I’ve been lucky enough to take a short break in Dublin nine times. There are many reasons why I keep returning to the ‘fair city’.
Is it the city’s size?
Dublin city centre is small and simple to navigate. This gives it a homely feel as you can quickly get your bearings. It’s very busy however, lots of traffic and pedestrians and the river Liffey runs through it with many bridges crossing the murky depths. The bus service is good and the Airlink bus is great – a 10 euro return trip to the airport. There are lots of stops and you can buy a ticket on the bus, at local shops or online.
Is it because of the friendly people?
The Irish are known for their hospitality, friendliness and charm. Dubliners are happy to have you visit. A warm welcome awaits in the hotels, shops, bars, museums and even from strangers walking in St Stephen’s Green.
Is it the leisure & the night-life?
After sundown Dublin’s atmosphere changes. The place comes alive with fantastic restaurants, lively pubs and bars, street entertainers, live theatre, sports, gigs and more. You can find everything here; it’s like London or New York. The Temple Bar area parties every night fuelled by Guinness and cocktails, sustained by Irish music and craic, and enjoyed by tourists, ‘hens’ and fiftyplussers!
Is it the shopping?
I love to shop. Dublin has shops-a-plenty. From staples like TKMaxx to exclusives like Brown Thomas. There are lots of shopping areas too allowing you to explore the city doing something you love! With this many shopping opportunities, you may need to rethink the baggage allowance on the way home…
Is it the history?
I can feel Dublin’s rich history surrounding me like a blanket that is slowly draped around me as I travel toward the centre on the Airlink. The buildings are old and impressive; the cobbles in Temple Bar are uneven and well-trodden (leave the heels at home!); statues of famous Dubliners are dotted about the city – okay, so Molly Malone is fictitious but her statue is real enough. One of my favourite places to visit is the Little Museum of Dublin on St Stephen’s Green. It’s like visiting someone’s house and I see something different every time I go. It has a wealth of interesting stuff from James Joyce to U2; quirky artefacts to art masterpieces and impressive busts (ahem!) to Guinness cartoons. All museums should be like this!
So what is it about Dublin – even for the fiftyplusser?
All of the above! Dublin is my absolute favourite city to visit and I see it as my battery charger. Some need a two week holiday in the sun – I’m not averse to that (Ibiza here I come! Woo!), but Dublin is more restorative for me and lifts my spirits higher than anywhere else.
Is it the Irish magic?
Yes… I do believe it is.
You may also like my post about a very quick visit to Cardiff.