Ah, Dublin, the old Baile Átha Cliath… With its windy streets, its colourful doors and its thousands of Spaniards looking for their livelihood. And much, much more… It is one of those European capitals with a long history and many traces of the past. The list of what to see in Dublin seems never to end…
In any case, it’s also a very affordable city to visit by foot, with an excellent public transport service; a fun city where it doesn’t rain as much as they say (although if you can go in spring or summer, better, the days are longer); and a perfect city to stroll around non-stop.
What to see in Dublin in two days? We’ll propose a plan to get to know both sides of Dublin, the most monumental, south of the river, and the most anonymous, north. And we’ll give you a couple more ideas in case you have too much time, go with kids or you’re on a tight budget.
Day 1: South of the Liffey
The southern districts are home to the so-called Georgian Dublin, more monumental and picturesque, with a good amount of everything to see in Dublin on offer.
- Dublin Castle and Town Hall. The Castle is a good place to start. The Viking core of the city today is an architectural conglomerate with a single surviving medieval tower, a beautiful chapel and some very popular gardens. The town hall is a good example of those Georgian buildings that are so numerous in the city.
- St. Patrick’s Cathedral. What kind of tourists would we be if we didn’t go to the cathedral… Here are two, but this is the good one; simple on the outside, luminous on the inside, gothic at best and with wonderful gardens.
Don’t worry, there’s much more…
- Stephen’s Green and surroundings. You’ll notice that there are gardens and vans around here… This is fine, but personally, we would suggest you cross the street and get into Iveagh Gardens. And, above all, soak up the artistic atmosphere of the many galleries in the neighbourhood.
- Trinity College: I’m sure you have an English degree from this university, so it’s up to you to stop by and pay a visit. The library is the most visited and the most spectacular, of course.
- Statue of Molly Malone: Of all the things to see in Dublin, this is undoubtedly the most popular. Half fisherwoman, half prostitute, it is the symbol of the city and in the background it is a great reflection of it.
- Temple Bar: Did you think we’d forgotten? No, but it’s better to leave this neighbourhood full of pubs for the last hour, to enjoy the paintings, the music and the company without having to look at the clock.
YOU CAN’T MISS THIS: If you’re into medieval culture, you have to go to Dublinia, in the Christchurch Cathedral; the cathedral isn’t bad, but you’ll remember it for a long time.
Day 2: North of the Liffey… more or less
Yes, more or less, because we will also cross the river towards the west (yesterday was already quite busy, wasn’t it?), but we won’t focus on the northern part, which is more work-oriented and industrial.
- Custom House. We’re going east on the north shore. We will find a great neoclassical building, Custom House, the old customs, today government building, which appears in all the guides but what would you like me to tell you, nothing more…
- Docklands. What’s interesting is that the city’s old docks are coming back to life with innovative architectural projects (the Beckett Bridge or the Convention Centre) and inspiring museums dedicated to emigration (the EPIC) or famine (the Jeanie Johnston sailboat). The best to see in Dublin.
Shall we go on?
- Towards O’Connell Street. Half way back, on the way to real Dublin: O’Connell Street, a wide avenue where the memorials to various figures of Irish history stand out: James Connolly (North Dock), the Memorial of the Flag (Abbey Street) and on the avenue itself, O’Connell, Smith O’Brien, Larkin, Parnell… Ah, and in the middle, The Spire.
- Guinness Factory. That said, we go back south for a moment. In fact, visiting the brewery of one of the most famous beers in the world is quite expensive and is usually full of tourists, but it had to be mentioned. In addition, it is along the road to something other than…
- Kilmainham Gaol. The country’s most famous prison, the privileged setting for the convulsive Irish political history of the last two centuries, this prison is more than recommended to better understand the vicissitudes of the guys whose statues you’ve just seen in O’Connell.
OUR ADVICE: Have you noticed how many theatres there are around here? Few cities are as literary as Dublin, and James Joyce is probably the main reference. Read something of his before you leave or while you’re here.
Specialised traveler’s bonus (free, with children, surroundings)
Well, that’s enough for you to see in Dublin for a couple of days. In any case, here you have a couple of more specific ideas, in case you want to modify a little or you haven’t had enough:
- What to see in Dublin for free: Well, we’ve already given you a few options, but another one… spend the day in Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest urban park, hunting (metaphorically speaking!) its stags.
- What to see in Dublin with kids: The answer is clear: Imaginosity. It is an interactive “museum” where children’s imagination is triggered with hundreds of interactive elements at their disposal. It sits on the outskirts, but it’s worth it.
- What to see in and around Dublin: We’re not going very far; have you noticed that little peninsula next to the city? It’s Howth. Cliffs, meadows, a fishing village, a lighthouse… It has a bit of everything, ideal for spending the day.
Dublin is a city brimming with art and culture where it’s hard to get bored.
Apart from everything to see in Dublin, you will soon realise how welcoming and fun the Irish people are.
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Travel, share, take advantage of every minute. Time flies, and life is waiting to be lived with the energy and passion it deserves.
For this, I strive to take advantage of every opportunity by making a trap of the calendar and finding a way to fill my life with the thousand adventures that are still to arrive.
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