6 Things You Should Do When Visiting Dublin

Over the years, Dublin has blossomed into one of the most trendy and colourful cities of Europe. You’ll never experience a dull moment here. The Irish love live and are happy to make you part of it. The minute you arrive in Dublin, your journey through amazing history and culture can begin! So drop your bags in the hotel and dive into this charming Irish city straight away. Here are some things you must do when visiting Dublin…

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1. Have fun in the pub

We all know the Irish love to drink a pint. Join them in one of the thousand(!) pubs in Dublin. Best place to be, is the Temple Bar district. This part of the Old city center is filled with pubs and (live) music cafes. Or try to find the smallest pub in Dublin, The Dawson Lounge. Order a dark Guinness pint, listen to the folk music and taste the rich Irish pub culture. Locals do find the Temple Bar District a bit overpriced and touristy. But it’s always fun to have a look.

2. Learn more about the ‘black stuff’

Want to know more about the local brewed beer? Visit the Guinness Storehouse. A tour through the 7-story building, will tell you everything you need to know about the famous ‘black stuff’. You can even pull your own pint. From the Gravity Bar, on the top floor, you’ll have a amazing view over the city. It’s best to order your tickets in advance. More of a Whiskey-fan? Visit the The Old Jameson Distillery.

3. Shop till you drop

It might be a surprise, but Dublin is a really nice city to shop. Dublin has many small boutiques but also large shopping malls like Stephen’s Green and Jervis Shopping Center. In Drury Street you’ll find the most exclusive brands.

4. Wander the city

Also don’t forget to visit the impressive Long Room in the Trinity College. This library was actually used as a Harry Potter film set. So you might recognize a thing or two. Everywhere you’ll look there books. To be exact: 4.5 million books! One of them is the world-famous Book of Kells, written in the year 800.

Also visit Kilmainham Gaol, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle. Beautiful buildings with impressive histories. Take a stroll along the streets of Dublin and spot all the colorful houses, store fronts and the epic street art.

Tip! To see all of this compact city you’ll at least need two days. With the Dublin Pass you can get free access to over 25 attractions, museums and monuments in Dublin. As well as a free 24 hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Saving you time and money.

5. Experience Dublin in a unique way

There several other ways to discover Dublin. Because why walk the city if you can bike it? Grab a bike and see Dublin on two wheels! A true local guide will take you along the best sights and tell you everything about them. If you want to see Dublin by night and you’re not easily scared, join a guided ‘ghost tour’ or ‘haunted history tour’. If you dare…

6. Combine Dublin with a mini road trip

Ireland isn’t a big country and you can see a lot of it in a few days.  So when you’re in Dublin it is almost a shame not to rent a car and have a mini road trip. Driving through the Ireland countryside lets you experience a feeling of peace and quietness. Even in the high season you might not see anybody on the road!

You can easily cross Ireland (from east to west) in just a few hours! Although the many winding roads may slow you down. And don’t forget you’ll be driving and parking on the left side of the road! Here a some nearby places you cannot miss when visiting Dublin:

Cruise the ‘mediterranean’ coastline

Dublin – Killiney (17 km) – Bray (7 km)

Just a few minutes from Dublin starts a 10 kilometer long coastline of beaches: the Dublin Bay. Take a scenic coastal drive and follow the Vico Road to pass Killiney all the way up to Bray. Killiney is often compared to the Bay of Naples in Italy. That’s way the surrounding roads are called Vico, Sorrento and Capri. Close your eyes, take a deep breath of fresh air and it’s not hard to imagine you’re on a mediterranean beach.

Clear your head in mystical Glendalough

Dublin – Wicklow (30 km) – Glendalough (23 km)

Situated south of Dublin there’s Wicklow Mountains National Park. Take the Military road (R115), through the heart of Wicklow Mountains, up to Glendalough for some marvelous scenery and wildlife. It’s considered one of the most beautiful roads in Ireland. Plan some stops along the winding road to visit places like Glencree Valley, Lough Bray, Kippure Mountain and Sally Gap.

In the heart of Wicklow Mountains lies Glendalough. A monastic city founded by St. Kevin. The city is famous for its round towers and many Celtic crosses. It’s hard to imagine that Glendalough is one of the most visited places in Ireland, because once there you’ll be surprised by the serenity. If you’re in for a hike, there several trails starting at the lakes.

Bring your fishing rod to Howth

Dublin – Howth (16 km)

Just a 16 km drive to the North is Howth. It’s a small fishing village where you can enjoy a perfect view over the Irish Sea. Walk the Bog of Frogs Loop for some scenic view of the cliffs, Lambay Island and the Baily Lighthouse. If you walk down the pier you can take a 15 minute boat ride to Ireland’s Eye or enjoy a meal at one of the many fish restaurants.

Take a Medieval tour through Kilkenny

Dublin – Kilkenny (130 km)

Kilkenny is an adorable little town with the typical Irish colored shops. But it also houses a lot of historical buildings. A fun way to learn more about Kilkenny’s history is a walking tour of the Medieval Mile. The walk is lead by actors dressed in period costumes and they lead you along Kilkenny Castle,  St. Canice’s Cathedral (outside), the City jail and wall (from July-October).

Some extra tips when visiting Dublin

Best time to travel

During the summer period. Of course you can visit Ireland the entire year, but as expected it doesn’t have the most amazing weather conditions. As for Dublin, as it’s located on the east side of Ireland, it tends to get less rain. To be sure pack an umbrella. Just in case. After each rain shower you can scan the sky for a rainbow!

Getting there

Ireland has three airports, of which Dublin Airport is the most important one. For those living in Europe, you can also get there by boat. In that case you can bring your own caravan, camper or car.

Getting around

Dublin’s center is easy to get around by foot, bike or bus. If your going outside the city, it’s recommend to get yourself a rental car. There are several car hire companies which you can easily compare at EasyTerra.

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