Guinness, Deer, and that bar from P.S. I Love You
(it’s Friday) to the day I spent in Dublin when I was studying abroad in London! A couple of friends and I were able to squeeze in a (very) short trip to Dublin in between our work placements and weekly classes. And although we weren’t there very long, we were able to experience a lot of fun things!
Between the cobblestone streets, colorful buildings, live music in the pubs, and beautiful vibrant green parks, Dublin quickly became one of my favorite places I’ve ever been. And I think we did a pretty good job of seeing a lot of it – although I would love to go back and explore more thoroughly. Nonetheless, with little more than 24 hours in Dublin, this is what we did:
Eat a full Irish Breakfast before exploring the streets
We started off in the early morning by sitting down for a full Irish breakfast – black pudding and all. (Although to be honest I left the black pudding pretty much untouched.) Then, with coffee in our system, we set out to explore the city.
We walked around the Temple Bar area and grabbed a pint from a bar. There was live music in quite a few of the bars in the area which is one of my favorite things when exploring new places. The streets were buzzing, and even though it was a little drizzly, the weather held out for us.
There were vibrant flower stands and colorful buildings with a bunch of flags everywhere. We stepped into some boutiques, bakery’s, and briefly checked out the disney store.
Walk through Saint Stephen’s Green Park
After looking in some of the shops we walked through Saint Stephen’s Green Park, which is in the center of the city near Grafton Street. It was nice to take a stroll through the park with all of the birds and the trees and the fountains.
One thing I really enjoyed about living in London was that you could always step away from the bustle of the city by walking through one of their parks – and that’s how this park in Ireland felt. Like a little break from the city vibe.
Check out the Guinness Factory
After exploring leisurely for a while we headed toward, arguably, what Dublin is most famous for – the Guinness Factory. Now, I don’t even really like beer in general, let alone Guinness, but because everyone always talks about it I went for it anyway.
If nothing else I got some fun pictures.
But really the factory was interesting to see, and the bar at the top with the view of Dublin made it worth it. When you buy a ticket to the factory you also get a token to redeem for a free Guinness from one of the bars in the factory. You’ll want to bypass a couple of the bars to get to the bar at the top that has the best view!
It’s probably not something I would do a second time if I were to go back – it’s a ‘been there done that’ sort of thing. But hey, if anyone knows of any bloody mary factories feel free to let me know 🙂
The factory also had a Photo Booth you could play around with and of course I tried it out!
Feed the deer at Phoenix Park
Now, in addition to the Guinness Factory we had heard quite a bit about the deer at Phoenix Park. Phoenix Park is about a 10 min. bus ride from the city center and people bring apples and carrots to the park to feed the hundreds of deer that gather there.
We forgot to bring any food so they didn’t really like… love us. But if you do remember to bring food they come right up to you and eat out of your hand. It’s insane.
I mean I live in a neighborhood surrounded by woods and deer walk through my back yard from time to time. So I’m used to seeing them. But never this many at once. And never one’s that were this comfortable around people.
Seriously. Go see the deer!
Check out Temple Bar and Whelan’s for a night out
At night we went back to the Temple Bar area which was all lit up with tons of people crowding the streets. There was live music coming from the bars and it was pretty much the place to be.
After we spent a little bit of time there we headed to Whelan’s (which is the bar they used in P.S. I Love You.) Whelan’s was about a 20-25 min. walk from the Temple Bar area so depending on how motivated you’re feeling you might just want to grab an Uber.
But it was definitely worth going. It was a really lively pub with a band playing hit after hit after hit – Last Request, Valerie, Sir Duke. The singer was good, the cider was good, and the crowd was feeling the energy of the band. I would definitely recommend checking it out during a night out in Dublin.
Have you ever been to Dublin? What did you do and see? What would you recommend? Sound off in the comments below!
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