I went to Dublin for my birthday last month and all I can remember was how cold it was so it’s a good job that I’ve got lots of photographs to look back on to remind me of what a good trip it was!
For some reason, because we were getting there by plane, I thought I would arrive at a destination that was at least a warm. This was not the case and I guess we’re all still waiting for Spring. Bad weather aside, we had a great time in a lovely and charming city. Everyone was really friendly and jolly, just as you would expect.
We booked a hotel through lastminute.com and opted for a Top Secret Hotel. We had no idea where we were booked in to.. so this is great if you like (good) surprises but not so great if the location is an important criteria to you.
The first time I booked a Top Secret hotel, I was a bit worried but ended up at The Hilton in Kensington! This time in Dublin, our hotel was still as nice but a little far out than we would have liked but that was the risk we took.
Nevertheless, we stayed at The Burlington Hotel which actually has great transport links. Bus stops all over the shop! There is one right outside the hotel.
We stayed for 3 days and planned things to do which included The Guinness Factory, The Jameson Whisky Distillery, Leprechaun museum and Trinity College. I didn’t know what to expect from the Leprechaun museum, we got tickets on a whim after walking past it, and I thought it’d be fun like Eureka but it was just a walk through tour where the guides told stories and tales.
The Jameson Distillery and The Guinness Factory on the other hand were both really good, I would definitely recommend them. You can tuck in to specialty drinks and good quality food. I made sure I consumed plenty of Irish Coffee to warm my cockles so I would not feel the cold as much. Eventually, I had to pop in to Primark/Penney’s to buy a couple of thick wooly jumpers, though.
It wasn’t exactly a traditional Irish dinner but we couldn’t help but try Eddie Rocket’s. It looked great from the outside, and even better from the inside. It was so busy in there and I came to the conclusion that it must be really good if it was jam-packed with customers. That’s always the way, right?
It was just the kind of food I needed that day, though. I have tried a lot of burger joints but Eddie Rockets is one of my favourite. It’s got the whole diner concept down to a tee and the quality of the food was great!
Sometimes, all you need in life is a good burger, some onion rings, a huge bowl of chips, cheese and garlic mayo and an Oreo milkshake. Happy days!
Have you ever visited Dublin?