How to spend 48 hours in Dublin

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Dublin is a really welcoming city synonymous with friendly people and, well, pubs! There are over 1,000 of them in the city and any city that has that many pubs is ok with me! But what should you do, where should you eat and where should you stay when visiting Ireland’s capital city? Here’s my guide to spending 48 hours in Dublin…

Things to do in Dublin

The Guinness Storehouse

Absolutely no trip to Dublin would be complete without a visit to the Guinness Storehouse – the interior is even designed to look like a pint of Guinness! A tour of the storehouse will take you over seven floors where you’ll discover Irish brewing history and learn all about how the drink itself is crafted. The tour finishes at the Gravity Bar on the seventh floor where you can enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of the Dublin skyline.

Make sure you try a pint of the dark stout itself – well, when in Rome, right?!

The Spire of Dublin

One for your Insta – the Spire of Dublin is in the middle of O’Connell Street and stands at approximately 120 metres tall. It’s quite a spectacular sight and you can spot it from far and wide.

Ha’penny Bridge

The Ha’penny Bridge was the first pedestrian bridge to cross the river Liffey in 1816. This beautiful white structure is really unique and has become one of the most iconic structures in Dublin.

Dublin Castle

At over 800 years old, Dublin Castle has seen some of the most important moments in history within its walls. You can choose from a self-guided or guided tour of the castle and grounds which cover over 11 acres.

Where to eat (and drink!) in Dublin

Dublin is well known for its party scene and you definitely won’t be short of a pub or two to choose from.

McGowans is famous for great music and excellent quality food plus there’s a late bar with fabulous DJs where you can dance away until the early hours. On the menu there are sharing platters (perfect if you don’t want to fill up too much before a night on the town), hand stretched pizzas and juicy chicken wings.

Bad Bobs is situated in the heart of Dublin’s iconic Temple Bar and has been recently renovated. There are a selection of draught beers, ciders, stout, craft beers, wines and cocktails as well as a menu full of ingredients which have been sourced locally. Lamb shank, ribs and burgers are all on offer.

Where to stay in Dublin

I’ve visited Dublin three times and each time I’ve stayed at the Maldron Hotel Pearse Street. It’s pretty central – just a 15 minute walk from Trinity College and 10 minutes from Ireland’s National Gallery. Similar to a Premier Inn for facilities and décor, it’s perfect for a city break.

See more places to stay in Dublin here.

Have you been to Dublin? Let me know your favourite things to do in the city in the comments.

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