Things to do in Dublin

As the capital and the largest city in Ireland, Dublin has always been on a traveller’s map, attracting millions of people from all over the globe for years now. Dublin boasts a very diverse environment for its ever-cheerful locals, lively atmosphere in every corner of the city and artistic, historical buildings.

With few days in my hand and so many things to do and see in and around Dublin I managed to strike off few from my list and these are the once I bet one cannot miss while in Dublin:

  1. Guinness Storehouse

GuinnessThe very first thing that comes to our mind when we think of Dublin is this dark brown stout, i.e. the Black Beauty of Dublin. The Guinness beer, which is manufactured in Dublin and sold across the globe is a favourite among the locals. So visiting the House of Guinness is a must, whereby you will have an opportunity to learn about its history and the whole process of brewing. Read more about it here.

My first attempt in crafting a perfect pint!

My first attempt in crafting a perfect pint at Guinness!

  1. Cathedrals
Christ Church

Christ Church

Ireland, known to be the land of saints and scholars, and its capital Dublin adds a fair share, as it is dotted with some of the magnificent cathedrals. I was curious enough to visit two of the popular medieval cathedrals of Dublin: St. Patrick’s and Christ Church. St. Patrick’s cathedral is the largest cathedral in the whole island and was built in the honour of Saint Patrick, who is known as the Ireland’s patron saint. It is also the national cathedral of Ireland. If you have a thing for architectural details like me, then you will enjoy spending good 45 minutes in each of these cathedrals as it is filled with interesting details and stories.

Christ Church

Christ Church

Christ church

The gothic styled nave- Christ church

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Underground crypt

St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral

The nave- St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Lady Chapel- St. Patrick’s Cathedral

  1. Old Jameson distillery

d13-1It is not a working distillery now, but going on a distillery tour is really a must while you are here. One will get to see how this iconic Irish whiskey is brewed and distilled to get into their fine taste, where they have displayed the entire process right from the ingredients used, equipment’s involved, storage and tasting. The best part of the tour was whisky tasting, where shots of three popular whiskies were given to each one of us and must say Jameson was the smoothest (although one of the other two was my favourite) and I have been in love with this whisky since then.

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  1. Dublin castle

From being a defensive fort for the Normans to once royal residence this 800-year-old castle has numerous tales to tell its visitors. Firstly, the Dublin city gets its name from the castle courtyard, which in Irish is called Dubh Linn, i.e, Black pool. Visitors are given an option of exploring this historical castle either through the guided tours or by themselves. These tours take you through the medieval undercroft, Chapel Royal and the State Apartments. Note that during public holidays castle is closed for the visitors.

  1. Traditional Irish pubs

d20-1With over 500 pubs spread across the city, Dublin is one place where we wont get enough by visiting one and I bet wont pass a street without bumping into one. Each pub whether it’s a traditional and an iconic pub or a modern one has its own charm, filled with friendly and intimate atmosphere with its lively music where you would find locals drinking, singing and dancing to the local folk music.

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6. Murphy’s

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This is one place on my list of must visit in Dublin where you wont find any long queue of tourists waiting to get in. But you will definitely find good, natural, utterly tasty ice cream made from natural ingredients, which are all local, hence a true Irish delicacy. With more than 20 flavours to choose from my personal favourites are salon (Dingle sea salt) and aran donn (caramelised brown bread). I know it soundly quite interesting! 😉

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  1. Walking and exploring
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View of the city from Ha’penny Bridge

Dublin is like an open-air museum where when we stroll along the streets and narrow cobbled lanes we get a glimpse of its history through its art, architecture that is splendidly displayed to all the passersby.

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Ha’penny bridge

Sunlight chambers

Sunlight Chambers- Its friezes depict the “history of hygiene”, which was built by Lever Brothers who we manufactures of soap.

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Street art!

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  1. Day trips
Baily Lighthouse

Baily Lighthouse, Howth

Brú na Bóinne

Brú na Bóinne, a World Heritage site in Ireland is a largest complex of Neolithic mounds, chamber tombs which predates Egyptian pyramids!

There are plenty of options if you are planning to explore out of this capital city and Ireland is known for its beautiful, picturesque countryside, national parks, and seaside towns. Since renting out a car for a tourist (and for an Indian) is pretty easy, we ventured out to the vibrant yet quaint city of Galway, Cliff oh Moher, Burren National park, Dublin’s neighbour city Malahide and a UNESCO heritage site Bri na Boinne.

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

  1. Irish coffee:

d29-1A perfect companion for a chilly Irish weather is their world-famous Irish coffee, I would rather say Irish cocktail! Irish coffee is a perfect combination of Irish whisky, hot coffee, and sugar with a thick layer of cream. An interesting twist to our usual coffee and that is how Irish like it ;). I was bit skeptical as I ordered my first Irish coffee in a little café next to the Temple Bar as it was just 11AM, not sure if it was too early for a cocktail, but what the heck, its coffee and I am in Ireland! My first sip was simply not what I was expected and it tasted more of whisky than coffee, adding more sugar I mixed the cream with coffee and happily sipped on coffee aka cocktail.

Hope you guys enjoyed our post, do leave us a comment on your thoughts about Ireland and also do mention what other interesting things to do in Ireland!!

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41 Comments

  1. November 23, 2016    

    Dublin is such a beautiful place! The cathedrals are mesmerizing, I love the colourful mosaic!
    And caramelized brown bread flavored icecream…sounds delicious:)
    Stunning captures too!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      November 25, 2016    

      Thank you Divya! St Patrick’s cathedral has a beautiful mosaic flooring. Caramelized brown bread was something I would fly down to Dublin to have once more! 😉

  2. November 24, 2016    

    Walking, beer and Irish coffee in that order 😀 sounds lovely!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      November 25, 2016    

      Ha HA! Thats what locals love to do! 😉

  3. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    November 25, 2016    

    The pictures are wonderful…perfectly complemented by the write-up… 🙂

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      November 25, 2016    

      Thank you Maniparna!! 🙂

  4. November 25, 2016    

    Awesome pics. Great to read.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      November 25, 2016    

      Thanks Rupam!

  5. November 25, 2016    

    Have never been to Dublin but it really has the essence of Europe in it. I really like that pic of yours where you are taking a stroll next to the sea. So scenic. What other cities can you combine with Dublin?

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      December 16, 2016    

      Thank you Prerna! You can plan a daytrip to Gallway, Gaint’s Causeway or Cork.. Although I could manage to visit only Gallway..:)

  6. November 26, 2016    

    I’ve been to Irish pubs all over the world, I guess it’s time to go to one in actual Ireland. Which pub was your favorite? Also, I am new to blogging. Do you use wordpress? If so, how can I get the “sharing is caring” widget added to my blog that shows up at the end?

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 2, 2017    

      Hi, Kesi sorry for the delayed reply.Yes, we use WordPress and Shareholic plugin has the option for the “Sharing is caring” button. Among the Irish pubs, the Temple Bar is my favourite one :).

  7. November 26, 2016    

    I love visiting old European cathedrals. Great feel. You got some great captures here. 🙂
    I may never do the distillery but otherwise the places are worth visiting.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      December 16, 2016    

      Thank you Indrani…:)

  8. November 26, 2016    

    I’m down for some Guinness and Jameson whiskey 🙂 I’ve been just about everywhere in Europe but those Isles. Eventually, soon I’ll make my way there and take your advice into account. Thanks for sharing.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 2, 2017    

      Do visit Ireland, it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. I’m very sure you will enjoy the place just like I did.

  9. November 27, 2016    

    Such a beautiful place:)

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 2, 2017    

      Yes, Dublin is a gorgeous place!

  10. November 28, 2016    

    Sensing a strong alcoholic theme in this post! It is Ireland, after all! Great post. Hope to visit next year, with TBEX being in Killarney!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 2, 2017    

      Hahaha, yes any trip to Ireland is incomplete without visiting its traditional pubs and downing some Irish whisky ;).

  11. November 28, 2016    

    Never visited Dublin, however, have heard a lot of cool things about Dublin. Hoping to visit there soon. Looking at your photos confirms that Dublin is more beautiful that I thought.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 2, 2017    

      Thanks for the love Vishal. Ireland is magical, pictures cannt do justice to its true beauty!

  12. November 28, 2016    

    never been here but I fell in love with Christ Church and St. Patrick’s Cathedral after reading your post. Even the other activities look interesting. I hope to visit here soon

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 2, 2017    

      Thank you Neha. I’m sure you will love Ireland during your visit :).

  13. November 28, 2016    

    From what I’ve read, Ireland seems to be a beautiful country. I would love to have a chance to visit it someday!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 2, 2017    

      Ireland is indeed stunning. Do visit it someday :).

  14. November 28, 2016    

    Dublin maybe not included in my travel bucket list. Instead of Dublin, I want to go to Dingle! But after reading your post, I know now I need to add another place into my list; DUBLIN! Hopefully I can make it, traveling to UK.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 2, 2017    

      Glad the post made you consider visiting Dublin 🙂

  15. November 28, 2016    

    Dublin looks so cute. There seems to be a lot going on here, I never did much research about it. The church looks so cool and those bridges! Great pictures

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 2, 2017    

      Thank you Stace! Dublin is utterly gorgeous :).

  16. November 28, 2016    

    Now i am really missing going to Belfast, I would have enjoyed so much 🙁

    Actually, my company didn’t agree. though client was ok for that. I am now looking forward to relocating to another country next year.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 2, 2017    

      Too bad you missed out on Belfast. Anyways enjoy your future travels 🙂

  17. November 29, 2016    

    I am not a beer person but coffee and cathedrals are reasons enough for me to explore Dublin. And when you have such cute lanes, cafes and music – the place is awesome and you know it! Lovely pics!!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 2, 2017    

      Thank you Vaisakhi. The historic structures and Irish coffee might tempt anyone to visit Dublin :).

  18. November 29, 2016    

    I have an honest question! Overseas we tend to call those sort of waterholes “Irish Pubs” … so what would they be called in Ireland? Just “Pubs”? It’s something I’ve always wanted to know!

    Anyways – I’ve never heard of Brú na Bóinne before so I’m glad you’ve included something lesser known 😀 I never really knew all that much about Dublin but at least now I’ve got a better picture 🙂 Hopefully I’ll get to see it in person one day soon!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 2, 2017    

      Hahah I guess its just “Pubs” in Ireland, did not notice them being specifically called as Irish Pub. I’m really happy the post gave you a better insight on Dublin 🙂

  19. November 29, 2016    

    I’ve never visited Dublin, but I’m hoping to see the city this next October before attending TBEX in Kilarney. I’d love to do some of the day trips too. I have visited the Cliffs of Moher before and they are absolutely incredible, but I’d love to spend time exploring the rest of the country! I’d never heard of the neolithic mounds before, but they seem fascinating.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 2, 2017    

      Do include Dublin in your list, the city is reallly gorgeous. And yes, the day trips are equally memorable.

  20. November 29, 2016    

    Perfect timing as I’m visiting Ireland for the first time in early March! The Guiness storehouse and Jameson distillery are definitely on my list, and I’m glad you pointed out some cathedrals that I otherwise wouldn’t have known about. We’re also planning on driving west to the Cliffs of Moher so looking forward to that as well! Thanks for your post!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 2, 2017    

      Your welcome Diana. Have a fabulous time in Ireland 🙂

  21. April 4, 2017    

    The list is perfect! Dublin has so much to offer.. and oh Irish coffee flavor of Murphy’s Ice cream is our all time favorite! Like you said, when if Ireland who cares about having a cocktail at 11am..

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