If you don’t like drinking, or literature, don’t bother visiting Dublin. The city is obsessed with Arthur Guinness’ famous stout, and equally proud of the revered Oscar Wilde. The Guinness storehouse offers a very interesting insight into the production of the ruby red (apparently it’s not black!) drink. You end the tour with a free pint and panoramic views of the city. The views aren’t fantastic, but the drink’s good.
We spent New Year’s Eve evening in Temple Bar, the beating heart of the Dublin nightlife. You’ll find Temple Bar by the throngs of other people heading there south of the river and O’Connell Street. We took our own drinks with us, hidden under our coats. Paying €13 for a double vodka Red Bull is not the Budget Budgie way. There was a very friendly (drunk) vibe, with numerous street performers and musicians. Expect lots of Brits on ‘lads’ holidays, unfortunately.
Make sure you have an Irish coffee when in Ireland, particularly after a heavy night out. Hair of the dog! We’d also recommend a traditional steak and Guinness pie as a great way to warm yourself after getting wet wondering the streets. A nice city, but the weather isn’t ideal.
Top 5 things to do
- Guinness Storehouse
- Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour
- Christ Church Cathedral
- Trinity College
- Dublinia museum
London Luton Airport à Dublin (£100pp return) over New Years!
Private double bedroom with ensuite, Airbnb in the Docklands (€60 p/n)
Budget Budgie Rating
A compact city, steeped in culture and history, with plenty to see and do for a short break. We’d recommend taking a trip to the coast if you’ve got the time.