I’ve been living in Dublin for the last 5 years and while I was discovering the city I was trying to find the authentic side of it instead of a noisy, touristic version. Dublin has an unforgetable atmosphere and you should try to explore it in a different way than just visiting major torusit attractions.
Here are few cool things to do in Dublin.
- Go for a unique experience and take your time exploring the place. Have a pint in a local but and talk to your bar mate.
- Discover a real version of local life.
- Go to a bar for a local team match! Well that is something, as Irish people are mad for sport!
- Free your endophions and attaned a match in Croke Park – an old Gaelic games stadium with capacity over 82 000.
- Wake up before everyone else does and you’ll experience a very different city, one of empty streets and different light.
Dublin is slightly different comparing to toher European capital cities. It can be very social but also can make you feel very isolated in some parts. I was often looking for funny things to do in Dublin and you should always have a plan for rainy days 😉 I’ll try to lead you on how to experience most inspiring places in Dublin, so you avoid goofing off and ticking boxes for major touristic spots, as that would be a waist for a city like Dublin. There are really special places to discover in this city, very different to those you’ve seen before.
First of all I would advise to visit Tourist Information Centre/Office in O’Connel Street! Why? beause a city map will is one of the best information source and also will allow you to organize your trip better. I would recommend the one in O’Connel Street – you’ll be traveling there anyway, so this location is very convenient for the start of the seightseeing. And you’ll also get a chance to see the famous silver Spire of Dublin, 120 metres stainless steel monument – one of the wierdest I’ve seen! My good friend told me that while the spine was almost finished, it turned out it had to be reconstructed due its height – it was too high for a city development. 😉
Secondly – it’s very usefull to buy ‘The Dublin Pass’ – it gives you free entry to top Dublin attractions and you can hop on a sightseeing tour.
Phinix Park – this is one of the best places to visit in Dublin with a free entry – one of the most stunning parks I’ve seen, located just in the middle of the city. There’s plenty of wild animals living in the park – meet the deers! Incredible how relaxed they are having all the crowds around.
What to do in Dublin in rainy days?
Here are few options for a rainy day in Dublin – I understand that all drink places are a must visit in Dublin, probably because they Irish pubs are the coolest in the world! No wonder why Irish people abroad are always looking for an Irish bar in the area 😉 To be honest apart of the enterntaining side of these places, there is a history behind almost every bar or a building. Pub experience allows you to see the real Irish culture and people. Have a drink in a pub and listen to Irish live music – that is definitely something you can’t miss in Dublin. Although my ears were suffering due to a really loud instrumental performances, this music is incredible, positive, so country and so Irish. The first two pubs are the most fascinating and if you are looking for things to do in Dublin on a Sunday – this may be a good option – why? Because the smallest pub on earth won’t allow you fit inside on a Saturday night!! It is simply too small ;)))
Loose yourself in the Temple Bar – discover Dublin’s night life!
Temple Bar – this was actually a pub name, which became so popular they named the whole disctrict after a single bar. This charming district of cobblestone streets is full of old architecture buildings and galleries. There’s no doubt it’s the most famous street in Dublin, offering a variety of clubs and pubs with live music, and what’s most important a great atmosphere. Don’t count for a seat after 8 pm .. and for a drink after 2.30 am. 😉
Have a pint in the smallest or in the oldest pub in Ireland!
The smallest pub on Eearth – Dawson Lounge. Mind you head in lady’s restroom, the ceiling is so low you won’t be able to stand properly 😉 The Brazen Head – officially the oldest pub in Dublin, located 10 min from the busy Temple Bar with a great atmosphere and good food.
Take a tour in the Guinness Storehouse.
Although you might not like places like this, you can’t leave Dublin without a trip to Guinness Storehouse. It’s undeniably Guinness brand plays a huge part of Irish culture. If you are in the pub try Baby Guinness – it’s a lovely shot. The trip to Guinness Factory is easily accesible but you have to buy an entry ticket.
Alternatively you can do Whiskey Tasting tour at the Jameson Distillery – Irish whiskey is one of the most famous around the world with a bunch history behind.
Walk the streets of Dublin city – these are things to see in Dublin.
Nothing gives you better city exploration that walking the streets on our own. The River Liffey flows through the centre of Dublin, dividing it into a north and the south part. South part is know for being more expensive and more privileged that the north one. There are three main streets in the city centre which might be a bit of an attraction: Grafton Street /with all the expensive shops & designers/, O’Connell street with the Spire of Dublin and Henry Streets – popular walking street in the city centre. In this area you’ll get to see Trinity College. The cobbled stones of Trinity College will transport you to the 18th century when the magnificent old Library Building was constructed.
After busy city centre you can take a walk along the river to see another interesting part of the city – Dublin Port, located in the city centre – it is Ireland’s premier port, handling almost 50% of all trade in the Republic of Ireland. One of the most beautiful aspects of Dublin is Samuel Beckett Bridge /photo below/ – created by Spanish architect who designed bridge of the James Joyce as well.
Here are things to do in Dublin on Sunday or for a weekend!
Discover Dublin’s beaches!
Portmarnock Beach is definitely my favourite one – it is the most stunning beach where sea tides make it look different everytime you visit. It is located in the north part of Dublin, near posh Malahide town. While being there it probably worth visiting Malahide Cadstle and Gardens. It may be even a destination for a day trip, if you are to explore lovely Malahide Village.
Try swimming in cold sea waters in Dublin!
This is a fantastic adventure. There are many spots in Dublin with all facilities you need for sea bathing. Discover 10 best outdoor swimming spots in Dublin!
The Forty Foot – that is probably a spot I would recommend at first sight. The whole infrastructure allows you to step into the water in a safe and enjoyable way. This is probably one of the best organized swimming places in Dublin with a great diving platform.
Wicklow Mountains – are you more into trekking or hiking adventure?
Wicklow Mountains will give a sense of wilderness, this is one of my favourite places and one of the best you can visit in Ireland. Wicklow is located 20 km outside Dublin south direction. Wicklow National Park is an incredible area of pure nature and one of the most beautiful hiking routes and landscapes of the island. You may visit Guinness Lake (Lake Lough Tay) or simply trek Glendalough Loop, which is a 20 km lightly trafficked loop trail.
Find yourself in the heart of St. Patrick’s Parade!
March 17 remembers St Patrick who was one of Ireland’s patron saints. It’s a bank holiday in Ireland, which has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture with parades. St Patrick’s Parade starts at 12.01 pm usually from O’Connell Street located in center of Dublin. It is not just a major national holiday in Ireland, but a national day that is celebrated throughout the world. On St Partick’s Day lots of festivals in different parts of the world are organized to celebrate Irish culture with a green bear in a hand.
Take a cliff walk in Howth – a small port and an old fishing village in Dublin.
Howth peninusla is a great destination for a beautiful day walk the cliff path leading around the coastline. The violet path is around 10 km but you can call in to see the town. The view from Howth cliffes spreads across Dublin Bay and Wicklow Mountains. A start point is a fishing and yachting port, where you have a choice of plenty seafood restaurants.