In June 2016 I surprised my love with a trip to Dublin for his birthday. I’m half Irish but have never been to Ireland and Barney loves Guinness so I thought this would be the perfect getaway for us! We spent four days in the Emerald Isle seeing what this beautiful city had to offer, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. From its stunning architecture to the wonderful smiling people you pass in the street, we felt instantly at home. We stayed with my Auntie and Uncle in Clontarf, just outside of Dublin. It was lovely to see them in what felt like years and staying with them made the trip more warming. Every morning we were greeted with big Irish breakfasts which set us up for our days of being tourists, and they told us the best places to visit.

The open-top bus tour was a great way to view the city and all its charm. We visited many landmarks such as the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Zoo, Croke Park and the famous statue of Molly Malone. It has great shopping, great history and most importantly great bars! Many a pint and cocktail were drunk during our time.

We had a great time at the Guinness Storehouse, earning how the black stuff is made and tasting all its different elements. We were even allowed to pour our own pint and drink it in the Gravity Bar which meant we could overlook the whole of Dublin.

Dublin Zoo was also incredible, and I feel this is probably the best Zoo I’ve ever visited. It’s located in the most beautiful Phoenix Park and the animals just seemed so happy here.

We spent the rest of the evening walking around Central Dublin, doing a bit of shopping and visiting the famous Temple Bar. This bar was amazing, great drinks but an ever-greater atmosphere.

The next day we did a tour of Croke Park which was really interesting. It’s the home of the GAA and Ireland’s Gaelic games, and they also hold concerts here too. To me, the building is so iconic and knew I really wanted to visit here.

We ended the adventure with a trip on the Viking Tour Bus which was one of our highlights. This tour took you on land and sea and you got to learn a lot about Dublin along the way. It started to absolute pour down while we were on this trip and of course, Barney and I were sat at the open-air end of the bus; nonetheless we had a great time!

This trip was wonderful in more ways than one; we are already planning to come back next year and hopefully see the countryside too. After all, my family roots are in Dublin and the beautiful Galway. I urge anyone to visit this special city; you won’t be disappointed.

R x

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