Joe and I flew from Paris to Dublin on Ryan Air for our first stop on our Ireland road trip tour. Customs and passport security were very easy to get through and we were going through major happiness shock that everyone was speaking English!!!! Since January we had been immersed in Swahili, Luhya, Masai, Italian, Montenegrin, Greek, German, and French so the fact that we could totally grasp everything going on around us without searching our limited languages vocabularies was a major breath if fresh air after so long!!!
The bus system in Dublin is AMAZING and very easy to figure out. From Dublin International airport take the 16 or the 41 to Dublin city centre. The buses are all very nice double deckers and have free wifi on board. Our driver was soooooooo friendly and told us exactly how to get to our hotel and chatted with us! It was so different from France!
We stayed in the beautiful Ashling Hotel in the heart of Dublin and it was directly across from the Guinness brewery. We were able to walk to all the major sights very easily! We had very typical Irish weather of overcast and rain showers but really it just added to the magic of being in Ireland for us, just be sure you have a good rain jacket and an umbrella!
Since we only had one day in Dublin we really tried to blitz the city. Here’s what we saw and what my recommendations of things to see are if you only have one day in Dublin. We started with Saint Patricks Cathedral and it was beautiful! I particularly loved the park that sits on its property which was a lovely green space to admire the cathedral. I mean come on, your in Dublin you have to see Saint Patricks. Next we stopped by Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin castle. I also Recommend popping by these two places, just seeing the outside of each place is magnificent and if you have time to wonder in, they won’t disappoint.
Next, we got ourselves down to Trinity College, the oldest University in Ireland, it was founded in 1592 as a sister school to Oxford and Cambridge. The campus is beautiful and the old library houses the magnificent Book of Kells and over 200,000 beautiful old books. It is 9€ per person to get into the library and worth every penny.
The Book of Kells is a magnificently decorated Latin copy of the four gospels dated back to 800 AD, illustrated and written by monks. The museum was beautifully done and it was truly breathtaking to look at the Book of Kells at the end of the exhibit. After you see the Book of Kells you get to wonder through the old library home to hundreds of thousands of old books housed in beautiful wood shelves two stories up. The wood detailing and spiral staircase make the room magnificent. Joe said that seeing the museum and library may have been his favorite thing we saw/did in all our time in Europe. A MUST SEE IN DUBLIN.
After the Trinity college, take a tour do the Guinness Brewery and find an Irish pub to grab some fish and chips, duck out of the rain, and listen to some fabulous live music. We ate at the Merchants Arch Pub and Restaurant and it was a great atmosphere with good food and friendly service.
This will make for a full day in Dublin but it’ll be worth it! We adored our time in the city and can’t wait to go back. The next morning we picked up our rental car and set out for our trip around the country, we saw Glendalough, Kilkenny, Waterford, Blarney, Cobh, Killarney, and Doolin before heading back to Dublin. Stay tuned for pictures and blogs from each beautiful town!!!