6 Things to do in Dublin

If you had to make a bucket list of things to do in Dublin before you die, what would you choose? Here are a few suggestions of some of the most popular excursions, and some that are more off the beaten track.

Kilmainham Gaol Museum
This is one of the largest unoccupied prisons in Europe and it has a history stretching back more than 200 years. It is said to be haunted by the ghosts of prisoners, but if you can stand the chill we have heard it’s well worth making the tour. It has been used several times as a movie location as well which is pretty cool.

Experience The Bars
The nightlife of Dublin is something not to be missed. There are bars and restaurants all over the city. Live music is played in many of them which is incredible! We actually came across an amazing band when we visited Dublin called Keywest, they were busking in the Street. Since then we have been to see them play in London. The atmosphere around the Temple Bar area is incredible.

We stayed in this hotel when we visited- https://www.maldronhotelpearsestreet.com/ in Pearse Street, they also put on a delicious breakfast! YUM.

Watch An All Ireland Final At Croke Park
Croke Park stadium is one of the largest in Europe with a capacity for 82,300 spectators WOW. It is very easy to spend a whole day at Croke Park. By the time you have taken the tour, watched a match and had a meal you will have had ones of the best sporting days you are likely to experience.

A Lazy Day At St Stephen’s Green
Taking a stroll round St Stephen’s Green wouls be ideal. It is the perfect place to take a picnic with you, http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/dublin/ststephensgreen/. There are shops close by where you can enjoy an ice cream in the afternoon.

Shop Till You Drop
Bypass all the big shopping centres and head for places like Capel Street or Henrietta Street. These are places where you will find the likes of the original Louis Copeland outlet as well as the craft beer joint known as the Black Sheep. These may not be the cities most fashionable streets, but you will find hidden gems that are well worth exploring.

Guineas tasting
You can buy Guinness in every bar, hotel and restaurant in Dublin, but why not go to where it originates from. The Guinness store charts the history of the brew from when Arthur Guinness first made it to the present day. You will find out how it is made and get a pint to drink while you are there. We visited during our time in Dublin and we couldn’t recommend it enough.

There are no doubt many other things to see and do in Dublin before you die, and these are just a few of the things you might like.

How To Visit Ireland On A budget

Ireland is an amazing destination for a UK trip but it can get a little expensive depending on where you go. The bigger cities like Dublin are quite pricey and you’ll end up spending a lot of money while you’re out there, sometimes more than you would if you went somewhere in Europe. But you shouldn’t let that put you off going because it’s got so much to offer. If you’re planning a trip to Ireland sometime soon, here’s how to do it on a budget.

Getting There
The good news is, getting to Ireland really isn’t that expensive. The flights take no time at all and they’ll only cost you about £50 if you book in advance. If you’re not too keen on flying or you just want to cut the cost even more you could consider getting a ferry. You’ve got to be careful when you’re booking a ferry because the prices can change so dramatically. You can get them cheaper than flights but on some days, they’ll be a lot more. The best thing to do is just keep checking the prices regularly for a few weeks and work out when the best time to go is.

Where To Stay
Deciding where you’re going to go has a massive impact on the cost of your trip to Ireland. If you go to Dublin, for example, you can’t really avoid spending a load of money while you’re out there. The cost of food and drink is pretty much the same as London so a week there is going to put a slight dent in your wallet. There are some other amazing cities in Ireland that aren’t anywhere near as expensive so you’re better off going somewhere like Cork instead.

Once you’ve chosen the city you’re going to stay in, you need to decide on the accommodation. You can easily find gift vouchers for an Irish hotel break online which will make the whole thing a lot more affordable.

If you really want to save some cash, why not go camping instead? There are some beautiful landscapes in Ireland that create the perfect backdrop for an outdoors trip. You can spend some time hiking around in the mountains and taking in the scenery.

Food And Drink
Eating and drinking in Ireland can quickly get pricey if you don’t know what you’re doing. Alcohol, in particular, is very expensive so a night in the pub can end up taking a huge chunk out of your budget. It would be a shame to miss out on a pint of famous Irish Guinness while you’re out there but just be careful.

Eating out in Ireland can be pricey too but you should be able to find some more affordable places if you look around a bit, how about checking on Instagram which is what we do before visiting a city. You can find some yummy places to eat at. The pubs offer great homely food without a massive price tag. One of the best ways to save money on eating out in Ireland is to ask the locals, they’ll be able to point you in the right direction.

A trip to Ireland can easily be expensive but if you use these tips, you can do it on a budget.