What To Do With One Day in Dublin

July 30, 2012 by

Day Trips, Free Things To Do

The Famous Temple Bar in Dublin! Photo courtesy of ℜick via Flickr.

The Famous Temple Bar in Dublin! Photo courtesy of ℜick via Flickr.

If you’ve only got one day in Dublin you’ll need to get busy because this is a city with a long history and plenty of world-class things to see and experience.

1) Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus

This is a great way to move between all the important sights and see the city as you go by from the open-top double-decker bus. There are 20 stops around the city and on-board commentary, so you will have seen and learned about the whole city by the end of the day.

2) Trinity College

400 year old Trinity College is Ireland’s most prestigious university. You can take a guided tour, but even if you just decide to have a quick look around on your own don’t miss the library and the 800-year-old Book of Kells, Ireland’s finest treasure.

3) Georgian square and shopping arcades

Not far from Trinity College, Grafton Street and George’s Street Arcade are the heart of Dublin’s retailing past and present. This is a perfect place to get a feel for this thriving contemporary city. For the true Dublin experience head to famous Bewley’s Grafton Street Café for tea, cake or lunch.

4) Kilmainham Gaol

Renowned for its excellent tours and historical information about the Irish struggle for independence in the early 20th century, this place never fails to impress visitors to Dublin.

5) Guinness Storehouse

Famed around the world, you haven’t tasted the famous black nectar until you’ve had a Guinness where it all began. There are tours and of course the famous Gravity Bar where you’ll get a panoramic view to go with your well-earned glass of Guinness – a good place to watch the sun set.

6) Temple Bar

Dublin’s wonderful pub culture should not be missed and to get in on the craic head to the lively Temple Bar district for an evening of good traditional Irish music, good chatter and almost certainly a good laugh.

7) Parnell Square

If you’d prefer a quieter evening, head to this famous Georgian Square and visit the Dublin Writers’ Museum before heading for dinner at one of the many nearby restaurants.

- Philippa Burne

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