Have a short stopover in Dublin before your tour or cruise? Then our 48-hour guide will ensure you get to see the best of Dublin. But really, with so much to see and do and enjoy in the Irish capital, this cosmopolitan city deserves more than just a few days.
Irish people are famously social and as the work day ends, Dublin’s offices drain and its pubs swell.
Start your trip with the most Irish of experiences by joining the crowds downing an after-work pint of beer at one of the cosy bars along South Great George’s Street.
Head to Hogan’s bar, which heaves with revellers who come for the lively conversation, traditional Irish music and hearty meals. The Irish stew is traditional and delectable, with food served late into the evening.
day 1 – noon
Ireland’s most popular sports are its indigenous ones – hurling and Gaelic football – so spend the afternoon amid a raucous crowd cheering on whichever team you fancy.
Hurling is a particularly spectacular sport, at once dangerous, skilful and fast-paced.
If there’s no hurling or Gaelic on at the cavernous Croke Park stadium, seek out a local match at one of the many smaller playing grounds across Dublin.
day 1 – evening
Irish dancing is surprisingly easy to learn and there are several places in central Dublin that run classes for tourists.
Join one of the two-hour workshops held by Irish Dance Party (irishdanceparty.com). You will be taught three different dances, get to watch Irish music performances, and learn about the country’s music and dance traditions.
day 2 – morning
Join the locals with an early morning walk around the city’s most attractive park, St Stephen’s Green. Then it’s time to treat yourself at the renowned Queen of Tarts café in nearby Cork Hill.
You cannot overlook the full Irish breakfast, a fattening but oh-so-satisfying plate of pork sausages, bacon, fried eggs, potato cakes, fried tomatoes and toast – very Irish and delicious!
If you’re brave, top that off with an Irish coffee, which has a wee-drop of whiskey in it to keep you going for the rest of the day.
day 2 – noon
Enrich yourself spiritually with a visit to Ireland’s biggest church, the 800-year-old gothic masterpiece St Patrick’s Cathedral (St Patrick’s Close, Wood Quay).
Then continue your architectural pilgrimage at Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university near picturesque College Park.
Inside Trinity’s main library is the Long Room, the most majestic interior space in the country.
More than 60 metres long, with a lofty, barrel-vaulted ceiling, the Long Room houses about 200,000 books, including a precious copy of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic.
before you depart …
Ireland has one of the proudest literary heritages in Europe and you can delve into this history at Marsh’s Library.
Built in 1701, it was like a second home for James Joyce, Bram Stoker and Jonathan Swift, three of Ireland’s literary giants.
Not only does it boast a vast collection of rare books, but it’s delightfully old-fashioned in appearance, like a library out of a fairytale.
Just around the corner, you can finish your trip with a meal at the Lord Edward, Dublin’s oldest fish restaurant (Ireland’s seafood is exquisite).
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