One of my fave pastimes is going on kayak.com to check out cheap flights. Sad, I know. But in October I saw a relatively cheap flight to Dublin. For only 150SFr roundtrip, that would normally be a steal.. but the problem was that I didn’t have any holidays left (I’ll be taking it in December for an extended Christmas break), so I basically only had one full day in the city. So… To book or not to book!?!
I thought about it for a couple of weeks… bit the bullet and purchased the flight. This definitely won’t be my last time in the Ireland/UK area, but I had no idea when the next time would be.. So whatever. It wasn’t ridiculously expensive to go for the weekend, so I decided for it. And I have absolutely no regrets! Carpe diem.
I originally booked a dorm room at a hostel in the city centre, but after thinking.. and thinking.. I basically arrive late at night on Friday and leave super early on Sunday morning, so I wanted to stay somewhere comfortable where I have my own space y’know? It’s not like I can’t afford booking a hotel anyway, so I decided to stay close to the airport so it’d be convenient to take my 6:30am flight on Sunday.
So on the Saturday, my itinerary was paaaacked because I basically had to do 3-4 days worth of touristy activities in a day. I got the adult rambler pass (€6.50), which basically gives you unlimited travel for the day. I (wrongly) read online that you can purchase the day pass when you get on the bus, but that’s not true.. and because of that I had to pay an extra one-way fare -.- So if you know you’re going to be taking a lot of transport, make sure you get the pass before you get into the city, preferably at the airport.
My first stop was the Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison turned museum. It’s one of the most visited sites in Dublin because of its historical significance in Irish independence. I took the bus from Aston Quay.. it took about 10 mins? The bus didn’t indicate the stops so I went a bit too far and had to walk back. If you’re uncertain at all just ask the bus driver, and I’m sure he/she could help you.
This is the entrance of the jail. Entrance was only €2 for students, with a 1-hr guided tour included. Our guide was very professional and I learned a lot during the tour