Hey there, adventure explorers! If you're getting ready for a quick – but amazing – trip to Dublin, you're in the right spot. In this speedy 2-day Guide, we'll uncover the enchantment of the Irish capital, exploring both famous landmarks and hidden treasures.
Many hostels and hotels are cool with you arriving early and dropping off your bags, even if it's not officially check-in time. Just ask for lockers or a luggage room when you get there, and you're good to go, and free to explore the city without any baggage hassles. Have a fantastic day of exploration without any stress! So, lace up your shoes, and let's jump into 48 hours of Dublin fun together.
Day 1: Dublin's historic heartbeat
Start your day with a burst of energy at Brother Hubbard or at The Woollen Mills. These two cozy spots are a breakfast haven, serving up mouthwatering dishes and some of the city's best coffee. Try their pastries or a traditional Irish breakfast – fuel for the adventure ahead!
Wander over to Trinity College, Ireland's oldest university. Book a tour to explore the stunning Book of Kells and the Long Room in the Old Library. It's like stepping into a real-life Harry Potter scene – I meant it, looks like part of a dream.
For a taste of Dublin's food scene, head to O’Neill’s Bar & Restaurant (just in front of Molly Malone Statue – make the most out of your time and take a shot with the lady). This vibrant spot offers diverse dishes such as Chowder (seafood) and Guinness Stew – a foodie's dream!
Make sure to cross the Ha'penny Bridge (it's a must!!) and stroll through Temple Bar district. This cultural quarter is a hub of creativity, with galleries, street art, and quirky shops. Don't forget to pop into the Project Arts Centre for a dose of contemporary Irish art. There are plenty of vintage and thrift shops (second-hand shops) for eclectic finds.
Explore Grafton Street, a vibrant shopping destination just a short 15-minute walk from Temple Bar. It's the perfect place to shop for various items, making it great for finding gifts. At the end of Grafton Street, discover Stephen’s Green Park, a beautiful oasis in Dublin City Centre. This park is like a rich, green treasure in the heart of the city, home to friendly squirrels and graceful swans.
Indulge in a must-try dinner experience at The Old Storehouse or Murray’s Bar & Grill. Housed in historic buildings, these restaurants offer delicious Irish dishes with a modern touch. Don't miss the chance to savour the iconic beef and Guinness stew – a true Irish delight! At Murray’s, after your meal, ask the friendly staff about the backyard. Voila! Uncover a beer garden paradise with a mix of pubs and styles creating a cool vibe.
If you are into Guinness brewing you must change the route and must do the Dublin Guinness Tour (the famous Guinness Storehouse for Irish beer experience and Irish history).
Dublin's nightlife beckons! For live music, head to The Bad Bobs in the Temple Bar district. This genuine Dubliner pub is filled with dozens of tunes, both Irish and international. Rub shoulders with locals and tourists alike for a lively atmosphere. Want a different vibe? Take a short walk to Fitzsimons or Buskers, also in Temple Bar district. If you find yourself at Buskers on The Ball, be sure to inquire about the way to the basement for fun games, and if you pop in at Fitzsimons, visit the five floors and the roof garden – we promise it'll be worth it!
Day 2: Nature, castles, and craic
Revitalize with breakfast at Queen of Tarts. This charming café is known for its delectable pastries and hearty breakfast options. Try the scones – they're divine! If you are into an Irish Breakfast or even something more into brunch vibes, head to One Society Café and go for the One Society Eggs or for the Gooey Cheese & Nduja Toastie (enjoy 10% OFF showing your guest key-card). Yummy!
In the late morning, embrace nature at Phoenix Park, one of Europe's largest city parks. Rent a bike (we meant it – it will make your life 100% easier) and explore its vast greenery. Visit Dublin Zoo or simply revel in the tranquillity of this huge sanctuary.
Or if you love to escape from the city centre, explore Howth, an Instagrammable destination near Dublin (30 min by Dart train), well-known for its charming seaside atmosphere and vibrant fishing village at Howth Harbour. Walk to the Baily Lighthouse and discover the beauty of the Tiny Hidden Beach, a serene spot offering breathtaking views and tranquillity for a perfect coastal escape.
Discover Dublin Castle, a historic gem at the heart of the city. Join a guided tour to unravel its rich history and explore the beautifully landscaped Dubh Linn Gardens. Don’t forget to pop in at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublinia (and if you are a Celtic lover, go for the Viking Museum!).
For a quick bite, venture to Murphy's Ice Cream for some unusual but delicious flavours. Goat cheese and honey, anyone? It's an experience your taste buds won't forget.
Evening & Night:
Dine at The Winding Stair for a taste of Irish literature and cuisine. This iconic restaurant overlooks the River Liffey and boasts a menu inspired by Irish literary classics.
Cap off your Dublin adventure with a visit to The Temple Bar Pub. It's touristy but a rite of passage – You need to pop in at least for a while. Savour the lively atmosphere, and live music, and perhaps even learn a few Irish dance moves.
Phew! That's a wrap on your Dublin escapade. Two days may seem short, but this city has a way of imprinting itself on your heart. Whether you're exploring historic sites, savouring culinary delights, or dancing the night away, Dublin welcomes you with open arms. Sláinte!