I’ve wanted to go to Ireland for as long as I can remember. My family is Irish, and I used to be a championship level Irish Step Dancer growing up. I always hoped that I would get to go to the World Championship competition in Dublin, but then college got in the way and I never got to go. We started thinking about where to go for my 30th birthday and I immediately thought, what if we took another trip across the pond? I wrote about our first stop in London here, and our second stop was in Dublin. When the plane touched ground in Dublin I could hardly believe that we were finally in Ireland. It was truly amazing, and I kept telling Robert that Ireland understands who I am as a person. Here’s what we did during our 3 days in Ireland, and I can’t wait to go back someday:
Things to do:
Guinness Storehouse: This was the first thing we did after arriving in Dublin. You don’t get to see the actual production of Guinness, but it’s more of a museum about Guinness. You navigate through the different floors and learn about how Guinness is made, see all about their advertising, learn how to pour the perfect pint, and then enjoy a pint at the gravity bar with the most gorgeous views of the city. It’s definitely worth it, and we had a blast!
Cliffs of Moher tour: We took a tour through Viator which is who we used for a couple of tours when we went to Italy. It was about a 3 hour drive each way from Dublin, and in all it took the whole day. I was worried that we wouldn’t have enough time to do everything in Dublin because of this, but it was oh so worth it. The Cliffs of Moher are truly breathtaking, and I couldn’t believe that it was real life. With the tour, you spent a little less than 2 hours there then we had lunch in a nearby town called Doolin. The bus driver then took us to the stunning coast, then to see an old church before heading back to the city.
Trinity College: We visited Trinity College to see the Book of Kells and the old library. The campus itself is absolutely gorgeous, and we loved seeing both of these things at the college too. It’s so crazy to see something as old as the Book of Kells, and I definitely recommend getting there as soon as it opens.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral: St. Patrick’s Cathedral is absolutely stunning. I was surprised at first that it wasn’t Catholic, but we paid the admission and toured around the building. The interior is absolutely gorgeous.
Dublin Castle: It was so crazy to find a castle right in the middle of the busy city of Dublin. We did the self-guided tour, and the castle was in such great condition. We toured around the state apartments, and it was really impressive.
Teeling Whiskey: Jameson was closed for a while for renovations, and we were told that it wasn’t open yet (although we found out later that it was. Such a bummer). We decided to do a tour and tasting at Teeling Whiskey and my husband absolutely loved it. I’m not a big whiskey fan, but it was still really interesting to see how it’s made.
Where to Eat and Drink:
The Brazen Head: This is Ireland’s oldest pub, and it’s where we had lunch on our first day. It was a great place for a pint, and for a serving of fish and chips. It was definitely the best fish and chips that I have ever had.
O’ Shea’s Merchant: I saw a sign here that said Irish dancing on Mondays. I told Robert that we would definitely be back that night, and sure enough I was able to convince him. I ended up Irish Step Dancing in the bar that night with a group of people, and I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. We had such a blast and it was a great place to stop in a grab a pint, see some dancing, and listen to traditional music.
Hairy Lemon: We stumbled upon this place, and we are so glad that we did! It was hands down our favorite meal in Dublin, and I was able to get the vegetarian version of Shepherd’s pie. Their bread pudding was also to die for! Our favorite part though was the waiter who gave us a few recommendations for the rest of our time in Dublin.
Queen of Tarts: We stopped here for a cup of tea, and for some dessert. I had the chocolate chip scone and it was seriously so good. It was definitely a popular spot!
Oliver St. John’s: We ate dinner here, and also stopped in because I heard that they had great traditional Irish music. The food was really good, but the music not so much. They played country music instead which definitely isn’t what we were expecting.
Temple Bar: Oh Temple Bar. Such a popular and famous spot in Dublin. It was also jam packed here, and they also had amazing music! I wish that we spent more time here.
Cobblestone: This place is a hidden gem. It’s more of a dive bar, with the most amazing traditional Irish music in the city. I could have spent the whole day here.
Have you been to Ireland before?