2 Days in Dublin
So you have two days in Dublin and you’re wondering what you can do. Look no further! We have you covered. The Republic of Ireland’s capital is situated on the east coast on the River Liffey and is home to over 1.3 million people. With its historic Irish castles and museums, 12th-century Anglo-Norman architecture, bars and restaurants, parks and distilleries, you’ll be wondering why you only gave yourself two days to explore Dublin. We’ll discuss some of the best restaurants in Ireland, day trips from Dublin, the Dublin mountains and where to relax with a pint after a long hard day of touring—with some live Irish music, of course!
Things to See in Dublin
Let’s start with the history. Dublin Castle was built in the early 13th century on the site of a Viking settlement. It served as the headquarters for the English, and later British, administration for centuries but was handed over to the Irish government in 1922. It’s open 7 days a week and filled with information and an ever busy events section—keep up to date on their website to see what’s going on!
If cathedrals tickle your fancy, both St Patrick’s and Christ Church Cathedral welcome visitors all year round. But if castles are still more your thing, take a half-day tour from Dublin to Malahide Castle. This stunning 12th-century Irish castle is what you imagine a castle to be. With steeped walls, amazing arched stained glass windows, battlements and interior laden with history, this truly is a famed Irish castle. Going on a half-day tour is also perfect because your 2 days in Dublin aren’t all taken up, leaving you more time to explore the other sites the city is crammed with.
Take a wander around the National Museum of Ireland. Famed for its archaeology, the museum deals with antiquities—both Irish and from other places worldwide—and also delves into the history of Ireland from the Stone Age right the way through to the late Middle Ages. Another must-see is the Irish Museum of Modern Art, or IMMA, Ireland’s leading national institution for its collection of modern and contemporary art.
Looking for fun things to do in Dublin with kids? Dublin Zoo is your answer! Bike, taxi, bus or drive—the zoo is within touching distance of the city and is a wonderful day out for the family. Another family-friendly tour in Dublin is the Viking Splash Tours! See the city from a unique perspective by land and water without having to leave the same vehicle. Dawn your Viking hat, learn to roar like a Nordic and let this half bus/half boat take you around the famous Dublin sights. Fun for all the family!
Looking to escape to nature and into the Dublin Mountains? The Ticknock Walk is easily accessible by car or DART (Dublin’s electric railway service). You can also get closer to the ocean and explore the Great South Wall Walk or wander along the beautiful Howth Cliff Walk. All with varying levels of difficulties, there’s something for everyone.
Food and Drink
After a day of trekking around Dublin, finishing an exciting tour or lost in the mountains for the day, you are undoubtedly going to want some good food and drink to fill you up. The restaurant and bar scene in Dublin is awesome, and there is truly something for all in line with the city’s very high standards.
Some of you may be looking for Michelin star restaurants in Dublin. Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud has two Michelin stars and is nationally and internationally renowned for its cuisine made up of contemporary Irish with French classical roots. Pricey, I know—but if you can stretch it, it will blow your mind. If you’re looking for something a little easier on the wallet, head down to Leo Burdock Christchurch’s century-old fish ‘n’ chips shop for some of the best battered cod in town!
Going to Ireland and not at least drinking a half pint of Guinness should be illegal. Guinness enthusiasts or those interested in its production, should take a tour ‘round the awesome Guinness Storehouse! More into whisky? Head on over to the Jameson Distillery on Bow Street and put your whisky hat on. They’ll talk you through how it starts to how it tastes.
Feeling thirsty now? Dublin’s famous Temple Bar always ranks high in bar searches throughout the Dublin web scene. But if you’re looking for a more traditional feel with live Irish music, either O’Donoghue’s Bar or the Cobblestone have what you’re looking for. Sláinte!
Overall, your two days in Dublin are guaranteed to be jam-packed with fun outings and activities. If you’re looking for day tours from Dublin to Glendalough, Cliffs of Moher or further afield, check out our tours. We hope to see you in Ireland soon!