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The bell is ringing, passport in my hand and I’m ready to jet off to… Ireland!
This is my second visit to Dublin, a truly exquisite city with hidden charms. Over this blog post, I am going to show you all about Dublin – Where to stay, where to eat and what to see!
Dublin is a much closer to London than you think, only one hour flight away. The view of the west coast is stunning from 30,000 feet above. The airport is really close to the city, the ground transfer to the city is reachable by taxi or airport shuttle in less than 30 minutes.
Passing through the city to my hotel – The Merrion, the city is very charming with a rich history, you could see lots of different buildings, dating back to medieval times, and then rows of Georgian townhouses which are my favourites. Dublin is well known for its elegant Georgian architecture.
Arriving at The Merrion Hotel, Dublin’s most luxurious hotel, located in the Georgian Dublin, the architecture of the hotel is truly beautiful, it was restored from four Georgian townhouse and currently boasts 123 rooms, 19 suites, fitness centre with spa and onsite 2-Michelin starred restaurant, all from four townhouses into one, and it currently holds a largest private collection of 19th – 20th century arts, amazing eh?!
Being ushered into my room, located on the first floor — oh my! The two words came into my mind when I saw my suite. My suite – It is to die for! A true glamour, my suite is decorated in ‘toile le toile’ So Pinterest!
The Merrion Hotel is in a perfect location! Dublin is easy to get around on foot, or maybe by a bike from The Merrion. You could see the impressive government buildings opposite the hotel.
There are many things to see in Dublin, and I have chosen my favourite spots to see:
The Book of Kells remains one of the world’s most famous manuscripts with its ornately decorated pages written back around 800 AD.
Housed in Trinity College, this book of the four gospels in Latin is one of Ireland’s major visitor attractions.
Founded in 1795, the National Botanic Gardens are a botanic haven within the bustling capital city. Set in Glasnevin, County Dublin, the gardens contain more than 15,000 plant species from habitats around the world.
The National Gallery contains over 12,000 pieces of art representing numerous artists including work by Jack B Yeats. It is conveniently located near Dublin city centre, a short stroll from Trinity College and Merrion Square. Located opposite of the Merrion Hotel.
Dublin Castle is the heart of historic Dublin and is where the city gets its name from the Black Pool – ‘Dubh Linn’ which was on the site of the present Castle garden. The Castle houses the magnificent State Apartments, it forms a part of the Viceregal court
Dating back to 1592, Trinity College Library is not only historic but is also the largest library in Ireland. Set on the college campus in Dublin city centre, the library is home to 5 million printed volumes as well as the famous ‘Book of Kells’
The Temple Bar was established in 1840. For almost 160 years patrons have flocked to the Temple Bar. A genuinely warm welcome backed up by first rate modern service and Traditional Irish Music is the hallmark of this friendly spot in Dublin. Along with numerous of bars throughout the street. Perfect for the pub crawl.
When in Dublin, make sure you try some Guinness!
With four locations throughout Ireland, Brown Thomas is the country’s premier luxury department store. It features the best in Irish and International brands across womenswear, menswear, beauty, and homewares. Also, there are plenty of shops on Grafton Street, a shopping heaven, so let’s shop till you drop!
After walking around the city on foot, its time to go home, to The Merrion because dinner is calling!
I dined at the award winning The Cellar Restaurant in the hotel by Executive Chef – Ed Cooney showcases the best of local ingredients in a cuisine that is modern and creative, yet distinctively Irish. From starter to dessert and accompanied by finest wine were a sheer perfection.
Breakfast is always a good idea – especially in the suite!
Photos by Diana Martin Photography
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