I have spent the last three days in Dublin. I had absolutely no idea about the city really, and I suppose that was part of the problem. At the beginning of December, me and my friend decided we wanted a city break- and due to the overpriced nature of flights nowadays, and everywhere being cold, we opted for Dublin!
My work life has been quite hectic the past couple of weeks so I didn’t really have time to research our trip or what we were planning to do when we arrived which is definately something that I would not recommend.
When we arrived we went straight to our hostel (which we were very pleased with actually!) and then felt a little lost. And that kind of continued for the whole weekend. Unless we were very blind, or just didn’t go to the right places, Dublin lacks a city centre of sorts. It had the generic shops and bars but it isn’t very easy to wander around.
On the second day, we decided to go to Kilhainham Gaol, which was a good decision to make. *Note, book ahead!* but oh my gosh we got so lost. We must have walked for about an hour before eventually bumping into a kind local who agreed to take us there! But it was located in the proper backstreets of Dublin and one thing about Dublin that drove me mad, is the signage is awful! Nothing is signed and the city maps are totally useless as the scales are totally off.
Anyway, once we got the Gaol, we were very impressed. We went on a guided tour which was fascinating and definately worth the €5 to get in. The history was fantastic and the tour guide had so much passion – this was a huge highlight of the trip.
We then wandered into the city to attempt to go to Trinity College. After getting more lost due to the lack of signposting, we got there and realised you had to pay €12 to go and see the library which we didn’t want to do, but the grounds were very pretty and the college itself was lovely to walk around.
The city just had a weird vibe. It’s very quiet and had lots of backstreets that make you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. Maybe we didn’t go to the right places, let me know if anyone has done Dublin!!
I had a lovely time with my friend, and it was a nice break from the hectic nature of the real world, but I wasn’t sure about Dublin.
Probably a ⭐⭐ from me in comparison to other cities I have been to.
Let me know your thoughts!