Back in October, I scored direct flights to Dublin for $250 with Norwegian–an absolute STEAL! I had a blast going to Ireland for only a weekend (3 days to be exact). Here’s my itinerary!
Where I Stayed
As I always do, I booked my hostel through Hostelworld. I stayed at Isaac’s Hostel, 2-5 Frenchmans Lane, Dublin 1, Dublin, Ireland. It was only a 10-15 minute walk to most of the sites and museums that I wanted to see, so that was a major plus. I paid €24 per night ($29). It was one of the less expensive
options available that was still in a good area. It wasn’t a horrible place–it was actually pretty decent.
The major flaws that I noticed were the cleanliness of the bathroom-there was water on the floor the whole weekend I was there and it smelled pretty bad–plus one of the shower rods broke, making one of the few stalls unusable. There were also no lockers in the rooms themselves, only in the musty,smelly basement were there cage lockers that you had to get a seperate key for. I ended up just carrying all of my valuables with me whenever I left. The girls that were in my all female room were pretty cool and we all left our bags under our beds. The common area wasn’t too bad at night, it would just get a little crowded as it was the only area with wifi. It had a pretty social atmosphere, though it was a place that you sort of just had to inject yourself into a conversation.
The hostel offered a free breakfast of tea/coffee and toast, or you could pay extra for more options. I took full advantage of the tea/toast and found myself a table at the cute cafe next door, Art Cafe Dublin, which wasn’t expensive at all and super tasty! A bar that I would totally recommend would be Ruin Bar Dublin. It’s designed after the ruin bars of Budapest, and had a really cool menu and beer selection. However, it was pretty pricey, I spent nearly €30 for an appetizer and 3 cidres–delicious, but expensive.
What I Did
My first day in Dublin I did a lot of walking around. My flight arrived at 8 AM, so I dropped my bag off at the hostel, grabbed some food at Art Cafe, and went on my way. First thing I did was find my way to Trinity College to see the Old Library and the Book of Kells. I got there pretty early, so there weren’t a whole lot of tourists around, and it was great! By the time I exited the library, there was a massive line and tour groups swarming around. Pro tip: ALWAYS bring your student ID with you when you travel, even if you already graduated (as long as there is not expiration date)–you will save a ton of money everywhere with it. After Trinity College, I visited Dublin Castle and took a tour there, followed by seeing Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I didn’t get to go in either as they were both closed at the time I went, but they were both magnificent structures. I found most of the sights were relatively close together. I made my way over to the Leprechaun Museum and had a blast! It was super cute and fun and I would recommend it to anyone. They tell a lot of folklore which I found very interesting.
My next day was mostly spent at the National Museum of Archeology–I’m a huge history nerd and I love museums, so I spent 3-4 hours just wandering around. For the rest of the day I mainly just wandered a lot, not really paying attention to where I was going! I decided to just hang out at the hostel for the night since I had to be up early for my day trip the next day, which led to me staying up until 2am chatting with some new friends.
My third and final day in Ireland was spent on a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher. I took a
bus with Galway Tours, and along the way we stopped in a number of different spots with numerous historical significance and took lunch in the small, charming fishing village of Doolin before making our way to the cliffs. What a breathtaking sight to see! We spent 2 hours walking along the coast and miraculously, the clouds disappeared just as we arrived and came back as we were leaving. It was magical! Our tour guide also ruled, I would definitely recommend this company to anyone trying to book a tour to the cliffs from Dublin!