The capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin lies on the east coast of the country at the mouth of the River Liffey. The historic city includes many interesting sights to see, including the 13th-century Dublin Castle with its museums and cafes and the 12th-century St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Find out about the history and culture of Ireland in the National Museum in the city or explore the lovely parks, including Phoenix Park, which hosts Dublin Zoo, or St. Stephen’s Green. Also of interest is the Guinness Storehouse, which outlines the story of this famous beer, with tastings available and a rooftop bar. For those with limited time to explore the city, the following is an itinerary for 36 hours in Dublin, Ireland.
Explore the Temple Bar neighborhood of Dublin, with its cobbled lanes and quaint boutiques selling local arts and crafts and fashion clothing. While there pop into the National Photographic Archive with its pictorial history of Ireland or the Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, exhibiting contemporary art. Enjoy lunch in one of the riverside restaurants like Quay, with its traditional Irish menu, or head to I Monelli, an Italian restaurant with vegetarian and vegan options. The Boxty House serves seafood and Irish cuisine and also has a range of dishes for vegetarians and vegans.
Dublin Off The Beaten Path: Discover Temple Bar
Duration: 3 hours
Day 1: Late afternoon — Visit the Guinness Storehouse
Learn the history of Guinness beer and how it is made while exploring each of the seven floors of the Guinness Storehouse, which is located in the St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin. When you get to the top floor, enjoy the perfect pint of Guinness in the famous Gravity Bar with expansive views over the city.
Address: St James’s Gate, Ushers, Dublin 8, Ireland
Hours: 9:30 AM–5:00 PM
Website: Guinness Storehouse
Day 1: Night — Slip into Ireland's oldest pub, Brazen Head, for some live music and drinks
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Enjoy dinner and drinks at the Brazen Head, Ireland’s oldest pub which dates back to 1198. The lantern-lit pub was historically a meeting place for rebels in the city and has an award-winning restaurant. While there, be entertained by live Irish music sessions. A visit here is a true historic Ireland experience.
Address: 20 Lower Bridge St, Merchants Quay, Dublin, Ireland
Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10:30 AM–12:00 AM, Friday and Saturday, 10:30 AM–12:30 AM, Sunday 12:30 PM–12:00 AM
Website: Brazen Head
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Day 2: Morning — Have a traditional Irish brunch at Green 19
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Enjoy a full Irish brunch at Green 19, including sausage, bacon, black pudding, tomato, patatas bravas and eggs done just how you like them. If that is too much food to handle, the award-winning restaurant also offers delicious French toast, corned beef hash, truffled poached duck eggs and other delights.
Address: 19 Camden Street Lower, Dublin, Ireland
Hours: Sunday 12:00 PM–10:00 PM, Monday–Thursday, 11:00 AM–10:00 PM, Friday and Saturday 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
Price for two: 22–40 EUR (25–45 USD)
Website: Green 19
Day 2: Afternoon — Walk off your brunch by touring St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Founded in 1191, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. It is also the tallest church in the country, with its 43-meter (141-foot) spire. Enjoy a tour of this beautiful church, where St. Patrick baptized Christian converts more than 1,500 years ago. Of interest to note, the term “chancing your arm” originates from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, after Gerald Mor FitzGerald, the 8th Earl of Kildate, thrust his arm through a hole in a door to shake hands and attempt a truce with James, Earl of Ormond, in 1492. The hole can still be seen to this day.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Address: St Patrick’s Close, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, Ireland
Website: St. Patrick’s Cathedral
This beautiful Cathedral is known more formally as The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and is one of the oldest buildings in Dublin. It has been a place of pilgrimage for nearly 1,000 years. The cathedral is known for its striking architectural features and floor tiles. The Medieval Crypt in the cathedral is the largest of its kind in Ireland and can be seen under the cathedral. Of interest here is a mummified cat and rat, both of which were trapped in the church’s organ during the 1860s.
Christ Church Cathedral
Address: Christchurch Place, Dublin 8, Ireland
Dublin Christ Church Cathedral Admission Ticket
Duration: 45 to 60 minutes
Dublin Castle was built in 1230 by King John of England and was a defense center at the time. The castle has also been used by the Royal Mint and has been a police headquarters. The attractive castle grounds are a major attraction during a guided tour where your will learn about the Record Tower and the history of the castle. Explore the State Bedrooms, State Apartments, State Drawing Room, the Medieval Undercroft, the Chapel Royal and the Throne Room.
Hours: Price: Adults: 4.50 EUR (5 USD)
Address: Dame Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 AM–4:45 PM, Saturday & Sunday, 2 PM–4:45 PM
Price: Adults: 4.50 EUR (5 USD)
Website: Dublin Castle
Day 2: Evening — Meander down Grafton Street and pick up some souvenirs
Grafton Street is one of two shopping streets in Dublin’s city center. It is considered to be the fifth most expensive shopping street in the world. Grafton Street was named for the illegitimate son of Charles II of England, Henry Fitzroy, the 1st Duke of Grafton. While strolling the street, enjoy performances by various buskers, window shop in the many high-end stores or get some souvenirs to take home. There are also numerous restaurants, cafes and pubs in the area.
Address: Grafton Street, Dublin, Ireland
Website: Grafton Street
Day 2: Night — Book a table at The Winding Stair and enjoy some after-dinner drinks at The Palace Bar
The Winding Stair Bookshop & Café, Dublin
Enjoy dinner at The Winding Stair Bookshop & Café, a traditional Irish restaurant which overlooks the River Liffey and Ha'Penny Bridge. The cafe was named after the Yeats poem and became a landmark in Dublin in the 1970s and 1980s. The cafe is a popular meeting place in the city for musicians, artists and writers. Enjoy tasty, old-fashioned home cooking made from locally-sourced produce. There is a beer menu listing the products of local and international microbreweries and an excellent boutique wine list. Browse the bookshop downstairs, which retains the old bookshelves, memories and photos.
The Winding Stair
Address: 40 Lower Ormond Quay, North City, Dublin 1, D01 R9Y5, Ireland
Hours: 12:00 PM–5:00 PM, 5:30 PM–10:30 PM
Price: 42–80 EUR (48–91 USD)
Website: The Winding Stair
The Palace Bar, Dublin
The Palace Bar is a Victorian bar established in 1823 and one of the oldest pubs in Dublin. The bar features a timeless ambience and a beautiful, stained-glass skylight. Enjoy Irish music sessions while drinking the best local beers and wines. Watch sporting events in the popular upstairs bar.
The Palace Bar
Address: 21 Fleet St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
Hours: Monday–Thursday 10:30AM–11:30PM, Friday and Saturday 10:30AM–12:30AM, Sunday 12:30–11:30PM
Website: The Palace Bar
Have fun on your brief trip to Dublin, Ireland
Enjoy taking in the historic sights of Dublin, while dining on traditional Irish fare and listening to traditional Irish music in the pubs of the city.
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