So you’re in Dublin for the weekend and want to fit as much Irish culture into your 48 hours as you possibly can? Well we’re here to help. We’ve put together 30 of the best things to do with your 48 hours to get the full Irish experience out of your two days and to tick off your Dublin bucket list.
First things first, Dublin is one of the best shopping locations in Ireland. Take advantage that you’re on the doorstep of Grafton Street, Henry Street AND O’Connell Street and invest in a new wardrobe.
Next, take a boat trip along the stunning River Liffey, definitely not one to miss when you come to Dublin. Why not go kayaking or saunter alongside the river and take in its beauty? Don’t forget to cross over the beautiful Ha’Penny Bridge, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Take a stroll through the grounds of Trinity College and see the layout of the beautiful buildings. Make sure to get a ticket to see the Book of Kells and visit the charming old library.
Then take a well-earned break from the sightseeing and shopping with a delicious Afternoon Tea., and relax in our beautifully designed Restaurant and Bar.
Time to go see a show in the Olympia Theatre, sit back and enjoy while surrounded by the beautiful vintage theatre décor. Or if you’re in the city around Christmas, it’s the perfect time to go to the pantomime at The Gaiety Theatre and enjoy some light hearted theatrical entertainment. Later enjoy some much needed dinner in the city in our hotel restaurant. Afterwards stay over in one of our spacious contemporary room’s right in the centre of it all.
Time to refuel and when in Dublin, you simply must have a Full Irish Breakfast. In the mood to do something truly cultural? Why not take a guided tour of Dublin Castle or a stroll around Christ Church Cathedral? Make sure to keep an eye out for exhibitions they have on. Maybe you’d prefer something a little more light-hearted? Why not go see the deer in Phoenix Park or enjoy a day at Dublin Zoo? If you’re a big sports fan, going to a game at Croke Park is a must. There’s no better Irish energy than at a GAA game in Croke Park.
Perhaps you don’t want to go so far out of the city centre, well then another Dublin “must see” is the Guinness Storehouse. Have a snoop around and enjoy a pint of the black stuff. If you tend to enjoy the educational and artsy side of life, then the National Gallery of Ireland might be more for you. Did we mention it’s also free?
Make sure to really experience Temple Bar while you’re here, after all it is the central hub of Dublin. If you’re the type that likes to know all the details on what you’re seeing, hop on a Tour Bus around the city and let it take you from there.
Try and experience one of your favourite artists at a live concert in the amazing 3Arena. Or if you’re simply looking to relax and have a laugh, head to the Laughter Lounge, just off O’Connell Street. Nobody has humour quite like the Irish, so experience the best of it at one of Dublin’s finest comedy clubs.
Give your tired feet a rest and enjoy a Horse and Carriage around the city, what could be more of a treat? Then take a walk around the delightful Stephens Green and feed the ducks.
If you’re lucky enough to be here for thefestive season, simply take a stroll through the cobblestone streets and enjoy the Buskers especially around Grafton Street at Christmas. Watch them switch on the Christmas lights on Grafton Streetand the O’Connell Street Christmas Tree lights. Enjoy one of the charming Festive Markets all around the city. Then lastly, make sure to keep an eye out on Christmas Eve as Bono and many other artists have been known to make an appearance on Grafton Street over a number of years and that’s something you definitely don’t want to miss.