Expensive Dublin and the Guiness tour

Trip Start Dec 29, 2008
Trip End Mar 22, 2009

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In our Bunk campervan

Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Sunday, March 15, 2009

After a quick two days in London, spent mostly going out and recovering from going out, I headed back to Heathrow airport. When we'd booked our flights to Dublin six months earlier we'd taken the cheapest ones available, not realising that it'd be difficult to find public transport to get to the airport when check-in time was 5.30am. Luckily I was staying with my friend Allanah, and her lovely boyfriend Dave offered to drive us.

In Dublin airport we were met by the Bunk Camper representative, who took us out to meet our new friend 'Patty'. Well that's what we called her anyway - our 4 berth campervan that was to be our accommodation and transport for the next 9 days. Of the four of us driving around in her, only Allanah and I were old enough to drive, so I jumped into the drivers seat, and away we went. One thing to note - Dublin was freezing. Definitely colder than London!

We needed to find some bedding for Nicki, our Australian travelling companion, so the Bunk guy had suggested we drive towards Swords. We found Swords, but for some reason had a problem leaving it, and ending up driving around different parts of it for the next few hours. We did find a shopping centre though, and we all bought what we needed. 

I was feeling decidedly seedy by this point (I think it was jet lag), so had a wee rest in the back while Allanah drove us into Dublin.Our plan was to visit the Guiness factory. We found Guiness pretty quickly but had to drive around it about 4 times before we worked out how to use the one way streets to get into the carpark.

Being the Saturday before St Paddy's the line to get into the Guiness Factory was massive, but it moved pretty quickly and soon we were wandering through the modern interior. The display inside the Guiness factory was pretty impressive with huge waterfalls, montains of barrels and lots of funny Guiness advertising.

The best part was left for last though. The top of the Guiness factory is a bar surrounded 360 degrees by glass windows, from which you can see the whole of Dublin city. We sat on the floor, drinking our free pint of Guiness, looking out over Dublin, until a security guard made us get up because we were a 'fire hazard'. What? We were's near an exit and we were sitting at the edge of the room.

Aimee and I downed our Guiness', but the others were too soft. It was good that Allanah didn't really, because one of us had to drive and a whole Guiness is pretty powerful.

We looked at our campsite options for the night, and realising the two close to Dublin were closed, we decided to take our chances and park up on a quiet Dublin street.

We wandered down into town after finding a spot, with the plan to have some dinner before meeting our friend Sarah somewhere in town. Being in Ireland, we were keen on getting a pub meal. In London a pub meal costs around 5 pounds. In Dublin, a pub meal is more like 14 euros! considering the pound and euro are almost equal, Dublin was starting to look very expensive. We chose a cheap pizza place instead, figuring the pubs in the country would be cheaper, and we'd have a pub meal later. 

After catching up with Sarah and her friend Penny, we headed into the famous Temple Bar area. The first bar the girls went to order a vodka and lemonade, thinking the price was 6 euro. Turns out they charge on top for the mixer, so instead it was 8 euro. It was about this point we decided to start taking avantage of guys willingness to buy us drinks.

We visited the actual Temple Bar as tthe last pub for the night. In the whole night we didn't meet anyone from Ireland, but met people from USA, France, South Africa... It was fun, but we were definitely looking forward to getting into the 'real' Ireland.
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