36 Hours in Dublin, Ireland
My New Years resolution for 2017 was to travel more due tospending the last year or so grounded because of pregnancy or infancy. I was going stir crazy. Well mission accomplished, I managed to hit a lot of new places and revisit some old ones. I was lucky enough to get to spend a couple of days in lovely Dublin, Ireland (Republic of). This was my first stop on my whirlwind eurotrip and I managed to pack quite a bit into just under two days.
Where to stay
We arrived early on our first day and went directly to our hotel the Radisson Blu Royal Dublin Hotel to drop off our luggage. It's a nice modern hotel within walking distance to almost all of Dublin's top attractions including St. Stephen's Green. It has a spacious lobby and bar and the breakfast buffet was well appointed.
Where to eat
I had two really great food experiences while in Dublin, and considering the shortness of my stay I think that’s pretty impressive. On our first night we had dinner at a restaurant called The Pig’s Ear. It is tiny and very popular so make reservations or you wont get seated. And that would be a shame because it was some of the best food I’ve ever eaten… and I’ve eaten some food.
The second great experience was Afternoon Tea at the Shelbourne Hotel. I went by myself, I got the champagne. The staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating. The Shelbourne likes to theme their Afternoon Tea's and I was in time to experience the tail end of their garden theme, exquisite floral cakes and pastries were the highlight.
Where to drink
This might seem obvious, but chances are if you know nothing about Dublin you still know that you should probably grab a drink in Temple Bar. We didn’t… it was a long day, which started with a beer at the Guiness store house and we just weren't up for the craziness and the tourists. We decided to check out Hairy Lemon instead. Claiming to be Dublin's trendiness pub, its a maze of crazy rooms and memorabilia and definitely worth a visit and a pint.
What to see
Like any old city Dublin has layers of history and culture to take advantage of. The Long Room at Trinity College, which is part of the Book of Kells exhibit and a book lovers dream. The State Apartments at Dublin castle, if you like seeing how the other half lived while learning a bit about Irelands history and political past. My favorite, the National Museum of Natural History, two floors of just about every animal you can think of and some that you didn't even know existed as the first floor is comprised of native species current and past. We also went to the Guinness Store house at St. James Gate. It is a pretty impressive showing even if it is a little crowded, I highly suggest buying tickets online. What really makes the whole trip worth it is the view, bypass all of the other bars and make your way to the top floor for your free pint. The sky bar has a 360 degree view that is easily the best in the city.
This was only the tip of the iceberg in Dublin and I can't wait to go back and see more!