Updated: Mar 8
We know travel time is precious, and that sometimes there are just too many things to do on your bucket list than time allows. Although we recommend spending 2-3 Days in Dublin, below outlines the highlights of this great city, easily completed in just 24 hours.
Morning in Dublin
[conveniently located near our recommended Dublin hostels]
1. Grab some brunch at Brother Hubbard
Brother Hubbard is a lovely place for any meal, however, they are known for their brunch. Brother Hubbard is a café-style restaurant where you can also find delicious coffee and baked goods.
2. Admire the Spire of Dublin
There is a large pole that towers in the air on the north side of Dublin, along the river Liffey. Locals have nicknamed it the "Stiffey by the Liffey" as a way to add humor to what they call their "money mistake".
Fact: Dublin paid $4.5M euro to display this pole proudly
3. Head to the "Hogwarts" library at Trinity College
Hours: Daily 9:30 - 5:00pm
This is a university in the middle of Dublin, with a beautiful campus and an incredibly massive library. The library is beautiful and worth a visit, with many believing it to resemble Hogwarts from Harry Potter. Many famous Irish men & women have attended this university including Oscar Wilde and Jack Gleeson (Joffrey from Game of Thrones).
Tickets for Trinity College Library: €11-€14 (free to explore the campus)
Afternoon in Dublin
4. Enjoy a lunch of fish and chips at Leo Burdocks
Dating back to 1913, Leo Burdocks has the best fish & chips in town! Enjoy some fresh-battered cod served with warm French fries. Leo Burdock's has had quite the list of famous customers, including Tom Cruise, U2, and Bruce Springsteen.
Must Try: the fish and chips
5. Learn about the history of Ireland at the National Museum of Ireland
Hours: Tue - Sat from 10am - 5pm & Sun - Mon from 1pm - 5pm
The National Museum of Ireland is a large museum right across from St. Stephen's Green. This is a great place to check out if you are interested in the history of Ireland, or enjoy learning about art & culture. We would also like to point out, it has free admission!
6. Kick back and relax at St. Stephen's Green
St. Stephen's Green is a public park in the center of Dublin designed by William Sheppard. It holds true to its name by being a tremendous green-space for picnics, walks, and relaxing.
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7. Appreciate the beauty of St Patrick's Cathedral
This church was founded in 1191 and is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. It is the largest church with the tallest steeple in all of Ireland. Admission will allow you to learn about the history and traditions of this beautiful Cathedral.
Tickets to Enter: €7.50
Evening in Dublin
8. Taste the best pint of Guinness you'll ever have at the Guinness Storehouse
Hours: Daily from 10am - 5pm
There are 10 million pints of Guinness produced daily in Dublin. The Guinness Storehouse is home to five floors of history and the beer making process. You will receive a small glass, learn the proper way to taste beer, and discover the smell of hops and barley (smells like chocolate!). Once you reach the top floor of the museum, you can visit the Zero Gravity Bar, where you can enjoy your complimentary pint of Guinness while taking in an incredible view.
Tickets: starting from €22 (self-guided tour and 1 pint of Guinness)
9. End your day with a traditional Irish dinner at The Brazen Head
The oldest pub in Ireland. If you only have time to eat one place in Dublin, it should be here! Make sure to get the Brazen Bangers & Mash as they are absolutely delicious and a local favorite.
J&L Favorite: Try the traditional Irish favorite, Bangers & Mash
10. Catch a live performance on the streets of Temple Bar
This district is named due to its proximity to the "bar", or River Liffey. It is a notable street for people watching, live acts, performances, shops, and restaurants. Do not fall into the tourist trap of visiting "The Temple Bar" restaurant, when the popularity behind Temple Bar is the district itself.