A simple guide to exploring Dublin 🇮🇪

Dublin, the Irish capital known for breweries, distilleries and having a good time ☘️ For those living in the UK, Dublin is a great location for an affordable weekend break, and routinely has return flight prices below £30. 

So, you’ve made the decision to go – now what? Here’s my short guide on your must sees whilst in Dublin and some top tips to get the most out of your trip.

Top 5 Must See

  1. At number 1, is the Guinness Storehouse. You really don’t have to love the drink to find this experience enjoyable. The setting at St James’ Gate is really impressive with  traditional buildings and cobbled streets. The tour is designed to keep you engaged and at the end, you’re rewarded with an impressive view from their 360 degree glass bar. Book online in advance to save money and avoid the queues.
  2. Stroll round Trinity College. The prestigious University has impressive grounds that you can explore, including looking at ‘The Book of Kells’, a historic book that plays an important part in Irish history.
  3. Go Greyhound racing. Ireland is fanatic about racing, and so a trip to Sherborne Park is worth a couple of hours of your time. It’s inexpensive to get in – and you can book a package online for just 10 euros that includes snacks, a drink and admission.
  4. Have a drink at tourist-trap Temple Bar area. OK, it’s full of tourists and can feel a little tacky. But it’s worth a drink or two and soaking in the atmosphere. 
  5. Visit the Old Jameson’s Distillery. Whiskey is another important part of Irish culture and this tour of Jameson’s oldest distillery is really interesting and good value at 16 euro, considering you get a cocktail chucked in! 

There are plenty of other cool things to see including Dublin Castle, Dublin Zoo, St Stephen’s Green and Grafton St shopping – these top 5 are just some of my favourites!

Top travel tips

  • When you arrive into Dublin, if there aren’t many of you, I’d recommend getting a local bus into the city centre. It’s low cost and pretty quick. If there are 4+ of you, consider whether it’s worth sharing a taxi.
  • Take a rain mac. Much like the UK, it rains a lot.
  • Embrace local transport, in particular I’ve found the trams a pretty cool way to get round the city.
  • If you haven’t already, get a currency card. In Dublin, you’ll be paying in Euros. I’d recommend the Revolut card, where you manage your money and top up with a simple to use app.
  • I’ve previously written about the use of Amex cards to gain avios. If you’re still holding out and thinking of booking a trip, take the time to get one and pay for your trip using the card. You’ll then start your Avios saving journey.