- 1. Get yourself some Guinness
- 2. Enjoy the true taste of Ireland
- 3. Cruise the Liffey in style
- 4. Uncover Dublin’s fascinating past
- 5. Why not try some whiskey, too?
- 6. Wander the hallowed halls of Christ Church Cathedral
- 7. Glimpse Dublin’s gritty underbelly
- 8. Trace Irish emigration back to its source
- 9. Get into the Irish spirit at Temple Bar
- 10. Get out of town
1. Get yourself some Guinness
Trips to Dublin aren’t complete without a pint of frothy Guinness. And there’s no better place to sample Ireland’s national drink than the Guinness Storehouse itself! Skip the line when you book ahead and you’ll be rewarded with a complimentary pint.
2. Enjoy the true taste of Ireland
What could be better than a walking tour that takes in the storied history of Dublin? A walking tour with plenty of Irish cheese, seafood, and other delicacies along the way! Learn about local history and keep your stomach satisfied on this unique city tour that blends traditional tastes with fascinating history.
3. Cruise the Liffey in style
The Liffey winds through the center of Dublin, meaning a river cruise is one of the most relaxing ways to take in the city’s sights. There are plenty of cruises to choose from, but one of our favorites combines a leisurely trip down the river with a sumptuous 3-course Irish dinner.
4. Uncover Dublin’s fascinating past
History hides around every cobblestoned corner in Dublin. Google and guidebooks are all well and good, but a knowledgeable local will give you far greater insight into the story of the city. Learn about 2,000 years of Dublin’s history from a qualified guide, and take in sights from Trinity College to Christ Church Cathedral.
5. Why not try some whiskey, too?
Don’t let Guinness take all the glory. Ireland’s equally renowned for its smooth-drinking whiskey. Tour the Jameson Whiskey Distillery in the heart of Dublin and learn all about how whiskey is made — from barrel to bottle! Best of all? Enjoy a free whiskey flight to cap off the experience.
6. Wander the hallowed halls of Christ Church Cathedral
Many visitors to Dublin stop to marvel at this cathedral’s stunning facade, but the exterior only tells half the story. Stepping inside is like traveling back in time almost 1,000 years to the cathedral’s founding in 1028. A truly unmissable experience.
7. Glimpse Dublin’s gritty underbelly
Love true crime, mobs and mafia, and colorful criminal characters? Then you’re in luck, because Dublin has all these in spades! Explore a rogue’s gallery of Irish miscreants on this memorable Gangs of Dublin walking tour. Learn all about the Ormond Boys, the secret society of Ribbon Men, and more as you visit landmarks like Dublin Castle and O’Connell Street.
8. Trace Irish emigration back to its source
Whether you have Irish roots yourself or you’re simply interested in the epic story of Irish emigration, don’t miss Dublin’s Museum of Irish Emigration. At this absorbing educational site, you’ll find out what was behind waves of Irish emigration, and how Irish culture continues to have a worldwide influence. Tech geeks take note! This is actually the world’s first digital museum.
9. Get into the Irish spirit at Temple Bar
Temple Bar, Dublin. For fun-loving travelers and locals alike, this iconic strip of traditional bars and restaurants is a must-do destination. Whether you want to sip a whiskey or two, listen to a traditional Irish fiddle round the fireplace, or follow in the footsteps of famous Irishmen who frequented Temple Bar before you, this vibrant district has something for everyone.
10. Get out of town
It can be hard to tear yourself away from Dublin. But, if you’re day-tripping to the Cliffs of Moher, it’s worth it. White cliffs meet rugged coast, making for seaside vistas that are simply stunning. An easy trip from the city center, there’s no better way to get your fill of sea air and extremely photogenic landscapes!