• Krista the Explorer

48 Hours in Dublin's Fair City

Updated: Feb 11, 2019

So much Dublin, so little time. The Irish capital is a fantastic city to visit, and I'm so pleased I finally made the journey there! I tried to fit as much into my two day trip as possible, but I still feel like there's a lot more left to discover. There are definitely more pubs to go to, that's for sure, and Grafton Street didn't get the full attention it deserved from me. I stayed at the beautiful Iveagh Garden Hotel, which is Europe's first sustainable hotel! It's absolutely gorgeous and the rooms are breathtaking. Take a look at my review of the hotel here. Dublin's airport is quite close to the city centre which is ideal. I opted to take the Airlink Express (wifi on board) as it was quicker and there was a stop very near to the hotel. Dublin is full of life, so I can guarantee you won't get bored! Take a look at some of my top things to do in the city below!

1. Become a Hogwarts Student in the Library at Trinity College
This library is beyond impressive. Get there early to avoid the massive queue to get inside!
2. Marvel in the Architecture of Trinity College
This has always been on my bucket list, so I'm really glad I've finally gone to see it!
3. Stroll Around St Stephen's Green
Dublin is full of beautiful parks, and this one is no exception. It's preserved in its original Victorian style and is centrally located!
4. Hang Out With Oscar Wilde
The statue is located in Merrion Square, a prominent stomping ground of the famous poet and playwright.
5. Sing a Song with Molly Malone
This was a fun surprise to stumbled across! I mean, who doesn't know this famous song?
6. Explore the Historic Streets
Dublin is full of amazing, quirky streets. So take a break from your schedule and enjoy the atmosphere!
7. Check Out Dublin Castle
If you don't have time to join the tour inside, make sure you walk around the grounds!
8. St Patrick's Cathedral & Marsh's Library
The cathedral is the tallest and largest in Ireland, so definitely worth taking a quick peep. Just behind it is Marsh's library, dating back to the late Renaissance. It was the first public library in the country, and is beautifully preserved.
9. Guinness. Guinness. Guinness.
Get yourself down to the Guinness Storehouse. Even if you aren't a beer drinker, it's a fantastic brewery and the Gravity Bar offers panoramic views of the city.
10. Guinness Storehouse Connoisseur Experience
I'd recommend upgrading to the Connoisseur Experience, where you get to enjoy even more Guinness in an exclusive bar!
11. Enjoy Dublin's Pubs
It goes without saying that you need to stop in to at least one pub while in the city. If you can't decide, The Hairy Lemon has quite an interesting back story to it.
12. Warm Yourself at the Irish Whiskey Museum
The museum is located right across the road from Trinity College, and is definitely a warm welcome on a cold, wet day!
13. Get Lost in Temple Bar
This was my favourite area of the city. Of course it has the famous bar, but there are so many other unique places to go in!
14. Walk Across Ha'penny Bridge
Built in the late 1800s, this beautiful iron bridge crosses the River Liffey and was once the only pedestrian bridge in the city.
15. Take a Look at the Hungry Tree
It's a bit of a trek to King's Inns but I had to see this!
16. Jameson Distillery
If you love whiskey this should be top of your list! I didn't have time to go inside, but it's on my list for next time!
17. Christ Church Cathedral
Another stunning cathedral in the city!
18. Step Back in Time at a Speakeasy
The VCC is difficult to find, unless you know where to look. It's located in Temple Bar, and looks like a rusty door. But ring the doorbell and you'll be taken back to a time when alcohol was illegal. The cocktails are delicious, and the food looked incredible too! Make sure to book ahead of time as it's a very popular spot.
19. Dublin's Secret Food Tour: The Best Tour You Will Go On
It's the best way to try local food! Don't worry about booking a restaurant for dinner, you'll be full until the next day. I can't rate this tour enough. Best of all, they have tours worldwide!

Please get in touch if you have any questions about Dublin, or have any recommendations for my next trip to the Irish capital!


My name is Krista, and like many people I love to travel! I think it's important that people share their travel experiences, so I hope that mine help you in some way in your own travels, or inspire you to travel more! 

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