The Dublin To-Do List: 6 things to do on your visit

When you move to another country, it’s only natural that people are going to come visit you. The only hard part about that is figuring out what to do with them when they get there. I never did the whole tourist thing when I visited Dublin because all I wanted to do was spend time with Alex, so whenever people ask me for a list of things to do while they’re here I always have to Google it.

Though this seemed to work well enough in the past, I was finally forced to come up with some sort of agenda to prep for my parents visit two weeks ago. They were super happy with the list of activities that I put together, so I finally decided to write it down and share it in case you or someone you know may be visiting Dublin in the future. Grab a pen and paper (or add this to your bookmarks) and check out my Dublin to-do list below!

Guinness Storehouse
I can’t recommend the Guinness Storehouse enough, which is obviously why it’s at the top of my list. I got the chance to check it out back in October when my cousin Haley visited and I loved every second of it. I never drank Guinness before I came to Ireland and it’s quickly become my favorite beer. Having said that, there’s no Guinness that tastes quite as good as the Guinness that’s poured at the Storehouse. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it tastes like creamy, rich, beautiful heaven in a pint glass. The beer is absolutely amazing but discovering the history behind the famous beverage is pretty cool too. I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll just leave it at that – seriously, go check it out!

If you like this, you might also enjoy: the newly revamped Jameson Distillery. When in Dublin, do as the Irish do!

Additional info: Buy tickets ahead of time for the Guinness Storehouse here.

Day trip
Even though this is technically #2 on the list, it’s definitely a hard tie for first. Getting out of Dublin to see other parts of Ireland is an absolute must if you have time during your trip! It’s such a beautiful country and there’s so much to see. I’m not going to ramble on since I already wrote an entire blog post about it but I will say that I just took my second day trip with Finn McCool’s last week and had an even better time than the first. New blog post coming soon…. 😉

If you like this, you might also enjoy: taking a shorter trip to the village of Howth. This small suburb has some seriously stunning views and is one of my favorite spots in Dublin!

Additional info: Check out some awesome deals for day trips with Finn McCool’s Tours on Groupon here.

Trinity College
I walk past Trinity all the time when I’m out in town doing some shopping or headed somewhere on the bus but I never knew how absolutely stunning the campus was. Old buildings with tons of history surround monuments and beautiful parks that you could literally stare at for days. Not only can you walk around the campus but if you feel like paying 11 odd euro, you can go in and check out the Book of Kells Exhibition and the Long Room Library too. I’d recommend buying tickets online in advance to avoid long lines.

If you like this, you might also enjoy: stained glass, high arches and the tiny details that make up Christ Church Cathedral. It’s a must-see, even if you’re not religious.

Additional info: You can walk around Trinity’s campus free of charge but if you want to see the Book of Kells, buy your ticket ahead of time with the link above.

Grafton Street
If you don’t like shopping, Grafton Street may not be the ideal place for you. Shops, shops, shops and more shops! I know what you’re thinking, “Uhm Dana, I can go shopping back home…” which is totally true, but there’s something about the atmosphere of Grafton Street that you’ll have to experience for yourself. From street performers to quirky little restaurants and pubs to The Rolling Donut, you won’t regret taking a walk down Grafton Street.

Grafton Street
Photo via Harvey’s Guesthouse

If you like this, you might also enjoy: the huge peaceful park sitting at the south end of Grafton Street. You might need a break after all the shopping you’re going to do.

Additional info: Don’t be scared to wander off on the side streets, there are plenty of hidden gems waiting for your discovery!

Temple Bar
If you’re a tourist, chances are you’ve heard of Temple Bar. Something that confuses a lot of people about Temple Bar is that it isn’t just a bar but rather the name of an area, a very touristy area. If you love drinking, you’ll want to check out Temple Bar – seriously, there’s a pub every 5 feet. While you might find more Americans here than Irish, it’s still a cool place to check out even if it’s just for one pint. The first time I walked into Temple Bar I saw a little person dressed up as a Leprechaun and an American shouting about the Bible… So, yeah.

If you like this, you might also enjoy: wandering around the coastal suburb of Clontarf. Think less pubs and more cafes/restaurants plus the added benefit of sea views. For a delicious and healthy bite to eat or a quick cup of coffee, check out Fuel Clontarf, one of my favorite cafes around!

Additional info: Temple Bar can get kind of rowdy, be sure to keep an eye on your belongings!

The Little Museum of Dublin
I haven’t personally gotten the chance to visit The Little Museum of Dublin yet, but based on other blogs that I’ve read and things that I’ve heard, it’s supposed to be a great place to spend an hour of your day. The Little Museum tells the story of Dublin through a collection of items that have been donated by the public. What better way to learn about Dublin than through the belongings of native Dubliners?

Discover Dublin
Photo via Discover Dublin

If you like this, you might also enjoy: the Dublin Writer’s Museum. The Irish literary tradition is one of the most illustrious in the world and you can learn all about it here.

Additional info: The Little Museum only does guided tours, which I’ve heard sell out super fast, so be sure to get your ticket here beforehand.

Have you visited Dublin before? What were your favorite things to do?

Until next time…Dana


6 Comments Add yours

  1. love these tips, the temple bar food market is well worth a visit if you are not into drunk crowds 🙂 and i absolutely love rolling donut!! yum-o

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    1. I didn’t know about the Temple Bar food market, I’ll have to check that out!


  2. Nikole Garrity says:

    My mom and I landed in Dublin this morning & I remembered reading this post awhile back. Happy to see some of the things on our list are here as well. Think we’re definitely going to have to add the rolling donut to our list too.


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