Wondering what to do on a mini-break in Dublin?
I was born in a hospital in the very centre of Dublin and grew up living around an hour from the city until I moved to the UK. I also went to University at Trinity College in the heart of Dublin (where my brother and Dad went to) so it really is a very special place for me.
Now that I’m living here in Tunbridge Wells, I don’t get back to Ireland half as much as I would like to, however I am planning a mini-break in Dublin with my husband hopefully to take place next year. For anyone else considering going, here are my top 5 things to do on a mini-break in Dublin:
Visit The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin
This was the first place I took my husband back when we were ‘dating’ and he came to visit me in Dublin. It is historical, informative, in a fantastic building and finishes up with a pint of Guinness at the end. What’s not to like? Push the boat out and have some oysters while you’re there too!
Get the DART
DART stands for Dublin Area Rapid Transit and it’s an overland electrified commuter train system that takes residents and tourists along the coast stretching from gorgeous Greystones in County Wicklow (incidentally where I grew up) though Dublin and out to Howth and Malahide in North County Dublin. The views are sensational in parts.
Personally I would recommend getting the DART out to Greystones and exploring the lovely village there. Or get off a stop early in Bray – take the cliff walk to Greystones (around 7km of stunning views), have a pint or lunch at The Beachhouse and then get the DART back from Greystones to Dublin. The choice is yours…
Book one of Ireland’s best restaurants!
I don’t think I fully appreciated how fabulous some of Ireland’s restaurants are when I actually lived there. Treat yourselves to a slap-up meal by an acclaimed Irish chef. Check out squaremeal which features some of Ireland’s best restaurants and is a platform for booking them too! There are so many to choose from but on our next mini-break to Dublin, I plan to dine at The Greenhouse and Restaurant Six. Though you never know, I may change my mind before then!
Check out The Book of Kells & The Pav
You must wander around the grounds of Trinity College in the heart of Dublin. Even if it’s just a short visit. A trip to see The Book of Kells (Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure) at Trinity is worth it too and if you have time, pop down to The Pav bar where you’ll get to see some traditional student life in action, all overlooking the gorgeous grounds.
Enjoy some ‘trad’ music
A trip to Temple Bar is a must on your city break, but beware, it will be full of fellow tourists like you! For an authentic Irish music with marvellous live music, try somewhere like Kehoe’s or Grogan’s Bar. Gosh I miss it!
Go to Grafton Street!
A trip to Dublin can’t be done without a stroll up and down Grafton Street. This pedestrian street is right next to Trinity College and has some lovely shops. Make sure you put aside some browsing time for Brown Thomas and enjoy watching the buskers on you wander as well as some of the quirky side-streets.
Whatever you end up doing on your mini-break to Dublin, I hope you love it as much as I do!