Dun Laoghaire, the place where my 14 year old self would spend most of my time and too much money on white hot chocolates. The sea front is always a busy spot, on a weekend, the pier will be packed with people but it’s also one of the three locations where you can catch a boat trip with Dublin cruises. There are many different options to choose from from Dun Laoghaire to Howth, from Howth to the City Centre and many other variants, if you want to get full details check out their website! I went on the Howth to the Dun Laoghaire tour, it takes about an hour and has a commentary on Dublin bay and the Islands off Dublin, it’s really interesting information that gives you a greater understanding of our coastline. If you are more into the cruise side of boating there is a bar downstairs to enjoy a beverage! The trip from Howth to Dun Laoghaire cost €22. I really enjoyed this boating excursion, although I do enjoy any boat adventure. The sea is my favourite part of Dublin, the coastline is so beautiful that seeing it from a different perspective is gorgeous. This trip in the height of summer would be perfect but if you happen to go on a typical Irish day, it is still beautiful.
The weekend has arrived, you want to move but also eat great food. I recommend the Greystones to Bray walk, this is an easy long walk that is a great way to spend a day shaking off the past week and then treating yourself afterwards in a great restaurant.This coastal walk is gorgeous, from the Dublin coast you can see Bray but the Greystones cliffs are hidden so it’s really nice to see a different side of Wicklow. You follow the dart line all the way to Bray and it really is a walk for all ages, I saw every age group on this path so it’s fun for the whole family.Once you are finished your long walk you deserve a treat! So even though you have to walk along the Bray promenade and your feet may be a bit tired, walking the extra way to Dockland N°8 is a must! Just be warned you might have to wait a little bit but there is a pub next door to rest your feet and grab a drink. Once again, as my test, I chose the eggs Benedict and it was oh so delicious, with perfect eggs and spiced ham, I also liked the wings and they have sweet baked goods that are always a must after a good two hour walk! I had such a nice day getting out in the fresh air and then having really yummy food! I definitely recommend you do both of these things on one of your days off. It’s a great combination, so enjoy!
Do you want to go to an attraction that makes your knees buckle and is way too cramped? Than St Canice’s round tower is for you! It costs €3 to go up and can only hold 12 people at a time. There is a commentary as you ascend the tower, with history and quippy comments. It quite funny!
Be warned this is definitely not something everyone can do. The stairs are steep and it’s very much single file, you have to time it right so there aren’t lots of people on the stairs as there isn’t much room on each floor.
The views from the top are worth it though, there is a 360 degree view of Kilkenny and if you go on a sunny day it will be beautiful! There is a combined ticket with the cathedral for €6. There’s not much else to say on this but I do think you should try it at least once. It’s fun when you at safely outside on some flat ground. Give it a try!
I get the pleasure of going to Kilkenny because my friend is from there and we do something new every time I am down. This time was somewhere we’d both wanted to do for a while, the Dunmore Caves. A beautiful and interesting site, it was a pleasure to go and see it. Like with most OPW sites, entry to the caves is €4 but come just before the hour because that is when the guided tour starts. There is also a video and information in the visitors centre to enjoy before the guided tour so allow time for that.The cave has an amazing history, of vikings and a massacre. Not only is there a really interesting story to the cave but the formations are really impressive and each chamber is geologically beautiful! It’s a small site but impressive none the less. The tour lasts an hour and is so interesting, I would definitely do it again. For more information check here. Is it really only accessible by car, here are the coordinates N52.7341, W7.2477.
I love Stockholm, the Old Town is gorgeous, the water is beautiful, the walks you can do are so pretty but there is one place that I was drawn to every day. Djurgården is one of the islands that make up Stockholm and it is beyond beautiful! With loads of museums you can visit and a huge park and fun fair, it is the perfect spot for any visitor. First stop has to be the bridge onto the island, with statures of Thor and beautiful views of Stockholm, start there are take a few snaps before walking through these blue gates to the park. A lovely space with ample places to sit and have a picnic. It is the perfect location for a Sunday stroll.
Skansen is an open air living museum, it has a cast, animals and historical buildings to showcase Sweden though the ages, from farming techniques to how Swedish people lived. It’s situated within the park, it has a funicular, I love funicular railways. Such simple things but they are so much fun. There is a market with stalls selling food and crafts. It’s a really interesting concept for a museum and it is well worth a look around. Just be aware there are animals in this park so would be considered a zoo, I know many people are against them so just be aware. Admission to Skansen if different at certain times of the year so check out prices here.
Tbex can get really amazing access for their parties and the Stockholm Tbex was no different. Three of the most amazing museums we could just walk into. I just went to one and it was incredible. I saw the queue for the Vasa museum during the day and it was so busy it wrapped around onto the street. I decided to go during the party to see it as there would be considerably less people. The building houses a ship that sank in the 16oo’s and was recovered in 1961. It is an impressive artifact that is so well preserved. It is 98% original pieces which is just incredible. I was entirely in awe of the size of it. Definitely go and see this beautiful find, it is just wonderful! It’s free entry with the Stockholm Pass or SEK130 (€13).
I didn’t get to go into the Nordiska but it is a collection of pieces from the 16th century onwards all showcasing Sweden and Swedish people. If you love history I’d go and see it because the Swedes have had an very interesting history. Entry is SEK100 (€10) but with the Stockholm Pass it is free.
Flickorna Helin Voltaire Cafe
I wasn’t in the mood for a hot dog or a sit down meal so I went for a wander and found this Hansel and Gretel house looking building. A cafe with cake. That’s all I wanted to hear. I chose some nutty, sugary tart and a coffee. There was the option to sit on a terrace and as it was the height of summer it was lovely to sit outside with the birds and take in a bit of sun. Although watch out there is a vicious looking seagull.
Knowing me, knowing you, you’ll want to visit the ABBA museum. I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself, there is way too much fun in song puns. There is an incredible documentary piece as you walk in that gets you in the mood to learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about them. What I really loved about this museum is that there is so much visitor participation, you can go into a recording booth and sing ABBA songs, you can have a dance, you can make a music video. It’s pretty magical! You can get money off your ticket if you have a Stockholm Pass and I have to say that entry into this museum is very expensive, for a normal Adult ticket is it SEK195 (€20)
I love aquariums, they are so peaceful. This one is tiny, I mean you could go through it in about 5 minutes. So take your time if you do go. This aquarium had a horseshoe crab which is quite rare to see. These magical creatures are millions of years old, they were roaming around back in the day, it’s pretty amazing. They have lots more aquatic animals if you are interested. It will cost you SEK100 (€10) which is very expensive for what it is but I like fish.
Last but not least, Gröna Lund, the fun fair. With rides and restaurants you can spend a large amount of time having a lot of fun. There is an admission fee and a ride fee, to see full details see here for prices.
Djurgården is an gorgeous area that is a must if you visit Stockholm. I had such a lovely time exploring the area and enjoying the sun. If you are visiting in July it is best to come armed with a picnic and friends.