I recently spent a few days in Dublin. My son and I were celebrating our (joint) birthdays and while we wanted to travel we didn’t have the time to go too far. We flew from Southampton airport in the south of England. The regional airport is perfect for short queues, good parking and rarely any delays.
It’s been a long time since I first visited the city and I had hazy memories. The city in compact and cho-full of interesting things to see, good restaurants and bars and you can get around on public transport. Top tip: plan where you want to go before you get there. It helps to have a map in your mind at least of where to go and how to get there in advance to save precious time. Here’s a quick round-up of my top five:
The Little Dublin Museum is crammed with items donated by the public and is run by locals, including a guide with a very witty repartee.
Treat yourself to dinner at Cliff Townhouse located within an elegant Georgian house. This is where the locals dine. If you’re watching your spends you can also pop in for some Dublin oysters and champagne to enjoy the atmosphere.
The Guinness Storehouse. Don’t be put off if you’re not a fan of the velvet brew. This converted grain store is architecturally and historically fascinating. The professional welcoming team are super efficient and friendly. The vintage marketing displays are fun (remember the Guinness Fish on a Bicycle Ad?). The rooftop bar offers one of the best views in Dublin. There’s even a tasting room with a knowledgeable beer sommelier on hand to ensure you appreciate your tipple.
Take the little Dart a few stops down the coast to Glasthule where you will find Gavistons Food Emporium. Impossible to come away without buying something delicious! Top tip: buy a travel card at the airport when you arrive which you can use on buses and the Dart.
The James Joyce Museum is housed in a tiny historic turret and is filled with treasures, including the author’s death mask. The steps leading to the second floor are a nightmare though if you suffer from claustrophobia so give those a miss.