Quick Weekend Trip to Dublin

Quick Weekend Trip to Dublin

One of the great things about #Dublin is that it really does offer something for everyone. This makes it a fantastic stop for a #family holiday. Brewery tours, sightseeing, delicious food, long city walks, and #shopping are just a few of the long list of things you can do in busy Dublin. If you're looking for a spur of the moment trip, this may be your place.


Weekend in Dublin

Dublin to many would conjure up images of nightlife and pub culture. But believe me, there is much more to this busy city than just nightlife and shopping. There is something in it for everyone - be it a family of four, honeymooners, people looking for something to do over the weekend, old couple wanting to enjoy time out, working women getting a break, a bunch of college goers on an adventure trip or workaholic men wanting to guzzle a few pints of beer. My husband’s parents stayed with us during the summer last year. So, we decided to do a short family trip (me, my husband, his mum and dad and my son) to the city.

Dublin town center

We booked our stay with Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown which offered us an excellent deal. 

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Hotel Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown

 Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
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Although not located in the heart of the city, it’s quite close to all the popular attractions and a two-minute walk from one of the most wannabe shopping areas in the city. This was an ideal choice for a bit of sightseeing, fun and relaxation. The rooms were very classy and comfortable and the staff was extremely helpful and courteous. The breakfast spread was very lavish indeed. They had some really nice goodies for children as well.

The rooms were very classy and comfortable and the staff was extremely helpful and courteous. The breakfast spread was very lavish indeed

We reached Dublin on a late Friday evening so we just took it easy that day. Had a quick bite in one of the Subways on the way to the hotel. Slept a bit early in anticipation of a day out with good weather the following day. Since we drove down from Belfast, we were quite independent so could do things at our own pace.

The Old Jameson Distillery

Day one was spent mostly in sightseeing with a little shopping thrown in between. We started the day with a tour of the Old Jameson Distillery. 

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 Dublin, Ireland
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Although the Guinness Storehouse is a more popular option, friends had advised us that the old distillery is worth a visit. The tour, which lasted for an hour and a half, basically takes you through the entire beer making process. They won’t tell you anything new if you have already visited a distillery but the tour is presented very nicely. They show a short video of how it all began, explain the different stages of the distilling process, allow you to taste and guess the different varieties of beer and at the end of the tour you are given a certificate for being an official taster. We came out of the tour thoroughly satisfied. We visited the Dublin Zoo which was an ideal outing for my son as he had a blast. He loved the little interactions with the animals and time spent at the farm. They had a very cool play area with sand pits, massive slides, climbing ropes and lots of other fun stuff. It’s one of the top notch zoos where even the adults can enjoy. The rainforest part of the zoo is out of this world.

We started the first day with a tour of the Old Jameson Distillery.
We visited the Dublin Zoo which was an ideal outing for my son as he had a blast.

The Powerscourt Estate

After a good nights sleep, we were up again for another eventful day. Day two was a bit more relaxed but we did quite a bit of driving. The day started with a visit to the Powerscourt Estate, which is an hour’s drive from Dublin. 

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 Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
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There is a beautiful garden and a small waterfall as well. We just did the waterfall. Ticket prices are €3.50 for a child under 13 and €5.50 for an adult. It’s not something out of this world but the little trek on the rocks leading up to the waterfall is a wonderful experience. The day we visited was also the last day of a Vintage car rally so we got to see some of the most coolest and weird cars that were part of the rally. But the best part of the visit was the walk we took from the parking lot to the entrance and back. There was the green estate garden on one side and the huge mountains on the other side. It was the most peaceful walk I have ever had and our first tryst with wild horses. We were lucky that the wild horses didn’t kick us off the cliffs. We stopped at Enniskerry on the way back from the estate. This quaint-looking old town has few cafes, an old phone booth, a barbershop, a newspaper shop, an antique shop and some other little stores. We had lunch at Kingfisher’s Kitchen, a cozy little cafe. The menu had a very good selection of breads, sandwiches, salads, teas and coffee.

It was the most peaceful walk I have ever had and our first tryst with wild horses
On the road to the Powerscourt Estate


Powerscourt waterfall


View from the grounds of The Powerscourt Estate
The day we visited was also the last day of a Vintage car rally so we got to see some of the most coolest and weird cars that were part of the rally.
Last day of a Vintage car rally 

Ganesha Idol Exhibition

We had heard that there is a very beautiful Indian sculpture park in the vicinity and we were curious to find out more after lunch. It was only about 25 minutes away so we decided to give it a go. The park has a lovely Ganesha Idol Exhibition, Buddhist Stupas and forest sculptures explaining the meaning of life. The walk around the park takes about an hour and it’s totally worth it.

Ganesha Idols


Buddhist Stupas


Indian Sculpture Park

Our short weekend trip was almost coming to an end. So, we decided to do shopping on day three before heading back home. We started with the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre closest to the hotel. After spending sometime here we went to, Grafton Street, a major shopping thoroughfare in the city. Grafton Street is one of the most vibrant areas in the city. Little bands playing rock / jazz, artists making mermaids with sand, young boys blowing massive bubbles, magicians with some magic tricks up their sleeve, face painting and a host of other activities dot the street. It is filled with vintage shops, branded stores, restaurants, cafes and pubs. We did a bit of shopping, had a relaxed lunch at Spice of India before heading back home.

Grafton Street is one of the most vibrant areas in the city

It was a short, fun-filled and totally crazy trip. A perfect weekend getaway for the family!!

forest sculptures explaining the meaning of life.


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