Next up on my guide to Ireland is our quick trip passing through Dublin. Upon traveling to Ireland, we flew in and out of the Dublin airport. It was the best way for us to easily grab a bus to head over to Ballinasloe, which was on the same route to Galway. As we we're getting ready to fly back to the States, we headed back to Dublin on a Friday morning bright and early to explore the city. Although we didn't have a lot of time to be tourists, we were able to see several of the major highlights. If you have extra time to stay a couple hours during a layover or just for the night, I've put together all of the major spots we hit during our 24 stint in Dublin.
The Morrison Hotel (a DoubleTree by Hilton): If you really only have 24-48 hours in Dublin, I could not recommend this hotel more. It's centrally located right along the river and just steps away from the Ha'penny Bridge and filled with sleek, modern decor. You can also easily grab a taxi for the airport from here and make it there in under 20 minutes. The only downside (which wasn't even a downside for us) is that the hotel is pretty modern and new, so if you're looking for a more traditional space, this probably isn't the one.
Temple Bar: Technically, Temple Bar is encompasses an entire area located on the South Bank of the river, however, there is also the iconic The Temple Bar. Whether you stop by the streets for a bite to eat or something to drink, it's worth walking through the popular spot to get a taste of the lively atmosphere.
Grafton Street: Who doesn't love some amazing shopping? This world famous shopping street is lined with shops for spending lots of Euros :) Plus, if you walk along the right path, you'll come across this adorable umbrella lined street. A total bloggers dream!
Joules: I was first recommended this store by a friend, but unfortunately the only brick and mortar shops are in Europe. I made a point to make sure I stopped in when we spent the night in Dublin. The best way to describe the clothing is vineyard vines meets JCrew meets LOFT. I mean, how great does that sound?
Mochaland Cafe- By the time we made it to Dublin, I had already grabbed my morning coffee, but my sister stopped by this cafe during her extra day in the city. It was right near our hotel, so I had to include it in this guide for you to check out. It looks like a cute and cozy cafe perfect for breakfast or a sweet treat.
Trinity College/ Book of Kells: Most likely the most famous attraction in Ireland is the Book of Kells located in Trinity College. Although the ironic library just closed when we arrived to see the attraction (my sister was lucky enough to stay another night and see the Book of Kells), we did get a chance to walk around the campus. It was beautiful! If I ever decided to go back to school for who-knows-what, this college will definitely be a contender. (I spy my sister snapping a masterpiece.....)
St. Stephen's Green: For as busy and urban as Dublin is, you can certainly find a variety of parks through out the city including beautiful St. Stephen's Green. Unfortunately, it was pretty rainy the day we visited, but it was filled with pretty tulips and ponds - the perfect spot to kick back and relax in between attractions.
St. Patrick's Cathedral: Did you know St. Patrick's Cathedral is the largest church in Ireland? Pretty amazing, huh? Before heading to dinner, we took a walk around the ground and a look through the doors. We weren't able to enter at the time, as mass just started (again, another "just miss" moment!). However, we were lucky to get a chance to see the beautiful and sacred building.
The Church: To end our afternoon excursion around the city, we headed over to The Church, a gorgeous church that was transformed into a cafe/bar in the heart of Dublin. They have an upstairs for more formal dining/reservations, but also a walk-in bar area on the main level. I'm kicking myself for not taking my own photo while we were there so I could show you how beautiful it was. The restaurant was packed, but we were lucky enough to grab a seat on the main level to indulge in a good pint and fish and chips. We found out just a few days after we left Macklemore even stopped in for lunch!
Have I sold you on a quick trip to Galway or Dublin yet? My final post of my Ireland trip will be a view of Ashford Castle - a major highlight of the trip!