Just in case you haven’t already, it would be worth checking out the first two posts in this little diary series before reading this so you are all caught up on the holiday so far. Click these two links if you want to have a read! (First day and second day)
Now back to the post…
So this was our final day and we decided to wake up relatively early and have breakfast. We had breakfast at the hotel again and it was lovely as always. I decided to take my camera with me to breakfast, which I don’t usually do, because I wanted to take some photos of the beautiful decor. It turned out that I didn’t take many photos (too busy enjoying the food!) however I did take a couple that looked okay whilst I was waiting.
After breakfast we hopped in a taxi and made our way to the Kilmainham jail, which was about a 20 minute drive from the hotel. We arrived in plenty of time before the next tour so we had a coffee and waited around for a bit, and then it was time for our tour to start.
Very similar to trinity, the tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and informative… and this made the entire tour so much nicer. You could ask him any question and he would answer it really well, whilst also describing everything in a detailed but simple way to understand. If ever you get the chance to go, his name was Mick and in my opinion I think he made the tour so much better. I am usually not a fan of history and tend to zone out, but he made it very interesting and connected with the group really well.
We walked around the jail whilst listening to the tour, and we had the opportunity to take plenty of photos. I found the actual experience of the jail quite haunting, as the stories that were being told actually took place where we were stood. It was a surreal experience but one which I enjoyed and learnt a lot from. Even if you aren’t particularly interested in history, I would definitely recommend visiting the jail.
A few years ago when I was still at school, I watched a film in lesson called ‘in the name of the father’ and I found it really interesting (if you get the chance watch it do… the plot is pretty boring but the message of the film is great). Turns out that parts of the jail are now being used as a film set, and a large portion of that film was set here… which I found really cool!
When we came out of the tour it was really nice weather, so we decided to walk back through the park instead of getting a taxi. The weather was nice the whole day again (apart from a little bit of rain in the afternoon), throughout the whole trip we were so lucky with the weather. The tour took up the vast majority of the day, so we had a couple of hours to explore the city again before heading back to the hotel room. We just did some more shopping (seeing a pattern yet?) and had a walk around in the sun.
This including having a stop off at the most delightful ice cream shop in temple bar. If you are ever in Dublin you must stop and try the ice cream at cloud 9, it’s incredible! I had the bubblegum and it was so gorgeous 😍
I was so tired when I got back to the hotel room so we all just chilled out and I had a nap, then when I woke up we got ready and went out for our final night. We had quite a casual night out and didn’t dress up much, which was nice after the first two nights of being more dressy. After our meal, we got back to the hotel room and had an early night, as we were waking up at 5am to catch the morning flight the next day.
So that is the end of my ‘Dublin diaries’ series, and I really hope that you have read and enjoyed them all. I have loved writing them and reminiscing about what we did, and I can’t wait to go back. Dublin truly is my favourite place in the world that I have visited, and everything about it makes me so happy. As always thank you so much for having a read of this post, and please let me know whether you prefer the diary style post or just one overview of the trip. I am very curious to know which you prefer as I am not sure what to carry on doing! ❤