We’re in Ireland! This is our first time visiting the country and it has been on our bucket list for years. Our plan is to head out on a road trip through Northern Ireland & the west coast of Ireland with our first stop being Dublin.
We only had 48 hours to explore as much of Dublin as we could, and as you can see by our YouTube video below, food was quite a priority for us haha!
Here is a quick post on everything we recommend you see, do & eat during a visit to this awesome Irish city!
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Where to Stay
If you are looking for a cheap place to stay in the heart of Dublin this hostel is perfect. Breakfast and wifi is free, and the hostel is located just off Dublin’s famous O’Connell Bridge. There is a variety of entertainment provided, with two TV rooms, a games & music room, a lounge, and a self-catering kitchen available.
Free guidedtours are available daily, and the airport shuttle bus stops right outside the hostel.
This boutique hotel is located a short 5 minute walk away from The Temple Bar district. With high-speed wifi and large stylish rooms – this is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for something comfortable, yet affordable. The breakfast they serve here is also fantastic!
If you are looking for luxury in the heart of Dublin this is the place for you. With Italian marble bathrooms, a restaurant with 2 Michelin stars, and an infinity pool all while located in a Georgian building in Dublin’s centre – this 5 star hotel is one dreamy place to spend a night or two.
Airbnb is also a great option when finding a place to stay in Dublin. Get $55 off your first stay using this link!
Things To Do
This is one of the most popular attractions in all of Ireland – and for good reason. In 1759, Arthur Guinness, a 34 year old man with some brewing experience, took over an abandoned brewery in Dublin, Ireland, named St. James Gate. He signed a 9,000-year lease with an annual rent of £45, and began to brew.
We recommend taking a tour through the seven floors, walking you through Irish brewing history. You can learn about the Guinness family all the way from how they market this famous beverage to how to pour the perfect pint. At the end of the tour, you will arrive at the Gravity Bar on the 7th floor, where you can enjoy a refreshing pint of Guinness while having a 360 degree view of the Dublin skyline.
Price: 18.50 euro + one free print
On the last Sunday of every month you will find the Dublin Flea Market. It is a huge indoor market, with over 60+ stalls selling everything you can think of – from household items to furniture and old clothes.
For those not travelling during that weekend, you will easily find smaller flea markets happening on many side streets throughout Dublin.
Trinity College holds one of the most stunning libraries in the world. It truly is an architectural wonder, with rooms full of bibliophiles – including all of the four Gospels of the New Testament dating over 1000 years old.
The Temple Bar has to be the most iconic bar in all of Dublin, where people come from all over the world to have a drink or two. The bar dates back to the early 1300’s and remained popular throughout this time as it has a beautiful exterior, is located in the heart of the city and has a fantastic nightlife scene.
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If you are looking for something to do on a rainy day in Dublin we recommend checking out the Little Museum of Dublin. Something unique is that most of the artefacts have been donated by locals from Dublin, giving each object in the museum its own unique story. Here you will find exhibits ranging from films and music to history and culture.
Price: 7 Euro
What to Eat
Seafood Chowder from O’Shea’s Merchant
We stumbled upon this pub after unsuccessfully trying to get a table at The Brazen Head (which is the oldest pub in Ireland). O’Shea’s is right across the road and the food here is delicious. If you are looking to warm up with a delicious bowl of seafood chowder than this is the spot for you.
Boxty from Gallagher’s Boxty House
So, what is a boxty? This traditional Irish potato pancakes is made from a mixture of mashed and grated potatoes, resulting in a unique pancake/hash brown kind of dish.
We highly recommend the Vegetable Chilly Boxty, which we can only describe by calling it an Irish-style enchilada.
Irish Stew from Gallagher’s Boxty House
Gallagher’s isn’t only known for their boxty, they also do a delicious stew. Being both veggie lovers we went for their Vegetable Stew, but they do have a bunch to choose from.
Ice Cream from Murphy’s
Murphy’s serves the best ice cream in all of Ireland. Each scoop is made fresh and the old-fashioned way – with fresh from the farm milk, lots of local cream, free range eggs, and organic sugar.
Guinness Chocolate Cake from The Cake Cafe
This cafe serves the most delicious, moist chocolate mud cake we have ever tasted – and it’s made using Guinness! Hidden down a little alley with a beautiful courtyard to sit in, this cafe is perfect for a quiet afternoon away from the city hustle & bustle.
A massive thank you to Tourism Ireland for inviting us to come and explore your beautiful country. We will be back!