Earlier in November I took my first ever trip to Dublin with a group of my friends.
We decided to take the cheaper option and get the ferry over from Holyhead. This takes about three and a half hours and is a great laugh as long as you don’t get bad weather. Clearly mother nature wasn’t on our side as the sea was rough. But this was ok as we had all stocked up on antisickness tables.
*warning* if the packet says take one, don’t take two because they are small and you think they “wont do much” as you will suffer the consequences. The result of taking two tablets was drowsiness and sleeping for about two and a half hours, meaning I missed some serious bar time… But in my defence I wasn’t sick, success!
Upon arrival we got the bus into the town centre and checked into the beautiful ‘Trinity hotel’. We only had the weekend therefore we decided to hit the Christmas markets and grab some food before heading back into the town centre.
It was then time to start tactically planning that nights antics which didn’t really take long as everyone had the same idea… Find the nearest bar!
Shortly after we headed back to our hotel, got changed and went straight to temple bar. I can honestly say Dublin night life has an amazing atmosphere and such a buzz! I would definitely recommend it and would love to go back again.
Odd moment- The next morning while walking around the city centre we happened to pass the Mrs Browns Boys camera crew filming Rory in a pink tutu putting the star on top of the tree. Make of this what you will…
So, a group of us decided to rent a boat for a week and go around the Norfork Broads and we have ended up with this! I know right, cool!
After driving around for the past two days we have already learnt a few important tips.
- When mooring (parking for an evening) make sure you do it between 4-5pm otherwise you won’t find a spot.
- If you have a boat higher than seven meters make sure you read the hand book for tide times as you may not fit under certain bridges.
- Listen the the guy teaching you how to tie all the different types of knots, you will need to know them!
- Even if the weather is good take jackets as you will be cold when on top of the boat.
- Open a window in each bedroom at night otherwise condensation will collect on the ceiling and fall on your face while you are sleeping! Trust me this happens.
- Follow the speed limits as there is a £1,000 fine (luckily we haven’t been fined, just something useful to know).
- If your boyfriend is tall like mine make sure you have first dibs on bedrooms as beds aren’t that big.
- Stop and connect your water cable daily as you don’t want to run out of water.
- Make sure someone has a general idea on how to read a map!
Most importantly, make sure you have enough alcohol!
Due to it being a bank holiday weekend, not to mention the one and only nice day we appear to have had this year where I haven’t been in work, it was time to get in the car and join the rest of the country on the motorway.
The plan was originally to go to Beaumaris, but due to the rest of England having that idea we had to settle for something else. After taking to trip advisor and looking for an outdoors day to make the most of the weather we settled on Tatton Hall/ Park.
We decided to start off with the mansion as we were closest too it and the queue didn’t look too long. The house was sectioned off into different routes starting with the ground floor which displayed different rooms such as the main entrance, library, sitting room and music room. After the ground floor we headed upstairs which displayed bedrooms from different periods and a special exhibit about the families who have lived in the house. After the splendour of the residents quarters it was time to visit the basement and cellar where the servants would’ve lived and worked. Each room told a different story and provided a glimps of what life would have been like for both the families and servants that had lived in the house over the course of the past couple of hundred years.
After completing the tour of the house we walked down to the farm. Upon entering we were welcomed by red poll cattle, who were surrounded by really excited children pointing and copying the sounds of the cows.
There were two different routes to take, one which lead to horses stables and workers cottages, one of which was originally the caretakers house. The caretakers house was in a typical state similar if not exactly how the family living there would’ve had it.
The farm also included activities for children to take part in such as milking a fake cow, feeding the animals and visiting the duck pond. All the animals were very friendly and active so if anyone is interested in visiting I can guarantee you won’t be bored.
After leaving the farm it was time to finished off our trip at the gardens, which by the way are huge! There were so many different sights to see so we decided to go and visit the Japanese gardens as it is the latest attraction.
Unfortunately once we arrived at the garden we realised we had just missed the 3:30 tour, which meant that we weren’t able to enter the garden itself but we could wonder around the outside and look in.
On the way to the garden exit we decided to take the route through the rose garden which contained rose bushes and flowers, along with a wishing pond. Walking past the pond there was a cute castle themed building which I just had to have a photo of!
Today’s update has done exactly that, as this time last year I was finally visiting New York with one of my best friends. It was an amazing few days full of excitement; ranging from tourist attractions, eating at lots of different food and even getting lost along the way.
Take me back New York!