24 hours in Dublin

Hi there! How are you guys?! How is September for you? Are you back at school or work? This month is fine I guess. I’m back at work but damn I already miss summer break. We really need a 6-month vacation, twice a year haha! Anyway, here’s to a brand new post and this time I’m taking you to Dublin, Ireland. Are you pumped?

I’ve been to Nothern Ireland with my high school class but never to Ireland and Dublin has been on my travel bucket list for quite a while now. So when we brainstormed for a destination for this summer with my sister, we decided to go for it even if some malicious people were mocking us because of all the rain we were going to have (spoiler : we suffered from ONE downpour in a week). I’ve decided not to make a top 10 must sees but more like an itinerary you could follow if you’re in Dublin for only one little day. Before we dive in, here’s my instagram if you’re curious and need more pictures.

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8am : breakfast time! I always like to book a hotel with breakfast included. I used to hate this time of day but on holidays I really enjoy it. So many discoveries ahead + a well stocked buffet = happy me. Of course you need to try bacon and eggs to be traditionnal (I passed on the baked beans and sausages…).

9am : Trinity College / The Long Room. First stop is a must-see. I advise you to go there early to try to escape the crowd. Go to the Front Gate to buy tickets for the next scheduled tour. Lasting 35 mins, it combines  the cost of a guided tour of Trinity College Dublin and the admission fee to the Book of Kells and Old Library Exhibition. All guides are enthusiastic students  making the tour really interesting and full of funny anedoctes! Then, you can access the Library of Trinity College (also called the Long Room) on your own. Little advice : there is going to be a long queue but don’t worry! Just go directly into the gift shop and then enter with your ticket! No, no, that’s not cheating I swear… The Long Room is impressive and it smells amazing (Yes, believe me!). 65 metres in length, it is filled with 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books!

11:00am : Christ Church Cathedral. It is the elder of the capital city’s two medieval cathedrals, the other being St Patrick’s Cathedral. In order to step inside and enjoy the beautiful interior and fascinating medieval crypt, you can book your ticket online.

12:00am : St Patrick Cathedral. With its 43-metre (141 ft) spire, St. Patrick’s is the tallest church in Ireland and the largest. It was built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint between 1220 and 1260. Just look at it! Isn’t it beautiful?!

1pm : let’s get some lunch! Head to Temple Bar, on the south bank of the River Lifey. Promoted as Dublin’s cultural quarter, it has a lively nighlife and it’s perfect to get something to eat. But first don’t forget to take a few pictures of that famous Temple Bar. You can’t miss it, it’s where tons of people are admiring its facade! In that area, you can take your pick for a yummy lunch. Here’s my tip : go to Elephant & Castle. Serving New York style classic dishes, it is renowned for their delicious chicken wings. Also on the menu : soups, omelettes, homemade burgers, etc. They don’t do reservations so if you don’t want to wait, go there early!

3pm : Stephen’s Green Park. If the weather is nice, take a nap in Stephen’s Green. It’s the largest park in Dublin with 89,000 m2  (22 acres) The park is rectangular and you’ll find a garden for the blind with scented plants, which are labelled in Braille, a large lake, a playground, etc. Good luck finding an available bench (all those people…) and beware of the geese if you have any food! Also, don’t miss the Oscar Wilde memorial sculpture in Merrion Square.

5pm : shopping in Grafton Street & little break at the Rolling Donut. What is a day without a bit of shopping? Grafton street is one of the two principal shopping Streets in Dublin city centre. Clothes, shoes, accessories, etc…you’ll even find some awesome souvenirs to take back home (hoodies and dairy fudges are a MUST).  When your bank card (and your sore feet) can’t take it anymore, treat yourself with an AMAZING donut at the Rolling Donut. With lots of choices in fillings, glazes and toppings (that will definitely make you drool…), good luck for picking just one!

7pm : dinner. I guess you should go with local food. Why not some fish & chips? The best are supposed to be served at Leo Burdock. You could also eat at Gourmet Kitchen Burger where you’ll find tasty and varied burgers at a very reasonable price or at Nando’s with its legendary flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken. Yum! For coffee and dessert, you can opt for Queen of Tarts. Those cakes are just divine!

11pm : sweet dreams. I bet you’re exhausted after all this sightseeing and walking around! Don’t forget to put some lovely pictures on Instagram to make all your friends jealous and then you can fall asleep content.

 

Did you already visit Dublin? What did you enjoy the most? If not, do you want to go there?

Did you travel this summer? Where did you go? Tell me everything in the comments! I need more destinations on my bucket list.

Let’s chat in comments 💬

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58 thoughts on “24 hours in Dublin

  1. I love Dublin! My husband was actually born there and I’ve been a couple of times. Grafton street is cool, and there was this area with a ton of clubs and pubs that felt uniquely Irish. I went to Italy this summer and had a blast! We spent the most time in Venice and I will always remember walking the canals with Gelato in hand. Ok, several Gelato’s if I’m going to be honest. Lol.

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  2. I love this post Nyx. I’ve never been to Dublin before (strange because I live so close being in England already) but after reading this I definitely want to go. Your photo of the Long Room is incredible (all your pictures are actually) and wow that is a lot of books. It’s worth going to Dublin for that reason alone in my mind. 😀
    I love your idea of writing an itinerary as well. I’ll definitely be keeping this post in mind if I ever make it to Dublin, and I love the little tips you added.
    Again great post, and it looks like you had a great time in Dublin as well. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thank you so much Beth! 😘 YEEES, shame on you haha, you need to go there asap! 😀 The Long Room was so impressive I still can’t believe it. ALL THOSE BOOKS 😍😍 I really did have a great time, glad you liked my post 😊

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      1. I only just went to Scotland last year, so I seem to focus on far away places for my holidays rather than close to home places. 😀
        It looks impressive, and I think that will be more books than I’ve ever been in the same room as. 🙂 Definitely loved your post! ❤️

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  3. YES I’M GLAD YOU INCLUDED THE PART ABOUT POSTING PICTURES ON INSTAGRAM TO MAKE FRIENDS JEALOUS. THAT IS A VV IMPORTANT PART XD

    Technically I traveled this summer, but that was to Jersey City which is only an hour away from where I live haha. So.. no international vacation or anything, but I’d LOVE to visit Germany since I’m learning German in school.

    Also SO MANY CATHEDRALS. Well, only like two or three but DANG. THOSE ARE ACtuALLY bEAUTIFUL THOUGH. I really want to visit a castle??

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    1. HAHAHA, yeees! We must never forget about that part 😂 Haha, well it still a little enjoyable getaway 😊 I live right next to Germany and yes you definitely need to check it out! There is an AMAZING castle in Neuschwanstein (google it NOW) that I’m dying to see one day! 😀

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      1. Ahhhhhhh in German we were learning all about castles and everything and we even visited a site to buy castles or fortresses or whatever!

        ALSO I JUST GOOGLED THE NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE AND YES IT’S BEAUTIFUL I remember that apparently the Disney castle was modeled after it? Or maybe not haha.

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  4. Everything looks and sounds so lovely! I’m so happy you had a great time 🌸
    I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland! The library of Trinity College looks like what dreams are made of, the Temple Bar is so pretty and all those donuts sounds absolutely delicious!

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  5. Ugh, this is gorgeous. I visited Dublin and 2011 and I completely fell in love with the city. It was small enough to walk everywhere, and so much beautiful architecture, and GREEN. Your photos make me very nostalgic.

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  6. Love reading about all your adventures Nyx. I’m living vicariously through you right now and i’m so envious of your trip to Dublin., I’ve never been before but definitely want to visit the Trinity College/the long room at some point. It looks phenomenal.
    Amazing post!

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