Want to make the most out of your one day in Ireland’s capital? Want to see the best Dublin has to offer in a day without running around the city like a headless chicken? We understand completely. So we’ve put this guide together to help you make the most of your short visit.
We’ve chosen 6 must-see locations that are located within easy distance of one another. This leaves you plenty of time to enjoy every stop!
Keep an eye out for the bonus stop, maybe you’ll win some Irish luck…
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So, here’s our guide on how to see Dublin in a day. Lets get started.
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1. The Hungry Tree
First up, stretch your legs for the day ahead on a walk to see The Hungry Tree. Located in the grounds of the Kings Inn, the Hungry Tree is famous for, well, “eating” a local park bench. In fact, the tree has become such a staple landmark in Dublin that it has now been listed as one of the nations “heritage trees” by the Tree Council of Ireland.
Now, it’s a popular spot for a fun walk and photo opportunity in Dublin. So, get some fresh Irish air and maybe a unique Instagram post too! A perfect start to your day.
2. Dublin Castle
Next up, peak inside a little bit of Dublin’s history at Dublin Castle. If you’re a history buff, it’s impossible not to make time to visit this wonderful historical landmark. This is a must see stop, with an abundance of history just waiting to be taken in.
Fun fact – Dublin castle is one of the oldest castles in all of Ireland and is home to the Chester Beatty Library museum. The museum is full of priceless artworks dating as far back as 2700 BC! So, if you’re a lover of art, this one is a must see for you too.
The castle is open to visitors every day (Mon-Sun 9:45-17:45)
Top Tip: Last admission is 17:15!
You can purchase your tickets here.
3. St Patrick’s Cathedral
If you love beautiful architecture and historical buildings, you won’t want to miss St Patrick’s Cathedral off this list. As the National cathedral of the Church of Ireland, it’s one of Dublin’s most important cathedrals. A must see for its stunning build and for insight into Ireland’s long standing history with religious tradition.
The cathedral is open to visitors every day except Sunday (Mon-Fri 9:30-17:00, Sat: 9:00-17:00).
You can purchase your tickets here.
4. The Guinness Storehouse
Have you ever wondered how one of, if not THE most famous Irish drinks, is made? Well wonder no longer. For a ticketed fee you can take a self-guided tour around the Guinness storehouse. Inside the storehouse, you’ll learn all about the work and care that goes into this beloved drink – and that’s not even the best part! Afterwards you get to pull your own pint of Guinness and taste it for yourself.
The rule is one free pint per person, but don’t worry, your next stop will soon quench that new found thirst…
Top Tip: Tour tickets sell out in advance so its best to pre-book!
You can book your visit here.
5. Dublin’s Oldest Pub: The Brazen Head
Feeling thirsty after a long day of seeing all the sights? Head to the Brazen Head, Dublin’s oldest pub, for a fresh pint of Guinness to complete your jam-packed day. Traditionally a meeting place for old rebels, enjoy your well-earned pint inside a little piece of history, just 10 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Temple Bar.
Each night the pub puts on live music or story-telling. From traditional Irish music to more contemporary performances, there’s something to suit everyone.
Top Tip: check The Brazen Head website to see the schedule for the day!
6. Temple Bar
Don’t want the fun to end once the sun goes down? After some good pub grub and a few pints of Guinness at the Brazen Head, head down to Temple bar to continue your night. Here you’ll find pub upon pub to choose from, from tourist favourites to Dublin local hotspots. The choice is endless! Just know your head probably won’t thank you later.
So, stop by here to taste the best drams Dublin has to offer!
Top Tip: head to The Temple Bar pub to experience Ireland’s largest whisky collection.
7. Bonus Stop! The National Leprechaun Museum
Ireland is well known for its folklore and mythological creatures, most notably the leprechaun. A less frequented museum in Dublin, the National Leprechaun Museum takes you on a guided tour of its famous namesake. If you’re looking for something fun and quirky to do with your time, this museum is a great choice. Perfect if you’re looking for a family friendly activity! Plus, who knows maybe you’ll find yourself a glimmering pot of gold at the end…
Book your tickets here.
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