Dublin in a Day

‘When I die, Dublin will be written in my heart’. These words, supposedly spoken by James Joyce, capture the profound impact the city is capable of making on visitors and locals alike. While a trip to Dublin could easily fill a five-day schedule, if you only have one to get acquainted with Ireland’s capital don’t panic. It’s completely possible to experience the full magic of Dublin in a day if you know how best to spend it. Here’s your guide to spending a whirlwind 24 hours in Dublin.

Taking a selfie with friends at the Guinness Storehouse

Begin your Dublin adventure by visiting the home of Guinness. Visitors to the Guinness Storehouse often remark that starting their visit here is an excellent way to get an introduction to Dublin’s history, culture, and character all in one. Over seven floors, you’ll discover the past and present techniques that go into making a pint of the black stuff, the influential advertising campaigns that brought the brand to international shores, and the story of the iconic 9,000-year lease. By lunchtime you’ll have a host of food options waiting at your fingertips. You can opt to linger over a meal of delicious delicacies at the 1837 Bar & Brasserie, enjoy some open kitchen delights at the Brewer’s Dining Hall or head down to Arthur’s Bar for pub classics in a lively setting. Whichever you choose, finishing off your tour with a complementary pint in the Gravity Bar with views overlooking the whole city is an ideal way to plan out your next steps for the day.

Armed with this fascinating insight into the fair city, spend your afternoon exploring a blend of well-known and off the beaten path sights. Taking a walking tour of the city is a wonderful way to delve deeper into the city’s beating heart and check off some must-visit places. With everything from crime, street art and alternative tours available - almost every niche is catered to. Music has always been a big chapter in the history of the city and a visit to the Irish Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum Experience is a fitting choice for those who want to get a taste of Dublin’s unique rhythm. Nestled within Temple Bar, you’ll be in optimum location to explore nearby sights including St. Stephen’s Green, Trinity College Dublin, and Grafton Street and even more if you choose.

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For your evening meal, take the rare opportunity to indulge in some traditional Irish cuisine. At Gallagher’s Boxty House you can sample a menu designed around the traditional Irish potato dish, the ‘boxty’. Alternatively try The Winding Stair - which also doubles as a bookshop - for a menu of expertly made Irish favourites. After eating your fill, stop by one of the many pubs dotting the streets for a taste of Dublin’s sparkling pub culture and some live music. Whether it’s The Palace Bar, Whelan’s, The Brazen Head or The Porterhouse you can’t really go wrong here. But for those who want a little something different, you can end your day with a laugh at a comedy show at The International Pub, an intimate venue boasting both established and up-and-coming gems of the Irish comedy scene.

We guarantee after a full day enjoying Ireland’s capital, you’ll see why Joyce uttered these famous lines. The only downside is you might want to stay longer

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