Being the Irish capital, Dublin is an exciting, fast-moving, and simply wonderful city to escape to for a couple of days. The main problem people experience when they come to the big smoke is the lack of time, and the long “to-do” list that accompanies this. With that in mind, here is my personal suggested “3 Days of Dublin Itinerary”, which I feel has the perfect amounts of the ‘touristy stuff’, things of historical interest, and the must-have fun bits!
Day 1 of Dublin:
Kick-start your Dublin adventure with a flat white and a breakfast sandwich from my personal favourite spot – Doughboys, which is located on Charlotte Way, Dublin 2.
These boys make a fantastic pick-me-up with Cloud Picker coffee, which is from a Dublin micro roastery. Simply delicious!
If the weather is favourable (always hit and miss when it comes to this country!), then be sure to stroll the beautiful Iveagh Gardens, which is possibly the prettiest park the city has on offer.
Head towards the famous Grafton Street to discover what the top high-street stores have on offer; from the fabulous Zara, to the super stylish Ted Baker and Karen Millen, to the famous luxurious department store Brown Thomas. If you have a love for all things chocolate, then try a creamy, rich, and delicious hot chocolate from the famous Butlers Café at the top of Grafton Street – you’ll even get to choose an accompaniment chocolate as a side!
Next, head to the beautiful grounds of Trinity College Dublin. If you’re on a budget trip, then simply wandering around the college itself is a pleasant experience, where beautiful architecture can be seen and visitors can experience some calm and quiet from the hustle of Dublin City. Walking tours of the country’s most prestigious college are also available at a small fee.
From Trinity College, why not take the 79A bus to get to the must-see Kilmainham Gaol - the gaol is one of the top destinations to visit according to the famous Lonely Planet Guide. If you’re curious about historical Ireland then be sure to take an hour or two out of your city visit to experience the tragic and heroic site that is Kilmainham Gaol.
Looking for a delicious meal to start your evening off? The Pig’s Ear on Nassau Street is a restaurant that, for me, consistency delivers excellence in quality dining. Each of the exquisite dishes are presented beautifully. Some of the restaurant’s tasty desserts are super quirky in style – presented in a glass jar inside a cute pink and white striped paper bag. Be sure to try the brown bread ice-cream if it’s on the menu!
Feeling full-to-the-brim but in looking for a little nightcap? Call into The Dingle Whiskey Bar, also located on Nassau Street, for a whiskey from their impressive menu. The bar itself has a type of trendy yet old-fashioned style. The Dingle Whiskey Bar is attached to the lively Porterhouse if you’re in the mood for some great beers and that little bit more!
Day 2 of Dublin:
Visit Odessa for breakfast on Day 2. Voted best breakfast in Dublin by the famous Lovin Dublin, this is an extremely busy spot, so remember to make reservations to avoid utter disappointment!
One of the most popular places to visit in Dublin is the famous Guinness Storehouse, which is located at St. James’ Gate, in Dublin 8. A must-do is the tour of the storehouse, where you’ll learn about the history of the making of the famous “black stuff”. The storehouse is a pretty cool venue. It has a restaurant option if you’re feeling peckish, and either way, be sure to visit the Gravity Bar, where you can see 360° views of Dublin. At the end of the tour you’ll pull your own pint, to top things off!
It is lunch time and you’re in the mood for a sandwich with a difference – visit The Green Bench Café on Montague Street. Delicious (and healthy) salads, great coffee, tasty treats, and exceptionally good sandwiches – what more could you want?! The Green Bench Café change their sandwich menu each day- but be sure to check out their delicious pulled pork sandwich, or their fennel sausage & rösti sandwich if they’re on the menu board! A real treat! Unfortunately the café doesn’t have a sit down area, but thankfully is just a few minutes’ walk to St. Stephen’s Green, where you can lay out on the grass or grab a bench to enjoy your purchases.
Bull Island/ Dollymount Strand/ Howth/ Sandymount Strand/ Dun Laoghaire – the choice of beautiful coastal areas is never-ending across Dublin, and if you’ve a couple of hours to spare, it’s a really nice, pleasant way to spend the day (weather permitting of course!).
If you’re not in the mood for seaside strolls and you have access to a car for the day, why not head out to County Wicklow and climb the Great Sugar Loaf. There’s a short and long route to choose from, with the shorter route taking approximately 1 hour to complete. There are amazing views of Dublin at the top – but be warned – if you’re bringing children, they might need a decent amount of help. If you’re looking for something more child-friendly and/or buggy-friendly, why not check out the beautiful Glendalough.
Prepare yourself for a serious Mexican feast and head to 777 on George’s Street. The best Mexican food you’ll find in Dublin! And probably the widest range of tequila that I’ve ever seen! Depending on what day of the week it is, 777 have super specials running on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday. There’s Margarita Mondays – with 2 for €12.00; Taco Tuesday – with 2 taquitos for €4.00; the fabulously delicious €40.00 for 2 Wednesday package – with ribs, corn, taquitos and margaritas included; and the clever €7.77 menu on the 7th day that is Sunday. The atmosphere is truly amazing in this place, and the staff are the perfect amount of friendly and cool!
If you’re in the mood to keep the Mexican theme for the night, then why not try out Xico on Baggot Street – a funky new Mexican bar (also serving fantastic Mexican food) that plays a great mix of music, has a cool fresh vibe, and serves refreshingly good margaritas! If Xicos isn’t what you’re looking for, then why not hit the famous Temple Bar area (www.templebar.ie)? No advice is needed on this front, as you can pop in and out of Irish bars as you please, with tonnes of live traditional music on offer to choose from!
Day 3 of Dublin:
After being out a bit late lastnight, you’ll be in need of one of the city’s best brunches to perk yourself up for the day ahead! The Whitefriar Grill is located on Aungier Street and boasts the city’s best brunch. There’s something to tailor for the tastes of everyone – with all the expected brunch classics, along with some fantastic, fresh, alternative options, including dishes to suit anyone who’s after something more on the healthy side of things. The “Gambas Benedict” and the “Black Pudding Waffle” are to die for!
Make your way to Dublin’s Phoenix Park for the day, the largest walled city park in all of Europe. Here you can relax in the sunshine, take a stroll by Áras an Uachtaráin where the Irish President lives, or visit Dublin Zoo, which is one of the Dublin’s main attractions. If your visit to Phoenix Park happens to be on a Saturday, then why pop into Áras an Uachtaráin to see it for yourself. The house itself has been there since 1754, so it is quite an interesting historical landmark.
We hope our 3 Days in Dublin Itinerary has helped and inspired you for your upcoming Dublin trip! If there's anything you feel is a must-see or do that we've forgotten about, please do let us know! Wishing you an enjoyable city break!
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