Well here it is, my first honeymoon travel guide for all you wanderlusts out there. I travel a lot. it’s kinda my jam and since you’re busy planning a wedding, picking out your dress and getting shit organized; I’ve put together travel guides from a few of my favorite places to make planning your perfect honeymoon that much easier.
So heres the DL on the Emerald Isle. 😉
Ireland is a small island with a big reputation: breathtaking landscapes and fascinating, friendly people. It’s a beautiful country filled with rolling green hills, castles, scenic coastlines, a good pint, and ultra-friendly locals. Dublin is a lively capital city with great pubs, and awesome people; it’s pretty hard not to have a good time here. The country’s small size makes it easy to explore regardless of the length of your trip. It’s a magical land full of wonder, history, and fun and I can’t recommend visiting here enough. No one ever walks away unhappy after a visit to Ireland. Visit Ireland. It’s phenomenal.
Most people who visit Ireland spend time in its capital city, Dublin. Fans of Ireland’s most famous export (Guinness) will find no shortage of pubs that claim to pour the city’s best pint. The city’s Georgian architecture, music, and “craic” have made Dublin one of Europe’s most popular locations. While the city isn’t the prettiest in the world (and on a cloudy day it can feel downright gloomy), there is so much literary and cultural history here you can’t help but always feel inspired. This is just a fun city (probably helped by the fact the Guinness and Jameson factories are located here) with a lot of amazing pubs, nightlife, live music and dancing (so much Irish jigging), and an up and coming foodie scene. But, more than that, Dubliners are a friendly, witty, and inquisitive bunch always happy to show you a good time and have a laugh.
Accommodation – Budget hotels average around 50 EUR and will include a private bathroom and some include an Irish breakfast. In the bigger cities, especially Dublin, definitely expect to pay a bit more. Overall Dublin is a fairly expensive city. You could also try Airbnb, which has entire homes averaging about 50 EUR a night.
My suggested places are:
Air B&B // it’s usually around the same price as a decent hotel and you get all the privacy.
Bed & Breakfasts // They are a real thing in Ireland and it’s quite the experience. You don’t have as much privacy because your renting a room in someones house but it’s a great way to experience what Ireland is really like, meet the locals, and experience the culture. You should try it at least once.
You’ve spent a wonderful day sightseeing in the Irish countryside and you’ve pulled up to your lodging for the night. Your host warmly welcomes you with a hot cup of tea and a biscuit. You relax in an over-sized chair in the sitting room and warm yourself by a crackling fire. This scene isn’t fantasy, its reality nearly every day in Ireland’s fantastic bed and breakfasts. Ireland has a long tradition of B&Bs and they are very popular with travelers.
Food – Fast food items start at around 4 EUR and usually consist of kebab and fires/chips, while a simple meal at a pub will set you back 9-14 EUR. A nicer meal, with a drink, will be upwards of 18 EUR. If you go out early to lunch or dinner, you’ll find many restaurants offer “early bird” specials where you can get good deals. If you cook your meals, expect to pay 50-60 EUR per week for groceries that will include pasta, vegetables, chicken, and other basic foods. For the best value food, visit the pubs! Local meal, with local people, at local prices!
My suggested places are:
Cornucopia Restaurant // Great for a casual breakfast
Matt The Thresher // A great dinner sot, a little fancier, amazing seafood & local cuisine
The Winding Stair // Great date night dinner with a view of the river Liffey, sooo romantic <3
Transportation – Public transportation is pretty good in Ireland. Whether you’re on a bus or train, expect friendly drivers, and timely departures. Bus trips around Dublin cost about 2 EUR for a single journey. Longer bus journeys, such as Dublin to Belfast will cost around 17 EUR. It costs about 45-65 EUR to get to Cork from Dublin by train and takes about 2.5 hours. It costs about 35-55 EUR to get to Galway from Dublin by train and takes about 3 hours. Buses take about the same amount of time but will save you about 10 EUR. Taxis are expensive and, since most cities are extremely walkable, I suggest you avoid them.
Activities – Most museums throughout the country cost about 9-14 EUR. The Guinness Brewery is one of the few I would recommend, but the most expensive, costing 21 EUR at the door. Save 10% by booking online in advance (added bonus – you also get a fast pass to skip to the front during busy season). Day trips around the countryside will set you back 36 EUR or more.
THINGS TO DO IN DUBLIN
Go shopping on Grafton Street, walk around Trinity College, explore St. Stephen’s Green, and go to a pub. I’ve also listed more cultural experiences below. But if you really wanna get a flavor for the city center those are my top picks ;)
All the tourist books are gonna tell you to go to temple bar. It’s pretty there for sure and has a different feel from the rest of the city but it’s SOOO TOURISTY. Fore a more authentic experience I would suggest having a bite to eat or a pint in the Swan Bar.
Trinity is Ireland’s oldest university. The campus is beautiful and highly photogenic, right in the center of the city. The college also has an art gallery and displays the Book of Kells, an ancient manuscript dating to 800 AD. A guided tour is 13 EUR and includes admission into the Old Library Exhibition and the Book of Kells.
This gaol was used as a prison up until 1910. Today the building symbolises the tradition of militant and constitutional nationalism from the rebellion of 1798 to the Irish Civil War of 1922-23. Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 were detained and in some cases executed here. It was temporarily used after the 1916 Easter uprising and during the War of Independence for imprisonment and mass executions. Often there were about eight people to a tiny cell. In 1960, it was restored and opened as a museum in the 1990s. It has a great introductory exhibit, and your ticket gets you a tour that lasts one hour and begins on the hour. Opening hours will vary depending on the month, but it’s usually open from 9am-5pm. Admission is 8 EUR for adults, with discounts available for families, students, and seniors.
Just do it. While driving on the wrong side of the road takes some getting used to, it’s the best way to see the country. There’s so many little towns, pubs, hikes, castles and just straight up scenery that you won’t have the freedom to explore via the bus. Also, it rains A LOT so it’s pretty nice to have a warm, dry car to adventure around in. It’s the best way to experience the entire country, I promise. And, you can just pop over to Northern Ireland while you’re at it :)
day trips from dublin
Discover the true beauty of Ireland on this wonderful day trip to the monastic site of Glendalough and oh-so colorful Kilkenny, the medieval capital of Ireland. Hike around the beautiful land of two lakes or stop for a cuppa tea at the local restaurants near by. This place is a gem, don’t miss it.
Visit St. Kevin's monastic city at Glendalough famed for its rounds towers, and Celtic crosses which will provide you with a true insight into the workings of an early Christian monastery. Glendalough, known as the valley of 2 Lakes and surrounded by dense forests and romantic babbling brooks this is truly the picture-postcard vision of Ireland you have come to enjoy and explore.
Enjoy the rolling hills of Wicklow, the magnificent peeat bogs, and dramatic waterfalls. Featured in many movies, Wicklow is knows as the Garden of Ireland and this area is a favorite of many Dublin city dwellers as they escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin city.
Once the capital of Ireland in the middle-ages, it is renowned for its magnificent Norman Castle dating back to 12th century. With its narrow street and colorful shops and buildings, Kilkenny is unique as a city and a mecca for those who choose to visit. You will have plenty of time to enjoy a pint of Kilkenny in Kilkenny (minimum stop 2hrs).
The Cliffs of Moher stretch for eight kilometers along the Atlantic coast and reach a height of 214 meters. They are home to a wide variety of birds and offer fantastic views that many have seen on postcards and paintings. Beware of the fog! When I went it was too cloudy to even see the cliffs! Save this activity for a nice day.
Cross the border into Northern Ireland to visit the famous Giant’s Causeway, a natural phenomenon that looks like a staircase for giants! It’s open daily from 9am-5pm with some extended hours depending on the month and it costs 10 EUR.
Belfast is in many ways a brand-new city. Once shunned by travellers unnerved by tales of the Troubles and sectarian violence, in recent years it has pulled off a remarkable transformation from bombs-and-bullets pariah to a hip-hotels-and-hedonism party town.
The city is compact, so you’ll rarely need to use public transport. Taxis are fairly cheap, with a 10-minute ride costing around £5, and much of the city can be reached on foot. If you need them, buses run through the city and out to the airport.
To see more of the outskirts while learning about the complex history of the city, take a Blackcab Political Tour with someone who knows the city, its history and its intricacies. You’ll see the Peace Wall and murals, and learn about The Troubles from someone who has lived through them. Tours cost £35 for up to three people or £15 per head for more.