With James’ impending Irish citizenship, I figured I would re-visit our time in Dublin and create a Dublin itinerary. With that in mind these are my must see sites in Dublin. James and I visited Dublin while studying abroad in England and we had the best time ever. Hopefully this guide will help you guys on your trip to Dublin!
Must See Sites in Dublin – Breweries and Distilleries
The Guinness Storehouse
A visit to The Guinness Storehouse cannot be missed on your trip to Dublin. Learn about the fascinating history, become an expert Guinness pourer, and take in the sites from the observatory. If you’re looking to visit on a budget, schedule a visit early in the morning.
Jameson Distillery Bow St.
If Whiskey is more your game, pencil in a visit to the Jameson Distillery. The famous Irish Whiskey was distilled at this location until 1971, when they moved out of Dublin.
Must See Sites in Dublin – Pubs and Grub
Almost every guide out there will recommend you visit Temple Bar. I definitely agree it’s worth the visit, but only from the outside. Skip the tourist-trap overpriced Guinness and crowds, and instead go to a more local pub for an authentic Irish experience.
The Brazen Head
Want a little history while eating some fish and chips and enjoying a pint over some live music? Check out the oldest pub in Ireland, dating back to 1198.
Have you ever wanted to have a casual bite at a cafe, dine at a restaurant, and party at a nightclub all at the same location? What about if that location is a galleried Church? If so, make sure to include The Church on your must see sites in Dublin.
Must See Sites in Dublin – The Churches
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
The Churches and Cathedrals of Europe are impressive and always worth the visit even if you’re not religious. St Patrick’s is one of the largest and most important pilgrimage sites in Ireland.
Christ Church Cathedral
Also known as The Cathedral of The Holy Trinity, it is the oldest medieval Cathedral in Dublin. The architecture of this Cathedral is awe-ing, with an impressive road overpass you must see.
Must See Sites in Dublin – The History
Dublin Castle is enthralled in history – based on a Viking settlement it originally served the English and British headquarters in Ireland, and it now serves the Irish government.
Chester Beatty Library
Housed within Dublin Castle, this museum and library is free to enter. Established in 1950 to house the collections of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty.
Spend an afternoon wandering through this beautiful campus, enjoy the architecture, and immerse yourself in the history.
A visit to the Old Library is a must-do when exploring Trinity College, however the main chamber is the star of the show. The Long Room is stunning and easily overshadows the books it holds.
Book of Kells
One cannot leave The Old Library without seeing The Book of Kells. The Book of Kells contains four Gospels, written on calfskin near year 800. The artistry used to create these books are mind-blowing. These pages are so old, no photography is allowed.
A former prison turned museum, Kilmainham Goal, is where many revolutionaries were imprisoned and killed.
Also known as Penny Ha’Penny, and officially titled the Liffey Bridge, this pedestrian bridge crosses the River Liffey. The bridge was constructed to replace poorly maintained ferries. As a result, the bridge required a toll of “ha-penny” (half-pence) to cross.
Must See Sites in Dublin – The City Center
At 120m high the spire is mind-dizzyingly high, and quite the spectacle to see.
Henry Street and Grafton Street
The two major shopping streets of Dublin are a perfect way to spend an afternoon window-shopping, or you know actual shopping.
Doors of Dublin
Wander through the streets of Dublin in search of the colorful doors in the quaint homes.
The Hungry Tree
Located at Kings Park Inn, this 69 foot tree is 80 years old, appears to be munching on this metal bench.
Must See Sites in Dublin – Outdoors
St. Stephen’s Green
Looking for a little relaxation in the city center? Enjoy a picnic at St. Stephen’s Green, or enjoy a stroll through the park.
Want to see some wild deer in the middle of a city center? Head on over to Phoenix Park, one of the largest enclosed parks in a European City Center.
Fans of James Joyce’s Ulysses may recognize this swimming hole. If you’re looking for a cold swim, head on over to Forty Foot.
Must See Sites in Dublin – The Museums
Some of the most fascinating moments in Dublin can be found in museums. The National Museum of Ireland, the Irish Whiskey Museum, and the National Leprechaun Museum of Ireland are just some of a few you should consider visiting.
Must See Sites in Dublin – Day Trips
From the Cliffs of Moher, the Wicklow Mountains, Giant’s Causeway and Blarney Castle there are tons of options beyond the city center of Dublin.