10 Unmissable Things to do in Dublin: Make Memories to Last a Lifetime!November 07, 2022
10 must-do things that paint the cultural and historical canvas of Dublin.
Make the Guinness Storehouse the genesis of your tour
When traveling to a foreign place, first impressions can pose a long-lasting impact. Therefore, a trip to Guinness brewery should top any to-do list in Dublin. Its world-renowned beer carries 250 years of legacy. An hour-long, informative tour of a seven-story building puts you closer to Irish culture. Enjoying the panoramic city view and a farewell pint at the Gravity Bar is not up for compromise!
Capture an Instagram-worthy picture at The Spire
The Spire of Dublin ranks among the top-rated landmarks of Europe. This pyramidal tower reaches a whopping 120m in height, rising from the heart of O’Connell Street. The whole monument is carved out of polished stainless steel, reflecting every passerby. As the sun sets, a beacon illuminates its tip.
If you return without posting a selfie at The Spire, your trip doesn’t count!
Embark on iconic Liffey River Walk
The river Liffey passes through the center of Dublin. Although the walk itself is a soul-nourishing experience, strolling along its vegetated paths makes it easy to navigate the city! Still, the best thing about the river walk is that there is no preset direction. You’ll encounter roaming wildlife and stunning sites enroute. Cross the Ha’penny Bridge and sneak into Viking’s settlements.
Cherish the sizzling nightlife at Temple Bar
If the dark night has veiled the day bright, head to the river’s south bank. Here, you'd witness the glory of Temple Bar – the apple of everyone's eye! Consider it the cultural and entertainment hub where the night ends before things to do begin. Weekend celebrations in particular replicate New Year’s Eve type atmosphere. Check out live music sessions and an Irish coffee at Temple Bar pub, home to the largest whiskey collection in Ireland.
Peek deeper into rich Irish history
The history of Ireland dates back to the earliest civilizations. From Christian monks and Viking invasions to English rule and Independence War, These events have left a mark and it’s visible in every nook and cranny of Dublin. Visit the architectural marvels of the medieval era such as Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Gaol, Christ Church Cathedral, National Museums, Trinity College and Glasnevin Cemetery. Also, dining at the Brazen Head – an 800-year-old bar – is a must.
Find refreshment out of bustling downtown
Green is the national color that symbolises the natural preserves of the Emerald Isle. Despite walking the industrialised path, the aerial view of Dublin still exhibits many lush fields. Phoenix Park is the largest of its kind on the whole continent; whereas, the National Botanic Gardens display over 15,000 exotic species. No matter where you are, a quiet getaway awaits you – blend relaxation with recreation!
Learn about Ireland's National Sports
Gaelic games run by the Gaelic Athletic Association such as Football and Hurling are the national sports of Ireland. Hurling is the fastest field sport in the world. Catch a ‘Hop on Hop off Bus’ to visit Croke Park and the GAA museum and learn all about this organisation that it at the heart of Ireland's culture.
Grafton Street is the perfect shop-till-you-drop spot
After sightseeing, it’s time to go shopping. Grafton Street, only a stone’s throw from the world-famous Trinity College leads all the way up to St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre. Due to its upscale boutiques and thrift stores, this shopaholic epicenter can satisfy everyone's appetite. Those not willing to exercise their credit cards can relish the street performers and eclectic atmosphere.
Take a self-guided tour to taste the local cuisine
The food in Ireland has evolved faster than the speed of light. Now, there are plenty of mouthwatering dishes you wouldn’t like to miss. Meat, seafood and potatoes are a serious deal here. Top five unique recipes include Irish stew, oak-smoked salmon, coddle, boxty pancakes and fruity barmbracks.
Explore the literary bounties in Dublin City
Many tourists don’t explore the spirit of this city. Along with history buffs, Dublin is also a treasure-trove for bibliophiles. Oscar Wilde, the legendary poet, was born here. You can visit his house and click a picture with his statue at Merrion Square. In addition, the Book of Kells and the Writer’s Museum tempt die-hard literary travelers.
“The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it,” wrote Oscar Wilde.