48 HOURS IN DUBLIN, IRELAND

 

Have you ever visited a place and thought…I’m going to need more time here? Well, Dublin is that place for me. I recently visited Dublin as part of a longer journey through Europe. I made the mistake thinking 48 hours is plenty. After all, I was looking forward to the countryside. Boy, was I wrong.

Dublin was a blast! Since hindsight is 20/20, I should have planned more time. Nevertheless, I try to stay positive so another trip there is in the near future.

48 hours is not a lot of time but if that is all you have, here are some great ideas on how to spend your time.

Guinness Storehouse

The most popular place to visit in Dublin is the Guinness Storehouse. This iconic symbol of Ireland pays homage to the black liquid gold adored buy fans near and far. Spanning seven floors, the multimedia extravaganza showcases the history and the process of brewing this favorite beer of Ireland. At the end of the tour, stop for your complementary pint of Guinness with incredible views over Dublin.

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Trinity Colleges and the Book of Kells

Queen Elizabeth I established this Protestant college in 1592. Originally, the student body consisted of only males. Today, the student population is much more diverse. We stumbled upon a college tour organized by students when we visited. The cost, about €10, includes admissions to the Book of Kells and the proceeds went to (according to our guide) support the guides love of Guinness.

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Kilmainham Gaol

To really understand Irish history, one must visit Kilmainham Gaol. This former prison played a vital role in virtually every aspect of Ireland’s painful path towards independence from British rule.

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Irish Pub Crawl

After seeing so many historic sights, it is wonderful to be able to relax and enjoy Ireland’s pub scene. Pubs in Europe are more public living rooms than bars. Pub-crawls are not necessarily about getting drunk. On the contrary, a pub-crawl is more about talking to your neighbor and enjoying some good music. Most pubs allow children during the day but after a certain time, children must vacate the premises.

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Grafton Street

This traffic free pedestrian shopping center was alive with street performers and musicians when we visited. If you’re into people watching, this is a great area for just that.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Built between 1191 and 1270, St Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest church in Ireland. It was here that St Patrick reputedly baptized Celtic chieftains and converted a nation to Christianity.

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Have a drink at the oldest pub in Dublin – The Brazen Head.

Yes it is touristy but why not? How often can one say they drank a pint at a pub that dates back to 1198? Located close to the Ha’Penny Bridge, this wonderful establishment resonates with charm.

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Cross the Ha’Penny Bridge

Being the first and only pedestrian bridge until 1999, the Ha’Penny Bridge served local residents with a shorter and quicker journey across the River Liffey.

 

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Stroll Through the Temple Bar Area

This iconic pub area is lively at all times. Filled with pubs to satisfy any thirst, the Temple Bar area is a hit with the young and old.

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Not on this list is perhaps the most memorable thing to do in Dublin. What is that? It’s “get to know the Irish.” In my honest opinion, the Irish are perhaps the friendliest people I’ve ever encountered. The Irish hospitality can be found all throughout Ireland from the cities to the small towns. The true Ireland is not only found in the amazing landscape but in the people as well. See for yourself – visit Ireland.

Dublin is such a walk able city. If you are heading to Europe, consider a stopover in this emerald city. You won’t be disappointed.

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About The Author

Tina Ann

My name is Tina and I am a globetrotting mother and wife. I have a wanderlust desire to see new places and experience new cultures.

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