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How to Spend 1 Day in Dublin

How to Spend 1 Day in Dublin

Small though it is, the Irish capital radiates an outsized charm and offers myriad attractions and cultural experiences. If your visit to Dublin is a quick one and you’ve got just one day to spare, here are the experiences you should include on your 24-hour itinerary.

Morning: Irish History and Sporting Culture

With such limited time, you’re not going to want to waste a minute figuring out where to go and how to get there. A guided tour of Dublin city center ensures a morning of efficient sightseeing, covering top historical attractions, such as Dublin Castle and prestigious Trinity College, home to the ninth-century illuminated Book of Kells manuscript. If you’d rather pick your own highlights, join a hop-on hop-off bus tour and choose where you want to disembark, be it St. Stephen’s Green, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, or Croke Park.

Afternoon: Taste Irish Tipples

Next, peer behind the scenes of Dublin’s drinks industry. The city is the proud producer of two of Ireland’s most famous alcoholic exports: Guinness and Jameson whiskey. At the Guinness Storehouse, browse interactive exhibits and sip a pint of the black stuff while taking in the views from the seventh-floor Gravity Bar. Superfans can upgrade to sample Guinness beers and variants as well as the classic stout. If whiskey is more to your taste, head to the old Jameson Distillery Bow St. instead. Depending on timing, you may be able to fit in visits to both—pre-purchase skip-the-line tickets to save time. 

Evening: Discover Dublin After Dark

Though not traditionally known for its cuisine, the capital has undergone a restaurant renaissance in recent years. Join a guided food tour and sample dishes at several different eateries around town, many of which are off the tourist radar. Once you’re suitably filled, delve into Dublin’s darker side with a late-night ghost tour that visits graveyards, crypts, and other haunted locales. If you’re too spooked to go straight to bed after that, squeeze in one last nightcap in a Dublin pub—you’ll find lots to choose from in lively Temple Bar.

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Skip the Line Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey Experience Tour in Dublin

Skip the Line Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey Experience Tour in Dublin

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Skip the line at the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery on Bow Street for a guided tour around the complexes. Listen as your guide explains the ingredients used and learn of the complex brewing and distilling processes. Then, enjoy tastings of the beer and whiskey for which Ireland is famous before concluding the tour.
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  • 4 hours
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Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle

Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle

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Avoid the crowds and explore Irish history in peace on this Book of Kells and Dublin Castle exterior tour. Visit the Trinity College Library, home to the famous Book of Kells—widely considered among the most important of all Ireland’s ancient treasures. Listen as your guide brings medieval Ireland to life, shedding light on the Book of Kells’ profound historical significance. Afterward, enjoy a guided walking tour around Dublin Castle’s mighty exterior. Visit the gardens and yards, and learn of the castle’s role as court, fortress, treasury, and jail.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Jameson Distillery Guided Tour with Whiskey Tasting

Jameson Distillery Guided Tour with Whiskey Tasting

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Enrich your knowledge of world-famous Irish whiskey on the new, guided tour of the Jameson Distillery Bow St. in Dublin. Learn the history of the iconic Irish brand as you explore the distillery and listen to commentary from your guide. The Bow St. Experience brings the stories of Jameson’s innovations to life during a tasting tour. Discover the secrets behind the complex distillation process and conclude with a whiskey in the elegant distillery bar.
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  • 40 minutes
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City Sightseeing Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Experience the beauty, history, and culture of Dublin during this popular hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Choose from 1- or 2-day tickets and follow the route that highlights the best of the Emerald Isle's capital city. Discover historic buildings, iconic sites, ancient landmarks and vibrant nightlife at your own pace and enjoy free extras. With multiple stops along the way—including the Guinness Storehouse, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Temple Bar, and the Irish Whiskey Museum—this popular option ensures you don't miss a thing.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Croke Park Tour and GAA Museum Visit

Croke Park Tour and GAA Museum Visit

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Step behind the scenes of Ireland’s biggest and most famous sports stadium on this 2-hour guided tour of Croke Park in Dublin. Learn about the Irish tradition of Gaelic games as you discover the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and try your hand at hurling and Gaelic football in the interactive museum. Then, enjoy a guided tour of the stadium; peek behind-the-scenes into the team dressing rooms and VIP area, and look out over the pitch from the stands.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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