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How to Spend 3 Days in Dublin

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How to Spend 3 Days in Dublin

A must-see on any European trip, Dublin has much to offer travelers, from atmospheric pubs and vibrant streets once trod by literary superstars to historic landmarks and grand Georgian buildings. If you have three days to get to know the Irish capital, here are a few ways to best spend your time.


Day 1: City Wanders

If you want to get familiar with Dublin’s city center fast, choose a guided city walking tour. With someone who knows the city intimately at the helm, you’re sure to see all the top sights and glean historical information. Alternatively, save your feet from fatigue and opt for a hop-on hop-off bus tour with audio commentary instead. Either way, don’t miss Trinity College (your first stop should be the Old Library, which houses the centuries-old Book of Kells), Dublin Castle, the Great Irish Famine Memorial, Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship, and Croke Park, Ireland’s biggest stadium and the site of a museum dedicated to Gaelic games. After a day of sightseeing, unwind with a pub crawl around Temple Bar or a dinner show with live music, dancing, and traditional Irish fare.


Day 2: Coastal Escape

Leave Dublin behind for a day trip to one of Ireland’s most magnificent natural sites: the Cliffs of Moher. Travel by coach to the west coast, where you hike on coastal paths, explore Burren National Park, get a feel for rural life, and—if you’re lucky—hear some live traditional music in the village of Doolin. Another popular day trip destination is Northern Ireland. In just one day, you can explore Belfast and travel along the spectacular Antrim Coast, home to the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and several Game of Thrones filming locations. Whichever trip choose, expect to be back in Dublin in time for a late dinner.


Day 3: Grazing, Guinness, and Ghosts

Spend day three getting to know Dublin’s gastronomic scene, which has grown in the past decade or so. During a guided food tour of the city, get the inside scoop from a local on the most beloved cafes, pubs, food shops, and markets. Save room for a pint of stout, which you can enjoy at the 7th-floor Gravity Bar after touring the Guinness Storehouse. As evening falls, opt for a ghost walking tour and put yourself in the hands of a tour guide who shows you the city’s spookiest spots, from Kilmainham Gaol, the former jailhouse where many Irish nationalists were held before their execution, to cemeteries where everyone from criminals to celebrities are buried.

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Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin

Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin

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Explore Northern Ireland's biggest draws — Belfast, Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge — on a day trip from Dublin. In a traditional black cab in Belfast, you’ll explore sites of the capital’s conflicted history: the mural-strewn streets of the Falls and Skankill neighborhoods and the Belfast Docks. Then course along the Antrim Coast to experience one of Ireland great geological marvels, the UNESCO World Heritage Site–listed Giant’s Causeway, followed by a stop at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Marvel at the surrounding headlands that were also used as a filming location for many Game of Thrones scenes.
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  • 13 hours 30 minutes
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Guinness Storehouse Entrance Ticket

Guinness Storehouse Entrance Ticket

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Welcome to the Home of Guinness. Located in the heart of St. James’s Gate, the Guinness Storehouse was once the old fermentation plant of the brewery where today, you can experience the history, heart, and soul of Ireland’s most iconic beer. As you explore the space, find out what makes the brewing process so special, hear about the history of the brewery and check out the archive of award-winning Guinness advertisements on display. Your final stop is the Gravity Bar, where you can enjoy the perfectly poured, perfectly chilled pint of Guinness included in your ticket with panoramic views of Dublin city and beyond.
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  • 2 hours
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Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Dublin

Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Dublin

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Escape the bustle of Dublin in favor of the coastal scenery of County Clare on a guided full-day trip to Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher. From the comfort of a luxury coach, admire the unrivaled beauty of the Irish countryside as you travel to the dramatic array of cliffs. Enjoy leisurely strolls on rugged coastal paths; gain insight into the geology and history of the area; explore the stunning Burren National Park; and visit the vibrant city of Galway on this day trip.
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  • 13 hours
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Skip the Line:Traditional Irish Night Show Ticket in Dublin with 3-Course Dinner

Skip the Line:Traditional Irish Night Show Ticket in Dublin with 3-Course Dinner

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Enjoy an evening of traditional Irish food, music and dance with an Irish show at the Belvedere in Dublin. Get set for a night of non-stop entertainment as professional Irish folk musicians and dancers take to the stage to perform Irish dances, jigs and reels. Tuck into a delicious 3-course dinner of typical Irish cuisine, sip a pint of Guinness (own expense) and maybe even get up on stage to try your hand at Irish dancing.
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Dublin Secret Food Tour w/ Private Tour Option

Dublin Secret Food Tour w/ Private Tour Option

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Eat like a true Dubliner on this small-group Dublin food tour. With your guide, seek out authentic pubs, cafés, food shops, and markets, and savor Irish specialties including a traditional breakfast, artisanal cheeses, ice cream, and more. Pair your tastings with an Irish cream liqueur and another tipple, and admire some of Dublin’s hidden gems and learn about its culinary heritage as you eat and explore. Tour is limited to 12 or fewer.
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  • 3 hours
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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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Dublin Gravedigger Ghost Tour

Dublin Gravedigger Ghost Tour

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Delve into the darker recesses of Dublin’s haunted history on this evening gravedigger ghost tour. With your (slightly spooky) local guide, learn about the devastating human effect of the medieval plague, visit eerie local sites such as Bully's Acre and Kilmainham Jail, and hear how opportunist gravediggers made a killing (so to speak) on body snatching. Cap it off with a ‘ghoulish brew’ at Gravediggers Pub.
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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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Dublin Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl

Dublin Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl

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Learn the history and stories behind traditional Irish music in a fun and informative way during this Dublin Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl, led by two professional musicians. Your guides, who are with you the entire tour, perform songs and instrumental Irish Jigs and Reels. This Dublin experience is more like a moving concert, than a drinking pub crawl. Along with a lot of audience participation, you’ll enjoy an interactive evening of Irish music and dancing.
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