If you are looking for a destination with a lot of atmosphere, good vibes and entertainment, then keep reading to find out the best things to do in Dublin with this full 2 days itinerary in the city of pubs.

Dublin things to do: must to see

On our weekend visit to Dublin, we highlight these 5 must-to-see places to visit. To have a real full immersion in the whole history of these places I recommend a FREE TOUR.

  • Visit Dublin Castle.
  • Enter the two cathedrals of Dublin.
  • Visit St. Stephen’s Green and take a photo with the statue of Molly Malone.
  • Take a tour to St. James’s Gate Brewery (Guinness’ Brewery).
  • Listen to live music at Dublin’s Temple Bar.
Dublin tour map

Visit Dublin Castle

The construction of this magnificent castle dates back to the 12th century. It was initially used as the seat of the British Government, then became open to tourists and political conferences. In the castle grounds you can see the gardens and its 2 museums.

  • Location: Dame St, Dublin 2, Ireland.
  • Price: Adult €8, Student €6, Family €20 For early entry go HERE.
  • Opening hours: 9:45 AM to 5:45 PM (last pass 5:15 PM).
Dublin things to do

Visit the two cathedrals of Dublin

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

  • Named after the patron saint of Ireland <St. Patrick>.
  • Its construction took about 70 years.
  • Initially this cathedral was made of wood and then rebuilt in stone.
  • The most impressive thing is its colossal tower.
  • Location:  St Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8, A96 P599, Ireland.
  • Tickets: general pass 8€.

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

Although St. Patrick’s is larger, this other cathedral stands out for:

  • It is the oldest cathedral in Dublin.
  • Also formally known as The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
  • It has 19 bells.
  • The grey color of its facade that perfectly combines with rainy days.
  • Entrance fee 7,50€ adults and 6€ students. You can buy it online HERE.
  • Location: Christchurch Pl, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, Ireland.
Dublin things to do

Stephen’s Green park in Dublin

Stephen’s Green is a park in dublin city centre, I liked visiting it and have a break there because:

  • I was struck by the rectangular shape of the park.
  • Because of the beautiful lake inside the park.
  • For the small sculptures that are located inside.
  • If you like parks you can also visit Albert Collage Park and St. Phoenix Park.
Stephen’s Green park

Dublin and its pubs: Temple bar

Dublin is one of the cities with the most bars in the world per square metre, so it would be a sin to visit the city and not go through its most famous neighborhood, the temple bar (located just across the river) its iconical and homonymous pub.

  • In this neighborhood you can find quite peculiar shops (different to the rest of the city).
  • Bars with live music at any time of the day. We enjoyed a little concert at 12 in the morning.
  • Restaurants with food from all the world.
  • You will always find a good atmosphere and drunk people at any time of the day.
  • The bar is large, with several entrances, but it is almost impossible to sit; one of the things that caught my eye the most were the written stairs.
Dublin things to do

Not far away, in this very neighbourhood, is Dublin’s most famous statue, Molly Malone. This statue was made in honor of the song by Molly Malone, a young fisherwoman shouting “mussels and cockles” through the streets of Dublin.

Molly Malone Dublin

Dublin things to do: Guinness’ Brewery

If you love dark beer, you definitely need to visit the dark beer factory par excellence, the Guinness Storehouse, located about 15 minutes from St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

  • The museum with the history of Guinness beer.
  • A terrace where you can enjoy tastings and views.
  • Standard ticket: (it is better to buy it online) from 15€ and includes a pint.
  • Location: St. James’s Gate, Dublin 8, D08 VF8H, Ireland.
Dublin things to do

Dublin things to do: only for bridge lovers

  • Ha’penny Bridge: it’s the busiest in the city, in the Temple bar neighborhood. It stands out for being built with iron.
  • O’Connell Bridge: very nice bridge that crosses the River Liffey in Dublin.
  • Samuel Beckett Bridge: my favorite Dublin’s bridge, designed by one of my favorite architects, Santiago Calatrava.
  • Dublin Spire Monument: 119-meter steel sculpture, looks infinite, located on one of Dublin’s main streets, O’Connel.
  • Jameson Distillery Bow St. and Teeling Whiskey: tastings for whiskey lovers.
  • National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology for museum fans.
  • The books of kells: located in Trinity Collage.

In conclusion, if you like bridges, parks, castles, cathedrals and churches and 24/7 bars with good vibes, then you definitely have to visit this city. You can do it in 2 days as we did or you can have a longer stay to see the surroundings as well.

If you want to learn more about this city and how is life in Éire, you can read the following interview about “studying and working in Ireland“.

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