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30 Fun Things To Do In Dublin, Ireland (Plus What To Avoid)

Things To Do In Dublin
Best Things To Do in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland

The city of Dublin Ireland is known for its charming streets, colorful doorways, live music and historic architecture. Here are some of the best things to do in Dublin on your visit!

Dublin may be one of Europe’s smaller capital cities, but it has been known to steal the heart of every visitor, with something for everyone.

Ireland’s capital is famous for stunning cathedrals, haunted places, pubs with live music, historical museums, and hidden attractions.

There are many quirky, unique, unusual, and secret spots to discover in Dublin!

I traveled here with my family during our Irish genealogy trip, tracking down the old home of my Irish grandmother. We had a fantastic time!

Because most travelers visiting Ireland spend some time in the capital, I wanted to recommend a few fun and unusual things to do in Dublin, no matter what time of year you visit.

My Dublin itinerary is completely free! I’ve worked hard putting it together for you. If you find it useful, please use my affiliate links when you book hotels, rental cars or activities. I’ll get paid a small commission, at no extra cost to you! Thanks.

Dublin Highlights Map

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Ireland Travel Restrictions 2021

Nothing is official yet, but Ireland hopes to allow travelers to visit again in July, including American tourists. You would need proof of your COVID-19 vaccination(s) before being allowed entry.

You can find the latest updates on traveling to Ireland here.

Best Things To Do In Dublin Guide

1. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral Dublin
Inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Founded in 1191, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest church in Ireland, and the National Cathedral. It has been said this is where St. Patrick himself baptized Christian converts over 1500 years ago.

Unusually, St. Patrick’s isn’t the only Cathedral in Dublin. It’s a “multi-cathedral” city, sharing the title with nearby Christ Church Cathedral.

Visitors can go inside and enjoy the impressive church interior between 9am and 5pm daily. A must to add to your Dublin itinerary. You can go on your own, or join a guided tour (and skip the line).

The writer Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels, was once Dean of the cathedral. He’s buried there too. On a sunny day, you’ll find tourists and locals alike enjoying the cathedral grounds soaking up the history.

Dublin Cathedral Tour

St. Patrick’s Cathedral Tour

Skip the line and explore St. Patrick’s with an expert guide. Learn about the history of Ireland’s largest cathedral, and explore nearby neighborhoods too.

2. Fish n’ Chips At Leo Burdocks

Things To Do In Dublin: Fish and Chips
Dublin’s Most Famous Fish and Chips

You can’t leave Dublin without trying a traditional Fish n’ Chips! But one place stands out from all the rest. Leo Burdocks Fish n’ Chips is so good in fact that they even have a ‘Wall of Fame’ outside showcasing visits from celebrities and politicians from around the world.

The original Burdocks has been around since 1913. They were serving up piping hot food during both World Wars and the 1916 Rising, when Ireland gained its independence from Britain.

The shop itself can only hold about 3 people, so grab your grub and head down to St. Patrick’s Cathedral nearby. Ask for the ‘crispy bits’ with your chips… you can thank me later!

3. Read At Trinity College Library

Ireland's Oldest University
Trinity College Library in Dublin

Created in 1592, Trinity College is Ireland’s oldest university, hosting students such as author Bram Stoker, poet Oscar Wilde and Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels.

The building has also been home to the ancient Book Of Kells since 1661. The Book of Kells Exhibition in Trinity College is a must-see in Dublin, but where it leads you to is the real treat…

The Old Library houses 200,000 ancient books in beautiful oak bookcases, which is why J.K. Rowling used it as inspiration for Hogwarts in Harry Potter! The library is one of the most popular Instagram spots in Dublin too.

Walking Tour

Dublin Walking Tour

See the best of Dublin on a historic guided tour of the city’s top attractions and highlights. Includes Trinity College!

4. Have An Irish Breakfast

Drinking Guinness in Dublin
Drinking Guinness For Breakfast!

They say drinking a pint of Guinness is akin to eating a meal… so why not start your day with a drink? It’s what 100 year old Gladys Fielden has been doing for the past 70 years, and she’s still going strong!

There is an old motto that says “Eat breakfast like a King, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper” which basically means you should start your day with a large breakfast. The Irish take this to heart.

A traditional Irish breakfast consists of cooked meat (bacon, sausages and black/white puddings), eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, and potato all fried in butter with brown bread.

It was used to prepare you for a full day’s work on the farm on a cold winter morning.

Irish Food

Join A Food Tour

Eat your way around Dublin while learning about Irish food history and the current food scene. Sample food & drinks from award-winning eateries.

5. Christ Church Cathedral

Dublin Highlights Christ Church Cathedral
Visit Christ Church Cathedral

As you climb the spiraling staircase of Christ Church Cathedral, take a moment to imagine what life was like back in 1030, when Dublin’s oldest building first opened its doors.

Imagine the historic events this building has witnessed and the ancient artifacts it has collected along the way.

Christ Church is a highlight of Dublin due to its stunning architecture, its 12th-century crypt and of course the sound of the bells which have rung out over the city’s medieval center for hundreds of years.

Thanks to their self-guided tours, you can now explore the narrow corridors of the Cathedral and ring the bell for yourself, or see their exhibition of original 16th-century costumes.

Christ Church Cathedral Tickets

Dublin City Pass

Get tickets to Christ Church Cathedral as well as 35 other popular attractions in Dublin, for one low price.

6. Trace Ancestors At Glasnevin Cemetery

Dublin Things To Do: Glasnevin Cemetery
Hunting Dead Relatives at Glasnevin

Built in 1832, Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery is surrounded by seven watchtowers which were home to armed guards. Ireland’s most famous cemetery was a key target for bodysnatchers!

It was also the final resting place for many historical figures like Michael Colins, a soldier and politician who played a key role in the struggle for Irish independence, Brendan Behan, Irish poet, novelist, and playwright who was imprisoned for IRA activity and Luke Kelly, vocalist in one of Ireland’s greatest bands, The Dubliners.

Nowadays, Glasnevin Cemetery Museum has vowed to tell the stories of over 1.5 million people, the people who helped to shape the Ireland of today. They also have the best tools for your family’s Irish genealogy search.

7. Walk Across Ha’Penny Bridge

Popular Things To Do In Dublin
Dublin Highlight: Ha’Penny Bridge

Every visitor to Dublin should walk across the Ha’Penny bridge at least once. It’s one of the top things to do here. This historic bridge over the River Liffey was built back in 1816, to replace the many ferries that shuttled people back and forth.

It was named for the “half-penny” toll that was required to cross it.

For an even more unique & unusual experience, you can kayak under the bridge with City Kayaking. They run tours all year, and if you’re lucky, you might catch one of Dublin’s famous autumn sunsets.

If you’re REALLY lucky, you can be there for the ‘Music Under the Bridge’ tours when they call in some of the best musicians in Dublin to perform under the bridges as people kayak down the River Liffey through the city.

8. Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol Prison in Dublin
Kilmainham Gaol Prison

Kilmainham Gaol Prison is just 3.5 km away from Dublin’s city center, an unusual Dublin attraction that offers guided tours. Get a timed ticket early so you know when your tour starts to avoid the waiting intervals between tours.

An hour’s tour of the old prison takes you through the yard, the prison, and also gives you an in-depth look at the history of the prison through a media show at the Old Chapel. It might be unsettling as you discover the many revolutionaries and other prisoners were executed here.

As you go through the impeccably restored building, you will see the living conditions for the women, men and children incarcerated until 1924. The prison’s East Wing has been used as a location for many different films, including the original “Italian Job”.

9. Listen To Buskers On Grafton Street

Dublin Musical Attractions
Singing for Tourists on Grafton

You never know what you are going to find on Grafton Street, but you are guaranteed a great show! From traditional Irish music, to rock and pop, this free entertainment is the perfect soundtrack to your Irish trip.

Make sure to take a snap while you’re there because you could be listening to a future star. Recently, 12 year old Irish busker Allie Sherlock was flown to Hollywood by Ellen DeGeneres and is said to be the next Taylor Swift!

Grafton Street has also been known to bring out the busker in everyone, including people like Bono, Hozier, The Script, Damien Rice and Glen Hansard to name a few.

10. Oscar Wilde Statue

Poet Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde in Merrion Square Park

The Oscar Wilde Statue sits at a corner of Merrion Square Park, just opposite where this famous Irish poet and playwright lived for some years. It consists of a statue and two pillars; a statue of Oscar Wilde, his wife Constance Lloyd and a statue of Dionysus.

Each detail shows the attention to detail given to the entire sculpting process. For instance, the statue of Oscar Wilde reclines on a rock hewn from the Wicklow Mountains. To add personality and color, the sculptor used a variety of colored stones.

Rouges Tour

Dublin Rogues Walking Tour

Explore Dublin with a local guide while learning about the city’s most famous residents, including Oscar Wilde & Daniel O’Connell.

11. The Howth Cliff Walk

Dublin Things To Do: Howth Cliffs
Howth Cliff Walk

If you’re a nature lover who wants to enjoy a day outside of Dublin city center, the coastal town of Howth should be first on your list.

Here you’ll find some of the best seafood in Dublin, weekend markets for the perfect souvenir and coastal hikes with unimaginable views over the Irish sea. It’s easy to reach by bus, or if you decided to rent a car in Ireland.

On a clear day you will get a panorama view of Dublin Bay and Howth Harbor during this 2 hour trail.

The good news is the Howth Cliff walk is suitable for all fitness levels, but just make sure the weather isn’t too wild. There are also guided walking tours if you’d like to join a group.

Howth Hiking Tour

Howth Cliff Walk Safari

Trek the coastal paths of the Howth Peninsula on a guided walking tour. Explore the cliffs and woodland areas, stopping at scenic overlooks.

12. St. Michan Church Mummies

Mummies at St Michan's Church
St Michan’s Church Crypt

St. Michan’s Church isn’t an old fashioned chapel where you explore pews and beautiful murals. Instead, expect a crypt tour of 17th to 19th Century vaults full of mummified people.

Tombstones dot the lush churchyard. A narrow, eerie stairway leads you to the under-croft where you’ll find five vaults.

Noteworthy mummies are the rebellious 1798 Sheares brothers who were executed, a nun’s mummy and a strange one-handed mummy. You’ll also see the Crusader, an 800-year-old mummy that is over six feet tall!

Despite hundreds of years in the vaults, it seems the actual enemy of this hidden attraction is the living, not decay. A few cases of vandalism have rocked headlines over the years.

Ghost Tour

Dublin’s Dark Side Tour

Explore the dark side of Dublin on a 2.5-hour walking tour and hear spooky tales of ghosts & devil worship.

13. Dublin Bus Tour

Dublin Things To Do: Bus Tour
Dublin Bus Tours

With authors and poets such as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, W.B Yeats and Samuel Beckett, it’s clear to see that Ireland is home to some of the greatest storytellers in the world.

Normally I’m not a fan of bus tours, but the DoDublin Bus guides truly have the ‘gift of the gab’.

They take great pride in presenting the best of Dublin City and throw in plenty of historical and cultural references by famous poets/writers.

Be prepared for the Irish sense of humor though, you can expect a lot of playful sarcasm and plenty of songs from Dublin City – it’s like a history lesson, comedy show and karaoke sing-along mixed into one!

Bus Tour Dublin

Join A Bus Tour

Discover the very best of Dublin with an unlimited 24 or 48 hour hop-on hop-off bus tour. Learn about the history and heritage of the city.

14. See Wild Deer In Phoenix Park

Dublin Things To Do: Phoenix Park
Watch Deer at Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park – Europe’s largest walled urban park is a national treasure for the people of Ireland. Opening over 350 years ago, the park spans 7 square kilometers and can be found just a stones throw away from the city center.

Not only is it home to Dublin Zoo, but it is also known for its wild herd of deer, which can be found roaming through the forests (and crossing the road when you least expect it!).

The deer were introduced back in 1662, when the park itself was set up as a royal deer hunting park, but nowadays the 450 member herd are free to run wild.

Phoenix Park is the perfect place for an afternoon picnic, but do keep your eyes peeled, because the deer have been known to join in!

15. Oratory Of The Sacred Heart

Art lovers have another place to marvel at just outside the city of Dublin by exploring this small chapel in Dun Laoghaire. It took Sister Concepta Lynch took 16 years to complete a stunning mural across the interior of the oratory.

This small church was built to commemorate the end of the First World War. Upon installation of the Sacred Heart statue, Sister Concepta, a nun, started brightening up the wall behind the statue using a distinct painting style. It’s very impressive!

16. Trad Sessions At The Hairy Lemon

Popular Bar in Dublin
Trad Music at the Hairy Lemon

Traditional Irish music, or trad, is one reason many people visit Ireland. And The Hairy Lemon Pub is certainly unconventional… you never know what you’ll find in this aptly-named green and yellow 19th-century house.

One thing is for sure, The Hairy Lemon does the best Trad Sessions in Dublin! If you have never been to an Irish Trad Session, prepare yourself for an unusual experience, it can get pretty wild especially when the Guinness is flowing.

You can grab a seat, but you won’t be sitting for long — Irish dancing on the tables in no time. The Hairy Lemon is also known for their traditional Irish food like Dublin Coddle, Cottage Pie and Irish Stew.

Irish Music

Irish Music Tour

Join a local musician on a fun and educational tour through Dublin’s traditional drinking and Irish-music scene.

17. Watch A Hurling Match

Irish Hurling Sport
See a Local Hurling Match

You may have never heard of Hurling before, but I can guarantee the moment you sit down to watch this ancient Gaelic and Irish sport, you’ll instantly become a fan.

And where better to watch, than in Croke Park (‘Croker’ as the Irish say). Hurling has been played in Ireland for well over 3000 years and is said to be ‘the fastest game on grass’.

It involves a wooden stick called a hurley and a small hard ball called a sliotar, and players must wear helmets at all times – this is high speed, high impact and high adrenaline for everyone watching!

18. The Hungry Tree At King’s Inns

Dublin Itinerary: The Hungry Tree
The Famous “Hungry Tree”

The Hungry Tree is just one of many bizarre, mystical things to do in Ireland. The 69-foot tree at King’s Inns seems to be in the middle of lunch, munching on a tasty iron bench.

Its “upper lip” sits on the top of the bench’s backrest about to eat it completely.

This 80-year-old tree is a plane, a popular species in this city in the 19th Century. The scenic, lush grounds are excellent for a leisurely stroll, and you can then visit the Hungry Tree to just stare at it. Just be careful that it doesn’t eat you too!

19. Taste Some Irish Whiskey

Dublin Whiskey Distillery
Taste some Real Irish Whiskey!

Guinness isn’t the only alcohol Ireland is famous for. Ireland has been making whiskey for well over two hundred years, so it doesn’t get much richer than this when it comes to taste and history.

The most famous whiskey tour in Dublin is the former Jameson Distillery on Bow Street, but it’s really just a museum now, no longer a working distillery. Instead, I’d recommend stopping by the fully functional Teeling Distillery to see an actual distillery in action.

Prepare yourself for a sensory overload, because after the tour you’re invited to try out their premium whiskey tasting experience, where you will learn the tricks of the trade, how to blend your own whiskey or master the craft of whiskey cocktail making.

Whiskey Tour

Irish Whiskey Museum

Learn about Irish whiskey blending at Dublin’s Irish Whiskey Museum. Enjoy 4 types of whiskey and discover how it’s made.

20. Lucy’s Lounge Vintage Store

Pink Building
Lucy’s Lounge Vintage

The pink Lucy’s Lounge building stands out among other shops, restaurants and bars on Frownses Street in Temple Bar. It is clear from the exterior that you will not have an ordinary shopping experience but one with a lot to learn.

The store signs explain you have a vintage store to explore and a wonderland in the basement. Sample a collection of colorful clothes, accessories and gift items.

The furnishing and décor is anything but the usual décor you see in a boutique. From handsaws to hand-painted Barbies, the store owner has brought up the quirky theme perfectly. You might spend more time looking at the furnishings than actually shopping for souvenirs.

21. Visit The Hellfire Club

Hellfire Club Ruins
The Most Haunted Place in Ireland

With beautiful forest trails and an incredible view over Dublin, the Hellfire Club might seem like a peaceful escape from the city at first, but once you make it to the lodge at the top of the hill you will start to realize that there is much more than meets-the-eye.

If you’re not a fan of ghost stories, you might want to stay away as this infamous location is riddled with supernatural tales that will send shivers up your spine!

At the top of the hill you’ll find the haunted remains of the unusual Irish Hellfire Club, where the members were believed to be Satanists and Devil-worshipers — inviting the Devil to join them for dinner each night.

Ghost Tour

Dublin’s Dark Side Tour

Explore the dark side of Dublin on a 2.5-hour walking tour and hear spooky tales of ghosts & devil worship.

22. Samuel Becket Bridge

Samuel Beckett Bridge
Very Cool Bridge in Dublin

If you love iconic architecture, you’ll love the Samuel Becket Bridge design. Built in 2009, Santiago Clatrava, the architect, brought out the shape of the Irish harp with cable suspension forming strings from one edge of River Liffey the other.

With its white color, you can see right over the bridge to the other side of the river. This bridge serves both vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and you can see it as you head from the airport.

Take a walk over the bridge to enjoy a meal or a drink on the other side of the river.

23. Little Museum Of Dublin

Dublin Things To Do: Museums
Visit One of Dublin’s Many Museums

In between historical and mythical tours, you could spare some time to learn a thing or two about the city’s history in the last century from the Little Museum Of Dublin. Enjoy a guided tour of the three floors of this community museum for a look at life in Dublin in the 20th Century. The museum houses more than 5,000 exhibits.

Outstanding exhibits are The 1916 Rising and John F. Kennedy’s tour of the city. There’s a tour every hour, and it is open every day of the week. You could spend about one or two hours exploring the historical events of Dublin. It even has a room to showcase local rock legends like Bono.

You can book a skip-the-line ticket here.

Some more museums in Dublin worth visiting include:

Christ Church Cathedral Tickets

Dublin City Pass

Get tickets to Dublin’s best museums as well as many other popular attractions, for one low price.

24. Sweny’s Pharmacy

Inside Sweny's Pharmacy
Sweny’s Pharmacy

Get ready for an exceptional journey through Irish literary history. Sweny’s Pharmacy is one of the attractions that take you into the fictional life of one of the world’s feted books, Ulysses.

In 1847, this quaint but refurbished pharmacy was a general practitioner’s office. Six years later, the office turned into a pharmacy. Now, volunteers keep the place running as a historical attraction, with medicines, prescriptions and photographs arranged neatly in glass cabinets.

There are dozens of second-hand books if you care to read, and lemon-scented soap on the mahogany counter so you can relive the moments Leopold Bloom spent waiting for Frederick William Sweny to serve him.

25. Wander Down To Temple Bar

Temple Bar Neighborhood
Dublin’s Famous Temple Bar Area

The Temple Bar area is a maze of narrow streets full of pubs and live music. Located on the south side of the River Liffey, it’s one of the oldest areas in Dublin and home to some of the most famous bars in Ireland.

It’s a must see if you want to experience Dublin’s nightlife (however these days it’s mostly tourists). But there’s plenty to do in the daytime too, you can even get a guided tour.

Medieval architecture, food markets every Saturday afternoon, Europe’s oldest built theater — it’s no wonder it’s renowned for being the cultural quarter of Dublin. Take a stroll down the cobbled streets and explore its galleries, vintage clothing shops, record stores and more.

Whiskey Tour

Whiskey & Food Tasting Tour

Take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Ireland’s legendary whiskies, fresh Irish cheeses and chocolates.

26. Picnic At St. Stephen’s Green

Dublin Things To Do: St. Stephen's Green
Relax at St Stephens Green

Saint Stephen’s Green Park is a little piece of paradise in the center of Dublin and the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. If you’re bringing a picnic to enjoy by the pond, make sure to bring an extra slice of bread for the park residents – the ducks!

Over the past 4 centuries, Stephen’s Green has played a key role in Dublin’s history. When you wander through the peaceful surroundings, it’s hard to imagine that this site was once a battleground during the 1916 Easter Rising.

In the height of battle, James Kearney, the park grounds keeper convinced both sides to stop fighting for one hour a day… so he could feed the ducks of course!

Stephen's Green Tour

St Stephen’s Green Walking Tour

Find out how St Stephen’s Green has played a key role in Irish history on this 1-hour guided walk.

27. Tour Historic Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle
Explore Dublin Castle

Built in the early 13th century, Dublin Castle sits on the site of a Viking settlement. Excavations have uncovered parts of a medieval castle with the remains of the Viking’s original defenses.

The stone covered embankment, the medieval curtain wall and the steps that led down to the original moat have all been preserved for you to see on your next visit to this historical masterpiece.

The history of Dublin Castle doesn’t stop there. Before the 1916 rising, it served as headquarters for the British administration in Ireland. In 1922, following Ireland’s independence, Dublin Castle was handed over to the new Irish government, opened up for visitors to experience it themselves.

Library Tour

Dublin Castle Tickets

Get skip-the-line tickets to visit Dublin Castle and see the famous Book of Kells at Trinity Library.

28. National Leprechaun Museum

Dublin Leprechaun Museum
Experience Life as a Leprechaun!

Visit Dublin’s Jervis Street to explore Ireland through its folklore at the National Leprechaun Museum. Shows start from mid-morning to six O’clock.

As the museum’s marketing brochure suggests, night shows, through the weekend, are for the fearless, the ones who don’t experience nightmares after a tour of the twisted folklore of Ireland.

The experience starts when you step into the first room with large furniture depicting you are now as small as a leprechaun. As you take the imaginary trip into the world of leprechauns, the guide takes you through various rooms while narrating Irish myths.

Each room has a different artistic setting of the Irish folklore world. Various cinematic effects, such as illusions, turn the museum into a mystical trail.

29. Beef Stew At The Church

Dublin Activities: Eat at The Church
The Church Restaurant, Dublin

This might just be the best thing you ever eat, especially on a cold winter’s day in Dublin. Chances are you’ll see Guinness Beef Stew on menus across the city, but the best spot to enjoy it is The Church.

Built at the beginning of the 18th century, The Church (which was an actual church) boasts many outstanding features, like an authentic Renatus Harris organ, spectacularly stained glass windows, and has hosted some incredible historic events.

Arthur Guinness, founder of The Guinness Brewery (another great stop in Dublin) married here in 1761. Sean O’Casey – Playwright & Author of “The Plough & The Stars” – was baptized here in 1880.

Jonathan Swift – author of “Gulliver’s Travels” and Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral attended services here too.

Molly Malone Statue
Molly Malone’s Famous Statue…

30. What NOT To Do In Dublin…

  • Never tell an Irish person that YOU are also Irish. Maybe your great, great, great, grandmother was, but YOU are American/British/South African.
  • Try avoiding a selfie with the statue of Molly Malone. This is probably the most touristy thing you can do in Dublin…
  • Stay away from Sheriff Street. Despite the name, it’s one of the most dangerous parts of the city. The rest of Dublin isn’t too bad!
  • Never call an Irishman (or Irish woman) British. In fact, try not to mention the UK at all. The Irish are fiercely independent.
  • Don’t expect to drink all night. Most pubs in Dublin actually close at 11:30pm on weeknights and 1am on weekends.

Transportation Around Dublin

Rental Car

The best site to book your car is with Discover Cars. They search both local and international car rental companies to help you find the best possible price. This is the easiest way to rent a car and drive in Ireland.

Most people end up renting a car to road trip the rest of the country, but keep in mind driving in Ireland can be a bit wild if it’s your first time.

Bus

Dublin Bus will take you anywhere in the city as well as beautiful coastal towns and villages on the outskirts of the city. Most bus stops have digital timetables that will tell you exactly when your next bus is due to arrive, but don’t forget that they only accept coins!

Train

The DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) is one of the best options for a day trip outside the city centre. This train ride will bring you on a scenic journey to some of Dublin’s most popular suburban towns, including Malahide, Howth, Blackrock, Dún Laoghaire and Dalkey.

Luas

The Luas (Dublin’s light-rail transit service) is a fast and frequent tram system crossing the city on two lines. Tickets for Luas (the Irish word for ‘speed’) must be purchased at the station vending machines.

Taxi

With several taxi ranks situated throughout the city, you’ll never find it difficult to catch a ride. You can also download the Lynk App or MyTaxi App to call a taxi any time of day. Taxi drivers here are the unofficial tour guides of Dublin, and you’ll often have an entertaining journey.

Dublin Bikes

If you want to explore the city and get some exercise, pick up a 3 day Dublin Bikes card. This allows you to easily take a bike from any stations around the city. The ticket is €5 and gives you unlimited 30 minute bike trips.

Rental Cars

Rent A Car In Ireland

Search both local and international car rental companies to help you find a good deal.

Dublin Hotels
Jurys Inn, Dublin

Where To Stay In Dublin

Accommodation in Dublin is expensive. There’s just no way around it. Dublin is a small city, so hotels within the city center can charge a premium. Here are some suggestions for good places to stay during your trip to Dublin…


BEST ACCOMMODATION IN DUBLIN


Dublin Travel Tips & Advice

  • Grab a Dublin City Pass to conveniently save money on over 35 different popular tourist attractions around the city.
  • Pick up a Leap Card for 1, 3 or 7 days to pay for all public transport services in Dublin, with fares up to 31% cheaper than individual tickets!
  • The best time to visit Dublin is during the summer months (May to August), with warmer temperatures and tons of festivals. Another good time is March, when the city prepares for Saint Patrick’s Day.
  • Speaking of festivals, some of the best are Electric Picnic, Oktoberfest, Fringe Festival, and Dublin at Christmas. There’s even a Bram Stoker Festival for you vampire fans!
  • Dublin International Airport is about 6 miles away from the city center. The easiest way to get into the city is the Airlink Bus (also known as Route 747). They depart every 15-20 minutes, and cost €6 one way.
Travel Planning Resources For Dublin
Packing Guide
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Rent A Car
Discover Cars is a great site for comparing car prices to find a deal.
Cheap Accommodation
Learn how I save money booking hotels & vacation apartments.
Protect Your Trip
Don’t forget travel insurance! Protect yourself from possible injury & theft abroad. Read why you should always carry travel insurance.

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Any questions about things to do in Dublin? Do you have other suggestions? Drop me a message in the comments below!

Simmy

Tuesday 9th of February 2021

This is so interesting, I can’t wait to be there honestly thanks very much for the information,

Garret O'Beirne

Friday 22nd of May 2020

Hi, I enjoyed your article about things to do in Dublin, it's a great selection. As a Dubliner though I wanted to just point out two inaccuracies: 1. Dublin actually has three not two cathedrals - the third is the Catholic Pro-Cathedral. 2. The Shawshank Redemption was not filmed in Kilmainham Gaol.

Thanks! I hope you take this in the constructive spirit it is intended.

Garret.

Jennifer Miller

Friday 22nd of January 2021

The Shawshank Redemption was actually filmed in a prison in Mansfield Ohio- I live near there.

Matthew Karsten

Friday 5th of June 2020

Thanks for the corrections Garret! Updated.

Donna Creamer

Thursday 27th of February 2020

Hi Matthew! My name is Donna Creamer. My cousin/I are planning our trip to Ireland in September. I have really enjoyed your info of Ireland and can hardly wait for my trip to begin. I want to do all of the 30 things that you have mentioned but my stay is only 6 nights. So I'll do all that I can. The only thing you haven't mentioned is the money exchange. Guess I can find that out at the airport. Thanks again.

Matthew Karsten

Friday 5th of June 2020

Hi Donna! Yes you can exchange money at the Dublin airport, but generally when traveling I recommend using a travel-friendly credit card for most things, as it's cheaper than trying to exchange cash.

And as long as you notify your bank beforehand, you can usually just take Euros out of an ATM using your bank card. That's also cheaper than trying to exchange cash. Have fun exploring Dublin!

Donna

Tuesday 28th of January 2020

I loved all your tips. One question. When you get off the airplane and head to you Airbnb and you can’t get into your Airbnb until later in afternoon what can I do with my luggage?

Matthew Karsten

Friday 5th of June 2020

Hey Donna! If you can't get in early, I'd try these guys: https://luggagehero.com/dublin/

Viktoria Altman

Friday 13th of September 2019

This is such a great, comprehensive list you've got here Matthew. A lot of people skip Dublin and go straight on the road, but I think thats a real shame. I have to say, I loved it. And I didn't do even half of the items on this list - now I definitely need to go back. One of my personal favorites was the Christ Church Cathedral. That crypt was like woah. Anyway thanks so much for a great resource,

Viktoria

Matthew Karsten

Friday 5th of June 2020

Happy you enjoyed it Viktoria! Yes there's a ton of activities and sights to see in Dublin. You could spend a week and not see it all!

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