My Dublin city break weekend diary

Dublin weekend break, Temple Bar

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My Dublin city break – day one

My Dublin city break got off to a very early start when the taxi came at 4.30am Saturday morning. After picking everyone up we were soon at the airport, through security and on the plane. The flight to Dublin from Leeds is very quick, about 1 hour. By 9am we were checking in at the hotel, The Croke Park Hotel. Our rooms weren’t ready but the hotel concierge was happy to look after the suitcases and take them up to the rooms. The Croke Park Hotel reception area is gorgeous with stunning flower displays around it.


Dublin city break The Croke Park Hotel, flower display


After such an early start we spent half an hour or so freshening up and putting our make-up on. (Because who has time for make up at 4am?!) The first thing on all of our lists was food! So after a 10 minute or so walk in to Dublin centre we found a cafe that we all agreed on.


Anns Bakery has set breakfast menus where you can choose 2, 4, 6 or 8 hot breakfast items for €4.95 – €8.95. All come with tea or coffee and toast (they were happy to let me use my decaf tea bags for my teapot). The food in Anns Bakery is delicious, really hot and it a great start to a day.


Dublin city break, Temple Bar


A short walk leads you to the Temple Bar area. If you don’t already know Temple Bar is a large area known as the cultural quarter that is full of pubs. You quite literally walk out of one and straight in to the next. The narrow streets through it are all cobbled and it reminds me of The Shambles in York. The pubs are all very lively, very busy and all have live music all day and all night.


Dublin city break - Temple Bar live music

Dublin city break, Temple Bar live music


Obviously you have to have a drink of Guinness whilst on a Dublin weekend break. Apparently it tastes better in Ireland…I still can’t say that I like it though!


Dublin city break, Temple Bar guinness


Now I would like to tell you that after a few late morning / lunch time drinks we were on our way exploring more of Dublin. Unfortunately I just can’t say that! I don’t know if it was the early morning, the starting drinking at 11am or the lure of Temple Bar…But the day pretty quickly became carnage with dancing on tables, shots of jagermeister and staggering out of Temple Bar at midnight with a chicken kebab. Classy!


My Dublin city break – day two

The second day of our Dublin city break saw us all awake surprisingly early. So we got ready for the day and packed up. Check out was 11am so once ready we left our suitcases with the concierge again and set off out for the day. As breakfast at Anns Bakery is so nice we were soon in there eating.

Sunday was a much quieter day for us. There are some amazing shops in Dublin centre which we spent some time exploring.

To do something a bit different we chose The National Leprechaun Museum. It costs €10 each and is a guided tour so you have to book a time slot. I will be honest and say The National Leprechaun Museum isn’t really a museum at all and is quite strange. It is more teaching the history and folk tales of Ireland. There is a really fun room full of oversized furniture, so you can feel like a tiny leprechaun sat on a 10 foot chair! The tour takes about an hour-ish. It is interesting, a bit of fun and for the price is a great way to pass an hour.


Dublin city break, The National Leprechaun Museum


A Dublin city break has to include a walk over the famous Ha Penny Bridge / Liffey Bridge. It is full of love locks (padlocks) that couples have put on and is a real tourist hot spot.


Dublin city break / Ha Penny Bridge / Liffey Bridge

Dublin city break / Ha Penny Bridge / Liffey Bridge padlocks / love locks

Dublin city break / Ha Penny Bridge / Liffey Bridge River Liffey


Spending a day walking around Dublin you can see some gorgeous buildings.


Dublin city break - The Church Bar and Restaurant

Dublin city break

Dublin city break - The Gate Theatre


One of my favourite sights to see is the Gogarty and Joyce statues in Temple Bar.


Dublin city break - The Gogarty and Joyce statues


To finish off our Dublin city break the perfect way was another trip to Anns Bakery for cream cakes. We had all spent the last two mornings eyeing them up as we ate breakfast. The cream cakes are huge and taste amazing.


Dublin city break, Anns Bakery cream cakes


Before we knew it it was time to head back to the hotel then on to the airport again. We caught the last flight back to Leeds and I was climbing into my own bed just before midnight.


My Dublin city break round up

A Dublin city break is an amazing weekend. I would definitely recommend a girly holiday there. Dublin is known for being expensive but shopping around (and coming out of the Temple Bar area) it is easy to find reasonable prices. Flying on the first plane out one day then the last plane home the next is very tiring. If I went again I would like to have a bit longer as there are so many sights I still want to see.


Have you ever been to Dublin? I’d love to know what you think of it if you have.



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37 comments on “My Dublin city break weekend diary

  1. Dublin looks amazing, I love all your photos. I would love to do lots of mini city breaks so this is one I will add to the list.

    1. We’ve decided to do lots of mini city breaks this year instead of a big summer / beach holiday. It’s a great way to explore lots of different places x

  2. Dublin ahs always been on my ‘must go to’ list and you’ve certainly highlighted some interesting aspects! I mean, a leprechaun museum? That sounds like an amazing way to kill an hour!

  3. I was actually looking at flights for the August bank holiday and Dublin was the cheapest, so I might end up there for a long weekend. Your itinerary is really cool, I love that you chose to do something different and visit the Leprechaun Museum! 🙂

  4. On my mum side, her family (my granparents, if you will) are from Dublin. However my mum never visited Dublin till a few years ago. We both went over for a weekend. It a great city to see. xx

    1. It must have been lovely for her to see it for herself. It is such a great city, so much to do there! x

  5. I have wanted to visit Dublin for a really long time, and this post has whetted my appetite even more. I love the look of some of those buildings, especially the one that seems to be a restaurant in a chimney?!?! I am intrigued!

    1. I was really intrigued by that restaurant too! I would love to go back and go inside of it, I think the chimmney is just the entrance to it.

  6. OMG this post has brought back so many amazing memories for me. I went to Dublin inbetween Christmas and New Year and stayed in Temple Bar. Best break away ever! xxx

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