Thinking of things to do in Dublin? Let us step in to help. Being the capital of Ireland has its advantages, and certainly you won’t be stuck for activities in this lively city. But knowing where to spend your time versus where you can leave off your list is the most important skill. Thankfully, we’ve had the pleasure of touring Dublin and beyond and know what things you must include on your city break. Let's get into it.
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Dublin’s Top 5 Things to Do
Best 5 Places to Eat in Dublin
Where is Dublin?
How to Get to Dublin
A weekend with friends, sampling the offerings in each pub, experiencing the rich tapestry of history the city allures. Touring Dublin satisfies the needs of every traveller visiting this region of Ireland. So what are the best things to do? Breaking it down into the top 5 places to visit while in Dublin ensures you tick off the must-see items within your timeframe.
Synonymous with dark, rich stout, it's impossible to come to the capital of Ireland and not sample its national beverage. The best place to do this? The Guinness Storehouse of course. Open seven days a week, learn the process, how to drink Guinness properly, and the history behind this iron infused drink the Irish love so much. Then finish your tour in the Gravity Bar on the seventh floor, which has incredible views over the city. Trying Guinness in its hometown is one of the best things to do in Dublin. It's really true what they say, a pint of Guinness tastes better brewed in Ireland than anywhere else in the world.
As one of the most important buildings in Irish history, a trip to this city would feel incomplete without walking the grounds of Dublin Castle. Once housing the British administrators in Ireland, the Irish took back control when seeking independence in 1922. Today you can take guided or self-guided tours lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour. If castle tours are an interest to your holidays, discover the UK and Ireland castle destinations we visit.
Enrapturing a calm oasis within a bustling city, the National Botanical Gardens are a must-see thing to do while in Dublin. Hosting over 15,000 plant species, any horticulturist or lover of the outdoors will appreciate this attraction. Whether visiting in a small-group tour or as a solo traveller, make sure to include it to your itinerary.
Top tip: ensure you don’t miss out on the Great Palm House. As a beautifully restored glasshouse, it’s no wonder it was a recipient of the Europa Nostra Award.
Standing proudly as Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College Dublin is a top thing to do while in the city. Not only can you walk the halls and breathe in the historic architecture, you can immerse yourself in The Book of Kells & Old Library. We’d recommend pre-booking your tickets to ensure entry.
A fan of liquid gold? Jameson Distillery is a world-leading whisky tour provider that could give even some of the best Scottish whisky distilleries a run for their money. From incorporating their house blend in a cocktail making class to teaching you about the specific blending, Bow St distillery is a top thing to do while in Dublin.
Satisfying all palates and requirements is possible while in Dublin. We would recommend booking in advance for any of the locations listed to ensure you can get seated and not miss out on any of the top things to do in Dublin.
Dublin is located on the east coast of Ireland, in the province of Leinster and at the head of the Dublin Bay in the Irish Sea. As the capital of Ireland, Dublin is a sought-after destination for tourists and traders alike, thanks to being easily accessible from overseas, through flight or ferry. Whether you have 5 days in Ireland or are here for a short weekend break, Dublin can be a great starting point for all adventures.
Visiting Dublin and experiencing all the top attractions is easy, but can depend on your starting location. Already in Ireland? Public transport and car routes are easy to navigate. Flying from overseas? Dublin Airport is one of the busiest in Europe and hosts hundreds of flights daily. Discover the best option for you, so you can start planning what attractions you want to see in Dublin.
Not only is travelling via train one of the quickest ways to access the capital of Ireland, it can be one of the more environmentally responsible ways to travel too. From the comfort of your seat, feel like you’re doing your small part as you gaze at the landscape stretching beyond the train carriage windows. Ireland has never looked this beautiful.
Another way to visit Dublin is by plane. Housing the capital’s runway, Dublin Airport (IATA Code: DUB) sees hundreds of flights take off and land each day, making it easy for travellers touring from Europe. However, Ireland hosts several international airports which you can arrive at before making your way to Dublin.
Driving to Dublin from other Irish towns and cities is pretty straightforward. You’ll also have the freedom to explore the Emerald Isle at your own pace and whim. If driving is not for you, you can discover our small group tours from Belfast, or journeys from Killarney.
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