I only spent one full day in Dublin. I flew from Paris after a very long day of exploring that beautiful city. I went straight to my hostel when I landed. I stayed at Abigail’s Hostel. It was a simple hostel in the Temple Bar district that made it super convenient for exploring. I passed out immediately when I got to my bed and woke up fresh for exploring the next morning.
I spent my first moments in the sun in Dublin in search of a Boots (pharmacy) to get some much needed soap, shampoo and conditioner. Once I had that, a shower and my coffee I set out for Dublin Castle. I walked through the cobble streets of Temple Bar before making it to the castle. It was a beautiful, crisp, sunny day which made a perfect setting. I walked the perimeter and took in the beauty of the courtyard. I was eager to see the rest of Dublin so didn’t spend too much time there before moving on.
My next stop was St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I sat in the park adjacent to the cathedral for a bit to enjoy the nice morning. I walked around the cathedral taking in the beauty and architecture while a grade school class entered on a field trip. I took a few pictures and read the information about St. Patrick. This was of especial interest to me since my birthday is St. Patrick’s Day. I stopped in a shop selling local artists’ work. I love stumbling on local spots where I can pick up souvenirs that were actually made in the city I’m visiting.
I stopped next at Christ-Church Cathedral on my way to the Jameson Distillery. It was another impressive sight. I didn’t say long, only stopping to take a few photos.
Dublin is a very walk-able city. It was one of the things I liked most about it. It is split by the River Liffey with may bridges connecting the north and south sides. One of the most popular neighborhoods with a high concentration of pubs and shops is Temple Bar. That is near where I stayed and a central spot for visitors.
I popped into a random pub in Temple Bar for lunch enjoying my first Irish poured Guinness. To be honest, I’m not a big fan of them at home. But they do say a properly poured one tastes different. It may have been the excitement of being in a real Irish pub, but that afternoon I truly enjoyed the taste. The food on the other hand, well it was pub food and exactly what you’d expect.
After lunch I walked over to Trinity College. It made me nostalgic for my own college days as I walked around the students and took in the sites of the campus.
My main reason for going was to see the old library. I’m a bit of a bookworm and the library in Beauty and the Beast is what I dream of one day having in my own home (a girl can dream). The library is at the end of an exhibit for the Book of Kells. It is regarded as one of Ireland’s national treasures because of its ornate writings. The exhibit is really quite impressive and the library at the end had me in awe. It is a long hallway with alcoves of shelves two stories high stacked to the ceilings with books. Along the center are display cases with newspapers and artifacts of Ireland’s history.
I wondered the shops and stopped to listen to street performers for the remainder of my afternoon. I stopped in a bar that served locally brewed craft beers. Drinking alone is a great way to meet new people and strike up conversation. I ended up getting invited to a bachelor party that I politely and gratefully declined. After a long day of walking I fell into a deep sleep the moment my head hit the pillow. I was up at sunrise to catch the bus back to the airport and head back to London for the last leg of my trip.
Have you been to Dublin? What are some of your favorite spots?