which I really recommend if you are looking for someplace to truly experience Irish culture. The food, drink and music was really good, and the whole family had a ride on the fake horse inside the pub, even my grandparents. After lots of eat and several pints of Guinness consumed (mainly by my Dad, Uncle, Grandad and Cousins) it was time to head back to the hotel for some sleep.
The day where we all became proper tourists! Since we was only stopping over in Ireland for a couple of days we wanted to see and do as much as we could before we went back home. So we began the day with a full english breakfast in the hotel before heading out.
We started off with a walk through St Stephen’s Green, which is a beautiful park with a lake, where you can go have a picnic for the day. The scenery was amazing, and it was quite unbelievable to think that this place was in the middle of a capital city! Once on the other side of the park we jumped on an open top tour bus which is the best way to see Dublin if you haven’t got much time there! There was two main places that was wanted to see; The Guinness Factory and Kilmainham Gaol. However is was really nice to see and be told about all of the other sites we passed whilst on the bus.
Our first stop was The Guinness Storehouse, at St James Gate. Even if you don’t drink/don’t like Guinness (like myself) it is still a really exciting and interesting place to go to. The factory is 7 floors high with the 7th being a bar with a 360 degree view of Dublin which is breathtaking. Floors 1 to 3 consist of learning about the history of Guinness and how its made, along with seeing how the advertising has changed over the years (boring for some of you, but great for a media student!). Floor 4 was my favourite. This is where we learnt how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness, and we got a certificate for it at the end. Floor 5 was where we stopped for lunch, and then onto Floor 7, which is where you got to drink your Guinness with a view.
After all this we jumped straight back on the tour bus and headed for our next stop which was Kilmainham Gaol. If you don’t know what this is or haven’t heard of it before, then its a is a former prison in Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland where many Irish revolutionaries, including the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, were imprisoned and executed in the prison by the British. However, it is now a museum open to the public. It was so interesting to learn about all the people who were sentenced to this prison and the history that it holds. it was a truly eye opening visit and I really recommend the trip to anyone going to visit Dublin.
After all of this we jumped on the tour bus one last time to head back to the hotel and got ready for dinner. We headed to a local pub to visit my Grandad’s brother and ate and drank the night away.
Our last day in Dublin… And there was one last place I wanted to visit before we headed off back home. THE ZOO! I absolutely love going to the Zoo and seeing all the animals, so I certainly wasn’t going to miss out here. It looked like it was going to rain as the dark clouds covered the blue sky, so we wrapped up and brought our umbrellas along just in case. Luckily the rain held off and we got to see all of the animals.
After this we headed back to the hotel, packed our stuff up and headed for the airport to go back home 😦
I had such a lovely time experiencing Dublin, and I can’t wait to go back soon!