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Lifestyle: A Weekend in Dublin






























 Last weekend I headed to Dublin for a weekend away with some of my lovely course friends from University. We seemed to spend a lot of our time moving from pub to pub (I developed a serious addiction to Bailey's coffee) but we managed to squeeze in quite a lot of culture. Dublin is a pretty expensive city but a lot of the tourist attractions are free, so it wasn't too difficult to enjoy ourselves whilst on a student budget. We took the overnight ferry which arrived in Dublin at 6am on the Friday morning. Slightly bleary-eyed, we headed straight to the nearest pub for a fry up. We had quite a lot of time to kill before we could check in to our hostel so we decided to visit Trinity College. The grounds are stunning and well worth a visit, particularly if it's a sunny day. After warming up with an Irish coffee, we went to Sweny's Pharmacy - featured in James Joyce's Ulysses. The pharmacy is now a bookshop and a great place to visit if you're a bit of a literature tourist or just fancy something a little different. We were welcomed in by the owners and treated to a Joyce reading and a few cups of tea, the perfect way for literature students to pass the time! We headed down to Temple Bar in the evening and spent the night at Turks Head. Our second day in Dublin was spent visiting the Museum of Modern Art and taking a tour around the Guinness Storehouse. I learnt to pull a pint of Guinness - if you need a master pourer I'm your girl! On the morning of our final day, we visited the Oscar Wilde statue and attempted to go to a few museums but since it was a Sunday a lot of them didn't open until 2pm, so we ended up going to the pub and having a few last pints of Guinness instead. In the afternoon we went to the Leprechaun Museum. It's aimed at kids (you're taken round by a 'storyteller' who tells you various tales from Irish folklore) but it's so much fun - there's a bit with loads of giant furniture that you can climb on and pretend to be Leprechaun-sized. After one last trip to the pub we hopped on the ferry home, arriving back in Leeds at 3.30am with sore livers and happy memories. Dublin is such a beautiful city and it's definitely possible to enjoy it on a limited budget, someone take me back!




3 comments

  1. That 'Books Upstairs' bookshop looks so cute! I've never been to Dublin but really want to visit soon. Such lovely snaps of all the little details too, Jennifer! xx

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  2. Great photos!

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  3. Looks like a lovely trip!

    Ally x

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