Type: Weekend away
Length: 2 days
Getting there: (The big bird – britishairways.com) Flights from London to Dublin (~1 hour).
The Low Down: We landed in Dublin to kick off our weekend trip to Ireland. As we only had the night (I’d already explored here last year), we hit the ground running. Having collected our car from the airport and landing a cheeky upgrade, we headed straight for our hotel for the night.
I’m quite a burger addict. And one thing I remembered from my last visit is that Bunsen have some of the best in Dublin. So after dumping our bags we headed straight there. Having eating our own body weight in meat and fries it was whiskey time, so we headed to Teeling Distillery (see below for more) for our 5pm tour. We capped off our evening with a stop for a quality Guinness at a proper Dublin pub, O’Donoghue’s, and more meat at steak specialists Featherblade.
So having ticked off a few more things this Dublin trip, and taking into account my adventures from last year, here’s my top 3:
My Top 3
1 – The Guinness Storehouse (www.guinness-storehouse.com) – Entry from €14
Certainly a standout for me (I am a Guinness drinker!). But also a must see even for non-Guinness drinkers. The Storehouse gives you the low down on one of Irelands most iconic brands. Activities include; mastering the perfect pint pour, immersing yourself amongst the props of ‘creative’ advertising throughout the years and enjoying those spectacular views from the gravity bar.
Around the corner from the Storehouse is another great Dublin pub called Arthurs. Named after the man himself, Arthur Guinness, this place makes a banging Guinness Stew and the black stuff ain’t too bad either.
2 – The Teeling Distillery (teelingwhiskey.com) – Tours from €15
My first whiskey distillery tour and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Teeling have been crafting whiskey since 1782 however their new distillery in the Liberties has only been open since 2015. While the distillery is new, the methods remain traditional. On our 40 minute tour we were given a detailed insight into the full production cycle adopted by Teeling today by our gregarious guide Evie. And to the tastings (obviously the main reason we were there) we sampled both the Small Batch and a Teeling Iced Tea. Both were incredible, needless to say I ended up with a bottle of Small Batch at the airport!
3 – Dublin Walking Tour (www.neweuropetours.eu) – Free walking tour
I think the best way to see a city is by walking it and this is particularly the case in Dublin. Given its small size, Dublin is easily walkable in a day and Sandemans make ticking off the sights easy with this engaging 3 hour walking tour. Leaving from Barnardo Square, City Hall, they run multiple tours every day. Group numbers are limited however so booking ahead is advisable!