We visited Dublin in February 2018 for a long weekend. I’d only ever been once when I was about six years old so I literally couldn’t remember it at all. It was basically like visiting a new place for me. Flights from Leeds were insanely cheap; I’m sure we only paid £30 return each. The cost was one of the reasons we chose Dublin. We wanted a little winter city break outside of the UK, but didn’t want to spend too much.
We were there for pretty much three full days and we managed to squeeze a lot into that time. There’s so many things to do in Dublin, but the ones on this list are what we did and enjoyed the most. If you’re planning a trip to Dublin anytime soon, hopefully this will inspire you!
All cities have a great historic background, and Dublin is no different. One of the best places you can visit while you’re there is Dublin Castle. It’s a huge place with lots of rooms to look around and cool things to see inside. One of my personal highlights there was the throne room – simply because I felt like an absolute boss in there! It was super majestic and interesting to read, and find out more, about the history of the Castle and Dublin as a city. You could easily spend a few hours exploring it!
Ireland is world-famous for Guinness, so you can’t really visit Dublin without going to the Guinness Storehouse. To be honest, I was a bit sceptical about going here. I thought it might be a bit dull, but actually, it turned out to be one of my favourite things to do in Dublin. It takes you through the history of Guinness, and you can even get behind a bar and pull your own pint of it at the end to take up to the rooftop bar with you! It was really a fun experience, and I now have a certificate to prove I’m an expert Guinness pint-puller!
Visit Molly Malone
The Molly Malone statue is a historical landmark in Dublin. You may have heard the song about her before. Basically, she was a fishmonger who wheeled her barrow through the streets of Dublin selling cockles and mussels. It’s not clear whether she was a real person, or just an Irish legend. Either way, she’s a famous figure in the city so it’s worth heading over to the statue and taking a look!
Temple Bar is a great area of Dublin and a place you should definitely venture out to. There’s loads of traditional Irish restaurants and pubs, so you really feel like you’re getting to know the city when you’re here. The Temple Bar pub is a very popular attraction here, so much so that it was jam-packed when we visited so we didn’t end up getting in! You may have more luck than us though. There’s a really good vibe around this area on an evening. We went out here after we’d been out for a meal on the Saturday night. If you’re there on a weekend, be prepared to encounter lots of hen and stag dos!
I think Dublin Zoo was the highlight of the trip for me. It’s definitely one of the best things to do in Dublin. We went on a Monday, and it was absolutely dead which was perfect! No queues, no crowds and plenty of opportunity to see everything that was there. There was a great range of animals to see, all of which were very cute! My favourites were definitely the elephants – especially the baby ones. I’m so glad we went there; definitely worth a visit!
These are just a handful of things to do in Dublin. There’s also awesome places like the Leprechaun Museum and the National Botanic Gardens too! We didn’t have time to see everything, but I’d love to go back in the future and see the rest of this fantastic city. Get yourself over there as well and see all these great attractions for yourself!