As I have lived in Dublin for almost 9 months now, I thought I’d put together a list of all my favorite things to do and places to see in and around the city. I know Dublin is a popular tourist destination at the moment so I hope this list can help y’all plan your next trip to this amazing city (or at least make you want to plan a trip) 🙂
A. Aungier Danger – Best donut shop around, plus the aesthetics make for a great Instagram post.
B. The Brazen Head – Oldest pub in Dublin and a damn good plate of fish & chips. It’s not far from The Guinness Storehouse, so make a stop before your visit.
C. Coppers – Everyone’s favorite “nightclub” around these parts. Things tend to get crazy here but it’s a hell of a time. PSA: do not go before 2am, I repeat DO NOT GO BEFORE 2AM.
D. 37 Dawson Street – DELICIOUS brunch! killer cocktail menu as well, check it out!
E. Eatyard – An outside food market , with a variety of local vendors. SO delicious and SO worth it when the weather is nice. Plus it’s dog friendly and that’s always a good thing.
F. The Forty Foot – One of the most famous swimming holes around Dublin, if you’re brave enough to jump in that is. Just a 25 minute DART ride out to Dun Laoghaire from City Centre, it’s worth the trip (especially during Christmas – things get wild).
G. Glendalough – Located in the Wicklow Mountains, it is ideal for a nice hike outside of the city with spectacular views.
H. Howth – An easy 20 minute train ride from City Centre, Howth is a coastal city along the Dublin Bay. Packed with a variety of restaurants, markets, and beautiful hiking trails.
I. Irish Whiskey Museum – If you’re into whiskey, take an interactive guided tour through the ages to learn all about new and old Irish whiskeys (with taste tests of course). Prices for classic guided tour: adults €17 and students €15.
J. Jameson Distillery – A basic tourist attraction, but worth the visit. As they currently went under renovations – the new & improved Distillery on Bow St is a site to see. To mix it up a bit try a whiskey cocktail making class where they teach you to make a few of their infamous drinks, it’s a bit of craic 🙂 Prices for classic guided tour: adults €20 and students €16.
K. Kilmainham Gaol – Jail turned museum, loaded with Irish history. Tickets are €8 for adult and €4 for student and I suggest booking in advance as tickets sell out.
L. The Long Room at Trinity College – It’s like stepping into the Hogwarts library, so magical. Entrance fee: €13 for adult & €10 for student (includes entrance to The Book of Kells as well).
M. Malahide Castle & Gardens – Half an hour outside the city you can spend a nice afternoon exploring this castle and the grounds.
N. National Botanic Gardens – The place is massive, and the flowers are so vibrant. It’s best to go in the spring time when the plants and gardens are in full force.
O. O’Connell Street – In the heart of Dublin, north of River Liffey O’Connell St is lined with attractions, shops (check out Henry St too), pubs, and more. The center of the street houses the infamous General Post Office (GOP) and The Spire (needle-like structure pin pointing the center of the city).
P. Phoenix Park – One of the largest parks in Europe, it has beautiful gardens and nice trails. I suggest renting a bike at Pheonix Park Bikes (located at the main entrance) and making an afternoon out of it. Bring carrotts so you can feed all the deer scattered around the park!
Q. The Quays – Bar/restaurant in Temple Bar area (tourist central as we say), the drinks may be a bit pricey but the place is always full and the live music is on point.
R. River Liffey – Take a nice stroll along the river that runs directly through the center of town (hard to miss). You can also partake in different activities on the river, such as kayaking or boat tours.
S. St Stephens Green – My favorite park in Dublin, great to grab a coffee and take a stroll, or bring a book and relax for awhile. Located in city centre, situated at the end of Grafton Street.
T. Trad Music – Traditional (“trad”) Live Irish Music is a must see when in Ireland. It’s fun to grab a Guinness in a classic pub and join in on singing with all the locals. Suggestions on where to go in City Centre: Cassidy’s (on Camden St), The Cobblestone, The Celt, O’Donoghues, Reillys and Peadar Kearney’s.
U. Ukulele Night at The Stags Head – Every Tuesday at 8pm, it’s a popular event so arrive early to snag a table. Plus, it’s on Dame Ln – a nice alley way lined with flag banners and Irish pubs.
V. Visit The Hell Fire Club – Situated atop Montpelier Hill, it has some of the best views of the city. Dating back to the 18th century, The Hell Fire Club was a satanist society who held meetings and practiced rituals at the lodge on top of the mountain. If you’re into spooky things I suggest going after sunset. (FYI: best to go by car).
W. Whelan’s – The infamous pub from the movie P.S. I love you and my absolute favorite place to go out in Dublin. They always have fun events going on (I spent my whole St Patrick’s Day there) plus they do 2 for €10 gin & tonics!
X. Xicos – An underground Mexican styled venue. It is a fun and intimate place to go out and enjoy a drink with your friends (FYI: strictly 23+).
Y. The Yarn – Good pizza and even better cocktails. Perfectly located, right next to the Ha’penny Bridge and The Grand Social.
Z. Zozimus Bar – The aesthetics though!! check out the cool umbrellas hanging out front, so fun.