Last weekend I was in Dublin, melting in the unexpected heatwave and exploring the city with Jade, one of my work friends. We’d been sent over by Cheapflights (watch out for my post on the #cheapflightschallenge coming soon!) and if I’m honest I really wasn’t sure what to expect. My Mum has been before and told me I needed to go to Temple Bar, and Penneys (their Primark) but other than that, and the bits I’d read during a flick through my guidebook, I really didn’t have a clue what to expect. I thought I’d share my first impressions of Dublin with you guys in this post.
Public transport is reliable, cheap and frequent
There’ll be more on this in my #cheapflightschallenge post but basically, transport wise the cheaper the better. And I spent less than twenty euros on transport in the entire three days. Oh, and we waited no longer than ten minutes for a bus, even on Sunday. Public transport in Dublin is definitely far better than at home! Everywhere in the City seems to be walkable but there’s lots of different trams, buses etc in case you can’t/don’t want to walk. Handy.
There’s so much street art
If you know where to look (hello, Temple Bar area!) you can find so many gorgeous colourful walls. Jade was luckily very tolerant of my wanting to wander around and find more and more art (or graffiti, as she kept saying-I think street art is totally a love/hate thing and Jade didn’t love it!) and if I’d had more time to hunt I’m sure I would’ve found lots more too.
It’s a great city if you want to shop
There are sooo many shops-including TWO Penneys stores. TWO. There’s also all the usual clothes shops, and a Mango, and a Tiger. Two of my favourite shops I never see in England (apart from the Tiger in London) and always head to when abroad. I didn’t really shop, but I could have if I’d wanted to. There was nothing missing that I would’ve needed.
It’s definitely not filled with Leprechauns
I half expected the stereotypical little green men to be everywhere, much like Amsterdam was with tulips and clogs. But that wasn’t the case in Dublin. Quite refreshing, really.
Have you visited the city before? What were your first impressions of Dublin?