Friday, 3 February 2017

48 Hours in Dublin

I've just returned from a quick overnight trip to Dublin and had to share a few photos with you. We had the best couple of days exploring the cobbled streets and traditional pubs. 

We caught the first flight from Cardiff airport on Wednesday morning and all it took was 45 minutes which meant we arrived in Dublin in time for breakfast. We checked into our hotel, freshened up and hit the city. 

Our hotel was conveniently nestled between Grafton street and St Stephen's Green making it the perfect location for us to explore the city by foot - and umbrella.. It was a very drizzly few days but luckily it didn't dampen that famous Irish charm. 

We first had a browse along Grafton Street for a spot of shopping. I spent most of my time drooling over shoes and handbags at Brown Thomas, a huge department store stocking the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermes. It was basically Ireland's very own Selfridges. 

After that we'd worked up quite the appetite so found a cute burger restaurant in Temple Bar area called Bunsen. The burger was one of the best I'd had and teamed up with chunky skin on fries filled us up nicely. We then mooched around a few more quirky independent boutiques before heading back to our hotel for a couple of hours downtime. 

Earlier in the day we had noticed a doughnut shop next to our hotel called The Rolling Donut (there's a few around Dublin and they looked amazing) so we picked up a couple to try and they did not disappoint. We tried the Victoria Sponge Donut and Banoffee Pie Donut.. If you ever visit the city, these are a must. I'd like to think of myself as quite the donut connoisseur so you can take that advise with good faith too.

Of course no trip to Dublin would be complete without a pint (or a small glass in my case) of Guinness in the iconic Temple Bar Pub. I'll be honest here, I hate Guinness but how could I not? It was one of those when in Rome moments..

After painfully sipping at my Guinness in the beer garden whilst also tapping our feet along to the live music, we decided to head back for the evening, order some room service and have a bath with the lush goodies I'd bought earlier that day. 

After the biggest and delicious breakfast in the hotel, on our second day we decided to have a morning stroll around St Stephen's Green with a coffee. 
We tried our hardest to brave the stormy weather by browsing the shops around Henry Street area before giving up and heading back to Temple Bar where we found a cute pub called The Old Storehouse playing live music. We cozied up in the warm, ordered some bangers, mash and ale gravy whilst soaking up the atmosphere for the rest of the afternoon. For me, this summed up Dublin. An inviting quintessentially Irish pub serving hearty food and of course, stout on tap. I could of stayed there all day singing along to the live music but sadly we had to head back to our hotel, collect our luggage and head back to the airport.

A short and sweet trip to Dublin but the perfect little midweek escape. Stay tuned for a full review of The Fitzwilliam Hotel coming later this week - the perfect location and luxurious hotel to make our stay in Dublin all the more perfect.

Briley x



  1. Gorgeous post lovely. It looks like you had an amazing time! X

  2. I loved Dublin. Fab post. You can't beat a Guinness from Dublin. They don't taste the same here. Looking forward to the hotel review x

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