14 Best Things to do in Dublin Ireland

Welcome to Dublin! Dublin is Ireland’s capital and one of Ireland’s highlights to visit. Many travelers visit Dublin during a city trip. Dublin is known for its charming streets, historic buildings, artists playing live music, the pubs and the kind people. In this article you read what are the best things to do in Dublin for a city trip. Also, we tell you which places you can really good food and which two hotels we recommend to stay.

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How many days do you need for Dublin?

If you want to see all the highlights in Dublin, you want to experience the atmosphere like a local and you want to do a day trip outside Dublin, we recommend a stay of 3 nights in Dublin. If you only want to discover the city, 2 nights are enough.

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How to get to Dublin?

If you are seeing Dublin as a city trip, you should use a plane. You can easily buy a cheap ticket via Skyscanner. If you are doing a road trip through the UK you can also take the boat from various places towards Dublin.

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What to do in Dublin?

Dublin is one of the smallest cities in Europe, but it is one of the best cities in Europe to visit. We love Dublin and Ireland, we hope you will too after reading this article and travel to Dublin. Dublin is known for its cathedrals, pubs, live music and beautiful museums. Read all 14 things to do in Dublin in this article.

Tip: in addition to our tips, there are a lot of other things to do in Dublin. However, if you want to do this, you need to extend your stay by a number of days.

Things to do in Dublin

#1 Trinity college

The Trinity college grounds are a joy to walk around. It is one of the best places to visit in Dublin. Pay attention to the buildings and the details, it is so beautiful! It is also a very nice place to watch people passing by. On one hand you have people who are in a rush to get on time for there work, students who are late and the typical tourist who takes pictures of everything.

If you have seen the site you should visit “the book of Kells”. The Book of Kells is considered as one of Ireland’s best national treasures. The book takes its name from the Abbey of Kells, where it has been located for centuries. The decoration and illustrations in this book are magnificent.

However, the highlight of your visit isn’t in our opinion the book of Kells itself but the long room. Here are towering bookcases that are truly beautiful. It seems like you are in a scene from Harry Potter.

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#2 St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Founded in 1191, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Ireland. In addition to this cathedral, Dublin has a second cathedral called “Christ Church Cathedral”, which are just a few minutes’ walk from each other. When you stand in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral you can see how beautiful it is. However, when you go in its only gets better. St. Patrick’s Cathedral opening hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. A visit to the St. Patrick’s Cathedral should definitely be added to your Dublin itinerary / Ireland itinerary.

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#3 Enjoy in a pub in the evening

The most famous area to go to a pub is the temple bar. However, many locals don’t think this is the best place to experience real pub life. This is because most people (tourists) come here to drink instead of enjoying the Celtic music and atmospheric evenings. Nevertheless, there are still nice pubs in this area where you will not be immediately ripped off. We recommend to visit Aul Dub, at this places they play live music and serve good drinks😉.

The best tip we can give you is to walk around the neighborhood and enter some pubs yourself, when you enter the pub you feel directly if this is the place for you to stay. There are plenty of choices, as there are hundreds of pubs in Dublin.

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#4 Guinness Storehouse

Besides Guinness being a very tasty drink, you can also take a tour of how Guinness is made. The Guinness Storehouse is Dublin’s most visited attraction and for good reason. It is a lot of fun to learn the history of Ireland and the drink Guinness during a tour.

Tip: when the tour is over you can visit the Gravity Bar, here you can order a delicious drink with a panorama view over the city.

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#5 Get out of Dublin for some awesome hikes

In Dublin you can do many great things, but outside the city there are also some awesome hikes. The biggest advantage is that you can discover the Irish countryside. Nature here is unspoiled and truly beautiful. In terms of walks, there are a number of possibilities. We have done the Howth Cliff Walk and really recommend it. It is a 12 km walk and takes about 3 hours. From the center of Dublin you can easily reach Howth in 25 minutes by taking the DART. Once you arrive in Howth, there are signs depicting the walk, it’s that simple!

Tip: if you want to go with a group you can book your ticket via this link.

Beside Howth there are other walks / day excursions that we recommend, see below:

Cliffs of Moher, Burren & Galway Full-Day Tour

Wild Wicklow Tour including Glendalough from Dublin

Game of Thrones™ filming locations and Giant’s Causeway from Dublin

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#6 Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol is a prison and is one of the highlights to visit in Dublin today. With the tour you visit the gardens, the cells and get to know the history of the prison in 1 hour. It isn’t the most enjoyable place to be, but one that clearly indicates how it was like to live in a cell until 1924. Above all, it is an instructive tour, because the guide tells the history and fun facts in an interesting way. A must if you want to do something different than usual.

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#7 Wander the many beautiful streets

One of the best things to do in Dublin is simply to walk through the streets and visit small boutique shops. The best street for shopping is Grafton street, where you will find the big brand to small boutique shops. In addition, it is very nice to walk through, because artists often play beautiful music here.

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#8 Relax in St. Stephen Green

Right in the center is the St. Stephen Green park, this is a beautiful park to walk through. If you walk through the park you will see the beautiful history of Ireland. There is something magical and enchanting about the park, well worth a visit. Buy a drink in Grafton street and sit on a bench in the park.

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#9 Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle was a Viking castle in the 13th century, later it was the headquarters of the English and the British. In 1922, with Irish independence, the castle “went back” to the Irish. The castle is worth a visit, especially if you consider what history has taken place here. In addition, the great surprise is that there is a museum in the castle, which makes it extra unique.

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#10 live music

One of the best things about Dublin is that there are many pubs and public places to play live music. The music is very different which makes it a lot of fun. You will hear all kind of you music, enjoy! We always enjoyed our Irish food in the evening in a pub with live Celtic music in the background.

Tip: a rule of thumb that we always use is when you stop and listen to an artist is to give them a small fee. After all, this stimulates them to do what they do😊.

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#11 Phoenix Park

The Phoenix park is the largest city park in all of Europe. You can see deer in this park which is great fun. The park has been open for 350 years and is a nice piece of Dublin history. You can visit the park by walking or you can rent and bike. A very nice activity is to have a picnic in the afternoon. Be warned because the deer’s are very curious.

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#12 Whiskey

In addition to Ireland’s most famous drink Guinness, Ireland has another well-known drink, Irish whiskey. If you are a whiskey lover and want to do a tour you need to follow the Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour, because during this tour you also taste the whiskey. A very nice tour in which you get all the explanation from the process to making the Whiskey in less than an hour. You can easily book a ticket for this tour via this link.

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#13 Walking tour: the dark side

If you want to do a tour that is slightly different from all other tours, then the “the dark side” tour is something for you. During this tour you will go with the guide in the evening to a couple of places in Dublin that contain special stories, or creepy. A very nice 2 hour tour that covers a different aspect of Dublin’s history. You can easily book a ticket via this link.

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#14 Swords Castle

Do you like to visit castles then Swords Castle is a must. This castle is more than 800 years old and has a rich history. It is very easy to get here, as it is only a 10-minute drive from the center. You can also buy a separate ticket and you can discover the castle on your own. The strange thing is that this castle is often not recommended by other travelers on their list: “best things to do in Dublin”, but it is definitely worth a visit if you like castles and history.

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Where to stay in Dublin?

Due to the popularity, it is difficult to find a suitable place to stay in Dublin. In addition, you have to take into account that Dublin is not a cheap city to stay. Keep in mind that you properly will pay €50 to €100 per night for a double room. We stayed in Harcourt Hotel and recommend it. If you want a little more luxury, Clayton Hotel Charlemont is recommended. Both hotels are located in the same street. The advantage of both hotels is that the price quality is very good.

Tip: it is important that you reserve your room on time, because both hotels are very popular. If you book via our link you can adjust your reservation up to 24 hours in advance.

Harcourt Hotel

The location of Harcourt Hotel is perfect, as you are only a few minutes’ walk from the center. The breakfast is very good, you have many choices. Also the staff is very nice. A special place for a very competitive price!

Price per night from:
€ 58 double room

Clayton Hotel Charlemont

The rooms at Clayton Hotel Charlemont are beautiful, especially the amenities you have are very good. The hotel is only a 5 minute walk from the center. The hotel scores an average of 9 on Booking.com, which is incredibly good. If you are looking for a luxury room with all facilities, close to the center, then this hotel is for you.

Price per night from:
€ 90 double room

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Clayton Hotel Charlemont

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Where to eat in Dublin?

You can eat very well in Dublin. One dish that you really should try is the classic dish: fish n ‘chips. One of the best places to try this in Dublin is Leo Burdocks. This place is so good that they even have a wall of fame wall that shows which celebrities already visited this place. The store is very small so after you received your food walk to St. Patrick’s Cathedral park to have a seat. Enjoy.

Another special place to eat in Dublin is dining in a church called “The Church”. They have a special menu, for example you can order dishes prepared in Guinness.

We also recommend “The Fumbally”, this is a restaurant that focuses on healthy dishes. It is above all a nice hip place to sit. In addition to these specific recommendations, you can eat well in many places in Dublin. In the evening it is also nice to have a drink with typical Irish food in a pub. We loved it because you sit with the locals listing to beautiful Celtic music.

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Why is Dublin the perfect city trip?

The answer on why Dublin is a perfect destination for a city trip is very simple, it has a lot to offer. During your days, properly the weekend, you will see many beautiful buildings, undertake unforgettable activities, enjoy delicious food and evenings, hear beautiful music, experience a beautiful culture and much more. We hope you will enjoy Dublin like we did. Cheers!

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Hi, we are Cynthia and Alexander! High school sweethearts from the South of the Netherlands. We travel around the world because we are crazy about it! We believe travel can be life changing. Our goal is to share our travel tips and to inspire you to travel & discover the world!

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