How We Travelled
We flew from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Dublin Airport on a Saturday morning. Liverpool isn’t anywhere near our closest airport geographically but the flights were a steal, so we saved plenty of money by doing it that way rather than flying from a location more local to us. Our journeys, both outbound and inbound were quick, easy and without issue, so if we choose to go back to Dublin, I would definitely do it this way again. Once we reached Ireland, we got a taxi to our hotel and back to the airport on out return, but we walked everywhere else. As long as you stay in an easy accessible hotel it’s a super easy city to navigate and everything we needed was within a close distance. We are quite adept at using public transport in unfamiliar cities, but we just didn’t find the need for it this time around, so made the most of the dry weather and walked it!
Where We Stayed
Jury’s Inn Custom House
This hotel, right alongside the Liffey river, was the perfect location for a central Dublin stay – the room was really comfortable, the breakfast was delicious and it was the ideal base for our weekend. We attended the Country 2 Country festival at the 3 Arena on the Sunday night and we were ideally situated for that – just a 20 minute walk along one road. If you’re looking for a place to stay around the arena this would be just right for you, as it’s still super close to shops, restaurants, pubs and anything else you might need.
Where We Ate & Drank
Doheny & Nesbitt
We headed here to spend a few hours on the afternoon we arrived. We wanted somewhere we could sit down, watch the rugby and have a few beers and had looked at a few options online before we arrived. This was actually a second choice, after our first was super busy, but we ended up loving it there, so it worked out for the best. We were in the upstairs lounge and could not fault the service given to us as we sat at the bar – the staff was friendly, we were served quickly and the whole atmosphere was just great. A definite recommendation for a traditional Irish pub.
F.X. Buckley Steakhouse
We’d made a reservation for this steakhouse before we left for our trip and were looking forward to our meal long before we headed there after we’d been to Doheny & Nesbitt on the Saturday night. The feeling of the place is cozy but sophisticated and you just know that the food is going to be of the highest quality. Husband ordered a steak, whilst I went for the mushroom wellington, both of which turned out to be absolute stunning and we were both over the moon with our choices. I accompanied mine with a prosecco cosmopolitan cocktail and we had a fantastic night. I would definitely recommend this place and will certainly be heading back there if we make a return trip to the city. Just gorgeous.
Le Petit Parisien
This was a cute little café we popped into after some shopping on Sunday morning. I wanted a coffee break and we both fancied a sit down so this turned out to be a lovely little treat. We didn’t try any of the amazing-looking baked goods on offer as we had a lunch reservation, but the atmosphere was lovely and the coffee delicious, so I would say to give it a go. Plus, if the little cookie that came with the coffee was anything to go by, then the bakery would be stocked with tasty morsels.
The Hairy Lemon
This was a lot more homey and traditional than our experience in F.X. Buckley, however, it was no less amazing. It’s certainly what you would expect of an Irish pub, with a ton of stuff to see around the place and a fun and interesting tale behind the name. The food was, again, stunning, and we stayed for a while after we’d finished as we loved the feel of the place and wanted to stick around. I would highly recommend the Bailey’s coffee I had as a finishing course to our meal.
What We Visited
A lovely place to wander around and take photos of. I think you can take official tours, presumably visiting a bunch more areas of the campus, but we just took a leisurely stroll whilst we were shopping in the centre of Dublin. It comes positively reviewed, so I’d definitely consider being shown around properly next time, but we still had a lovely time taking a look by ourselves.
We headed here for the Country 2 Country music festival on Sunday night and we really liked the arena in which it was hosted. If you’re thinking of going to a show here, then you can pretty much guarantee a good view and a great atmosphere, so definitely give it a go. The C2C show was incredible, so we recommend that too, if you’re thinking of buying tickets for future years!