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Top 5 Day Trips From Dublin City

Ireland’s capital city has a rich history of culture, arts and nightlife. Home to the famed River Liffey and The Temple Bar you would be forgiven for never wanting to leave Dublin. 

Luckily for you, you can travel to just about anywhere in the country from Dublin and back again in a day. 

So if you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the fair city, here are some of our top recommendations.

  1. Howth
  2. Wicklow Mountains 
  3. Cliffs of Moher
  4. Kilkenny Castle & City
  5. Connemara & Galway City. 

Howth

Easily the closest of all our destinations on this list. Howth is located just a short 25 minute journey from Dublin City centre. You can take the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) train to this picturesque little fishing village. City dwellers often make the short journey to the rocky peninsula to get a well-earned break from stresses of cosmopolitan life.

Howth offers the delights of fresh sea air to accompany you on your rural hike through this delightful part of the East Coast of Ireland. We recommend visiting Howth Cliff Walk, a family-friendly path with phenomenal panoramic views. There are also countless sights to see like Howth Castle & Gardens, The National Transport Museum and St Mary’s Abbey Medieval ruins to wander around.

A short walk from the train station and you will find delicious street food, handmade jewellery and traditional Irish crafts jumping out from there individual market stalls.

Wicklow Mountains

Spread out over 85 miles, the Wicklow Mountains are a natural wonderland of endless hills, boggy marshes, icy marshes and windswept heaths. The raw natural beauty of Wicklow Mountains is all the more impressive when considering how close this wonderful escape is from Dublin.

The area is sometimes known as Ireland’s Hollywood because many of the countries most famous stars own property in this untouched part of the country. Bono, Daniel Day-Lewis and Guinness family all have homes in and around the Wicklow Mountains.

These mountains host endless walking trails and medieval ruin sights, some of you may have even seen the landscape on films and TV like P.S. I Love You and Vikings. The most popular attraction in this part of Ireland would be the Monastic City at Glendalough.  Located in what is known as the valley of lakes, this early Christian monastery was founded in the sixth century by Saint Kevin. Adventurers can find the ruins of a cathedral and a majestic Irish round tower.

The Cliffs of Moher

At the westernmost edge of the Emerald Isle, the hardy Cliffs of Moher tower nearly 702 feet above the Atlantic ocean. No trip to Ireland is complete without stopping off at these breathtaking cliffs. So breathtaking in fact that they were used in the filming of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Considered by many to be the top destination to visit in Ireland, this unique section of coastline stretches for five miles along the ocean. These striated limestone cliffs are constantly being beaten by the Atlantic winds and waves, resulting in remarkable views all year round. On a clear day, it is possible to see as far west as the Aran Islands, beyond the islands the next bit of land to the West would be the United States.

The cliffs are located on the western border of County Clare, less than an hours drive from Shannon Airport. Travellers from Dublin can take a train to Ennis, and from there take a public bus which makes trips to the cliffs Visitor Centre three times a day.

The Kilkenny Castle & City

Kilkenny is located just an hour away from Dublin so it makes for the perfect day trip from the capital! It is often frequented by Dubliners on weekend getaways or stag parties. The city boasts an electric nightlife. When you aren’t enjoying some of the many pubs and restaurants in the city, go and check out the famous Kilkenny Castle.

One of Ireland’s most visited heritage sites, the Kilkenny Castle was initially built for the powerful Butler family in the 12th century, though much of the present look dates from the Victorian times. From November to January visits are by guided tours only, with self-guided tours from February to October. One standout part of the tour is the Long Gallery which boasts a painted roof and carved marble fireplace.

Connemara & Galway City

Arguably Ireland’s most untouched regions, Connemara is a must-see. Located on the West Coast in County Galway this destination may seem far from Dublin City, but with the train running from Dublin to Galway every hour you can be there in 2 hours 30 minutes.

Thousands of people flock to Connemara every year to see the wild beauty it has to offer. This district really captures the true essence of the West of Ireland with its Connemara ponies, valleys, lakes, thatched cottages and the famous Clifden Castle. Make sure you give yourself enough time to visit Galway city whilst stopping through, this wonderfully quirky city is bustling with traditional Irish music and culture. Eyre Square, 16th Century Spanish Arch, Druid Lane Theatre and the Spanish Quarter are all worth visiting.

If you do decide to embark on any one of these marvellous day trips, why not get your laundry done whilst your away? Laundryheap is here to help with a same day laundry and dry cleaning service with free next day delivery in Dublin.


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8 Surprising Facts About Laundry

In all honesty, when most people think about facts to do with laundry what springs to mind first are things like stain removal tricks, or when did mankind start washing their clothes. The truth is laundry has lots of surprising tales and facts associated with it. This post will highlight 8 of the most surprising facts about laundry!

  1. How Vikings did their laundry.
  2. Ancient Roman’s use of urine to clean clothes.
  3. Chinese were the first people to use the iron. 
  4. H.Sidgier invented the washing machine.
  5. Astronauts incinerating their dirty laundry. 
  6. Pochon invented the early tumble dryer.
  7. Washing detergent was invented because of soap shortages during the First World War.
  8. 70% of dirt on your clothes is invisible.

How Vikings did their laundry.

Early sea voyagers like the Vikings used to tie their laundry up and hang it off the back of ships to wash as it passes through the waves.

Ancient Roman’s use of urine to clean clothes.

In Ancient Rome they would heat urine with water, insert the clothes into the cocktail and stomp on the clothes to clean them.

Chinese were the first people to use the iron. 

Ironing as we know it today was invented by the Chinese. They were the first people to iron clothes with metal over a thousand years ago.  

H.Sidgier invented the washing machine.

1782 was the year the first washing machine was invented. Its creator was H. Sidgier of Great Britain. This was a very primitive version of what we have today, Sidgier designed a rod cage that would crank. Years later inventions like the hand-powered drum machine helped form the machine we use today. 

Astronauts incinerating their dirty laundry. 

Astronauts have historically incinerated their dirty laundry in the Earth’s atmosphere on their way back down. This was initially a way to save water but Nasa does hope to use soiled laundry to feed plants in the future.

Pochon invented the early tumble dryer.

Dryers have been around for 200 years. Although this is new in comparison to the washing machine, they were not commonplace in houses until after the 1960s. You can thank Pochon from France who designed and created the first-ever hand-cranked dryer. Even after the first electric dryer was created in 1936, most people continued to use the old-fashioned model for many years to come. 

Washing detergent was invented because of soap shortages during the First World War.

Washing detergent as we know it today was invented because of soap shortages during the First World War. Chronic shortages of fat meant soap could not be made which led to the creation of synthetic detergent. It was first marketed as ‘Dreft’

70% of dirt on your clothes is invisible.

70% of dirt on your clothes is invisible. According to scientists’ even if your clothes appear to be clean what makes them dirty isn’t necessarily what you can see. Various types of human matter like dead skin cells, sweat, natural body oils and even the wrong type of detergent can make your clothes much dirtier than they may appear.

If you are too busy reading surprising facts about laundry instead of getting some done then let Laundryheap help with our convenient and professional service.


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Tips For Cleaning Curtains

When it comes to cleaning around the house, curtains are often overlooked, either because we don’t know where to begin cleaning or it just seems like a time-consuming process.

Cleaning curtains is the same as cleaning your delicate clothes but easier. We’ve put together a simple guide on how to clean, dry and maintain your curtains.

Machine Washing Curtains

Not all curtains can be machine washed. It all depends on what type of fabric they are. It’s best to check the care label as it will show you the right way to clean them. If your curtains are cotton, it is generally safe to put them into the washing machine on a ‘delicate’ cycle.

For sheer or lace curtains, that can be machine washed, put them into a large delicates bag or pillowcase to keep them extra protected from fraying in the wash.

Hand Washing Curtains

If for some reason you can’t locate the care label or, you don’t want to put your curtains in the washing machine because it is delicate, hand washing is a safer option. Since you have control, it will minimise the risk of damage to the fabric. If you’re don’t know how to hand wash, check out this hand wash guide. Since curtains are large, it’s best to use the bath tub, unless you have a sink that’s large enough.

Drying Curtains 

If the care label advises you not to tumble dry your curtains, line or hang dry them outside provided that the weather allows you to. Make sure to keep away from direct sunlight to avoid bleaching and if possible dry in a breezy place.

For tumble drying, use a low heat setting and remove the curtains just before they dry completely, to avoid wrinkles and creases. You can iron or press the curtains while still damp.

Dry Cleaning Curtains

If your curtains are dry clean only, then you should get them dry cleaned and avoid machine and hand washing. Curtains made from delicate fabrics such as velvet, velour, brocade, chenille wool or silk should dry cleaned.

To save yourself bringing your curtains to the dry cleaners, you can use dry cleaning services such as Laundryheap, who will collect and deliver your them.

Steam Cleaning

A convenient method for cleaning your curtains which is safe for almost all fabric types is steam cleaning with a hand-held steam cleaner. This method requires minimal effort as you can steam while your curtains without taking them down. It is perfect for heavy curtains or those made with natural fibres.

Begin at the top of the curtain, making your way down with gentle vertical strokes. Make sure the steamer is on a delicate setting.

Maintaining Curtains

It’s essential to wash/deep clean your curtains at least twice a year to remove dust and odours. To keep them looking fresh in between, vacuum your curtains using the soft brush attachments once a week and do clean your windows and sills, and dust curtain tracks.


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10 Things Tourists Shouldn’t Do In Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a lovely city and is known as one of the safest in the world. There are so many things to see and do, and while it is a tolerant and liberal city, there are some things that you should be cautious of and not do, in Amsterdam.

10 Things Tourists Shouldn’t Do When Visiting Amsterdam

  1. Don’t get on public transport without an OV-Chip card
  2. Don’t forget your ID
  3. Don’t take the Dutch attitude personally
  4. Don’t expect good customer service
  5. Don’t smoke cannabis publicly
  6. Don’t take photos of the windows in the Red Light District
  7. Don’t wander in the bike lanes
  8. Don’t cycle in pedestrian paths
  9. Don’ forget to watch out for tram tracks
  10. Don’t buy from street dealers

Don’t Travel On Public Transport Without An OV-Chip Card

You can’t travel on trains, trams, buses and metros without an OV-chip card. These chip cards work as a contactless ticket system and are available to purchase from ticket machines throughout Amsterdam. As a visitor, you can choose from several passes including, a day fare or a disposable one-time-only pass.

Don’t Forget Your ID

By law, whether you’re an EU citizen or not, it’s essential to carry around ID with you at all times. If you fail to show identification if asked by police, you can get a fine, but generally, you won’t need to pull your ID out much unless it’s at a bar or coffeeshop.

Don’t Take The Dutch Attitude Personally

The Dutch are direct when it comes to communicating, which can offend some tourists who are not familiar with that type of attitude. Even customer service is inattentive and can take some time for you to get some actual ‘service’ as you need to be the one to approach them first.

Don’t Expect Good Customer Service

As mentioned already, customer service employees are inattentive, and you will usually have to be the one to approach them first. Waiters at cheaper local restaurants and cafes leave people for long periods of time without checking up on them. You will generally need to call the waiter over or go up to the desk.

Don’t Smoke Cannabis Publicly

Although cannabis can be found everywhere in Amsterdam, consumption can only be at licensed ‘coffeeshops’ and not publicly anywhere else as this is illegal. Locales aren’t too fond or proud of the use of cannabis in Amsterdam either; these coffeeshops are more for tourists instead of the Dutch.

Don’t Take Photos Of The Windows In The Red Light District

If you plan on visiting the Red Light District, you mustn’t ever take photos of the women in the windows. You will suffer some terrible consequences like getting thrown into the canal by security and have your phone or camera smashed. To be safe, make sure to check your surroundings if you do want to take a photo in that area, like of the architecture, for example.

Don’t Wander In The Bike Lanes

While the Dutch are cool people, they do get frustrated when someone blocks there path as they’re cycling. They will ride straight through crowds without hesitation and will not give way to tourists. As a result, you may get injured, and the blame will be on yourself. Be careful and look out for paths with a bike icon and painted a faded red colour.

Don’t Cycle In Pedestrian Paths

Just as you shouldn’t wander in cycle lanes, you shouldn’t cycle in pedestrian paths either. If you plan on hiring a bike and taking a tour without a guide, be sure to cycle only in bike lanes and avoid pedestrian-only areas if you don’t want to get fined. Also, it’s important to note that if you don’t know how to ride a bike well, don’t hire one, as this can annoy locals.

Don’t Forget To Watch Out For Tram Tracks

When cycling around, be cautious of tram tracks as they are thin and deep enough to trap your bicycle wheel, resulting in you falling and injuring yourself. Similarly, be careful when crossing the street as there could unexpectedly be a tram travelling in the opposite direction. You can also find taxis, buses and other vehicles using the tram lanes.

Stay Away From Street Dealers

If it’s cannabis you’re after, don’t ever buy them from street dealers as it is both illegal and extremely dangerous. There have previously been some severe cases of intentional drug poisoning over the past few years that have targeted tourists. Instead, go to a licensed coffeeshop.

 

Follow these tips and stay safe while you enjoy your trip to Amsterdam. Don’t forget that if you require a laundry service on your trip, Laundryheap will be happy to help with your laundry troubles.


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How To Brighten Up Your Bedroom

If you’re looking for some ways to naturally brighten up your bedroom, we’ve compiled an easy-to-do list that does not require you to make any remodelling changes.

How To Brighten Up Your Bedroom

  • Use light coloured bedding
  • White walls and ceiling
  • Update your lighting
  • Avoid dark and heavy curtains
  • Add metallic accessories
  • Add a Plant

  • Keep your room clean tidy

Use Light Coloured Bedding

An easy way to begin brightening up your bedroom is to start with your bedding. Consider changing your bedding to light colours if they’re not already. Opt for choosing all-white bedding or light tones that compliment each other.

White Walls And Ceiling

If you have patterned wallpapers or contrasting colours on your walls, get rid of them and paint your walls (and ceiling) white. Since white doesn’t absorb colours, it sends out light bouncing back onto other surfaces creating a brighter space. If you have white coloured walls that are looking a little dull, consider a retouch.

Update Your Lighting

Consider changing your light bulb to one that’s brighter or your light shade into one that gives out more light. You can even add a lamp or two in the most shaded areas of your room.

Avoid Dark And Heavy Curtains

Although dark and heavy curtains are great for blocking out the light at sunrise, it can make your room feel dull and gloomy during the day. Replace your curtains with some light blinds and sheer draperies or choose lightweight and light-coloured curtains.

Add Metallic Accessories

Incorporate a few metallic accessories into your bedroom like a metallic framed mirror, picture frames, vases, and other decorative objects. These items will reflect light, transforming a dim space into a brighter atmosphere. As a bonus, they will also make your room appear luxurious.

Add A Plant

Plants not only help to liven up a room, but they will add colour, contrast, natural appeal, and will purify the air in your room. Choose easy to maintain plants such as cacti, snake plant, pothos, Chinese evergreen, or dracaena.

Keep Your Room Clean And Tidy

A messy and disorganised bedroom can create the illusion of it being small, dull and dark. It’s essential to keep your room clutter-free and tidy if you want to brighten it up. Make sure to do occasional dusting, clean your windows and keep bedding items clean and fresh. If you want your bedding items such as your duvet and pillows professionally cleaned, you can give them to a laundry service.


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Money Saving Laundry Tips For Students in Student Accommodation

For all you students who are living independently in student accommodation, we’ve come up with a few tips that will help you save money when it comes to doing the laundry. 

Money Saving Laundry Tips For Students

  • Use a drying rack
  • Only do laundry when you need to
  • Hand wash underwear
  • Bring some laundry home

Use A Drying Rack

Instead of spending money on both the washing and drying machine, save yourself the extra coins and invest in a drying rack. Whether it’s a tall or portable one, choose a size fit for your room.

You can also hang dry some items around your room like on closet doors or on the shower rod and use the radiator.

Only Do Laundry When You Need To

An obvious one that probably many of you do already is to wait until your clothes are smelly and visibly dirty until you put them in the wash. It’s best to do the laundry only when necessary and to wait till you have a full load of laundry to maximise the use of the washing machine.

Hand Wash Underwear

By hand washing your underwear and bras, you won’t have to be in a rush to get the laundry done just because you’re running out of underwear. It may seem time-consuming but will only take around 10 mins of your time and will save you a lot of money. If you’re not sure how to hand wash, check out this hand wash guide. You can also hand wash other clothing as well as hosiery. 

Bring Some Laundry Home

For when you get a break at uni, and you plan to go back home, bring a suitcase of laundry with you and get your laundry done there instead. If you visit home every weekend, take the opportunity to do your laundry then.


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7 Instagrammable Spots In Dubai

Want to know where the best spots for taking Instagram worthy photos in Dubai are? Here are some amazing places that would look great on your Instagram feed.

7 Instagrammable Spots In Dubai

  1. Miracle Garden
  2. Burj Al Arab
  3. Dubai Dessert
  4. Burj Khalifa
  5. Souk Madinat Jumeriah
  6. Atlantis, The Palm 
  7. Bastakiya

Miracle Garden

Visit the beautiful Dubai miracle garden where the entire park provides you with natural flower backdrops for your photos. From stunning Disney displays to romance, the miracle garden is the best place to capture enchanting pictures for your Instagram feed.

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Burj Al Arab

One of the most iconic photos of Dubai is the uniquely structured hotel, the Burj Al Arab. Although it is seen everywhere online, the view never gets old. You can capture a good shot of this hotel from kite beach.

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Dubai Desert

With the sky casting a warm hue over the sand and endless rich dusky dunes, the desert makes a perfect backdrop for an impressive shot of nature. Consider visiting the desert during sunrise or sunset for a magnificent capture.

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Burj Khalifa

Another iconic photo of Dubai is the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. This magnificent skyscraper is one you’ll want a picture of, whether it’s of the exterior or a view from inside on the 148th floor.

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Madinat Jumeriah

Sand coloured buildings, gleaming waterways and palm trees, the Madinat Jumeriah is an aesthetically pleasing place to capture photos for your feed. 

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Atlantis, The Palm 

Atlantis, The Palm is another uniquely structured hotel, a re-creation of the Atlantis in the Bahamas. Whether you take a flight view, boat view or stopping by the staircase, café or beach area, this is another great photo to add to your Instagram.

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Bastakiya

Capture a part of Dubai’s history at the Al Bastakiya where you will see ancient sand-coloured buildings with rising wind towers. Take a walk further to Dubai creek where you can get shots of traditional dhow boats.

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Whether you’re a resident or a tourist in Dubai, we’ll be happy to take care of your laundry while you enjoy wandering through this beautiful picturesque city.


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How To Care For Your Bed Linen

Everyone loves to cosy up in fresh crispy bed sheets, but overtime your bed linen begins to wear out and no longer feels comfortable. It’s essential to take proper care of your bed linen to keep them lasting long and ensure you’re getting good sleep.

How To Care For Your Bed Linen

  • Check the care label
  • Wash Bed linen weekly
  • Don’t wash with clothing
  • Air dry them
  • Store linens well

Check The Care Label

By reading the care label instructions carefully on your bed linen, you can ensure that you’ll give your bed linen the proper washing, drying and ironing treatment it requires.

One thing for sure is that you should avoid using bleach as this is too harsh for the fabric. 

Wash Bed Linen Weekly

Since your bed linen comes into direct contact with your skin, it’s necessary to have them changed and washed every week. Sweat and dead skin cells end up accumulating on your bed, turning it into a breeding ground for bacteria.

Don’t Wash With Clothing

Wash your bed linen separately from your clothes to help keep them in good condition. It will allow your sheets to get the proper cleaning it needs and prevent clothes from potentially getting caught onto and ruining the fabric fibres of the linen.

Air Dry Them

The best way to dry your linens after washing is to hang or line dry them outside in the sun where the result will leave them with a natural crisp. Alternatively, you can dry them indoors.

If you must tumble dry them, do it on the lowest possible heat to prevent your bed linen from shrinking.

Store Linens Well

Before folding and storing away your linens, make sure they’re fully dry to avoid a mildew smell and mould from forming. Keep them stored neatly in a cool, dry, ventilated place that isn’t too compact. Air circulation will maintain the freshness of your bed linen and prevent any unpleasant smell from developing.

If you require a professional laundry or dry cleaning service for top quality cleaning, schedule a collection with Laundryheap


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How To Prevent Clothes From Fading In The Wash

No one likes wearing worn-out clothing where the colour has faded; that’s why it’s essential to look after our clothes for it to remain in good condition. Prevent your dark coloured clothes from fading in the wash with these tips.

How To Prevent Clothes From Fading In The Wash

  • Wash in cold water
  • Wash inside out
  • Use vinegar or salt
  • Don’t wash too often
  • Dry naturally

Wash In Cold Water

When it comes to washing your dark clothes, always run them through a cold wash with a temperature of 30/40°c to help preserve the fabric’s dye and fibres. Avoid washing at warmer temperatures as the heat will cause the colour to bleed out.

Wash Inside Out

Before washing your dark clothes, turn them inside out. It will help to reduce the friction from rubbing against other clothing which causes fabric fibres to break and will prevent colour fading colour on the outside layer.

Use Vinegar Or Salt

These ingredients come in handy when it comes to protecting the colours of your clothes. Add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle or half a cup of salt to the wash cycle.

Don’t Wash Too Often

If your clothes aren’t visibly dirty or smelly, there’s no need to wash them. Most clothing pieces can be worn a few times before washing anyway. Check out how often you should be washing your clothes. For clothes that don’t need frequent washing, spot clean them if you notice a bit of dirt after 1-2 wears.

Dry Naturally

To preserve the colour after washing, it’s best to naturally air dry your clothes by hang dry or dry flat, away from direct contact of the sun. 

By following these tips, you can be sure to keep the colours on your clothes from fading in the wash and lasting years to come. If you require a professional laundry or dry cleaning service that collects and delivers to your door, book a collection with Laundryheap


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6 Instagrammable Spots In Dublin

Want to know where the best spots for taking Instagram worthy photos in Dublin are? Here are some amazing places that would look great on your Instagram feed.

6 Instagrammable Spots In Dublin

  1. Samuel Beckett Bridge
  2. Howth
  3. The Ha’penny Bridge
  4. Trinity College
  5. River Liffey
  6. Dún Laoghaire

Samuel Beckett Bridge

Located at the docks of the River Liffey is the iconic harp styled bridge, the Samuel Beckett Bridge. At night, you can get the opportunity to take shots with the building reflecting in the waters as it lights up.

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Howth

For a quick getaway from the city and a chance to take aesthetically pleasing photos of the sea and cliffs, Howth is a great place to visit.

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The Ha’penny Bridge

Take pictures on the famous Ha’Penny bridge or get a panoramic shot from the O’Connell bridge or the Millenium bridge.

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Trinity College

You’ll want to check out the old library inside Trinity College and take shots of it’s amazing architecture and design. It will cost you €14 to access the library if you’re not a student there.

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Dublin’s Georgian Doors

Along Merrion Square, St. Stephen’s Green, Fitzwilliam Square and the Georgian Quarter, you’ll find many of Dublin’s Instagram famous Georgian doors.

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Dún Laoghaire

Whether it’s a view from Dublin bay or right at the pier,  you can capture some stunning photos of Dún Laoghaire.

Whether you’re a resident or a tourist in Dublin, we’ll be happy to take care of your laundry while you enjoy wandering through this beautiful picturesque city.