24 hours in Dublin: what to do and where to go

photo by Phillip Perry

Dublin is a beautiful city that deserves a lengthy and thorough visit, but what can you do if you only have 24 hours to spare for the Irish capital? A day in Dublin can be perfection itself: great craic at night and loads of historical and cultural sights to visit during the day – all you have to do is to keep awake long enough to make the most of your visit. You won’t have much time to spend gawking at the attractions, but a short look is better than no look at all! So here are some suggestions for your 24 hours in Dublin: what to do and what to see.


Dublin Castle, photo by William Murphy

If your 24 hours start in the morning, then you can wake up early and get some sightseeing done before breakfast time. Take a walk down O’Connell street before most Dubliners are up, and head to the modern Dublin Spire, a pretty impressive monument. Alternatively, you could pay a visit to Christ Church Cathedral, but if you want to go inside and see the crypt and decorations, you will have to wait until around 10 AM. Don’t forget about breakfast – if you’re up for a hearty meal that will give you plenty of energy, get a full Irish breakfast at a pub and wash it down with a mug of coffee or strong Irish tea. The morning is a good time to visit  Trinity College, especially if the academic year has begun. The Book of Kells, found in the university’s library, is one of the most interesting artifacts you can see in Dublin. If you still have time before lunch, you can take a look at St Patrick’s Tower, a former windmill close to the Guinness Brewery – unfortunately you can’t go in, but the tower itself is pretty amazing on the outside.


photo by Peter Gerken

If you don’t want to waste too much time on lunch, grab a roast in a roll at Gruel, a trendy, mismatched place in the city center. The roast in the roll is like a whole Sunday roast, only wrapped in a home-made roll. Munching on your sandwich, you can head to Dublin Castle, an eclectic mix of Viking and Norman architecture. Another must see is the Guinness Sorehouse, where you can while away a couple of hours learning about the production of the black stuff, and even taste some. If a beer tasting is not enough, head to Mulligan’s, a traditional pub where you can have a pint of fresh Guinness.


photo by Chad and Steph

For dinner, you can try a helping of traditional Irish stew or maybe fish and chips in one of the many pubs in Temple Bar. You could also head to the Brazen Head, the oldest pub in Ireland, which has a reputation of having great music, storytelling and excellent food. If you don’t want to spend even a second of your 24 hours in Dublin resting, you can head to the Boom Boom Room, the Dice Bar, or the Button Factory. For some really late  night dancing, pop by the Gig’s Place, which is open from midnight until morning.

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