I believe the best plan for a day in Dublin is to have no plan at all.
Whenever I think of Dublin, I get a warm, happy feeling as I recall all the memories I made there. Dublin is unique in that it manages to be both wildly fun and remarkably down-to-earth. It is so welcoming to visitors that it feels like a hometown away from home, even if you had to journey far to get there. It’s no surprise that a city known for its cozy pubs with great beer and friendly folks is the kind of place you’ll never want to leave. However, if you find yourself in this magnificent city for just a few days, there are a few things you must be sure to do to get the complete Dublin experience.
1. Pub crawl!
Obviously! The Dublin pub scene is the best I’ve ever seen, and you can easily spend an entire night hopping from place to place. Despite all the hype, Dublin pubs maintain the cozy, local atmosphere that make them so endearing. While its usually most fun to just wander about and see where the night takes you, make sure to stop at The Temple Bar Pub (in the Temple Bar neighborhood, of course)—it’s a classic.
2. Tour the Guinness Storehouse
Be sure to grab a ticket to this Dublin institution, where you can learn all about the history of Guinness beer, how it’s brewed, and even learn how to pour the perfect pint! Even if you’re not the biggest dark beer fan, you’ve got to experience this important piece of Dublin culture. End your tour by enjoying a pint in the Gravity Bar, which offers incredible panoramic views of the city.
3. Take a bus tour to see the Cliffs of Moher
Dublin is a prime location to hop on a bus tour to the Cliffs of Moher, the famously breathtaking sea cliffs. Your guide will take you from Dublin (East Ireland) all the way across to the western coast where these incredibly steep green cliffs will amaze you. As you stand on the edge of Ireland overlooking the sea, you’ll understand why the Cliffs of Moher are such a popular tourist attraction. While a bus tour is an all-day affair, it’s completely worth it as you get to take in the gorgeous Irish countryside throughout the journey.
4. Take long walks to admire the city’s charm
I believe the best plan for a day in Dublin is to have no plan at all, because strolling through the enchanting streets and taking in the city’s architectural beauty will be more than enough to fill a day! With the oft-grey Irish skies as the backdrop, Dublin’s pubs, shops, and churches look especially magical.