- Check out the Live Music on Grafton Street– Grafton Street is one of my favorite places to find amazing street artists in Europe. My last time in Dublin, I found an AMAZING band called Keywest. You should check them out 🙂
- Get a Scone with Creme from Queen of Tarts– Queen of Tarts makes the best scones I have ever had (and be sure to get the fresh made creme to go with it). I recommend going for breakfast or mid-morning because it isn’t unusual for them to sell out of scones. They also have a great menu for lunch and their other desserts are amazing as well. My last time in Dublin I went 3 times in the course of 2 days….oops.
- Visit Trinity College and the Book of Kells– Trinity College makes me wish I had considered going to Europe for university. The campus is beautiful and the Book of Kells is very impressive.
- Grab a pint (or several) in the Temple Bar area – Temple bar is a section of Dublin that is famous for their pubs and live music. Quays (pronounced Keys) is one of my favorites. The bands are usually really good!
- Take a Tour of Kilmainham Gaol-While it a little ways from downtown, the Kilmainham Gaol is a great way to learn some Irish history and the guided tour is really interesting.
- Grab a Fresh Pint of Gusiness from the Guinness Storehouse– Obviously if you are in Dublin, you need to go to the Guinness storehouse (a free pint is included with the tour ticket). The tour was well done and the rooftop bar, where you enjoy your free pint, offers AMAZING views of the city!
- Walk around St. Stephen’s Green– St. Stephen’s Green is a charming park in the middle of Dublin. The lake and trees make it a great spot to enjoy the sunshine or an afternoon snack.
- Visit St. Patrick’s and/or Christ Church Cathedral-Both St. Patrick’s and Christ Church Cathedrals are a beautiful example of stone architecture in Dublin. I have visited them both and greatly enjoyed them. If I had to choose one, I would probably visit Christ Church but if you have time for both I recommend both!
- Tour Dublin Castle– The Dublin Castle is a great way to learn some history about Ireland and see historical decor. Some of the rooms in the castle are still used for government functions today.
- Walk along the River Liffey as well as the Grand Canal– The bridges crossing the River Liffey are beautiful and it is a great way to enjoy the city. Along the Grand Canal is the wealthy part of Dublin and it is a great way to see a non-touristy part of the city. I really enjoy walking and so this was a great section of the city to visit. Also, if you decide to go to the Grand Canal be sure to get a coffee from 3fe. They have some of the best coffee I’ve ever had!
Travel Tip: The Best Hostel is Abigails Hostel. The location is perfect and the rooms are really clean. It’s also a great cost! FYI-It tends to book up in advance during the summer.
Over the years Dublin has become one of my favorite cities to visit. I hope you enjoy Dublin as much as I have!