26 February 2018

24 hours in Dublin guide

*post sponsored by Dublin Coach

I love a little overnight away to recharge my batteries and there's nothing better than a super quick trip to Dublin! I love Dublin because it feels a million miles away when really, it's only just down the road!

How to get there
Getting to Dublin is easier than ever with Dublin Coach. Hop on the coach next door to the Grand Opera House on Glengall Street. The service leaves every hour and gets you to Dublin in 2 hours. Unlike other services, the coach runs directly from Belfast to Dublin City Centre, dropping off at Dublin's Custom House Quay. 

The coach has USBs and WIFI for charging and browsing plus the seats are big and comfortable. The two hours flew in! Plus it's only £8 each way - bargain! 

Where to stay
I can highly recommend the beautiful Westbury Hotel, located just behind Brown Thomas. It's a really stunning hotel and so handy if you are on a major shopping trip. My favourite hotel (actually in the entire WORLD!) is The Merrion Hotel. It makes me feel so happy as I have very fond memories of a trip when I was a teenager. It's really homely and they have a fabulous spa in the basement too!

On this trip, we stayed in the brand new Iveagh Garden Hotel. It's Europe's first sustainable hotel and it's powered by the river that runs underneath the hotel. The hotel is really gorgeous - very modern and glamourous. It's a great place for a girl's trip and their bar & restaurant, Elle's, does amazing cocktails.

I've also heard great reports of House Dublin - they've also just opened up a sister Belfast version on Botanic Avenue that's worth a nosey.

Where to shop
I always head straight to Brown Thomas to look at all the gorgeous things and visit the babies in Chanel and Louis Vuitton! I also really love Armani makeup and Huda Beauty. Two of my favourite brands are a big reason why I venture to Dublin - COS and & Other Stories. Their clothes fit me so well - fellow tall girls take note. 

There's also a new Victoria's Secret in the old BT2 unit. It's really big and has a whole downstairs of the PINK collection.

If you want to explore some amazing Irish design, head to the Kilkenny Centre. They really champion local makers in everything from ceramics to jewellery. 

Where to eat
After asking you all on Instagram, Fire on Dawson Street came out as the top rated place to go. We headed there for an amazing meal - delicious steaks and the BEST PRAWNS I've ever had. The service is also fantastic. Highly recommended also came Sophie's at The Dean and Roberta's. I can also really recommend The Green Hen from previous visits.

We headed to The Woollen Mills Eating House for lunch on Saturday. They serve amazing lunch options from sandwiches to burgers. The restaurant is really chilled - a lovely juxtaposition to the location facing the busy Ha'penny Bridge. 

If you want some shopping fuel, make sure to grab a hot chocolate from Butler's Chocolate Cafe - the best!

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