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Travel Guide Dublin: Top Instagramable Spots

Recently, a realisation hit me. I love writing posts about the countries I travel to, yet, I’ve somehow never posted about the city I love and live in. Dublin. I’ve decided that I might try writing a few posts. After all, it would be mad to not rave and rant about where I’m from.

I live in Dublin which is a bustling city, full of many beautiful places – both well known and hidden. One thing which people love when they go on holidays is to take photos which are worthy for their social media platforms. Dublin, like any city, has many gorgeous places which are great for posting photos online. Read on to see where I go to get some nice photos.

  1. Killiney Hill

 

I have to admit I am biased when it comes to Killiney Hill as I grew up near this area so I spent a lot of my childhood climbing the hill. Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of hiking up this hill will know that the steep hill is well worth the hike as the view is amazing. (Not a friendly spot for anyone with mobility issues as it is a very steep walk.)

The hill is 153 metres high and has one obelisk. From the top of the hill there are many amazing sights to be seen – Dublin to the northwest, the Irish sea and the mountains of Wales to the east and southeast, Bray head and Wicklow to the South.

When walking around this hill, there is an area which is full of Granite which was used to build the Victorian Piers in the nearby town of Dun Laoghaire (Dun Leary is the pronunciation). This hill has a wide range of history too for any history lovers – Prince Albert donated it to the public in memory of Queen Victoria’s jubilee.

There is a lovely tea room at the entrance of the hill which sell ice cream, cakes, and tea. The tea rooms also give water to any dogs which may be walked in the area. For anyone bringing kids along, there is a great playground.

Killiney Hill
The view from the Obelisk at Killiney Hill, Dublin

2. Trinity College Dublin

Trinity has some of the prettiest architecture in Dublin which I hate to admit as I attend the rival university of Trinity.

The college was founded in 1592 making it the oldest university in Ireland. Not only does this college have some beautiful architecture, it also is the current home of the book of Kells (there is an entry fee to this but to enter the campus grounds is free and open to the general public.) The library is also a must see part of the university. Notable alumni of this university includes Oscar Wilde!

This college is handy for tourists as it is located in the very centre of Dublin City Centre and is the third top thing to do in Dublin according to Trip Advisor.

Trinity
Trinity is the second best place to take photos

3. Howth

The next most instagramable spot on my list is the small coastal town called Howth. This area contains a 15th century castle (Howth Castle), some 19th century Mortello Towers (not the exact one which James Joyce describes but fairly similar), and, a clifftop trail which has some beautiful views which are perfect for posting on the Instagram.

If you have time, visit the island there which is called Ireland’s Eye which is a fifteen minute boat ride from the mainland.

Looking for something to eat? Great, Howth is known for its restaurants and a walk along its pier will introduce you to many amazing restaurants such as the Abbey Tavern where there is live music in the evening. For people who like seafood, Howth is full of restaurants such as the Brass Monkey which is known for their amazing seafood tapas.

Howth best spot in dublin
A sunset seen at Howth, Dublin. This is one of the best instagramable spots in Dublin

4. The Ha’penny Bridge

When in Dublin, both tourists and locals alike will often stop on this bridge to get a selfie. Why? The bridge has a great view of Dublin and on sunny days makes a great picture. This bridge – which is officially called the Liffey Bridge- was built as a pedestrian bridge in 1816 in order to allow pedestrians to cross over the river Liffey which divides Dublin into two sections.

The bridge is affectionally known as the Ha’penny bridge when in the early 1900s, the toll price was raised  to a penny and a half. Luckily, there no longer is a toll for pedestrians crossing the bridge making it a free spot to take a fantastic photo.

Ha'Penny
The Ha’penny bridge on a sunny day in Dublin

5. Temple Bar

Now before I actually write anything about this location, here is a disclaimer, I am recommending this spot for taking photos, not for eating or drinking. Temple Bar is beautiful. From the buildings to the quirky shops to the graffiti.

However, this part of Dublin’s city centre is known locally as a tourist trap. The food and drink often tends to be far more expensive than other areas of the close by city – I often hear tourists complaining about the price of the drinks here, I would recommend Harcourt street or pubs around O’Connell street for better night outs.

However, when it comes to taking a beautiful photo -which will look great on the ‘gram-, I would 100% recommend Temple Bar. As mentioned before there is lovely street art – one of my favourites is a hotel which has some of James Joyce’s characters painted onto the walls – to the cobbled streets, there’s a certain vibe to Temple Bar which is transferred to photos of it.

Temple Bar also has one of the most famous pubs in Dublin which of course is called The Temple Bar (pictured below). This part of Dublin has a very interesting history and contains a huge whiskey collection with 450 bottles of rare whiskey from all over the world.

Temple Bar
The Temple Bar in Dublin

Well that is it for this post!

The above five are my favourite spots for a great photo to post on my Instagram. What areas in your city would you view as the best places to take a lovely Instagram shot? If you’re from Dublin, let me know where you go to take photos/ to feel like a tourist at home!!

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(Disclaimer – A lot of my photos of these areas contain pictures of my nephews who are minors. For that reason I used stock photos for this post and I claim no right over those photos.)

 

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With the colder weather starting to kick in, I find myself craving a holiday. Truth be told, I haven’t been away in over a year. With college starting to get busy, I probably won’t get to go away again until the new year at the earliest. However this doesn’t mean that I can’t make a travel dream list. For this list, I’ll be looking at European travel ideas. I will be straying away from the top capitals such as Paris or Rome as I want to experience a new place. I will be looking at the most underrated travel destinations in Europe that I would love to visit soon.

Lyon:

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With over 3000 restaurants and over 150 hotels, Lyon is the perfect travel destination.

Gothenburg:

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My trip to London: Day 1

The other day, I arrived home from London. I was only there for four days and three nights but it was an amazing holiday. I honestly wish I was still there. I’m a huge city girl, and I loved the buzz that I felt around London. Ever since I first visited London when I was thirteen, I have loved the city. My family decided to visit because I just finished my exams so it was a bit of a treat for me. It’s kind of bitter sweet, thinking about the holiday now because it flew by so quickly, and I already wish to go back. I decided to make some posts about what I did while I was there.

Day one of my London trip began at 3.a.m. in the morning. Despite the early hour, I felt wide awake and fully prepared to take on the day. The excitement from the fact that I was going on holiday gave me all the energy that I needed. The only drawback was security. For some reason, going through security machines in both the airport or shops always makes me extremely nervous. I don’t know why as I have never stolen anything nor do I own dangerous items. I brought no liquids with me on my carry on to be completely safe. I also made sure not to wear any metal on my person. Once through security, it was maybe 4.30.a.m. We had gotten through the check-in part of the terminal very quickly and security was also very quick to get through. I then headed with my family to get some breakfast which was stressful. Anyone who has been in terminal 2 of Dublin airport will know that the layout is terrible in the food court – especially when it’s busy. It’s long and narrow making it hard to actually access some of the food. Much to our dismay, by the time we got through the long queue, our food was cold. By the time we were finished, it was 5.30 a.m. and suddenly, our flight was having it’s final boarding.

Terry’s Cafe

We had to rush to the place where our plane was taking off from and finally got on. It was odd that we boarded so early. Then it actually took about 45 minutes to lift off. At 6.30, we had arrived in Gatwick airport. I soon learnt the hard way why packing light is vital when travelling. We got a train to London Bridge train station. There I had my first black taxi experience. I don’t know how Londoners feel about them, but I am obsessed with the traditional London taxi’s. Irish Taxi’s are just normal cars and really boring at the best of times! We were staying near Borough Market- although we never actually had time to visit the market place itself- in the Borough area. We went and had a proper English breakfast in a lovely, authentic breakfast cafe, called Terry’s Cafe. The food there was actually the nicest food I’ve had in a while, but it was really the decorations that I loved the most. From old pictures of London to wireless radios and old boxing gloves, I felt like I had traveled into the past while I was eating Brunch.

 

 

The outside of the Imperial War Museum 

After eating the best breakfast of my life, I headed to the Imperial War Museum, which was amazing. For a free tourist attraction, it had a lot of exhibitions. It had old war tanks and old world war 2 uniforms. From Bomber jets to Victoria Cross medalists, the museum told the story of different people who lived during different wars, both in the past and more recently. They had exhibitions on life for a London family during the Second world war, which I loved. It’s one thing to know the facts about the war, it’s a different thing to discover the way it effected the people who lived during the history we casually learn in school. I then got an ice cream while my sister bought about ten key rings from the gift shop.

It wasn’t until two o’clock did we get to check into our apartment that we were staying at. I was exhausted at this stage, and the thought of going anywhere else was looking very doubtful. However, later on in the evening, we boarded a bus – which was exciting because it was the first time I had ever been on a red bus which is such an icon for London in the eyes of a foreigner. Getting the bus to Kings Cross station, I achieved what every child dreams of- going to Platform 9 and three quarters! I lined up for about an hour but it was so worth it. My sister and I donned the red and gold Gryfindor scarves and got our photo taken. I nearly went for a Slytherin scarf to annoy the attendant who had a clear disdain for the house. Once I had purchased my picture, I bought some house pencil and a box of Berty Botts sweets.


My first day in London was long yet amazing. Looking back on it, I wish I could be in a time-loop and do it all over again! But there is no stopping time. I love family holidays because I love getting to spend time with my parents and my two little sisters.