If you have seen my recent Dublin diaries travel blog posts, you will know that towards the end of last month I went to Dublin with my family for a weekend away. Although this definitely was the first, and definitely won’t be the last I visit Dublin (this trip was actually my 8th time I’ve been to Dublin I think), I have certainly developed some ability to share 10 things that you must do in Dublin, if you are planning to visit anytime soon.
How can I write a blog post all about 10 things that you must do in Dublin, and not include this? The Guinness factory is without a doubt the most famous attraction in Dublin, and definitely worth visiting if you haven’t been before. You work your way up the building, and then when you are at the top you can lookout over Dublin and have a free pint of Guinness. Im not even a Guinness lover (I know, don’t hate me) and I still enjoyed the experience and learning more about the history of Dublin.
Book of Kells
This is another incredibly famous attraction in Dublin, and therefore needed to be included on this list. You would think that touring a university on your weekend away wouldn’t be too fun, but I really enjoyed having a walking tour of the trinity university, and then ending it with the Book Of Kells. The Book of Kells is a very interesting historic book, however the highlight for me is being able to walk through the library where the book is held. It is honestly breathtaking, and definitely worth looking round.
St Stephens Green
This is such a beautiful place in the heart of the city, and I always feel so peaceful when walking round this park. Fun fact: I actually shot my first ever blog photos in this park nearly 4 years ago, so I kind of have a lot to thank this park for. I would recommend having a walk around no matter what time of year you go, but particularly if you are planning on visiting around autumn time. It is so beautiful with all of the coloured leaves!
Kilmainham Gaol Prison
I visited here on my Dublin trip 2017, and although I didn’t think I would enjoy it, I really did. It is a short taxi ride away from the city centre, but the tour does last a few hours and it is very educational. Plus the classic prison that you can walk through has been the set of a lot of films… including Paddington bear! Its not something I would initially think of doing if I was recommending things to do in Dublin, but if you like history then it is certainly worth checking out, as I really enjoyed it.
Walk down the River
This seems like an obvious point, but it is something free that you can do in the city that is still fun and an enjoyable way to see Dublin. You can walk down the river, see all of the lovely bridges (including the famous ha’penny bridge) and various statues/monuments along the way. You could spend an hour or a whole day walking around and stopping in various coffee shops and pubs along the way and around the temple bar area right by the river, it really depends on how you want to do it.
This might be one that you have never heard of, but it is definitely a popular attraction in Dublin, and worth checking out. Bewley’s is such an old cafe, and a good place to warm up with a tea and slice of cake after shopping on Grafton street (although more on that later). Its such a photogenic place too and I think an underrated attraction in Dublin. I would definitely recommend it as something to try because it is quite famous in the city, and really nice too. Plus supporting the LGBTQ community with these flags? Thats a reason alone to support Bewley’s.
This is the newest addition to the 10 things you must do in Dublin list, as this only opened back in July, and I visited for the first time on my latest trip. However, it had to immediately make it onto the list as it was one of the best ice creams I have EVER had, and you need to try it. Tucked away on Drury street, this is a gem of a cafe and I would recommend it if you love ice cream. Try the smores one- you won’t be disappointed!
Take a stroll down Grafton street
Grafton street is probably my favourite street in Dublin, because I love how ‘not city’ it feels, and instead feels like more of a town. Its such a lovely pedestrian only street, with lots of shops, cafes and pubs along the way. You could easily spend a while afternoon in this area, exploring all of the shops plus enjoying the street performers and buskers. Must go places on Grafton street include Bewley’s (which has already been mentioned) and Brown Thomas, which is such a lovely department store and worth a look around.
Butler’s chocolate cafe
If you have been to Dublin, you will have probably have seen these on most streets in the city centre, and there is a reason why there are so many… it is so good! Without a doubt my favourite coffee shop in Dublin, and I didn’t even get to go last time because we were so busy. I would recommend the hot chocolates so much because Butler’s are famous for their chocolates, and their hot chocolates are therefore so good. Plus, if you do go for a drink make sure to pick up some chocolates to bring home as they taste so good.
Afternoon tea at the Westbury
We did this on my latest trip to Dublin for the first time to celebrate my Grandad’s birthday, and it was so much fun. The Westbury is such a beautiful hotel in Dublin City centre, and they have afternoon tea each day for both hotel guests and any members of the general public. It was so luxurious and I was treated like a princess! What I will say is that is is a very pricey experience, and definitely more of a treat purchase. As much as it is one of my top 10 things you must do in Dublin, it is expensive and I would only recommend for a special occasion. You certainly don’t have to visit everytime you come!
I think Dublin is such an underrated city, and if you are planning on going soon I know you are going to have an amazing time. The vibe is so chilled, it usually doesn’t even feel like a city. Definitely one of my favourite places in the world! Thank you so much for reading this post, and if you need any further recommendations don’t hesitate to drop me a message on Instagram and I will definitely be able to give you some more tips and tricks when exploring this fantastic city. That being said I think these 10 things that you must do in Dublin will give you plenty to do for a short weekend break!
If you want more ideas on what to see in Dublin, why not have a look at the Visit Dublin webpage to research more of these?