The capital city of Ireland has always been a popular pitstop for travellers visiting Europe, particularly for its famed annual St Patricks Day in March. With its many pubs, clubs, and thriving music scene, there is much to be seen and enjoyed in a limited amount of time, so here’s everything you should see and do with a few days in Dublin!
Population: 527,612 +
City Motto: ‘obedientia civium urbis felicitas’, meaning: “The citizens’ obedience is the city’s happiness.”
Climate: Mild, moist, and above all changeable!
A Quick Guide to Dublin
Prior to Arrival
As Dublin is a part of the EU, visas aren’t required as long as you are visiting Europe for stays of under 90 days. When packing, be sure to include layers as Dublin is infamous for its mild climate and constant rain showers (hence why it is so green)! When booking flights from outside of Europe, Aer Lingus offers the best connections as the national carrier. Within Europe, budget airline Ryan Air is a good choice and has direct connections with Paris, London, Manchester, Liverpool, Madrid, and Frankfurt.
When landing in Dublin, there are a number of ways to reach the city. The blue Aircoach is perhaps the most convenient option, leaving every 15 minutes with drop offs at the city centre and major hotels. The price is €9 single or €15 return. A cheaper option is Dublin bus, which stops only in the city centre and at the bus station, for €6 single or €10 return.
The best way to explore Dublin is on foot as the city centre is where all of the main attractions are located and the city is relatively flat to walk around. Dublinbikes are another great option and available for rent based on how long you take them from the various bike stations around the city.
What to See
St Patrick’s Cathedral – Dating from 1220, this cathedral is one of the most visited sights in Dublin.
Dublin Castle – If you like castles, this is a pretty centrally located sight offering insight into the history of Dublin dating back centuries when the castle was built.
Trinity College – If interested in university history or school life in Dublin, then make a quick stop at Trinity College for a look around the grounds. Tours are also available for those really interested in learning more!
Guinness Storehouse – The famed guinness-themed attraction where you can sample what all the Irish supposedly drink as well as enjoy a great view over the city!
Kilmainham Goal – This former prison now operates as a museum and is a very popular attraction for visitors to Dublin.
Old Jameson Distillery – Enjoy whiskey? Then chances are you’ll enjoy this attraction! Located off smithfield square.
Grafton Street – Arguably the most popular shopping street in Dublin, always thriving with locals, visitors, and many buskers throughout the day.
The Loft Market – Located in Powerscourt Centre, the loft market is a fun offbeat place to find trinkets and vintage goods.
Nassau Street – Running alongside Trinity college is Nassau Street, where you will find many souveniers and touristy trinkets.
What to Eat & Drink
While restaurants in Dublin are expensive by European standards, there are some great cheap eats to be found in Dublin, particularly if you enjoy pub food! Popular choices for pubs include O’Neills Bar & Restaurant, The Brazen Head, and the Stag’s Head, but you will find no shortage of options once you arrive.
The best way to see more of Ireland is by renting a car and hitting the road. Some popular nearby day trips include Howth, Math and Wicklow. However further afield you can find some great towns and cities to visit including Galway, Cork, the Cliffs of Moher, and much more! Don’t forget you will need your passport to cross over into Northern Ireland as it is a part of the UK, not the EU.