So is it worth flying from Toronto to Dublin for a weekend? Absolutely!
With non-stop flights on Air Canada and strong tail winds we were in Dublin in a snap, okay 5 1/2 hours.
On arrival in Dublin (8:30AM) we were at our hotel (The Morgan) in Temple bar by 10:00AM and ready to get rolling.
From our base at Temple Bar you can pretty much walk everywhere. Dublin is a friendly city with wonderful food, entertainment and sights.
Some of my favorites:
A stop at the oldest Pub in Dublin, The Brazen Head. This pub, that claims to be over 800 years old had all the ambiance one would expect. Low ceilings lots of higgledy piggildy rooms. I would say this is a must visit in Dublin.
Trying Hot Whiskey at a Harkins Pub, This is a tiny little family run Pub just around the corner from The Guinness Factory.
Doing a little day trip to the town of Dalkey (Main Picture) This seaside town, just 40 minutes outside of Dublin gave us a glimpse at Irish Village Life. We had lunch at The Magpie Inn, a local Gastro Pub and lets just say the Seafood Risotto was divine.
Listening to DJ and live bongo drums and sax at The Morgan Hotel, the bar is Super cool and great music. If you are there on a Saturday night be sure to make a reservation in advance for a table. We stayed here for two nights, it is located in the Temple Bar area, and was a great choice for accommodation in Dublin.
The true reason for our Trip to Ireland was to watch some Rugby on Saturday, which we did (admittedly with a bit of a headache from our Temple Bar pub crawl the night before) Before we knew it, it was time to head back to Canada, Dublin is close enough for a weekend getaway. I would suggest three nights is probably better than the two that we had but if you are pressed for time and looking for a getaway, do consider Dublin, I am glad we did.