When in Dublin there are a few experiences that are basically required during your visit. Below are 7 activities in the city to fit in between your Irish drinking sessions (though a few of them may add to your drinking sessions.) The best part? They are all within walking distance of each other through the cobblestone streets.
Drink at the Jameson Distillery
In Dublin, whether you drink or not, one must always visit the Jameson Distillery. Here you learn how one of the most well-known whiskys worldwide is created. Not to mention you get a whisky tasting at the end of the tour to compare Jameson to its competitors. Get there early to escape the Irish rain and sip on a Jameson hot chocolate.
Explore Trinity College
Trinity college is a must-see in Dublin. Take a student-lead tour for a few euros and learn the history of the college. The tour drops you off in front of the famous Trinity College library which also is the home of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. Check out the many sculptures of some of the most famous literary faces and look at the rows upon rows of old books.
See Oscar Wilde’s old dwelling
Situated in Trinity college sits Oscar Wilde’s home while he attended the college. If you do as I said above, the tour will point it out to you. However, they will not take you in front of it so this will have to be done after or before the tour. Though you cannot visit inside (the room is now occupied!) you can take some beautiful pictures outside with the ivy cascading down the building.
Walk through Temple Bar at night
The famous Temple Bar is likely the tourist capital of Dublin yet it attracts tourists and locals alike due to its raging nightlife. The cobblestone streets are packed with people partying and pub crawling from one Irish pub to the next. Check out my Where to Drink in Temple Bar post for a more in-depth guide.
Have a Guinness with blackcurrant by the Liffey
Where better in the world to have a Guinness than by the River Liffey? Even if you aren’t a huge beer fan, ask for some black currant in your drink and I promise you will enjoy it. When in Dublin, do like the Irish and drink!
Chill at St. Stephen’s Green
Grab a scone and a latte at Keoghs and walk over to St. Stephen’s Green. The beautiful park is ideal for a stroll during a rain break and also has a large number of birds who want your company. I even had a pigeon fly onto my arm and walk with me! The picturesque park is the perfect place to find some peace in the morning.
Start your Saturday morning at the Temple Bar Food Market
If you happen to be in Dublin on a Saturday morning (which I highly recommend as weekends are the ideal time to visit the drinking capital) then fight through your hangover and head to the Temple Bar Food Market. The tiny Meetinghouse Square holds multiple stalls housing an array of food and drinks. Grab a quiche or crepe at one of the many stalls and then head to my personal favorite, Llewellyn’s Orchard, where you can grab your hair of dog in the form of apple cider with a shot of Irish whisky.
Have you been to Dublin? What were your favorite experiences in the city?