Ireland is truly one of the best places to visit! It also is one of the most tourist-friendly countries we’ve been to. It is easy to get around with public transportation (we loved using the Luas train), and it is relatively inexpensive. There is a ton to see in Ireland’s capital city, Dublin. With low-cost flights on Norwegian Airlines, Dublin is a perfect long weekend destination! Below, is a list of the top 10 things to do in Dublin based on our trip!
- Visit Jameson Distillery on Bow Street. You’ll get an interactive tour of the facility and learn how whisky is made. The tour ends with a Jameson tasting, who does not love that?! Tickets can be purchased on site and tours run often. The distillery is easily accessible by the Luas train.
- Visit Trinity College. You can take a tour of the historical campus which includes entrance to the book of Kells exhibition. The Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament. If you are lucky, you’ll have a funny Irish tour guide like we did and will laugh throughout the tour 🙂
- Visit the Viking Museum. There is an interactive self-guided walk through the museum where the history between the Vikings and the Irish is uniquely laid out. This is a great thing to do on a rainy afternoon. If you walk to the top of the building, there is a really great view of the city- totally worth all the extra steps!
- Drop in for mass or a tour at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. We arrived at the cathedral after touring hours were over. Instead of leaving, we stuck around and attended an afternoon mass. Unfortunately, we could not take pictures of the inside, you’ll just have to go see it for yourself 🙂 The mass featured an all boys choir, that was really amazing! We walked in the cathedral thinking we would be attending a Catholic mass, but we were wrong. Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland; according to the “Our Beliefs” section on their website, the Church of Ireland is both Catholic and Protestant.
- Visit Dublin Castle. Unfortunately, we got there as the castle was closing. However, we were still able to walk around the outside and take pictures, as you can see it is beautiful and worth the walk!
- Eat Fish & Chips at least once. We went to a few different places to eat this popular meal, the best we had was at Fish Shop.
- Book a tour of Guinness. You can book your tickets online or purchase them in the factory. We highly suggest making the purchase online, so you can plan the rest of your day. A local told us to go on a Saturday to see the Irish step dancers. We highly suggest booking on a Saturday if you can, Guinness was a blast!
- Eat an Irish breakfast! It sure has a lot of calories but you know what they say, when in Ireland, do as the Irish do! Plus look at the picture below, does it not look so yummy?
- Visit as many pubs as you can and have as much BEER as you can (in a safe manner of course).
- Check out the National Museum of Ireland. Tickets are sold on site, you can actually get a pass for all the museums if that is your thing. We went to the Decorative Arts & History portion of the museum. Very cool stuff!
P.S. There are offices around Dublin called Discover Ireland to help with your itinerary and provide maps, etc. We encourage you to take advantage of this free service!
Hope you enjoyed. Cheers & thanks for reading!