January 7, 2019

6 Things to Do on a Weekend Break in Dublin

Just before Christmas we took a 48-hour trip to Dublin, Ireland to celebrate Darryl’s Dad’s 60th birthday. A winter trip is always a bit chaotic, isn’t it? But they’re fun to do and I wouldn’t mind making it an annual tradition!

If you’re heading to the Irish city soon, here are six things to add to your Dublin bucket list.

Guinness Storehouse Tour

I never saw myself visiting a beer distillery but when in Dublin, the Guinness Storehouse is a must! Famously known for its 9000 year lease, the Storehouse is open to visitors who want to explore its incredible self-guided tour to learn the Guinness story and enjoy a free pint (which you can pour yourself if you want to). The tour ends at the Gravity Bar with views across industrial Dublin.

Cost: €18.50 per person (discounts available)

Best time to go: morning when its less busy (seasonal opening hours vary from 9am to 8pm)

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. It’s a stunning building inside and out, so if you have time to explore it’s worth doing so! There’s also a shop inside and activities for children.

Cost: €7 per adult, €17 for a family (2 adults 2 children)

Best time to go: anytime (seasonal opening hours vary from 9am to 6pm)

Grafton Street

This street looks its best at Christmas as its lined with lights, but it’s a great spot for shopping and eating any time of the year. We also whizzed through as it was pouring, but Grafton Street seemed to have a good mix of affordable and high-end stores. You’ll also find really talented musicians performing along the street.

Cost: free

Best time to go: anytime

Trinity College

I was a bit disappointed to discover that it cost €42 for the three of us to go inside the Book of Kells at Trinity College. I’m sure its worth it, but it’s just not affordable for everyone. That said you can explore the ginormous ground for free, and the buildings really are beautiful.

Cost: free to explore, €14 per adult for the Book of Kells

Best time to go: anytime (seasonal opening hours vary from 8.30am to 5pm)

Dublin Castle

We didn’t go inside the castle, but if you want to learn more about the history of Dublin, a guided or self-guided tour could be worth doing. If not, you can still explore the grounds at your leisure.

Cost: €7 per adult or €17 for a family (2 adults 2 children) for a self-guided tour

Best time to go: Anytime (opening hours vary from 9.45am to 5.45pm)

Temple Bar

It’ll cost you an arm and a leg to get a pint in here, but the 1840 pub is an iconic spot in Dublin. Even if you don’t go in for a drink, you can freely walk through and enjoy some of the live music taking place. It’s a stunning old pub, and at Christmas it’s as festive as pubs come!

Cost: free unless you buy a drink

Best time to go: late morning or mid-afternoon (opening hours vary from 10am to 2.30am)

What did I think of Dublin?

I had mixed thoughts on Dublin as the prices were so extortionate and we had terrible weather, but the three of us certainly had a laugh and made it a weekend to remember! Dublin at Christmas is also a really lovely time to visit as they go big on decorations.

Have you visited Dublin before? What would you add to this list?

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