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Things to do in Dublin

As the capital and the largest city in Ireland, Dublin has always been on a traveler’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:

Guinness Storehouse

Things to do in DublinThe 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 favorite 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.

Related post: A visit to the Guinness Storehouse: The Home of the Black Stuff

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My first attempt at crafting a perfect pint!

Cathedrals

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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 honor of Saint Patrick, who is known as 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. 

Related post: Must visit Cathedrals of Dublin 

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Christ Church

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Underground crypt
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St. Patrick’s Cathedral

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Old Jameson Distillery

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It 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 whiskey tasting, where shots of three popular whiskeys were given to each one of us and must say Jameson was the smoothest (although one of the other two was my favorite) and I have been in love with this whiskey since then.

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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 the castle is closed for the visitors.

Traditional Irish pubs

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With over 500 pubs spread across the city, Dublin is one place where we won’t get enough by visiting one and I bet you won’t 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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Murphy’s

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This is one place on my list of must visit in Dublin where you won’t 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 flavors to choose from my personal favorites are salon (Dingle sea salt) and Aran Donn (caramelized brown bread). I know it sounds quite interesting! 

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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- Its friezes depict the “history of hygiene”, which was built by Lever Brothers who manufactured of soap.
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Street Art

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Things to do in DublinDay trips

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Baily Lighthouse Howth

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, Cliffs of Moher, Burren National park, Dublin’s neighbor city Malahide and a UNESCO heritage site Brú na Bóinne.

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

Irish coffee

A 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 whiskey, 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 a bit skeptical as I ordered my first Irish coffee in a little café next to the Temple Bar as it was just 11 AM, 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 whiskey than coffee, adding more sugar I mixed the cream with coffee and happily sipped on coffee aka cocktail.

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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 thoughts on “Things to do in Dublin

  1. 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!

    1. 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. 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?

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

  3. 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?

    1. 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 :).

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!!

  9. 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!

    1. 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 🙂

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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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