How to spend 48 hours in Dublin

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 a 360 degree panoramic view of the city.

Make sure you try a pint of the black stuff 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 – perfect for a visit when you spend a couple of days in Dublin.

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.

The Book of Kells exhibition

The Book of Kells Exhibition is located in the heart of Trinity College and is a must-see for anyone visiting Dublin. It’s an illuminated manuscript containing the four gospels of the New Testament and it’s really quite spectacular.

Christ Church Cathedral

Originally built as a Viking church, Christ Church Cathedral is almost 1,000 years old. It has a beautiful interior with a medieval crypt and lots of treasures. When you visit you can choose a self-guided tour or a guided tour.

St Stephen’s Green

If you like to spend your time outside and the weather is fine during your 48 hours in Dublin, this city centre park is the place to be. The park is over 22 acres and has gardens, a large lake and a bandstand.

Grafton Street

Hailed as the best shopping destination in Dublin, Grafton Street is a narrow windy street full of shops built into townhouses. It’s a great place to shop, have lunch or just hang out.

The Little Museum of Dublin

Named the best museum in Dublin, this museum has many local exhibits including a history of women in Ireland and U2: made in Dublin. Situated in a townhouse, this is a great activity to do on a rainy day.

National Museum of Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland has three locations in Dublin and presents stories of Ireland and the country’s place within the world. Exhibits focus on decorative arts and history, natural history and archaeology.

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.

The Brazen Head is Ireland’s oldest pub, dating back to 1198. it has a reputation for an amazing Irish stew, traditional Irish music and story telling. A visit here is the true Irish pub experience.

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 spent 48 hours in Dublin? Let me know your favourite things to do in the city in the comments.

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