How we’re seeing Dublin in 38 hours (we might just be crazy)

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Did I mention how excited I am that we’re going to Ireland? Mid-June is possibly the best time to travel to the Emerald Isle, and we’ll be in Dublin June 13-15.  The average temperatures for those days are in the 60s, and according to TimeAndDate.com, the average sunrise for those days 5 a.m. and sunset is just before 10 p.m. Talk about getting the most out of our day!

Because we will be so lucky with our timing, we’ll be able to pack our days with sightseeing. After doing a lot of research, I’ve come up with a rough itinerary for the weekend that will maximize our time in Dublin without running us into the ground. Here’s what I have so far:

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DAY 1: Friday, June 13th  
  1. Arrive at Dublin Port by Irish Ferries
  2. Taxi to Abigail’s Hostel – 10 mins
  3. Get settled in the hostel
5:30 p.m.
  1. Dinner at The Temple Bar
  2. Meander around town
  3. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral to take pictures at sunset. The cathedral will be closed but we can view from the outside.
6:30ish
  1. Dublin by Night Open-Top Bus Tour:
  • O’Connell Street
  • Georgian Dublin
  • Docklands District
  • Dublin City Centre
9:00 p.m.
  1. Night Out (Maybe at Fitzsimmons)
10:00 p.m.

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DAY 2: Saturday, June 14th  
  1. George St. Arcade (if we can squeeze it in)
9:30 a.m.
  1. Walking Tour from City Hall: We’re using New Dublin Tours for a free 3-hour walking tour!
  • Dublin Castle
  • Dubh Linn
  • Dublin’s Medieval Walls
  • Viking Remains
  • Norman Dublin
  • Georgian Dublin
  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • Adam and Eve Church
  • The National Library
  • Famous Writers
  • Temple Bar
  • U2 – Origins of the rock legend
  • Trinity College
  • Leinster House
  • Chester Beatty Library
  • St. Stephen’s Green
  • 1916 Easter Rising
11:00 a.m.
  1. Guinness  Storehouse Tour
  2. To Jameson: Walk 16 mins, Taxi 4 mins
3:00 p.m.
  1. Jameson Distillery Tour
5:00 p.m.
  1. Pub Crawl leaving from Wellington Club: we’re using New Dublin Tours again – but this time, the adult version.
  2. We may also want to do a free Irish dancing show at 9 p.m. Arlington Hotel across the way from our hostel!
7:30 – All Night

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DAY 3: Sunday, June 15th
  1. Wake up and check out
  2. Taxi to Dublin Port – 10 mins
7:00 a.m.
  1. Depart to Holyhead
8:45 a.m.

Of course, we’ll still miss out on a few must-sees in Dublin, such as Kilmainham Gaol, but I am convinced this itinerary will provide us with a great balanced experience of Dublin. With just more than one month to go, we also have plenty of time the make alterations. I know we will have an incredible time in Ireland, regardless. I mean, c’mon. It’s Ireland.

For more, see my post about our transportation and accommodations: How we’re squeezing in a weekend trip to Dublin

*All photos from Google

 Have you been to Dublin? How long did you stay and what did you do? Do you think we can squeeze all of this in?

How we’re squeezing in a weekend trip to Dublin

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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Sorry about the exclamation — I’m just really, really excited! This summer, I’ll be spending a week in London with my travel pal, Sarah. And in our planning, we figured that we might as well plan a trip to Dublin while we’re in the U.K. We both have a love for pubs and Irish jigs and figured we could spare a couple of days stepping away from England and exploring the Emerald Isle. And going to Ireland means I get to check something off my bucket list!

When we’re going

While Sarah will be in London for nine days, I will only have six days there before I leave for my Contiki tour. So we’re taking a short weekend trip to Dublin — leaving Friday morning and returning Sunday afternoon. Yes, we know we should avoid weekend travel when we’re on a budget, but a weekend trip was the only option that worked for our schedule.

How we’re getting there

Sarah discovered a transportation company that is perfect for our schedule and budget. Called RailEasy, the company lets us find and book a train ride from London to the west coast of England and a ferry from England to Ireland. We booked a train ride from Euston to Holyhead, where we will then hop on a ferry to Dublin Port. The journey takes about eight hours — six by train and two by ferry.Though the ride will be long, it’ll be totally worth it because of the stunning views of the countryside we’ll see along the way.

Here’s a short video of the highlight of the London-to-Dublin journey:

Where we’re staying

We used Hostelworld (as usual) to search for places to stay in Dublin. There are other accommodation options featured on the site than hostels — such as budget hotels and bed and breakfasts — but Sarah and I prefer hostels because they allow us to meet and hang out with other travelers. And we love making friends. We searched Dublin hostels based on price, ratings and location and found several that fit our criteria, such as Isaac’s Hostel and Backpacker’s Citi Hostel.

But the one that caught our attention most was Abigail’s Budget Accommodation. With an 98 percent location rating and a Hostelworld recommendation, Abigail’s stood out as the best place to stay if we want to be centrally located to Dublin’s main attractions. It’s located on Aston Quay overlooking the River Liffey with Temple Bar only footsteps away from the doorstep.

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Since we’ll be tight on time, we need somewhere that is within walking distance of most sites we want to visit, and a few minutes’ car ride away from the rest. Not only is Abigail’s centrally located to all the historical sites we want to see, but the hostel offers free 3-hour walking tours every day at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. This bonus means we’ll have to do way less planning for where to go and what to see.

Nightly bar crawls are another prized feature for the hostel, one that we will happily take advantage of. Have I mentioned that I’m obsessed with Irish pubs? We’ll be visiting the Guinness Brewery and the Jameson Distillery while we’re there, of course, we’ll be sure to salute the local spirits on our night(s) out.

In my next post, I’ll share our tentative itinerary for the trip!

Have you been to Dublin? How did you get there and where did you stay? Comment below!