Apr 9, 2019 | 15 mins read
Dublin is a nice and fun city to visit, not to mention how green it is! Here, it’s all about the carefreeness and giggles! The party never stops and you can Ceili dance till you drop.
In this blog post I will share with you the must-see sights in Dublin for 48 hours. It combines in itself the iconic Dublin breweries, bars and cultural sights.
Furthermore, I will provide you with some tips & trick on staying in Dublin, saving money on transportation and even food.
In day one you can be carefreer than ever and tour the local distilleries famous for their fine produce. Tasting on the tours is a common practice so you might end up a little woozy. And that is perfectly fine. If I have to be honest… you better get a little bit woozy and have lots of FUN!!!
A famous tourist attraction since 2000, the Guinness Storehouse is receiving about 2 millions of visitors per year. That’s quite a lot, isn’t it?! Why is that you ask? Well, this place is pretty amazing (especially, if you are a Guinness lover)!
The Guinness Storehouse has 7 amazing floors, each of them surrounding an atrium in the form of a giant Guinness pint. The very first floors represent the history of the brew and the process of making it in a fun and interactive way. Once done with the tour, you can grab a pint of Guinness and enjoy the 360 degree view of Dublin from the Gravity Bar.
The Jameson Distillery is another famous tourist attraction in Dublin. It was established in 1780 and was the original place where they distilled the whiskey till the 1971.
Nowadays, it is turned into a visitors center offering different types of tours. On the tours you can enjoy a fine tasting of the whiskey and learn how it’s done. Then, grab a whiskey and have some fun with your fellows at the bar! Yep, that is what the whiskey tours in Dublin are about!
Pearse Lyons Whiskey Distillery
Pearse Lyons Distillery is one of a kind. Build in an old converted church, it brings quite of a unique story for itself.
The tour here starts with an introduction to the story & vision of the distillery. Then, the tour leads you to the historic graveyard & church, only to bring you back to the distillery itself. It’s funny how fascinating they made the church look and also made it stand out among the other distilleries in an unique way.
Ahhhh the Temple Bar is truly a holy place in Dublin and a must-see or a must do?! Although, the bar dates back to the 16th century, it looks quite modern today. Inside the bar you can enjoy live music 7 days in the week and try their special oysters with a pint of Guinness. Sounds like lots of fun, right? Then, go do it!!!
After roaming the streets till late at midnight and enjoying the wooziness Dublin’s air gives, it’s time for a nice green walk and maybe some fresh air.
Phoenix Park & Dublin Zoo
Fancy petting a deer? Phoenix park is your place. It offers a lot more than that, but I am pretty sure petting a deer would be a memorable experience for you.
Not satisfied with the herds of deer running around? Head to Dublin Zoo where you will find plenty of animals to get entertained with.
Ticket pricing of Dublin's Zoo
Ireland's Botanic Gardens
Got tired of the mammals? Check the botanical gardens of Dublin where you can find some interesting flowers and tropical gardens.
It is totally FREE to visit the Gardens!!!
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Dating back to 1191, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the tallest church and also the largest in Ireland. The cathdral is named after St. Patrick, who was a missionary and a bishop of Ireland. Actually, he is the person that brought Christianity to Ireland many years ago. This is the reason Irish people celebrate St. Patrick’s day every year on or around the 17th of March.
Ticket pricing of St. Patrick's Cathedral
The Dublin Castle is a main historic site of the city. Actually, the city gets its name by the “Black pool” – “Dubh linn”, which was on the exact site where the main Castle’s Garden is today.
The Castle was once a Gaelic Ring Fort and later a Viking’s fortress, until it became a castle for the Irish people. Nowadays, you can visit the fancy apartments in the Castle and see the remains from the ancestors too.
Working hours and pricing of Dublin's Castle
Best time to visit Dublin
Well, the weather in Ireland is quite unpredictable most of the time. However, there are some months that you can enjoy some pleasant times. For example, you can go in March, which actually is the greenest month in whole Ireland. Also, it is the month of St. Patrick, so prepare yourself for the joys and the crowds!
Still, April to May and September to October are considered to be the best months to visit the country. This is mainly due to the nicer weather and lower rates. Although, the summer months in Ireland offer sunnier days, they are also rainier and prices are higher.
How to get to Dublin?
Getting to Dublin is incredibly easy especially in recent years. Best way to reach the city from abroad is by air or sea. Cool thing is that the Port of Dublin is only couple of minutes walking to the city center. However, the airport is around 10 kilometers away from the center, but you can reach it easily by bus or taxi.
Dublin’s airport is one of the busiest airports in Europe having hundreds of flights daily. With this in mind, I would advise you to be exactly 2 hours before your flight (security checks can be slower and crowded). Anyway, if you are coming from Europe there are plenty of low-cost options like Ryanair & EasyJet. There are also lots of options for transatlantic flights like US Airlines, Delta & Air Canada. Also, Etihad & Emirates operate here as well, so Dublin airport pretty much has a connection with the whole world!
If you would like to enjoy a trip by sea you can opt for a ferry. Some of the ferry companies operating on the port are Brittany Ferries, Stena Line & Irish Ferries.
Where to stay in Dublin?
Heading to Dublin for couple of days and don’t know where to stay? Well, there a couple of options I would recommend and they mostly depend on your budget. You can check them below:
Fancy a hotel? Well, Dublin has lots of options when it comes to hotels. Also, most of them are right in the hearth of the city. Some of them are the Academy Plaza Hotel, which is right next to the Temple bar. Another hotel near to all the attractions is the Arlinghton Hotel and if you are too tired it offers a bar & restaurant at your service. Enjoy!
Transportation in Dublin
While in Dublin you will for sure need to use the public transportation more than once. Thus, I would advise you to get a Leap Visitor Card straight from the airport, it will save you lots of money.
For example, if you use the bus you will have to pay €2.25 each time you hop on. Then, you decide to get on a tram, which is €2.40 and finally catch the train for €4.90. At last, you are at your destination for the modest amount of €9.55 – one-way. The Leap Visitor Card for 24h is €10.00 for unlimited travelling, so it’s up to you!
The Leap Visitor Card is a pre-paid ticket card that offers you unlimited travelling. The travel companies are Airlink, Dublin Bus, LUAS (the trams), DART (trains) & Commuter Rail(suburban trains).
When using the card, please remember that you have to always Touch On once you get on and Touch Off once you get off. This is a must!
To get the Leap Visitor Card you can purchase it online at leapcard.ie, at Dublin Airport , or at the Visit Dublin Center on 25 Suffolk St.
If you need to use a taxi in Dublin, it is recommended to use the TaxiMe app. If you are a first time user, add your credit card, as a payment method and they will give you 10 EUR on your first ride. Trust me with that, it is not cheap to catch a cab in Dublin.
Price of the Leap Visitor Card
1 day (24 hours)
3 days (72 hours)
7 days (168 hours)
The Leap Visitor Card can save you up to 32% on average versus single cash fares.
Food in Dublin
Once in Ireland you will most probably wonder what to eat. If you ask the locals they will for sure recommend you to try the Irish Stew and you will be pleasantly surprised! It definitely is one of the best stews I have ever tried. Also, you can add some Soda bread to it and finish with some Pudding.
If you like seafood you can try the Oysters or some Smoked salmon. It’s up to you, as there are lots of options for fish lovers!
However, if you would like to save some money on food I would advise you to try the buffets in Dublin. It will save you 50% of what you may pay in a restaurant.
You will be surprised when you see that every sign in Ireland is written in two languages. At first you will be puzzled by the non-familiar one, but soon you will find that out that this is Gaelic.
Ireland is a country that has couple of official languages, which are basically Gaelic & English. Unfortunately, only 20% of the population in Ireland use Gaelic. Although, Gaelic is taught in schools across Ireland, it was slowly displaced by the English.