Things To Do In Dublin, Ireland

More Than 10 Things To Do In Dublin, Ireland (DUB) – Welcome To The Emerald Isle

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Dublin, Ireland (DUB), The Emerald Isle Awaits

Originally written September 2019. Updated Oct 2023.

Dublin, Ireland, a city I’ve visited many times and love it each time. Two of my favorite things to do is to have a pint of Guinness and two scoops of Murphy’s ice cream (one’s in the center of the city). I know what you’re thinking. “Dublin has many things to see, but you go there for a Guinness and ice cream?” Well, once you get here and sample the Guinness, specially poured, and some Murphy’s ice cream, you will get the message :-). Welcome to the Emerald Isle – Dublin, Ireland (DUB).

Here are some things about the city you may find helpful on your next visit:

Home Airline

There are two home airlines here: Aer Lingus (IE) and Ryanair (FR).

Airport Information

The city is served by the Dublin Airport (DUB) https://www.dublinairport.com/. The airport has Immigration Pre-screening when flying to the U.S. So give yourself some additional time to clear the lines. Your Global Entry will still work, but you still have to go through the normal line at Immigration.

There are Lounges at this airport, but only one of them is after Immigration, that is the 51st&Green Lounge.

Here are also some social media links so you can keep in touch and communicate with them if necessary:

Dublin, Ireland - Aer Lingus Checkin Dublin Airport (DUB)

Dublin, Ireland – Aer Lingus Checkin Dublin Airport (DUB)

Scheduled Service Airlines Serving Dublin International Airport (DUB)

Aegean Airlines (A3), Aer Lingus (EI), Air Canada (AC), Air Caraibes (TX), Air France (AF), Air Transat (TS), AirBaltic (BT), American Airlines (AA), Aurigny Channel Islands (GR), Blue Islands (SI), British Airways (BA), Croatia Airlines (OU), Delta Air Lines (DL), El Al Airlines (LY), Emirates (EK), Eqyptair (MS)

Ethiopian Airlines (ET), Etihad Airways (EY), Eurowings (EW), Finnair (AY), FlyOne (5F), Hainan Airlines (HU), Iberia Airlines (IB), Iberia Express (I2), Icelandair (FI), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Loganair (LM), Lufthansa German Airlines (LH), Luxair (LG), Neos Air (NO), Norwegian Air Internatonal (D8), Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY), Play (OG), Qatar Airways (QR), Ryanair (FR), Ryanair UK (RK)

SAS (SK), SunExpress (XQ), Swiss Airlines (LX), TAP Portugal (TP), Thomas Cook (TOM), Transavia France (TO), Turkish Airlines – Star Alliance (TK), United Airlines (Star Alliance) (UA), VLM Airlines (VG), Vueling (VY), WestJet (WS), Wideroe (WF).

Dublin, Ireland - Dublin Airport (DUB)

Dublin, Ireland – Dublin Airport (DUB)

There is also an alternate airport in Shannon, Ireland (SNN). From here you can take a train or a bus to Dublin:

Aer Lingus (EI), Delta Air Lines (DL), Ryanair (FR), Ryanair UK (RK) and United Airlines (Star Alliance) (UA).

Cargo Airlines Serving Dublin International Airport (DUB)

There are a few cargo airlines serving this airport. You can find an updated list here.

Airport To The City

You can find additional information here. Some highlights are below:

  • Train – There are no trains available from the airport to the city.
  • Bus – There are a number of buses from the airport to the city of Dublin. There are local buses as well as special buses including the Airlink Express.
  • Airport Taxi – Grab a cab to your hotel from the taxi stand just outside the terminal on arrival

Airport Hotels

There are a few hotels at the Dublin Airport. Here are a few of them: Carlton, Clayton, The Comfy Cottage, Crowne Plaza, Glenmore House Bed and Breakfast, Holiday Inn, Maldron and Radisson Blu. You can book using the search box below:

Trains Serving The City

Irish Rail serves the city of Dublin. You can go almost everywhere using it. There are several stations around the city serving different parts of the country. They are: Connolly, Dundalk and Heuston.

There is a Light Rail system called the Luas which goes to the suburbs and around the city.

Dublin, Ireland - The Luas

Dublin, Ireland – The Luas

Buses Serving The City

Ireland has several bus companies and almost all of them ends or starts in Dublin. The buses are very comfortable and will take you all over the country. Some places are really far away and will take upwards of four hours. There are a few bus stations around the city as well as stops in the city center. In the city of Dublin, you can take the Dublin Bus which has service to/from the airport. Here are some services:

Currency

The currency of Ireland is the Euro (EUR). I recommend getting money at an ATM. They won’t take USD for purchases. Use an ATM as opposed to currency exchange places.

Language

Irish, also known as Gaelic is the official language. However, everyone speaks English with a friendly Irish accent.

Visa Information

No visa is required for U.S. citizens and you can stay up to 90 days. Plus your passport must be valid for at least three months after your departure date. Other citizens should check with the Irish consulate/embassy in your region for specifics. Alternatively, you can use the IATA Web site for visa/health requirements. They do have U.S. Pre-clearance on your return so you clear Immigration and Customs before you leave Ireland and once you arrive in the U.S., it is like a domestic flight; you just get off the plane and continue your journey without having to go through Immigration and Customs once more.

Places To Eat and Drink

It’s Dublin, so Guinness is the name of the game. It’s everywhere. There are bars all over the place where you can get a good pint.

Dublin, Ireland - The Dropping Well Guinness

Dublin, Ireland – The Dropping Well Guinness

 

Dublin, Ireland - Oneill's Pub

Dublin, Ireland – Oneill’s Pub

Lots of restaurant as well. Follow your nose.

Places Worth Seeing in Dublin

I recommend stopping at the Dublin Visitor’s Center and talking to the kind and very knowledgeable folks there. Their only job is to ensure that you have a great time in their fine city so make use of them. They are located right in front of Trinity College. As a matter of fact the bus from the airport stops right outside.

Just walk around the city and enjoy it. It’s quite big so get out those walking shoes. There are lots of churches, restaurants and bars to choose from as you walk the city. There are also a few markets so make sure you check it out. You can also take the Luas (a light rail) around the city.

I’m a big fan of trains and Dublin does not disappoint with a few train stations around the city. The trains are very efficient so if you want you can nip out to say Drogheda by train for a quick trip or take the Luas out to Milltown, a small suburban area of Dublin, when you get tired of the hustle and bustle of the city. Ensure that you note the right train station though.

You can also use my partner Viator to book some tours.

 

 

 

Bus Eireann to Droghed, Ireland

Bus Eireann to Droghed, Ireland

Speaking of hustle and bustle, check out the statue of Molly Malone. It’s a statue of her and her wheel barrow. As a child growing up, I used to sing that nursery rhyme so the first time I went to Dublin, I had to make my way there.

I also enjoy the parks in the city and I recommend seeing the only color statue in the city, that of Oscar Wilde in Merrion Square. His house is across the street, so check that out too.

Here are some of the main attractions in Dublin:

Guinness Storehouse

St. James’s Gate Dublin 8

It’s within walking distance of the city, but you should take a bus or cab. This is the most popular tourist attraction in all of Ireland. I’ve done the tour and love it.

Book a tour here.

 

Dublin Zoo

Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Book a tour here.

 

National Aquatic Centre

Snugborough Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.

Not sure why this place is so popular, but it is.

 

Book of Kells

This attraction is located in Trinity College which is located in the center of the city. While The Book of Kells is worth seeing, The Old Library above is even more magnificent in my mind. Check them both out and spend more time in the Library. I’ve done the tour of the Library and The Book of Kells and they are totally worth it.

Book a tour now.

 

National Gallery of Ireland

Merrion Square W, Dublin 2

Admission is free.

 

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

Admission is Free.

 

National Botanic Gardens

Glasnevin Dublin 9

 

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St Patrick’s Close, Wood Quay, Dublin 8

 

Dublin Castle

Dame St, Dublin 2

 

The Old Jameson Distillery

Bow St, Smithfield Village, Dublin 7

You can see some of the whiskey process as well as taste some fine whiskey.

Book a tour now.

 

Kilmainham Gaol

Museum Visitor Centre, Kilmainham Courthouse, Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

I have yet to make it here as its a bit out of town. Worth visiting I’m told.

Book a tour now.

10 Things To Do in DUBLIN, IRELAND In 24 Hours

  1. Visit Trinity College and see the Book of Kells – Start your day by exploring the beautiful campus of Trinity College and marvel at the ancient manuscript, the Book of Kells, housed in the Old Library.
  2. Take a stroll in St. Stephen’s Green – Enjoy some tranquility in the heart of Dublin by walking through St. Stephen’s Green park. Admire the colorful flowers, feed the ducks, and relax in this picturesque oasis.
  3. Explore Dublin Castle – Discover the rich history of Dublin by touring the Dublin Castle. Visit the State Apartments, the Chapel Royal, and the beautifully manicured gardens within the castle grounds.
  4. Wander through Temple Bar – Experience the vibrant atmosphere of Temple Bar, Dublin’s cultural quarter. Stroll through the cobbled streets, listen to live music in the pubs, and browse through the unique shops and galleries.
  5. Visit the Guinness Storehouse – Immerse yourself in the world of Ireland’s most famous beer at the Guinness Storehouse. Learn about the brewing process, enjoy panoramic views of the city from the Gravity Bar, and even pour your own pint.
  6. Explore the National Museum of Ireland – Delve into Ireland’s fascinating history and culture at the National Museum. From ancient artifacts to exquisite Celtic art, the museum offers a comprehensive exploration of the country’s heritage.
  7. Take a tour of Kilmainham Gaol – Discover the haunting history of Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison turned museum. Learn about Ireland’s struggle for independence and the lives of its revolutionaries during the guided tour.
  8. Shop on Grafton Street – Indulge in some retail therapy along Grafton Street, Dublin’s premier shopping street. Browse through high-end boutiques, explore local markets, and grab a bite to eat at one of the many cafes.
  9. Enjoy a pint at a traditional pub – No visit to Dublin is complete without a visit to an authentic Irish pub. Savor a pint of Guinness or a traditional Irish whiskey while enjoying live music and the friendly ambiance.
  10. Take a scenic walk along the River Liffey – End your day with a leisurely stroll along the picturesque River Liffey. Admire the iconic Ha’penny Bridge, enjoy the view of Dublin’s skyline, and soak in the city’s charm as the sun sets.

Recommend Hotels I’ve Stayed

I’ve stayed at differing types of accommodations on my trips to Dublin. From hotels, to the Trinity College housing to hostels, I’ve sampled them all, so I have a good flavor for the city. Dublin is expensive when it comes to finding a place to stay so be prepared for that. If you head over to Booking.com, you can find a host of properties to choose from.

Hotel Booking Map

You can find most of the major hotel chains in the city in case you need to earn points and miles.

 

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