If you’re Type A like me,
most of the time sometimes you just want to skip all of the filler paragraphs and superfluous details and get right to the essentials. So here is a “straight to the point” itinerary to give you some ideas of what to do, where to stay, and some general tips that might save you some time and money!
What To Do In Dublin
Alright, first you need to do the touristy stuff..
- Guinness Storehouse and/or the Old Jameson Distillery
- Pub crawl through Temple Bar
- Dublin Castle
- Trinity College Dublin..And while you’re there, head to the library to see the Book of Kells and the famed Long Room!
- St. Patrick’s Cathedral
- St. Stephen’s Green
- Grafton Street.. Take a moment to enjoy the buskers and give them a kind tip. They are actually very talented musicians and singers who had to get a permit to perform there!
- National Museum of Ireland
- National Gallery
- Phoenix Park
- Merrion Square.. You can see Oscar Wilde’s childhood home at the corner!
- General Post Office..Which served as command headquarters for the rebels during the Easter Rising of 1916. I was lucky enough to see some of my Irish friends perform in the documentary drama, Inside The GPO by Colin Murphy, where audience members experienced the Easter Rising in the main hall of the GPO itself, exactly 100 years later. I had one of the goosebump moments knowing that this was where it all happened.
- Chester Beatty Library
- O’Connell Street..that tall pointy thing? Yeah, that’s The Spire. Or what Dubliners sometimes call: “The Stiffy at the Liffey”, “The Erection at the Intersection”, and “The Stilletto in the Ghetto”
Feeling a little more adventurous? Try these..
- See a play at The Abbey Theatre, The Gate Theatre, or Smock Alley Theatre..just see some Irish theatre!
- Horseback ride in Glendalough
- Hike the Wicklow Mountains
- Visit the seaside village of Howth
- Day trip out west to the Cliffs of Moher
- Weekender pub crawl in Galway
- Day trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Catch a Rugby game at Aviva Stadium or Croke Park
The Beginner’s Guide to Dublin Pubs
There’s just so many! But here were my favorites..
- P. Mac’s
- The Workman’s Club
My go-to drinks are: Bulmer’s Irish Cider & a Jameson and Ginger! Can’t forget the Guinness! Oh, and get an order of curry chips, too!
- Cell Phones
- Short trip? There’s wifi everywhere in Dublin!
- Long trip? I’ve used 3 Ireland and Vodafone in the past, they had very affordable (and unlimited!) data plans. Vodafone has roaming coverage across Ireland, the UK, and Continental Europe so that really came in handy when I was hopping from country to country.
- Getting Around
- Dublin is a walking city, so wear comfortable shoes! Also, beware of cobblestones! Heels? Don’t even think about it. You’ll look like a newborn calf learning to walk for the first time while trying not to break an ankle.
- Download the HAILO app! It’s basically an Irish über and super easy to use, especially on those nights when you’re out late at the pub and don’t want to walk home.
- Or just flag down a good ‘ole Dublin city cab from the street. Have cash on you, though! A lot of them are cash only…Maybe all of them?
- Airport Transportation
- Aircoach has always been my choice of transportation. Roundtrip costs €12 and it’s very reliable and accessible. Some features include: on-board wifi, comfortable seats, and ambient blue lighting…It’s only a 30-40 minute ride, but man is it a nice one! Just don’t misplace your ticket if you buy roundtrip. It looks like a receipt and is easy to misplace…Trust me, I would know.
- Dublin Bus offers a €10 roundtrip ticket, but makes more stops along the way and doesn’t have a lot of space to store luggage. But you’ll save a coupla quid!
My most important tip, though… Take it all in. I say this all the time, and I’ll keep saying it: The Irish people are incredible. They are so down-to-earth, so kind and welcoming. So wander the streets, try something new, enjoy a pint, and absorb the beautiful Irish culture.
Sláinte! (“slon-cha”) That means Cheers!
What are your favorite things to do in Dublin?