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Saturday, 25 March 2017

My Dublin city break weekend diary

Dublin city break / Ha Penny Bridge / Liffey Bridge River Liffey

My Dublin city break - day one

My Dublin city break got off to a very early start when the taxi came at 4.30am Saturday morning. After picking everyone up we were soon at the airport, through security and on the plane. The flight to Dublin from Leeds is very quick, about 1 hour. By 9am we were checking in at the hotel, The Croke Park Hotel. Our rooms weren't ready but the hotel concierge was happy to look after the suitcases and take them up to the rooms. The Croke Park Hotel reception area is gorgeous with stunning flower displays around it. 

Croke Park Hotel, Dublin flower display

After such an early start we spent half an hour or so freshening up and putting our make-up on. (Because who has time for make up at 4am?!) The first thing on all of our lists was food. So after a 10 minute or so walk in to Dublin centre we found a cafe that we all agreed on.

Anns Bakery has set breakfast menus where you can choose 2, 4, 6 or 8 hot breakfast items for €4.95 - €8.95. All come with tea or coffee and toast (they were happy to let me use my decaf tea bags for my teapot). The food in Anns Bakery is delicious, really hot and it a great start to a day.

Dublin city break, Temple Bar

A short walk leads you to the Temple Bar area. If you don't already know Temple Bar is a large area known as the cultural quarter that is full of pubs. You quite literally walk out of one pub and straight in to the next. The narrow streets through it are all cobbled and it reminds me of The Shambles in York. The pubs are all very lively, very busy and all have live music all day and all night.

Dublin city break - Temple Bar live music

Obviously you have to have a drink of Guinness whilst on a Dublin weekend break. Apparently it tastes better in Ireland...I still can't say that I like it though. 

Dublin city break, Temple Bar guinness

Now I would like to tell you that after a few late morning / lunch time drinks we were on our way exploring more of Dublin. Unfortunately I just can't say that! I don't know if it was the early morning, the starting drinking at 11am or the lure of Temple Bar but the day pretty quickly descended into carnage with dancing on tables, shots of jagermeister and staggering out of Temple Bar at midnight with a chicken kebab. I am suitably ashamed of myself. 

My Dublin city break - day two

The second day of our Dublin city break saw us all awake surprisingly early. So we got ready for the day and packed up. Check out was 11am so once ready we left our suitcases with the concierge again and set off out for the day. As breakfast at Anns Bakery is so nice we were soon in there eating.

Sunday was a much quieter day for us. There are some amazing shops in Dublin centre which we spent some time exploring.

To do something a bit different we chose The National Leprechaun Museum. It costs €10 each and is a guided tour so you have to book a time slot. I will be honest and say The National Leprechaun Museum isn't really a museum at all and is quite strange. It is more teaching the history and folk tales of Ireland. There is a really fun room full of oversized furniture, so you can feel like a tiny leprechaun sat on a 10 foot chair! The tour takes about an hour-ish. It is interesting, a bit of fun and for the price is a great way to pass an hour.

The National Leprechaun Museum Dublin

A Dublin city break has to include a walk over the famous Ha Penny Bridge / Liffey Bridge. It is full of love locks (padlocks) that couples have put on and is a real tourist hot spot.

Dublin city break / Ha Penny Bridge / Liffey Bridge

Dublin city break / Ha Penny Bridge / Liffey Bridge padlocks / love locks

Spending a day walking around Dublin you can see some gorgeous buildings.

Dublin city break - The Church Bar and Restaurant

Dublin city break

Dublin city break - The Gate Theatre

One of my favourite sights to see is the Gogarty and Joyce statues in Temple Bar. 

Dublin city break - The Gogarty and Joyce statues

To finish off our Dublin city break the perfect way was another trip to Anns Bakery for cream cakes. We had all spent the last two mornings eyeing them up as we ate breakfast. The cream cakes are huge and taste amazing.

Dublin city break, Anns Bakery cream cakes

Before we knew it it was time to head back to the hotel then on to the airport again. We caught the last flight back to Leeds and I was climbing into my own bed just before midnight.

My Dublin city break weekend diary round up

A Dublin city break is an amazing weekend. I would definitely recommend a girly holiday there. Dublin is known for being expensive but shopping around (and coming out of the Temple Bar area) it is easy to find reasonable prices. Flying on the first plane out one day then the last plane home the next is very tiring. If I went again I would like to have a bit longer as there are so many sights I still want to see.

 

Have you ever been to Dublin? I'd love to know what you think of it if you have.

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