If you’re a follower of my Instagram account, you’ll probably know that this Yorkshire lass went to Dublin, Ireland for a few days mid October. Now, if I was to write a post on everything we got up to, it would be a ridiculously long blog post, so it would (see what I did there?). So I’ve decided to focus on my five highlights on my first ever trip to Ireland.
Readers of Becka’s Bubble probably don’t know that I have an interest in prisons. I put it down to growing up next to Wakefield Prison, a category A prison. For eight euros, you can have an hours tour around the Dublin prison that closed in 1927. Our tour guide, Kim, was so good. Interesting, clear and the pace of the tour was perfect for exploring and learning. My sister told me about it and said she’d be jealous if we got to go as it had been fully booked when she went therefore, if you go want to visit Kilmainham Gaol, make sure you book online in advance so you’re not disappointed.
There is also an art museum next door with some lovely grounds to look around. My friends decided to practice their pole dancing skills…
Tapas & Temple Bar
My friend Keri, regularly travels to Ireland for work and was advised by the locals to go to Temple Bar, the well known area in Dublin, on the Thursday as we arrived and go somewhere less tourist-y for our main night out on the Friday so once we’d checked in at Cassidy’s Hotel, we quickly got changed and headed to Port House Pintxo for some delicious tapas and then to Temple Bar for a drink or two. The atmosphere down Temple Bar was buzzing to say it was a “school night” and it was rammed in the pub. Most bars have live music which creates a fun atmosphere and the exterior, with the Christmas tree, foliage and fairy lights is truly beautiful! We were knackered after a long day so we were home for around midnight and refreshed for a full day on Friday.
Copper Face Jacks
A girls mini break wouldn’t be complete without a big night out! It took all four of us FOUR HOURS to get ready, using Sophie’s make up artist skills and Keri’s hair skills to make sure we all looked and felt awesome. The other three girls actually bought new outfits while we were shopping earlier in the day! We’d been advised to go to Harcourt Street which was literally a street of bars and clubs.
As we were dropped off outside Copper Face Jacks, that is where we went first…and ended up staying the entire night!
The website boasts:
“The main floor at the nightclub is made up of the main bar and dance floor which has hosted many wonderful bands and parties over the years, a fully heated and covered main beer garden, the mews bar and the residence bar. Our residence bar is the perfect size for intimate parties or a perfect place to party away into the early hours at Dublin’s best nightclub.”
I have to agree with them, to be honest! Great music, a heated and covered beer garden (awesome if you’re a smoker!), good drinks, friendly people and the CLEANEST club I’ve been in. Seriously, as soon as a drink was spilled or glass was smashed (which happened twice to me that night, completely accidentally) there was a bouncer on the case, shining his flashlight on the offending spillage. This was closely followed by a team of men with mops and brushes, wiping and sweeping. My drunken state found it hilarious and I kept trying to dance with the mops but they didn’t appreciate that much!
The night ended with a rickshaw home and honestly, I’ve never laughed so much! The driver was a lunatic, mounting pavements, through traffic and overtaking anyone he could which his little legs peddling away and full speed. Definitely recommend getting home from your night out via a man on a bike – totally hilarious.
Merchant Arch & Davy Lewis Duo
When I said I was going to Dublin, one of the things everyone mentioned was the bands and music in the pubs throughout the day, everyday. On the Saturday, we wandered down temple bar, feeling a little delicate after our night out, and ended up in Merchant Arch where we sat for a couple of hours, chatting, snacking, drinking and listening to the awesome Davy Lewis Duo who sang a range of songs – Robbie Williams, Johnny Cash, Bon Jovi, to name a few. Their harmonies were on point, two guys with stunning voices and a bit of personality too.
These couple of hours, taking in the irish atmosphere, were so chilled and perfect. Definitely a highlight.
Castles, Cathedrals and Culture
Given that my usual life is busy, full on and works to a routine, one of the things I really loved about our couple of days in Dublin was how relaxed it was. We didn’t rush anywhere. There was no routine. We went with the flow and did what we wanted.
After Sophie got her bus to the airport (she had to go early for a wedding reception in the evening) Keri, Rachel and I wandered around Dublin, seeing the Cathedral (sat in the grounds eating Haribo and people watching) and Dublin Castle which has a lovely Garda Memorial Garden, dedicated to the irish Garda killed in the line of duty. The website says:
“Several sculptural works are also incorporated into the layout. These works and the overall design of the garden are intended to reflect how the premature deaths of loved ones leave a trace or imprint, like ripples in a pool, on the lives of those left behind.”
It’s a beautifully peaceful place and stunning to look at.
Have you been to Dublin? Can you recommend any other places for when we (definitely) return? Have you been to the places we visited? What did you think? Comment below or find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
Finally, here’s some of my other favourite pictures from our trip: