I’ve had dreams of the Emerald Isle for as long as I can remember. I’d made it to Scotland and England, but somehow Ireland eluded me. Last March an email with last-minute holidays was delivered to my inbox and I simply couldn’t resist the deal on Dublin. With a few clicks, my flight to Ireland was booked.
Too bad I didn’t know Dubliner, Fiona Hilliard, when I was planning my trip. I love enlisting the help of locals when traveling because I’m able to get tips and tricks that only a resident would know. Fiona is a travel writer and blogger from Dublin, Ireland where she runs TravelEdits.com – a travel site featuring travel news, reviews, and advice. The site also includes a section called The Dublin Edit where she blogs about her home city. Fiona’s Dublin articles regularly feature in The Guardian’s Been There, where she is the resident Dublin local.
I’d say that Fiona knows what she’s talking about when it comes to Dublin and I’m thrilled that she’s willing to pass along her favorites here.
Take it away, Fiona!
Postcards of Dublin will always depict Guinness, Georgian architecture, and The Ha’penny Bridge. All of these are fine, photogenic aspects of the city, but the best thing about Dublin by far is the people – the craic, the warmth and the sense of humour. Irish literature and music often evoke this spirit, but to truly experience Dublin you just have to go. So go!
The first place I take a visitor from out of town is The Guinness Storehouse.
To escape the hustle and bustle of the city I head to Wicklow – the scenery in Glendalough is spectacular.
If I want to shop for Irish design I go to Designist.
If you come to my city, get your picture taken at the Molly Malone statue.
For a huge splurge I go to Brown Thomas.
Photo ops in my city include The Ha’penny Bridge, St Stephen’s Green Park, The Georgian architecture, the coastline in Howth or Dalkey.
If my city were a celebrity it’d be Colin Farrell.
The most random thing about my city is the weather.
My city’s best museum is Kilmainham Gaol.
My favorite jogging/walking route is the Phoenix Park.
For a night of dancing, go to the clubs on Harcourt Street. Or, for live music, go to Temple Bar for traditional Irish music sessions or the bars and venues on Camden Street/Wexford Street for rock/alternative live bands.
Zaytoon is the spot for late-night eats.
To find out what’s going on at night and on the weekends, read the Le Cool Dublin guide.
Don’t miss the Creative Quarter, an area encompassing Georges Street, South William Street and Dame Street.
The best way to see my city is on foot.
When I think about my city, the song that comes to mind is U2’s ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’.
Have you been to Dublin? What are your favorite places?