If you find yourself with two days to spend in Dublin, you’re in luck — literally (ever heard of the luck of the Irish?). This vibrant capital, where ancient Celtic history meets modern Ireland, is the perfect destination for a quick getaway. To make the most of your two days in the city, scroll through our dream Dublin itinerary.
Yes, Dublin is an ancient city — it’s been around since the 7th century, after all — but when it comes to coffee, it couldn’t be more cutting edge. Power up with some caffeine and a bite to eat at one of the excellent cafes in the hip enclave around Drury Street while you watch some of the city’s trendiest locals go by.
There’s no better way to get your bearings in a new place than by exploring on foot. Our advice? Take a historical tour of the city and learn about Dublin’s complex, fascinating past. At the same time, you’ll take in some of the city’s most iconic sights, including Dublin Castle, the City Hall, and the Medieval Old Town. If it’s a more niche experience you’re after, plunge into the seamier side of the city on a Gangs of Dublin tour or travel back in time on a Viking and Medieval Tour.
After you’ve toured your way through the city center, take a stroll along the lovely River Liffey. Though it’s in the center of the city, the Liffey Boardwalk feels far-removed from the bustling streets surrounding it. Amble along the boardwalk, take in the stunning views, and don’t forget to snap a pic or two. Dublin is also renowned for its world-class street performers and buskers — if you’re lucky you’ll encounter some while you meander along. Feeling hungry? Now’s the perfect time to stop and refuel at one of the many enticing cafes or food stands scattered on the Liffey’s banks.
Next stop: the beautiful Trinity College. After you’ve taken some time to walk through the university’s gracious grounds and admire its 18th-century architecture, head straight for the Old Library. You might notice a line: everyone’s waiting patiently to see the Book of Kells, the world’s most breathtaking illuminated medieval manuscript. While definitely worth the wait, we can get you in fast so you have time for more pressing matters.
You haven’t really had a taste of Dublin until you’ve downed a pint of Guinness. And, seeing as you’re in the home of the famous stout, why not go straight to the source: the Guinness Storehouse. After your self-guided tour, make your way to the Gravity Bar to enjoy your complimentary pint of Guinness, not to mention one of the best views in the city. Our tip: don’t say cheers if you want to blend in with the locals, say sláinte instead. Pronounced slawn-che, this Gaelic toast to good health will make you feel right at home. Once you’ve finished your tour and tasting, pop into the Storehouse restaurant to sample some of the best that modern Irish cuisine has to offer.
There are more than 600 pubs in Dublin, but many of the most beautiful and traditional ones are to be found nestled in the cobbled streets of the Temple Bar district. Head here to soak up the atmosphere and perhaps another pint or two of Guinness before you make your way home for a well-earned rest.
Yes, it’s an early start — but we promise it’s worth it. Today you’ll head out of the city towards Giant’s Causeway and the nearby Dark Hedges for an epic day trip. How epic, you ask? Cue the Game of Thrones theme song. That’s right: if this tree-lined road looks familiar, it’s because the famous series was filmed there. As well as marveling at the interlocking hexagonal stones, you’ll cross the Carrick-a-Brede rope bridge (if you dare) and while away an hour or two in the charming city of Belfast.
After your adventurous, outdoorsy day you’re sure to have an appetite. Dinner calls for something hearty. Seek out a gastropub for a traditional feast of Irish stew, boxty (that’s a potato pancake) or drisheen (black pudding). We like The Liberties, the area around Christ Church Cathedral, for cozy pubs that serve seriously good food.
Round out your two days in Dublin with one of the best experiences the city has to offer: an evening of Irish tunes, performed by local musicians, in the pub. Try the Brazen Head for reliably good music and excellent atmosphere — it is the oldest pub in the city, after all. Order one last pint of Guinness, sit by the flickering fire listening to the flute and the fiddle, and start dreaming about your next trip to Dublin…