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Dublin is an awesome city full of culture, history, and friendly locals. There’s no shortage of places to visit, or activities to enjoy when planning your Dublin itinerary. We’ve come up with a helpful guide so you can make the most of your time in this Irish capital.

From visiting world-famous museums to having a pint of Guinness at a local pub, or watching Irish dancers perform, visiting Dublin is sure to make for a memorable trip!

Whether you’re spending two days in Dublin or more, this Dublin itinerary will help you discover some of the best places to visit in the city!

 

Best Time To Visit Dublin

The best time to visit Dublin depends on your weather preferences. Ireland has a mild, temperate climate and the changes in weather are normally not extreme.

The summer months (June – August) are when the country reaches its warmest temperatures. This is the busiest time to visit Dublin, as tourists like to take advantage of the city’s pleasant temperatures and long summer days.

 

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These are the best times to visit Dublin!

As Dublin heads into autumn (September – November) milder temperatures start to set in and the tourists thin out a bit. You’re bound to experience some rain but showers generally don’t last long.

You’ll want a warm winter jacket if you’re planning a trip to Dublin during the winter months (December – February). The air is chilly, but temperatures for the most part always stay above freezing. Winter is also when Dublin experiences the most rainfall.

Spring (March- May) brings sunshine, but also a decent amount of rain. Many tourists visit Dublin in March for St. Patty’s day, but the weather is still chilly and the rain can be unpredictable.

 

 Average TemperatureChance of RainCrowdsOverall Grade
January5°C / 41°FHighCalm🙁
February5°C / 41°FLowCalm🙁
March7°C / 45°FAverageMedium😐
April8°C / 46°FAverageMedium😐
May11°C / 52°FHighMedium🙂
June14°C / 57°FHighBusy😀
July16°C / 61°FLowBusy😀
August16°C / 61°FHighBusy😀
September14°C / 57°FAverageMedium🙂
October11°C / 52°FHighMedium😐
November8°C / 46°FHighCalm😐
December7°C / 45°FHighCalm😐

 

Where To Stay In Dublin

Due to its large size, staying in a good location in Dublin will give you an advantage. You’ll be closer to the cities main attractions, which means less time spent traveling.  

Temple Bar is at the epicenter of Dublin’s famous nightlife district. It’s in close proximity to Grafton Street, the Molly Malone Statue, Trinity College, and more! Traditional Irish pubs line the street and you can find live local music playing nightly. Grab a pint of Guinness and join in an Irish jig!

You’ll also find lots of stores selling Irish souvenirs, quirky little cafes, and a large selection of restaurants offering everything from Irish food to Asian! The Temple Bar District is a great place to stay for a weekend in Dublin as it’s close to all the city’s top pubs and clubs!  

where to stay in Dublin
These are the best places to stay in Dublin!

Howth is a neighborhood in Dublin 16 miles from the city center. It’s a picturesque Irish village abundant in quaint, rustic charm. Located on the Howth Peninsula, this area is perfect for nature-lovers or people wanting to visit Dublin but escape the busy city.

Explore Howth Castle, see the Baily and Howth lighthouses, or go for a nice outdoor hike. If you’re spending a weekend in Dublin, make sure to check out the Howth Markets. This local market offers fresh fish, vegetables, homemade bread, jams, and more! Getting from Howth to Dublin is easy and takes about 20-45 minutes depending on what type of transportation you choose. The Airbnbs in Dublin are situated across the city.

 

Best Hostel In Dublin – Isaacs Hotel

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Isaacs hostel is our pick for the best hostel in Dublin!

Isaacs hostel in Dublin has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Located in the city center, it’s within walking distance to O’Connell St, Temple Bar, and Dublin’s main bus station.

This place offers all the facilities you could possibly want! They provide free WI-FI, breakfast, and guided walking tours! They also regularly run social events that guests can join including pizza night and quiz night.

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Best Airbnb in Dublin: Sparkling clean with great amenities

DublinIt has a well-equipped kitchen with fridge, freezer, hob/cooker, microwave oven, dishwasher and the added convenience of a washing machine.

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Best Budget Hotel in Dublin – Blooms Hotel

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Blooms Hotel is our pick for the best budget hotel in Dublin!

Located right in the center of the Temple Bar area, you couldn’t ask for a better location. This comfortable hotel has all the modern amenities you would expect to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. It also has a traditional Irish pub and a nightclub where guests are given free entry.

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Best Luxury Hotel in Dublin – The Marker Hotel

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The Marker Hotel is our pick for the best luxury hotel in Dublin!

Situated in the heart of Dublin’s business and cultural quarter, the Marker Hotel rolls out the red-carpet for its guests. This hotel has a spa, state-of-the-art gym, infinity pool, sauna, and much, much more! There’s a ground floor cocktail bar as well as a rooftop lounge with stunning views of the cityscape! If you want to go all out on your trip to Dublin, this place is definitely for you!

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Dublin Itinerary

No matter how many days in Dublin you choose to stay, you’re going to need to figure out how to get around. Luckily, the public transportation in the city is easy, convenient, and very reliable!

The Dublin bus is easy to use and very affordable. There are hundreds of bus stops around the city serving nearly every area of Dublin, and all routes pass through the city center.

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The LUAS tram is a speedy form of transportation around the city. They connect the city center to the suburbs and are the city’s newest and most popular form of public transportation.

If you’re planning to use Dublin public transportation extensively it might be worth purchasing a Leap Card. This reloadable card is all you need to access Dublin’s transportation network. Whether you’re spending two days in Dublin, or many, this pass allows for unlimited travel in increments of 24-hours.

With 75 miles of bike paths, Dublin is one of the 10 most bike-friendly cities in the world! Rent a bike and explore the city on wheels! There are self-rental bike services found all over the city, or pop into a bike shop and rent one from a friendly local.

Dublin is a very walkable city. You’ll find that many of the city’s main tourist attractions are within pedestrian friendly zones. Many accommodations offer free maps of the city to help you get better acquainted with the city’s layout.

 

Day 1 Itinerary in Dublin

The Little Museum of Dublin | St. Stephen’s Green | The National Gallery of Ireland | Trinity College | Molly Malone Statue | Dublin Castle | Temple Bar District

On your first day in Dublin you’ll want to learn some classic Irish history by checking out some of the city’s most famous historic sites.

 

Day 1 / Stop 1 –  Visit The Little Museum of Dublin

  • Why it’s awesome: This little museum is packed with information! A great place to go to get a sense of Ireland and the Irish people before you head out and explore the rest of the city!
  • Cost: around $9.00 – $11.00 USD
  • Food nearby: Head to Hatch & Sons for Irish comfort food in a cozy setting. This small cafe is quaint and comfortable. Delicious fresh-made food and excellent service! Vegetarian and vegan options are also available. Customers rave about their filtered coffee, and you can order a pot to share with the whole table!

The Little Museum of Dublin is the perfect way to start your Dublin Itinerary! You’ll get a real sense of the Irish culture on a quick 30-minute guided tour around the museum. Tour guides are knowledgeable and do a great job telling the story of Irish history.

The museum focuses on the history of Dublin in the 20th century. You’ll see a collection of over 5,000 artifacts that have been donated to the museum by the people of Dublin themselves. The museum is well organized and packed with insightful information, a great way to kick start your trip to Dublin!

 

Day 1 / Stop 2 –  Walk Around St. Stephen’s Green

  • Why it’s awesome: Great park in the heart of Dublin filled with  little gazebos, paved paths, benches, flowers, and trees. It provides for a nice break from the city streets, a tranquil slice of Dublin’s usually busy landscape.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: Shanahan’s On The Green is an American-style steakhouse with a large selection of Irish seafood and great side dishes. Portions are large and the food is highly rated. Check out the downstairs bar if you have time. It’s called the “Oval Office” and features a collection of memorabilia from American Presidents with Irish heritage.
St. Stephen's Green
St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin | source: Robert Linsdell (Flickr)

A picturesque park that provides a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the streets and shopping venues. Interesting historical plaques dotted along the pathways, and well maintained  gardens make for a lovely place to relax, take a stroll, or have a picnic! Nature has a place to flourish in this small haven, a peaceful place full of natural beauty!

 

Day 1 / Stop 3 – Check out National Gallery of Ireland

  • Why it’s awesome: The National Gallery of Ireland houses the national collection of Irish and European art.
  • Cost: Admission to the permanent collection is free!
  • Food nearby: There is a cafe inside the gallery that serves breakfast, lunch, tea, coffee, and pastries. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available.

The National Gallery of Ireland has a large variety of contemporary and classical paintings and sculptures. Check out this impressive collection of European art spanning the 14th to 20th-century.

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National Gallery of Ireland | source: Enrico Strocchi (Flickr)

The gallery is well organized and pleasant to walk through. You don’t have to be an art connoisseur to enjoy this gallery, there’s helpful and insightful descriptions beside every piece of art to help you understand and appreciate it.

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Day 1 / Stop 4 – Take a Tour of Trininty College

  • Why it’s awesome: Beautiful and historic college campus in the heart of Dublin.
  • Cost: Free to walk around, or you can pay to take a tour
  • Food nearby: Little Ass Burrito Bar offers Mexican inspired street food and al fresco dining right next to Trinity College. Dishes are made with fresh and flavorful ingredients. Perfect for meat lovers, vegetarians, or vegans!

Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College is Ireland’s longest surviving university. This beautiful college campus has lots of green space and a lively student body. Although it’s free to walk around, you might want to consider booking a tour.

Trininty College
Trininty College, Dublin

Tours of Trinity College include access to the Book of Kells. This exhibition displays a 9th-century manuscript that documents the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ. It’s considered Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure and the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. History lovers especially will love this stop on their Dublin trip itinerary!

 

Day 1 / Stop 5 – Visit The Molly Malone Statue

  • Why it’s awesome: The Molly Malone statue is the symbol of Dublin. It is said that rubbing Molly’s breasts will bring you good fortune and guarantee your return to Dublin!
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: O’Neills Pub & Kitchen is right across the street from the Molly Malone statue. This restaurant offers classic Irish pub fair and a large selection of beer. Portion sizes are large and prices are very reasonable. A great place to come and grab a casual bite to eat!

No trip to Dublin would be complete without a stop at the Molly Malone Statue. This iconic life-sized bronze statue comes from a popular fictitious song about Molly Malone, a beautiful fish and seafood seller who walked the streets of Dublin attracting looks from her many admirers.

Molly Malone Statue
Molly Malone Statue, Dublin

Situated in the bustling commercial district in front of St. Andrew’s Church, this is a popular stop for tourists who come to rub Molly’s breasts for a bit of luck! This is also a popular area for street musicians to perform.

 

Day 1 / Stop 6 – Explore Dublin Castle

  • Why it’s awesome: A great place to go and learn Irish history! Learn the stories behind every part of the castle.
  • Cost: Free to explore the grounds and garden . Guided tours cost between $8.00- $13.00 USD depending on tour.
  • Food nearby: The Terrace Café is located on the ground floor of the State Apartments in Dublin Castle overlooking the Castle gardens. They offer a full breakfast and lunch menu as well as pastries and refreshments.

Built on the site of a Viking settlement in the early 13th century, The Dublin Castle was an important British stronghold for more than 700 years. Today it’s used as an Irish government building and is one of the most popular places in Dublin!

Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle, Dublin

You can walk around the castle grounds and visit the gardens for free or pay to tour inside. We recommend both. The guides who conduct the tours are extremely knowledgeable and friendly and can answer any questions you may have. This is a great way to learn about Irish history from a local guide.

 

Day 1 / Stop 7 – Party Like The Irish At The Temple Bar District

  • Why it’s awesome: This is the most happening area of Dublin. During the day you can visit art galleries, cozy coffee shops, and corky boutiques, but at night the energy is unlike any other area of Dublin! The Temple Bar District has all the ingredients you need for the perfect night out and a must-see when visiting Dublin!
  • Cost: Free to walk around, cost is dependent on where you go.
  • Food nearby: Home to Ireland’s largest selection of whiskeys, the Temple Bar is not to be missed! This iconic red building is Dublin’s oldest and most well-known pub. One of the top tourist destinations in the city, this fun and lively bar is complete with an outdoor beer garden and a stage where live music plays every afternoon and night! If you’re spending a weekend in Dublin this bar stays open an extra hour Thursday – Saturday nights. The vibe is fun, the people are friendly, and the Guinness flows like a river!

The Temple Bar District is the cultural heart of Dublin. Located along the River Liffey, this neighborhood is spread over cobblestone streets and the perfect place to finish day one of your Dublin itinerary!

The Temple Bar District
The Temple Bar District, Dublin

After dark this area is the center for nightlife. There’s various nightclubs, restaurants, and bars to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a chill place to grab dinner and drinks, or a club that stays open all night, this is the coolest area of Dublin to come to and experience the cities vibrant nightlife!

 

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Isaacs hostel in Dublin has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Located in the city center, it’s within walking distance to O’Connell St, Temple Bar, and Dublin’s main bus station.

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Day 2 Itinerary in Dublin

Ha’Penny Bridge | Dublinia | Christ Church Cathedral | Guinness Storehouse | St. Patrick’s Cathedral | Grafton Street

Now that you’ve spent your first day fully immersed in the Irish culture, day two of your Dublin itinerary will have you taking a more leisurely approach to site-seeing.

 

Day 2 / Stop 1 – Take a Walk over The Ha’Penny Bridge

  • Why it’s awesome: This famous Dublin bridge crosses over the Liffey River and is a great place to take in the city views and snap a picture or two. This bridge can get a bit busy in the afternoon and evening, which is why it’s best to start off day two of your Dublin itinerary with a morning visit to Ha’Penny Bridge!
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: The Woollen Mills is a cute and casual restaurant on the northside of the Ha’Penny Bridge. They open at 9:00am Monday – Saturday and 11:00am on Sundays. The restaurant has an on-site bakery where they make all of their own bread and pastries. On Sundays they have a special mouth-watering brunch menu. Head in for a bite to eat, or grab a coffee and pastry to take with you as you start your second day exploring Dublin!

This beautiful iconic bridge is a famous landmark in Dublin. It sits across the River Liffey and is located in the center of Dublin, next to the Temple Bar District. Named for the half-penny you had to pay back in the day to cross it, it’s now free and a popular place to take pictures and enjoy a beautiful view of the city.

The Ha'Penny Bridge
The Ha’Penny Bridge, Dublin

If you have two days in Dublin, or even one, this quick stop is a must see! Start your morning by taking a casual stroll across the bridge before moving onto your next stop!

 

Day 2 / Stop 2 – Head to Dublinia for an Interactive Irish Experience

  • Why it’s awesome: This museum makes learning fun! Most exhibits are interactive and focuses on the Viking and Medieval history of the city. One of the most fun experiences you can have on your Dublin trip!
  • Cost: Around $10.00 USD
  • Food nearby: Dating back to 1198, The Brazen Head is Ireland’s official oldest pub. This cozy restaurant is famous for its live Irish music and highly rated food. There is plenty of outdoor and inside seating and lots of food and beer options.

Dublinia is an interactive museum that makes learning fun and entertaining. There are plenty of displays set up that give you a real hands on approach to experiencing history.

Go back in time and see what life was like for the vikings. Try on viking clothes, learn about their voyages at sea, and visit a small viking house. See what Dublin would have looked like back in the Medieval Ages, and learn how to play medieval games.

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Dublinia, Dublin | source: fhwrdh (Flickr)

Don’t forget to check out St. Michael’s Tower while you’re there. Climb the 96 steps to the top of this newly renovated medieval tower and you’ll see spectacular views of the city!  

The exhibits are interactive, informative, and entertaining, making everything easy to understand. Immerse yourself in the history of Ireland and learn what has contributed to forming this amazing country as you learn about medieval Dublin.

 

Day 2 / Stop 3 – Admire the Beauty of Christ Church Cathedral

  • Why it’s awesome: One of Dublin’s most sacred monuments, this church houses Ireland’s largest crypt. Take a tour of the church beautiful interior and explore the expansive underground medieval crypt. Discounts are given when tickets are purchased in conjunction with Dublinia tickets.
  • Cost: $8.00 USD for self-guided tour. $12.00 USD for guided-tour.
  • Food nearby: Leo Burdock’s is a great place to grab a quick bite to eat. They specialize in fish-n-chips, which are highly rated! They also serve other fried seafood and pub-fare. There’s no seating at this no-frills restaurant, you have to order your food to go. Head to the Dubh Linn Gardens, about a 5-minute walk away, and grab a seat outside on the lawn.

Journey back in time by almost 1,000 years as you step inside Christ Church Cathedral. Built in 1028, this impressive church is one of the oldest in Ireland. Admire the stained glass windows and medieval floor tiles.

Christ Church Cathedral Dublin
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

Choose from a self-guided or locally-guided tour. Explore the largest church crypt in Ireland. You’ll see Ireland’s first copy of the Magna Carta, the famous mummified ‘cat and the rat’, and the original 16th-century costumes from the series ‘The Tudors’.  

If you select a guided-tour you’ll have a chance to climb up to the belfry and ring the church bells! Christ Church Cathedral is an incredible building with a fascinating history, and it’s definitely one of the most interesting things to do when visiting Dublin!

 

Day 2 / Stop 4 – Take a Tour of the Guinness Storehouse

  • Why it’s awesome: When in Dublin, visiting the Guinness Storehouse is a must! This tour is exceptionally well organized, fun, and educational. The tour ends with a pint of Guinness in the 7th floor Gravity Bar with excellent views of the city!
  • Cost: Between $25.00 – $28.00 USD
  • Food nearby: Arthur’s Pub is a traditional Irish Pub located just around the corner from the Guinness Storehouse. The perfect place to come for a meal and more Guinness! They offer wholesome food at a reasonable price and the freshest pint of Guinness outside of the storehouse! Upstairs houses their very own Jazz and Blues club. A fun experience for all, great food, fresh Guinness, and lively entertainment!

An essential part of any Dublin itinerary, the Guinness Storehouse is a must-see when visiting Dublin! This iconic building tells the story of Ireland’s most famous drink and brings to life the heritage of this famous beer!

Tours are self-guided, so you can go at your own pace. This large facility has lots of interesting exhibits and informational points. You’ll learn about the brewing process, the history of Guinness, and other fun facts.  

Guinness Storehouse
Guinness Storehouse, Dublin | source: Marco Verch Professional (Flickr)

For true Guinnesss lovers, upgrade to a connoisseur experience for an extra  $45.00 USD. On-top of your self-guided tour you will also receive an additional 1.5-hour tour with an expert in a private bar. This upgrade includes a tasting of 4 other beers that Guinness produces. At the end you’ll learn how to pour the perfect pint of your very own Guinness!

All tours end at the Gravity Bar, located on the 7th floor. Enjoy the panoramic views of the city in this stylish bar as you sip on your complimentary pint of Guinness. History is alive and tradition breaths at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin!

 

Day 2 / Stop 5 – Visit Dublin’s iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral

  • Why it’s awesome: St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin is Ireland’s tallest and largest church. It’s beautiful from the inside out and an iconic Dublin landmark.
  • Cost: around $7.00 USD
  • Food nearby: Bite of Life is a great place to stop for a quick meal and a strong cup of coffee! This place has a cozy vibe and a welcoming atmosphere. They have a simple menu that features salads, sandwiches, soups, and desserts. Lovely little eatery with a friendly staff, wholesome food, and quick service!  

Founded in 1191, this gothic-style church is a timeless symbol of Ireland! If you enjoy architecture, history, religion, or art, this is a must-see when visiting Dublin!

St. Patrick's Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

Although you do have to pay to enter the church, they offer a free guided tour once you’re inside. Your guide will provide you with information about the cathedral as well as some of the religious and political history of Dublin.

 

Day 2 / Stop 6 – Peruse Grafton Street, Dublin’s Most Famous Shopping Area

  • Why it’s awesome: This is the main shopping street in Dublin, it’s lined with popular stores as well as local shops that contain the creations of Ireland’s most trendy designers!
  • Cost: Free to walk around
  • Food nearby: Cornucopia is Dublin’s best-known vegetarian restaurant. Their menu changes daily but it centers around a wholesome selection of salads, sandwiches, and hot main courses. The portions are large and the prices are reasonable. They have live music accompaniment on Thursday and Friday evenings and the 2nd-floor dining-room area is a great spot to people-watch!

This lively street is a must-visit when backpacking Dublin! A large selection of stores line the street making it an ideal place for shopping and buying souvenirs. There is a great mix of stores with everything from local to brand name.

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Grafton Street, Dublin | Source: David Soanes (Shutterstock)

Street performers can be found at almost all hours of the day on Grafton street. Eager to showcase their talents to new audiences, you’ll see everything from singing to fire-juggling! You never know what you’re going to get, which is all part of the fun and excitement!

No touristy area would be complete without a diverse range of food options! Grafton Street is a great place to come and enjoy a tasty meal. You’ll have a large range of options with cuisines from all over the world! A great place to finish day two of your Dublin itinerary, if you choose to continue your night, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from!

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Dublin Itinerary – Day Three and Beyond

Jameson Distillery | Traditional Irish Dancing | Irish Emigration Museum | Abandoned Prison | Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship & Famine

If you’re spending three days in Dublin or more, you’re going to need a few extra activities to add to your Dublin trip! Here are a few extra things we think are great additions to your Dublin itinerary:

 

Visit the Jameson Distillery

  • This is the original site where Jameson Irish Whiskey was distilled until 1971.
  • Tours are offered from 10:00am – 7:00pm and cost between $20.00 – $22.00 USD
  • Dig deeper into the history of Dublin on a 40-minute tour of this historic distillery.

A trip to the Jameson Distillery is a must for whiskey enthusiasts! This tour combines two of Ireland’s best traits – history and booze. Explore the birthplace of Irish whiskey on a guided tour of this famous Irish landmark.

Tours are offered daily and a great way to learn more about this popular alcoholic drink. You’ll learn about the history of the company, the ingredients used to make Jameson, and the process of making the whiskey.

Jameson Distillery
Jameson Distillery, Dublin

The tour ends in the tasting room where you’ll be able to sample a few of the Jameson whiskeys. Although whiskey distilling no longer takes place on the premises, a trip here is an excellent way to learn more about this irish spirit, and of course, have a taste!

This Distillery offers even more tour options, if you’re spending more than three days in Dublin they’re definitely worth checking out! Choose from a whiskey cocktail making class, a whiskey blending class, a secret whiskey tasting, or a cast draw experience. This is an experience you’ll only get when visiting Dublin!

 

Enjoy Some Traditional Irish Dancing

  • Traditional Irish dance shows can be found in pubs across Dublin, some require tickets beforehand, but some are free of charge.
  • A great option for unique Irish entertainment, some shows provide a full course meal to enjoy as you watch the dancers perform.
  • Dancers are accompanied by Irish musicians, a truly unique Irish experience.

A great addition to your Dublin itinerary, check out an authentic Irish music and dance show! Listen to live musicians play a popular selection of Irish song while Irish dancers amaze you with their fancy footwork and skill.

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traditional irish dancing | source: shellyallenart (Shutterstock.com)

Irish dance can be found in a number of places across the city. From casual pubs to restaurants that offer a full-course meal while watching a dance show.

O’Neill’s on Suffolk street is one of our favorite places to go to see traditional Irish dance. The entertainment is free of charge and the vibe is super casual. Irish dancers perform in front of the stage next to the tables and usually grabs an audience member or two to join them! Make sure to head over early if you decide to go. This place is popular and fills up fast!

 

Explore EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

  • Interactive museum in Dublin’s Docklands that tells the history of the Irish diaspora and emigration to other countries.
  • Informative and informational, this museum is well organized and family-friendly.
  • High-tech museum that makes learning fun and entertaining, perfect for all ages!

This modern museum tells the moving and unforgettable story of 10-million Irish people who uprooted and left their homelands in the pursuit of a better life. The stories told in this museum describe how this influenced and shaped the rest of the world.

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EPIC Irish Emigration Museum | source: William Murphy (Flickr)

The Irish Emigration Museum is the world’s only fully digital museum and features 1,500 years of Irish History. You’ll see interactive galleries with powerful audio and video displays that bring to life important Irish events. Re-live the greatest achievements in Irish music, literature, sports, science, and much more!

EPIC is a multi-sensory celebration of all that is Irish. This top-rated attraction is an essential Dublin destination for everyone with an interest in Ireland’s people, culture, and history!

 

Learn About the Abandoned Prison of Kilmainham Gaol

  • This old abandoned prison offers 45-minute guided tours of its restored quarters.
  • Kilmainham Gaol is an absolute must-see for history-lovers visiting Dublin, learn about this prisons infamous past.
  • Tours are offered daily and cost around $9.00 USD, advanced booking is required and pre-booking online is the only way to guarantee entry.

Walk back in time as you enter this infamous Irish prison. On this 45-minute tour you’ll explore the different areas of the prison. From the cells still left in their original state, to the Chapel and outside yard area, your tour will cover all the main areas.

Abandoned Prison of Kilmainham Gaol
Abandoned Prison of Kilmainham Gaol | source: guusvr (shutterstock.com)

Listen as your informative guide brings the history of this jail to life. Learn how this Irish jail was notorious in the 19th-century for its harsh treatment of prisoners.

 

Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship & Famine Experience

  • Take a tour of the Jeanie Johnston tall ship, a remake of the original ship built in 1847 used to transport emigrants between Ireland and North America.
  • Nicknamed the ‘famine ship’, this vessel was used by emigrants trying to escape the Great Famine in Ireland.
  • You can take a guided tour of this replica ship and learn about life onboard for the emigrants and the crew.

Another great stop to learn about Irish history when you’re backpacking Ireland. The Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship was used to make numerous crossing from Ireland to North America between 1845 and 1849 to help the Irish escaping the Great Famine.

Roughly a million people left Ireland to seek a new life, and a million people died in the country during this devastating period of Irish History. This famine was also referred to as the ‘Potato Famine’ because of the disease that took over this important Irish staple food and wiped out the crop.

Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship & Famine Experience
Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship & Famine Experience | source: William Murphy (Flickr)

On this 45-minute tour you’ll see and learn the conditions the Irish faced when emigrating from Ireland to various countries. This experience will help you understand the situation of those fleeing the country and give you insight into what  life was like aboard the Jeanie Johnston. You’ll learn history in a more intimate setting on this guided tour.

Don’t forget to pack a good book!

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Staying Safe in Dublin

When you’re exploring Dublin, safety is an important thing to keep in mind. The Irish are known to be very hospitable. The people are friendly and generally very welcoming of travelers, but as in any major city, crime does happen. However, as long as you practice common sense, you should have nothing to worry about.

Dublin is considered to be a safe city to visit, and the majority of the crimes that do take place here are non-violent. Ireland is considered a safe country to visit.

Pickpocketing is the main crime you’ll want to watch out for. Always be vigilant and keep your eyes on your belongings, especially on public transport and in crowded areas. 

Solo travel is very common in Dublin. If you’re planning to visit Dublin as a solo traveler, you shouldn’t have any reason to worry. Make sure to only carry money for your immediate requirements and keep the rest hidden in a money belt or in a safe location at your accommodation.

As long as you keep your wits about you, you’ll be just fine!

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Day Trips from Dublin

If you’re spending more than four days in Dublin, you might want to consider taking an exciting day trip to another area of this gorgeous county! These trips are a great addition to your Dublin itinerary, and there’s lots of options to choose from!

 

Cliffs of Mother Full-Day Tour from Dublin

Cliffs of Mother Full-Day Tour from Dublin

On this 12-hour tour you’ll enjoy a scenic bus ride along Galway Bay and the lunar landscape. Soak up the stunning views of the Atlantic ocean as you make your way to Irelands number one visitor attraction.

Once you arrive you’ll be able to explore the cliffs and hike among the staggering rock formations. This tour also includes a stop at the fishing village of Kinvara, Bunratty Castle, and the city of Doolin – Ireland’s traditional music capital.

Tours are fully narrated by proud 100% Irish guides, who provide fun commentary throughout your whole trip. The Cliffs of Moher are a must see if you have more than three days in Ireland!

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Blarney Castle Full-Day Tour from Dublin

Discover this spellbinding Irish Castle and kill the famous Blarney Stone on this full-day tour from Dublin. Enjoy a panoramic drive through the picturesque farmlands of County Cork as you travel through the country.

You’ll have an hour in Cork City to wander at leisure and stretch your legs. Visit the historic English Market or marvel at St. Finbarre’s Cathedral. Jump back on the bus and continue onto your next stop, the Rock of Cashel!

Blarney Castle Full-Day Tour from Dublin

Once you reach the castle grounds you’ll be able to explore this impressive complex in its entirety. Walk around the Witch’s Cove and admire the castle gardens. Make sure to include this day-trip in your Dublin travel plans if you have an extra day to spare!

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Giant’s Causeway Full-Day Tour from Dublin

On this 13-hour tour you’ll spend a full day discovering some of Ireland’s most historic sites. Start your day with a quick photo opt at Dunluce Castle before reaching the Giant’s Causeway. Enjoy 1.5-hours walking around the hexagonal columns and listening to your personal hand-held guide.

Giant's Causeway Full-Day Tour from Dublin

Next you’ll stop at Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Those brave enough can cross the 20-meter bridge for a thrilling experience and breathtaking views. Continue your drive down the romantic avenue of beech trees at Dark Hedges. This area of Ireland was used to filming of Game of Thrones and one of the Transformers movies.

Your last stop of the day will be at Belfast. You’ll have a little more than an hour to explore the city. Do some sightseeing, shopping, or grab a bite to eat before setting off on your return trip to Dublin.

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Wild Wicklow Full-Day Scenic Coach Tour

On this scenic 8.5-hour bus tour from Dublin you’ll explore the hills, valleys, and historic sights of the Irish countryside. Breath in the beauty of nature and marvel at the wild, untamed Irish landscape.

You’ll travel to Sally Gap for spectacular views of the Wicklow Mountains. You’ll visit Glendalough, a 6th-century monastery. Listen as your guide tells you tales of Irish folklore, myths, and legends.

Wild Wicklow Full-Day Scenic Coach Tour

Have lunch at a traditional Irish pub and enjoy a complimentary Irish whiskey tasting. This tour is perfect for nature-lovers and people wanting to experience the rustic Irish lifestyle.

If you’re planning a trip to Dublin, but want to witness the beauty of the natural Irish landscape, this tour is for you! Travel through the green fields and dairy farms to some of Ireland’s out-of-the-way locations.

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From Dublin: Connemara and Galway Full-Day Tour

On this 12-hour tour you’ll experience the beauty of western Ireland. Enjoy stops at some of Ireland’s most scenic and rugged points.

Visit Connemara and marvel at the vast expanse of mountains, bogs, heartland, and lakes. Explore the ruins of Cong Abbey and pay a visit to Lough Corrib Lake.

From Dublin: Connemara and Galway Full-Day Tour

Film lovers especially will love the 1.5 hour stop in the charming village of Cong. This city is famous for its feature in the 1952 film, The Quiet Man starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara.

Later you’ll travel along the coast, making your way to Galway City. You’ll have 2-hours to spend in this hip Irish city. Join a local walking tour with a Galway tour guide, or explore the city on your own!

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Conclusion

Dublin is an energetic, wondrous, and culturally rich global city. There is no shortage of activities to choose from when planning a trip to this Irish capital. Whether you plan to explore Dublin in 3 days, or more, this Dublin itinerary will guarantee that you make the most of your time here.

Learn Irish history, folklore, and myths on a guided-tour. Discover the beauty of Ireland’s dramatic landscape on a day-trip. Drink Guinness and Jameson like the locals do. Enjoy a traditional Irish meal while watching traditional Irish dancers perform.

Your days will be spent on exciting outings visiting all the Dublin landmarks this charming city has to offer! Don’t forget to pack your camera, the beauty of this country is unreal, and there will be new photo-opts everywhere you look!

Whether you’re spending Three days in Dublin or more, this is a trip you won’t forget! If you plan to continue your Irish trip onto other areas of the country, be sure to check out our ultimate Ireland travel guide!

 

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