So much about Dublin surprised me: it’s a small city packed with music, history, parties and great places to hang out. It’s the perfect location for a weekend adventure, as you can walk everywhere and see it all in a couple of days, or the starting point for your adventure around Ireland. There is so much to see, do and experience, so here are my recommendations for the most fabulous things to do in Dublin. Check out my Dublin travel […]
Open since 2011, the Generator Hostel Dublin is a modern hostel located on Smithfield Square, north of the River Liffey in Dublin. Housed in a former hotel, this property has a very contemporary feel and a range of room types – from spacious private rooms to a 10-bed Ladies Jacuzzi Suite – plus a very popular bar. I stayed here for four nights in April 2018 and this is my review of my visit. To give you a real feel […]
When I visited Dublin last month, I was desperately in need of some fresh air and rolling green hills. It had been months since I’d had a proper break from London so I was very keen to see a little of the Emerald Isle on my trip. There are, of course, so many amazing places to visit in Ireland and my wishlist includes Cliffs of Moher, Galway and The Giant’s Causeway. However, I didn’t want to spend a super long […]
Here are all of my fave snaps from the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland. Tucked up in the north of Dublin, it seems a little out of the way from most of the city’s other tourist attractions, but in fact, it’s the 2nd most visited free attraction, welcoming over half a million visitors every year. It’s definitely worth venturing to – and I recommend stopping by Two Boys Brew for brunch en route 🌸 There are over 15,000 plants in these […]
I had some amazing food in Dublin. From banging brunches to delicious dinners, Dublin has an amazing foodie scene considering how small it is (less than 2 million people – I was so surprised!). I also found eating gluten-free here to be pretty easy. Being English-speaking and with a restaurant scene similar to most major UK cities, it didn’t take much effort to discover some real #glutenfreedublin gems. Having previously been vegan, I understand how similar the process is for […]
If you didn’t already know, I love me some brunch. Being Australian, I’m practically built on smashed avocado and poached eggs. So hunting down the best that Dublin has to offer in terms of morning meals was high on my list of priorities for this trip there last week. Question is: did I discover the best brunch in Dublin? You know what – I really think I did. And while you’re thinking about this amazing city, don’t miss my full […]
I loved how bright and cheery the centre of this city is. The Dublin street art scene has imbued it with an infectious use of colour and design. As my friend Dave pointed out, even the electricity boxes have been painted with their own unique designs! Here are some of my favourite photos I took on my trip to Dublin last week. And while you’re thinking about this amazing city, don’t miss my full Dublin travel guide! 🌈 Artist Josh […]
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5 Things I Learnt in Dublin
1) They speak Gaelic
I know, you're probably like 'DUH!' but I don't think this was something that I'd ever really come across. On arrival, I suddenly saw all these signs that were not in English and was suddenly like 'Oh riiiiight'. It makes sense obviously but wasn't anything I'd ever come across before. You don't need to try and learn the language though - everyone speaks English and pretty much everything is in English. It's just that their original language has been preserved as well.
2) You don't have to go through passport control if you're coming from the UK
It really freaked me out when I flew from Dublin back to London as I was ushered through a side door that allowed me to skip passport control. I was "wait.... what?" It really freaked me out and I wasn't quite sure why I didn't need to go through any checks. Turns out, there's a Common Travel Area between Ireland and the UK, which means passport control isn't required.
3) It's more like the UK than I thought
I always think of Ireland as being more strongly associated with Europe than the UK. However, I shouldn't have been surprised to discover that they have UK power sockets and drive on the left as they are physically closer to the UK. Yes, leave your continental power adaptors at home as they use have UK sockets.
4) Music is everywhere
Once you start thinking about how many famous Irish musicians and bands there have been (The Pogues, The Cranberries, Sinead O'Connor, My Bloody Valentine, Thin Lizzy, Ash, Two Door Cinema Club - oh yeah and U2, The Corrs, Hozier, Snow Patrol and Boyzone) then you start to realise how much music comes from out of the island. There are so many pubs where you can go and watch locals sitting around playing traditional music for hours on end, and you should definitely do this at least one evening on your trip. I recommend the proper old boozer The Cobblestone, where the drinks are cheap and the locals are friendly.
5) It's not that big
Ok, so I was surprised by how small Dublin is. You can walk from one end of the city to the other in under an hour. The city has only about 553k people, while Greater Dublin is just shy of 2M. The whole of Ireland is only 4.7M, which is less than the population of Sydney (5.1M) - a fact that blows my mind. I think it's because so many Irish people so many people have left the country for numerous centuries that our sense of people who are Irish are spread far across the globe (apparently, 80 million people worldwide claim to be of Irish descent). So I was definitely expecting Dublin to be a much bigger city but in fact, I think its size made it very charming. It felt very charming and cosmopolitan, packing a lot of punch into its small size.