A weekend in Dublin, Ireland: What we did, what we saw, and more importantly… what we ate!
Below I am sharing our 4 day Itinerary for Dublin! It was a quick trip, but honestly the perfect amount of time if you ONLY are going to be seeing one city.
9am: Flight lands in Dublin (We took an overnight flight, which I recommend if you want to make the most of a short trip!)
10am-1pm: We were here visiting family, so we picked up our rental car and drove to an Aunts house for lunch and to check into our AirBnB. The one linked here is in the area we stayed in (so convenient but cheaper than downtown) and only $102/night & sleeps 4 guests!
1pm: Taxi into the heart of the city! Our first stop was Temple Bar district. This is a very young, touristy area… perfect to help beat our jetlag! We grabbed lunch and drinks at The Old Storehouse. They have live music everyday after 3pm, and are one of the least tourist-filled bars in Temple Bar. Don’t forget to to get the iconic Temple Bar photo while you’re here!
While we were in Temple Bar, we bought tickets for Saturday’s Hop-On-Hop-Off tour bus, so that we could just jump on it near our AirBnB!
5pm: From Temple Bar we walked to Trinity College. Trinity College’s campus is huge… and beautiful! It was a short walk, and felt great to be outside after such a long flight. After walking the campus, we stopped into Butler’s Chocolate Shop for a pick-me-up!
7pm: Honestly, this is the point the jet-lag won and we fell asleep LOL. 10/10 do not recommend because you will be awake at 5am the next morning 😉
8am: Coffee & Scones at Lime Tree Cafe (across from Kilmainham Goal)
9am: Tour of Kilmainham Gaol. This is a huge tourist attraction, so get there right when the ticket booth opens at 9am! The tour lasts about an hour. This prison is very famous in Europe, and has a ton of interesting history behind it!
10:30am: Get on the Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour Bus. There is a stop right outside of the jail. We ended up staying on the bus for about an hour as it went all through downtown Dublin! Our guide was so funny, and we were able to see a ton of sites without all the walking. We took note along the way of sites we wanted to go back to later.
12pm: Christ Church Cathedral. We jumped off the bus at this stop, and bought tickets to be able to see the entire Cathedral. It. was. breathtaking. I highly recommend. (Photo below)
1pm: Dublin Castle. Fair warning, when you picture a castle in Ireland, this is not it! But, it is a very pretty mansion in the heart of Dublin! I would recommend doing the self-guided tour. Its shorter, cheaper, and you still see all the rooms!
2pm: Stroll Grafton Street. Grafton is one of the most known shopping streets in Europe! I would recommend window shopping, grabbing a coffee, and just relaxing as you look around! If shopping/window gazing isn’t your thing, this would be the perfect time to check out St. Stephen’s Green, a huge park in the city!
4pm: At this time we headed home to get ready for a cousins birthday party with family! Since you most likely won’t be doing that… Quays Bar for some live music and drinks would be a great option!
11pm: Watch your Fiance drink way too many Guinness’ with your Irish uncles… 10/10 do not recommend 😉
Sunday was a bit different for us- we drove out to Galway to see the town and land that my Grandpa grew up on! It’s about a 2 hour drive from Dublin, but the scenery is amazing. If you have a whole day free, I highly recommend taking time to do the drive and see some sights along the way!
On the way home, we stopped at Trim Castle. This is where parts of the movie Braveheart were filmed. The scenery is amazing… we arrived too late for a tour, but I am sure it would be great! Across the street from the castle is an Italian restaurant- Frazinis- for a dinner stop before the drive home.
8am: Coffee and scones, of course. We checked out Container Coffee in Dublin. Great stop- especially for an Instagram-worthy coffee stop!
9am: Drimnagh Castle. We took a tour of this castle that was steps away from our AirBnB. Warning, it’s not heated so if it’s winter, bundle up! Very cool though, and our tour guide was great.
10:30am: Guinness Storehouse. I recommend buying tickets online, and showing up a bit early to get photos in front of the iconic Guinness Storehouse doors! The self-guided tour lasted about an hour, and was very cool. TIP: for some reason ticket prices are different throughout the day! For example, we saved $3/ticket just by doing a tour at 12:15pm instead of 12pm. Be sure to look at the full day calendar and choose the best ticket option!
11:30am: Enjoy your free Guinness at the Gravity Bar for the best views of Dublin!
12pm: Grab lunch in one of the Guinness restaurants, we ate at 1837 Bar– it was one of our favorite meals of the trip!
1pm: Probably around the time you need another coffee or a small snack, if you’re anything like me 😉 UCafe is right across the street, and a great option. If it’s nice out, walk into the city! It’s less than a mile, and a great way to see some of the less-touristy areas.
2pm: The rest of the afternoon, we strolled around the city, saw any sights we still wanted to see! Stopping at the famous Laduree Macaron shop is an option, or The Rolling Donut if that’s more your style!
Evening: Dinner recommendations near Temple Bar:
After dinner check out the Brazen Head for a drink! It’s the oldest pub in Europe, and a great spot for a drink and to listen to some authentic live music.