I’ve been to Dublin twice- once with my family before I went to college, and a second time as a student while studying in Paris. Some of my friends and I decided to spend a long weekend in Ireland (hello, RyanAir $40 flights!), so we flew in and out of Dublin and rented cars to travel around. In this post, I’m going to talk about the must-see things to do in Dublin, and I’ll leave the rest of my trip to Ireland for another time.
We flew into Dublin on an early flight so that we could have a full first day in Ireland. Since I only had two days in Dublin on my most recent trip, I’m going to include my favorite activities from my first trip as well! I’m going to list my top activities and attractions that you should totally hit in Dublin if you happen to visit!
- Guinness Storehouse – I know this seems like a touristy sort of attraction, but I really enjoyed my visit at the Guinness Storehouse. The museum has a really interesting set up, and I learned a ton about how beer is made. There are a lot of interactive exhibits that I thought were really fun. Pro tip: go pour your perfect pint in the pouring room and then take it upstairs and enjoy it with 360 degree views of Dublin at the Gravity Bar.
2. Musical Pub Crawl
There are a lot of different options for musical pub crawls in Dublin, and I definitely recommend finding one that fits your interest and going! This was a really neat way to hear about the culture and listen to traditional folk music. My whole family said this was one of the best parts of our time in Ireland. Try some traditional Irish pub fare while you’re at it! Guinness Pie and fish and chips are always great!
3. Kilmainham Gaol
When visiting Ireland with my family, we visited this old jail and went on a guided tour. We learned so much about Irish history, and it was really fascinating. We went in skeptical about this attraction, and while it was somber, all four of us (including two teenage girls!) were happy we went.
More must-sees in Dublin: Saint Stephen’s Green, Trinity College, Illuminated Texts at the Chester Beatty Museum (free alternative to the Book of Kells!), Temple Bar