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What to do in Dublin Ireland

Updated on February 11, 2018
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Classic Dublin hits Dublin’s highlights and gives you the option to get out of the city and into Ireland’s picturesque countryside.



Hotels

Luxury

  1. The Merrion Hotel
    Marble as far as the eye can see, 5 star gem is situated near the famous St. Stephen’s Green. $200-$400.
  2. The Westbury
    Enjoy teatime at this luxury property in the heart of Dublin. $250-$400.


Trendy

  1. The Marker Hotel
    Situated on the water between the Grand Canal and the River Liffey, this hotel features stunning modern architecture and beautiful interiors. $200-$300.
  2. The Gibson Hotel
    Next door to 3Arena and featuring murals of rockstars, The Gibson is both trendy and luxurious. $125-$200.


Value

  1. Clontarf Castle Hotel
    Dreaming of staying in an Irish castle? The Clontarf is your answer. Just outside of Dublin proper but a great bargain for the quality. $125-$200.
  2. Ariel House
    This classic B&B is located near Aviva Stadium and features a beautiful breakfast buffet for added value. $100-$150.
  3. Barnacles Temple Bar Hostel
    For super budget friendly travel, this hostel is located in the middle of the action of Temple Bar. Clean and featuring several room configurations with ensuite bathrooms. $20-$100.
Itinerary

Day One: South Side of the River Liffey


Breakfast: Queen of Tarts. Breakfast so beautiful you’ll hardly want to eat it. After breakfast, take a five minute stroll to Dublin Castle. Stop for a picture or take a guided tour. If you are a lover of churches don’t miss Christ Church Cathedral and the magnificent Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and the adjacent Saint Patrick’s Park. Next make your way to St. Stephen’s Green, immortalized in James Joyce’s “Ulysses”.


Lunch: Try The Bank on College Green for fish and chips and a cozy escape from cold and rainy Dublin days. From there head to Trinity College, Ireland’s most famous campus. Here you’ll find the world famous Book of Kells, but get ready to stand in line if you want to see it. If you’re a museum lover, be sure to check out the cluster of museums nearby, including the National Gallery of Ireland and National Museums of Ireland - Archaeology and Natural History.


Dinner: Start your night in Temple Bar at The Old Storehouse, a lively pub with great food and live music. Spend the rest of your evening taking in Dublin’s most famous neighborhood.


Day Two: North of the River Liffey


Breakfast: The Bakehouse. Start your day with delectable brunch courses and over the top hotel chocolates at this spot on the north side of the river. After breakfast, take a five minute stroll to Dublin Castle. Stop for a picture or take a guided tour. If you are a lover of churches don’t miss Christ Church Cathedral and the magnificent Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and the adjacent Saint Patrick’s Park. Next make your way to St. Stephen’s Green, immortalized in James Joyce’s “Ulysses”.


Lunch: Try The Bank on College Green for fish and chips and a cozy escape from cold and rainy Dublin days. From there head to Trinity College, Ireland’s most famous campus. Here you’ll find the world famous Book of Kells, but get ready to stand in line if you want to see it. If you’re a museum lover, be sure to check out the cluster of museums nearby, including the National Gallery of Ireland and National Museums of Ireland - Archaeology and Natural History.


Dinner: Start your night in Temple Bar at The Old Storehouse, a lively pub with great food and live music. Spend the rest of your evening taking in Dublin’s most famous neighborhood.


Day Three and Beyond: Out of Dublin


Phoenix Park: A sprawling park a mile and a half from O'Connell Street with a herd of fallow deer offers a taste of the Irish countryside without leaving the city. While you’re there check out Dublin Zoo and Ashton Castle.


Galway City: For around 20 Euro you can take a 2 ½ train ride from Dublin to Galway City. Once you arrive in Galway you can walk the winding cobblestone streets to nearly every attraction, making it the perfect day trip.


Wicklow Mountains: Numerous tour companies operate tours that make the 40 minute trip from Dublin to various points in County Wicklow. Especially for visitors staying exclusively in Dublin, Wicklow is the perfect opportunity to get out of the city and experience the Irish countryside without spending the whole day traveling.

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© 2018 Karlin Riles

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      Louise Powles 

      6 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I've never had the pleasure of visiting Dublin, but would love to.

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