Dublin is a must-stop destination for those visiting Ireland and, needless to say, it's also the most popular. This walkable city is full of adventure, with a friendly local conversation awaiting anyone in the nearest pub. However, a pint of Guinness (if you haven't been to the storeroom, check it out!) isn't the only thing this cobblestone city has to offer - from shopping to history, Dublin has it all.
Dublin is also much bigger than many people realize. It has something for everyone, including great museums and even cultural events. To get a full appreciation for all that Dublin has in store, all you need is one day - and this is how to do it.
Start The Day Off With A Beautiful Stroll
There's no more perfect a way to start off a day in Dublin than with a cup of tea and a leisurely stroll through St. Stephen's Green.
This little patch of nature is the perfect way to disconnect from the city atmosphere for a bit and take in all that Dublin's quieter side has to offer. It's worth getting up early for! Bring a small bite to eat and take in the history of a park that dates back to the 1916 Easter Rebellion.
In The Mood For Some Shopping?
Grafton Street is the most well-known area for shopping in Dublin and it's not unlikely a traveler will walk away with multiple shopping bags. It can get pretty crowded, especially when sidewalk entertainment is going on, but that only adds to the excitement.
For those who are up for a bit of exploration, some of the side streets around Grafton, including Powerscourt Centre, is home to many smaller boutiques that offer unique and fun shopping experiences.
Grab Some Quick Food Here Or A Noontime Buzz
The Greenhouse is the newest addition to Dublin's Michelin scene and it's worth stopping for lunch. Most notable on the menu is the cep velouté, but it's not likey anyone would find something they're not in love with here.
Not in the mood for a big lunch? The coffee shop on South William Street, Clement & Pekoe, is great for a pick-me-up in between all of that walking and shopping. Grab a steamy cup of Joe and keep exploring the small shops on this street.
Visit Trinity College Or The Little Museum Of Dublin
The oldest college in Dublin, Trinity is worthy of a walk. Its roots go back to 1592, and its architecture alone is enough to make any history buff swoon. A must-stop on campus is the library, which will assuredly make visitors feel as though they've stepped through time.
The Little Museum of Dublin is a neat place to spend some time, as it details the full history of the city. Visitors will have a new appreciation for these streets and even learn about U2, the Ireland-based band whom the museum pays tribute to.
Finish Off Your Day With A Stop In At The Famed Temple Bar
Everyone has heard of Temple Bar before and it's another must-stop in Dublin. For those who are ready to experience Dublin's nightlife, this is the hub of all pubs. Relax with a Guinness (or other creatively-crafted drink) or take in the sights and sounds of the Dublin streets after dark. Temple Bar even offers tours that are complete with both Guinness and whiskey tastings... It doesn't get much more Irish than that!