Dublin, Ireland: A Complete Travel Guide
Updated: Sep 11
Dublin is located on the east coast of Ireland. Founded as a Viking settlement, it’s been Ireland's primary city for most of the island's history. Today, it’s the capital and largest city in the country, boasting a range of historical sites, a vibrant pub scene, and fascinating museums. Above all, it’s known for its warm, welcoming, and friendly people. In this travel guide, we share 10 of the best things to do in Dublin as well as great places to stay, eat, and drink.
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Best Things To Do In Dublin
Visit Trinity College & See the Book of Kells
Watch Live Music In A Pub (Temple Bar, Camden Street, St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street)
Go On A Guinness Storehouse Tour
Walk Through St. Stephen's Green Park
Visit Kilmainham Gaol (You need to book your tickets in advance!)
Learn About Irish Whiskey (Irish Whiskey Museum or Teeling Whiskey Distillery)
Visit EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum (or alternatively: 14 Henrietta Street, Little Museum of Dublin, National History Museum, The National Gallery of Ireland, Irish Museum of Modern Art, or Dublinia)
Hike Along The Howth Cliffs (Howth Cliff Loop Hike Route Overview)
Stroll Around The Historic City Center (Go on a free walking tour)
Go on a Day Trip to Giant’s Causeway
Places To Stay In Dublin
The Hendrick Smithfield ($$): This hotel is located in the Smithfield area, just a short walk from the city center. It has modern rooms with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. It also has a bar and a restaurant.
Aloft Dublin City ($$$): This hotel is located in the city center, just a few minutes walk from Grafton Street. It has modern rooms with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. It also has a bar and a rooftop terrace.
Places To Eat And Drink In Dublin
The Hairy Lemon: is a traditional Irish pub that serves classic Irish dishes, such as bangers and mash, and Irish stew. They also have a wide selection of Irish beers and whiskeys.
Mr Fox: is a modern European restaurant with a focus on seasonal ingredients. The menu changes regularly, but you can always expect creative and delicious dishes.
FIRE Steakhouse & Bar: is a popular steakhouse that serves locally-sourced beef, lamb, and seafood. The menu also includes a variety of vegetarian options.
The Vintage Kitchen: is a modern Irish restaurant with a vibrant, vintage-style interior. It serves creative takes on traditional Irish dishes, such as roasted gammon with colcannon and cabbage, and beef and Guinness stew.
The Art of Coffee - Dublin 8: serves great coffee and has a beautiful outdoor patio
Griolladh Thomas St: is another good coffee shop that also has breakfast and egg sandwiches
Urbanity: has healthy breakfast options like smoothie bowls and home-made granola
The Brazen Head: is a traditional pub and likely the "oldest" one in Dublin
Darkey Kelly's: is a traditional pub with live music and decent food
Queen of Tarts: is a tea and coffee shop with lots of delicious sweets
Whelan's: a very local and traditional pub in Camden Street
Cassidys: another local pub in Camden Street with live music
Devitts: another local pub in Camden Street with live music
The Blind Pig Speakeasy: an underground speakeasy with amazing food
Fallon & Byrne - Wine Cellar: is a bit more upscale with a great selection of wine and pasta dishes
The Bank on College Green: is an elegant bar with delicious cocktails and lunch options (we loved the seafood chowder!)
The Stags Head: is another traditional pub
Vintage Cocktail Club: is another great cocktail bar
The Roof Garden Temple Bar: is a great summer bar
McNeill's Pub: is another local but small pub with great live music
The Cobblestone: another very local pub with live music
Oliver St. John Gogartys: is a busy pub in the heart of Temple Bar. It has more modern music, but come early as the pub fills quickly!
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Use These Websites To Save Money On Your Trip To Dublin
Booking.com for places to stay
Skyscanner for cheap flights
GetYourGuide for local tours
Rentalcars.com for affordable car rentals
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