Dublin is the capital of Ireland with a population of 1,345,402 it is known for its charming streets, Guinness, colourful doorways, live bar music and historic architecture. It is my home city so today I will be sharing with you what to do and what to avoid!
First thing you should do at the airport is to purchase a TFI (Transport For Ireland) Leap card, This will allow you to easily get on and off the public transport without paying the rip off fees that are charged without it. They can also be easily topped up on your NFC enabled phone. There is a visitor card also available but usually, the standard card is cheaper and the children’s card can be used by anyone under 19 years. They can be purchased at the following locations in Dublin Airpot (Or at most shops in Dublin):
- Bus & Travel Information Desk (T1 Arrivals)
- Spar (T2 Arrivals)
- WHSmith (T1 Arrivals)
1. Picnic At St. Stephen’s Green
St. Stephen’s Green is the most visited park in Dublin city, It is the best place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, Grab some food in one of the thousand nearby shops and cafes and do as the locals do and sit out bask in the sunshine and get some fresh air. This park apparently inspired the design for New York’s Central Park.
2. Guinness Storehouse
The Guinness Storehouse is number one when it comes to places to visit in Dublin, With Millions of visitors touring the brewery each year. The Guinness Storehouse tour brings you through and shows you the process of how the iconic drink is made. The tour ends with a free full pint of beer at the Gravity rooftop bar which has 360-degree views of Dublin. Children under 13 can visit for free and 13-17 costs €16.00 and anyone over 18 costs €18.50 Students with a valid student card can enjoy a discount of 26%
3. Visit Dublin Castle
Take a trip back in time by visiting the famous Dublin Castle. With over 800 years of Irish memories encapsulated within its walls, this incredible structure has borne witness to some of the most pivotal events in all of the country’s history. Spanning an area of over 11 acres, the Castle stands on the highest ridge in the City Center and offers self-guided and guided tours of the grounds, including the Castle’s many rooms, spectacular gardens and museums.
4. Roam The Streets Of Temple Bar
A trip to Temple Bar at night is an absolute must, Although bars there can be a bit overpriced as the area attracts lots of tourists. Stop by in Leo Burdocks (located at 4 Crown Alley, Temple Bar) for some authentic Fish and Chips that will blow your mind away. It’s one of the best chippers in Dublin! Don’t make the mistake of staying in the area as you’ll never get a good night’s sleep as the partying and live street music goes on all night.
5. Get a Birds Eye View Of Dublin
Croke Park Stadium is the third-largest stadium in all of Europe and home to our national sports of hurling, camogie, Gaelic football and Gaelic handball. The rooftop climb will take you 44 meters up for an amazing view of the city. Plus, you get a behind the scenes peek at the athlete’s lounges, private boxes and you even get to go onto the field.
6. Wander Down Grafton Street
Grafton street located beside St Stephen’s Green is a lovely pedestrianised street that is spectacular all year round especially at Christmas when dazzling lights run down it. This street is perfect for grabbing some Lunch or doing some shopping with high-end shops and department stores running along with it. For a good free view of Dublin, head to the top level of St Stephen’s Green Shopping centres roof car park where you can get a full 360-degree view of the city.
7. Trinity College
Trinity College makes for a beautiful stroll. If you are looking for things to do on your own, this is a lovely way to spend the afternoon as the sunsets. Dating back to 1592, Trinity College is Ireland’s oldest university and attracts thousands of international students.
It is considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful university campuses and taking a pleasant stroll through the grounds is a must. It is also home to the Book Of Kells.
8. Book Of Kells
Trinity College is most famous for is its library housing which houses over 200,000 books including the Book of Kells.
The Book of Kells was written in 800 AD by a group of monks and was buried in the bog (A bog or bogland is a wetland that accumulates peat, a deposit of dead plant material—often mosses, and in a majority of cases, sphagnum moss, It is also an excellent preservative) for safekeeping against the Vikings. In the 1600s it was rediscovered and sent to Trinity College where it has been ever since.
9. Bray Head Walk
Easily accessible from Dublin Via the DART train is the seaside town, Bray. Jump on the Dart train from Connolly Station, Tara St Station or Pearse Station for a breathtaking train journey to the nearby seaside town of Bray, From there walk right down along the beach towards the cliff and follow one of the signposted walking tracks up to the top of the headland where you will get spectacular views of the Dublin coastline, Alternatively for a gentler walk with less hills head to Howth instead and walk the Howth Cliff Walk which takes about two hours to complete. Along these walks, particularly during the summer you might be lucky and see our native common lizard or a slow worm basking in the sun.