A few weeks ago, my housemates and I flew to Dublin to celebrate Katie’s 21st birthday. We did it in style and on a budget and I think it was very successful.
Stay in a hostel.
We stayed in The Times Hostel in Camden Place. We had a private four bed dorm with its own private bathroom for around £16 a night each and it was more than enough for our needs. I’ll be doing a full review soon but I was very impressed and it definitely met the same standards as a cheap hotel room, as long as you don’t mind bunk beds.
Bus fares are very reasonable from the airport.
It only cost 2.80 Euro for a single but it does take around an hour. We arrived at rush hour so we sat in horrendous traffic which wasn’t the best start to the trip, it actually took an hour and a half so just watch out for that. We still think it was worth saving the taxi fare!
There’s loads to see just from walking around.
We picked up a free map from the hostel and vaguely planned out a route around the city to take in a few sights. We also wandered off in the general direction of where we were heading and found some great things – like this indoor market we stopped in on the way to the Guinness factory. If you only have a day and want to cram in every tourist attraction there is, then sure, the hop on-hop off bus probably is for you, but if you’re into more leisurely sightseeing, take to your feet and follow the street signs.
Shopping for every budget.
We took in areas around Grafton Street and O’Connell Street where you can find high street and designer. We did some serious window shopping in the department stores. If vintage is more your bag, I noticed the charity shops always had gorgeous window displays, especially the ones on Camden Street.
So much cake.
I don’t know whether we’re just four very like minded gluttonous pigs, but everywhere we turned we seemed to spot a delicious looking cafe or cake shop. So much so, that we decided to dedicate our hungover Saturday purely to stopping in any cafe we liked the look of. We got 4 beautiful slices of cake from Manning’s Bakery. We also heard that The Cake Cafe was pretty amazing. Despite it only being a road away from our hostel, we were always completely full of cake by the time we got back. Biggest disappointment happened after we were enticed into Bewley’s by the most delicious looking display of scones to be told they had none left. Sneaky Bewley’s, sneaky. I settled for a cake size bit of tiffin which I had to take away in a doggy bag, defeated.
It goes without saying, but take a walk outside of Temple Bar for slightly cheaper drinks.
We ended up in a pub only about 5 minutes away and nearly fainted at the sign for 5 euro cocktails. Anyone in the vicinity must have thought we were mad or that we’d never had a reasonably priced drink before.
St. Stephen’s Green on a Saturday afternoon for your daily dose of cute babies and even cuter dogs.
The weather was looking pretty dodgy but St. Stephen’s Green was still teeming with people. We laid back on the grass for a good session of people watching.
Do you have any other tips for a budget weekend in Dublin?