Let me start by answering the question everyone is looking for the answer to. Can Dublin be explored on a budget? Now, I consider myself a budget savvy traveller. I’ve been to many European countries and always found I’ve been able to stretch my Euros as far as humanly possible. It’s probably one of the most common traits of every frequent traveller actually. So in answer to the question; Can Dublin be done on a budget? My answer is no. Absolutely not, and I feel like I’ve almost failed myself as a proud budget traveller by admitting that.
Here’s how to spend 36 hours (and a lot more money than expected) in Dublin, Ireland
CHEAP FLIGHTS TO DUBLIN
Remember when Ryanair went crazy and did all those £2 flights? Well, I managed to snap up a bargain and grab two returns to Dublin from my home city of Liverpool for the glorious price of £8. Another city and country to explore and Dublin would officially become my shortest but probably most expensive trip to date.
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HOW TO SPEND 36 HOURS IN DUBLIN
Although Dublin is only a 25 minute flight from Liverpool it’s my first time visiting Ireland. And I can tell you now that I genuinely know that the price tag in Dublin does not accurately reflect the rest of Ireland. The inflated economy in Dublin is something that us happy little tourists have caused and we’ve almost set ourselves up for an exploitation. Silly really and although most people visiting Dublin know this prior to touch down we still all flock to The Emerald Isle to experience that charming Irish worldwind P.S I love you style.
|By day and by night. Dublin, Ireland|
OVER INFLATION – 36 HOURS IN DUBLIN
Dublin is London, and I know the tourist game in London. It’s about to suck you in and spit you out with an empty wallet. And thats why the capital of Ireland is so similar to London. It’s the classic tourist trap. Now, without getting too negative, I knew from the second I paid 10 Euros for an airport bus that I had really landed in Ireland’s beautifully over inflated capital. I know you probably think I’m slamming Dublin here but in this case I have to be honest. Dublin broke my bank.
|The black stuff|
The scene is set, traditional eateries, Irish pubs, typical bars with live music singing only the best Ireland has to offer. The best fish and chips in all of Dublin complete with list of top celebrity customers on its wall. A simple meal will set you back 15 Euros (and that’s without the fish). Now, I don’t want you to take my pessimism too literally, because I loved Dublin. I have no negative memories of the overall experience that do not relate to the financials.
Our stay in Dublin was my first hostel experience since South America and we couldn’t have stayed in a better hostel in a better location. We genuinely couldn’t have visited any better bars or had a more fun time. It’s the cost that I keep coming back to. We were there for one night if you subtract the sleeping hours from our time spent there well. We were well and truly tourist-ed by Dublin.
TEMPLE BAR, THE BRAZEN HEAD AND 36 HOURS IN DUBLIN
We hit the streets of Temple bar known originally barr as in sandbank, before tourism and time dropped the second r. The heart and soul of Dublin and a first stop for many eager tourists. World renowned for its infamous stag dos, hen parties, overpriced drinks and the tipsy echo of Galway Girl over the worn cobbles. We laughed because the area very much reminded us of Concert Square in Liverpool – an area we usually try to avoid. Yet, we found ourselves engrossed in the madness and as touristy as a tourist can be in Dublin’s heartland.
The river Liffey behind us and the cold night outside we found ourselves reluctant to leave every traditionally decorated, cosy bar we found, regardless of the price. There isn’t one place in the whole of Dublin we didn’t feel welcome, that’s the whole charm. And I guess part of the bigger problem. You’re almost happy to handover your cash to the grinning bar man with the nice accent.
|The Brazen Head, Dublin, Ireland|
36 HOURS IN DUBLIN – MUST SEE BARS
|Temple fun – Dublin, Ireland|
|Trinity College at night (well 6pm in Winter)|
Dublin Castle is another must see, head early and explore the gardens. Always expect tourists taking photos or the odd tour group hanging about. Time it correctly so you beat the crowds and grab the perfect tourist free picture. The weather was perfect during our visit. Cold and crisp with a bright Winter sun illuminating the castles features.
Christmas was in full swing when we arrived in Ireland and we were able to visit Arnotts department store which reminded us of an old time favourite Christmas movie. If you haven’t seen The Greatest Store in the World then I suggest you watch it this second. If we hadn’t spent so much on Guinness we maybe would have been able to do some christmas shopping. Oh well, maybe next time.
GENERATOR HOSTEL DUBLIN – WHERE TO STAY IN DUBLIN?
|A couple of Guinness infused selfies|
36 HOURS IN DUBLIN – SURVIVAL GUIDE
BUDGET TRAVEL IN DUBLIN
WHERE TO STAY IN DUBLIN
GETTING TO AND FROM DUBLIN AIRPORT
Return bus tickets to and from Dublin are available from Dublin airport. Its a pretty straightforward affair and something I noticed all the tourists were doing. Find the Airlink Express counter just inside the arrivals section and speak to someone. We gave our hostel address and the girl at the desk kindly told us which stop to get off at.