Recently I’ve been looking back at pictures of our trip to Ireland and wishing so badly that we could go back. It’s not going to happen anytime soon but it made me start thinking about some of my favorite things that we did. So, if you find yourself lucky enough to be in Dublin, below are 10 must-do’s while in this beloved Irish city!
1. Guinness Storehouse
You will never taste a better Guinness anywhere, ever. Trust me. This place is amazing. You learn all about how Guinness is made, there’s a tasting room and the very top floor gives you a 360 degree view of Dublin.
2. Croke Park
While we were in Dublin we attended the UCF vs Penn State football game here. The stadium is truly a site to see. There’s always something going on whether it be a sporting event, concert or something special for the holiday’s. Check out their full schedule of events here and find one that interests you!
3. Dublin Castle
A castle in the middle of the city, of course you’ve got to go! The castle itself is beautiful and the grounds are well kept. They give guided tours for those who really want to know more about the history or you can walk around and explore on your own.
4. Trinity College and The Long Room
Hands down this was one of my favorite things we did. I had been looking forward to seeing The Long Room from the very moment we started planning our trip. The Book of Kells is kept here which is pretty amazing because it’s hundreds of years old. Trinity College itself has such an interesting history, I would highly suggest doing one of their student-led walking tours.
5. Jameson Distillery
You can’t visit Ireland without having a bit of Jameson right? At least that’s what we told ourselves. We were too late to make it to one of their tours so we opted for drinks in their bar instead. I’m not a whiskey drinker but these drinks were so good I considered becoming one.
6. Kilmainham Gaol
This used be a prison but is now open to tourists and is one of the most popular spots to visit in Dublin. Admission is inexpensive and they give guided tours. Stop by early, the line gets long and you don’t want to chance the tours selling out.
7. Temple Bar
One of the most well-known areas in Dublin, Temple Bar. Even though food and drinks in this area may be a little pricier because it’s a bit touristy, it’s definitely worth checking out. There are so many great bars and restaurants to choose from here, most notably, The Temple Bar Pub. Great atmosphere and the friendliest bartenders!
8. Phoenix Park
Open all year and FREE, it’s one of the largest enclosed parks in Europe. There are plenty of sites to see here and it’s also home to the Dublin Zoo.
9. St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Hundreds of years old and the largest church in Dublin, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a must-see. Be warned that there is an admission fee, but if old churches and cathedrals are your thing it’s worth it.
10. Eat, Eat, Eat Then Eat Some More
You didn’t think I’d finish off the list without mentioning something about the food in Ireland right? From the fish & chips to the bangers & mash to the spicy wings at Elephant and Castle, try it all. And don’t forget to grab a Guinness to go with it!
A lot of these sites can be seen by doing one of the Dublin Bus Tours, it’s a great way to see a lot of what Dublin has to offer. So what do you think? What are some of your favorite spots in Dublin?