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Dubin, Ireland – Stop #2

With our upcoming trip departure a mere 4 months away, I have been frantically researching things to do and what to see on the different parts of our trip.

Stop #2 on our trip will take us to Dublin, Ireland.

Ireland Stop 2

Fun Fact: Dublin or “Dubh Linn” is an Old Irish Gaelic phrase that translates to “Black Pool”.

We will be driving (may result in a missing hubcap and a few paint transfers) up to Dublin from Killarney. Considering we make it there unscathed, we will be checking in at the Parliament Hotel, just steps away from Christ Church Cathedral. With only 3 full days to take in this city (we will be arriving the 11th and flying out to Edinburgh, Scotland on the 15th), we’re having an incredibly hard time picking and choosing what to do.

The absolute must-see on my list is the Cliffs of Moher. This will involve a day trip out of the city, leaving us with 2-full days to cram everything else in. As much as I am hoping we have time to do this, I’m not going to hold my breath.

cliffs of moher
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To no surprise, the must-do at the top of Brady’s list is tour the Guinness Storehouse. The man likes his dark, stout, gross (in my own opinion) Guinness. Reservation – check!

Fun Fact: Ten-million glasses of Guinness are produced daily throughout the world.

What other sights have weaseled their way onto our list? Dublin Castle, Ha’penny Bridge, Merrion Square, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, Famine Sculptures, Oscar Wilde’s house, Dublin Spire, Temple Bar District, Trinity College.

Of course, we are open to any suggestions y’all have to offer! I have read countless blogs on things to do in Dublin, but it’s just not the same as coming from the horse’s mouth!

So, with that said, what are your favorite things to see/do/eat in Dublin?



10 thoughts on “Dubin, Ireland – Stop #2

  1. I did a totally unplanned trip to Dublin a few years ago when I was a teaching assistant in France–saw a last-minute Ryan air sale on flights and just jumped on a plane! My friend and I arrived with no plans, not even a place to stay, and ended up having the best time. The thing I remember about Dublin is that it was so small, I really felt like I had seen a lot of it in the weekend we were there. The Guinness factory and Jameson factory were cool, as was wandering around Trinity College. There was also this tiny church with literal skeletons in the basement and a super-creepy tour guide, but I can’t remember the name of it… But what I liked best was just walking around, seeing random stuff like bullet holes in the wall from uprisings, stopping for a beer. Have so much fun!

    1. Aw thanks for the comment! I would love to be on a whim about things, it’s just so hard! Although, I do love wandering around with no plans. Sometimes I find pretty cool stuff that way. 🙂

  2. You need to go to Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin. It’s one of my favorite tours. Also the Guinness storehouse. The rooftop bar has great views of Dublin. We met tons of people from all over the world. Go early to the Gaol (when it opens). It’s on the same Luas line add the storehouse. Feel free to ask any questions. My husband’s from Ireland and lived in Edinburgh for 4 years.

    1. Thank you tons for the recommendations!!! The storehouse is on our list. I’m patiently waiting until the 12th when I can buy tickets for it. 🙂 My main concern is how to get around in Dublin. I know there are busses but we are not the type of people to just carry change around with us. Suggestions please????

  3. Your hotel is central to everything, so you can easily walk to most everything you want to see. To see the Gaol and storehouse, take the Luas (light rail). If you need to go somewhere further, you can always taxi. We took buses from the airport and between cities, but other than that, we walked. Hope this helps!

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