Ryan and I spent our final two days in Ireland in the fun city of Dublin!
I bought our tickets online ahead of time, so we only had 15 minutes to wait until our tour began once we arrived.
The Jameson Distillery and Guinness Storehouse tours were both recommended to us several times, though a few people said they were quite touristy. While I wouldn’t say the Jameson Distillery tour was a “must do,” we had fun with it and enjoyed learning about the whiskey-making process.
And I can’t complain about the complimentary whiskey ginger ale I got at the end of the tour one bit!
After we finished our drinks, we headed to our hotel to check in and unload our bags before heading back out into the city.
We were able to book another last-minute stay at a small boutique hotel located right outside of the city. We had no problem making the 20-minute walk into the city center each day (even in the snow) and liked being a little bit removed from all of the commotion.
Right after Ryan proposed to me, I had a surprise weekend away in Ft. Lauderdale coincidentally planned for him for his birthday. We stayed at a boutique hotel that weekend and ever since then love keeping an eye out for small, unique hotels in larger cities.
Blog reader Marie recommended the Hampton Hotel to me and it had such a fun, eclectic feel.
Our room was spacious and the bed was incredibly comfortable. We also loved flipping on the remote control fireplace each night when we came in from the snow.
And the bathroom was a stunner!
After we dropped our bags off, we bundled back up and headed out into the dreary weather.
The weather during our entire stay in Dublin was crazy cold and it snowed the majority of the time which, as a Florida girl, I loved. It was beautiful, but admittedly not quite as glorious when the wind picked up and the large flakes started smacking us in the face as we walked around.
Before dinner, we wanted to make sure to do a little more sightseeing and walked through St. Stephen’s Green Park which was vibrant and green, even in the drab weather.
We then walked to Trinity College because we wanted to make sure to have time to see the Book of Kells and the Long Room in the Trinity College Library before it closed for the day.
The Trinity College campus was beautiful! Since my alma matter was founded in the mid 1900s, it is still considered a relatively new university, so I absolutely love the contrast that comes with walking onto college campuses that are rich with history.
Since we arrived so close to closing time, we were able to buy discount tickets to see the Book of Kells, though pictures were not allowed. (One thing that really amazed me was the fact that the book was written on pages made of calfskin!)
Photographs were allowed in the Long Room, the main chamber of the Old Library that houses more than 200,000 of the library’s oldest books.
It was a beautiful room and we spent all the time we could looking around until we were told it was closing time.
And then it was time to head back out into the cold!
It didn’t take us more than 20 minutes exploring the shops and cafes on Grafton Street to feel like we needed a hot beverage to warm up, so we popped into Butler’s for hot chocolate.
Next up on the agenda: Hit up the pubs in the Temple Bar area!
We spent several hours in this area. Though I’ve heard that it’s always quite lively, a soccer game between Ireland and Austria was on the televisions in many of the pubs which seemed to bring a ton of people out in full force. It was a fun atmosphere, that’s for sure!
I also managed to order Irish stew for dinner at one point at a pub. (I cannot remember the name of the pub for the life of me. This is why I snap pictures of the outside of buildings!)
Eventually Ryan and I made it back to our hotel and though we planned to head right to bed, the hotel bar and dessert called to us, so we ordered another beer and shared a plate of the bread pudding before calling it a night.
Day two in Dublin is comin’ up in a bit.
I will also be announcing all the winners of last week’s giveaways! Stay tuned!