3 Days in Dublin: An Epic Weekend Escape to the Ireland's Capitol City

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  • Dublin

  • Ireland

  • City Travel

  • Arts & Culture

  • Food & Wine

  • History

  • Local culture

  • Hidden Gems

Dublin is the vibrant capital city of Ireland, known for its rich history, lively culture, and friendly locals.
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Dublin, the vibrant capital city of Ireland, is a perfect destination for a memorable weekend getaway. With its rich history, thriving cultural scene and hidden gems waiting to be discovered, Dublin has something to offer for everyone. Whether you have 48-hours or a full three days to explore (though you may find yourself pining for more time), this itinerary will guide you through some of the best experiences Dublin has to offer.

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Where to stay

The Merrion Hotel Dublin

Located in the heart of the Dublin city center, The Merrion is the capital’s most luxurious five-star hotel offering exquisite comfort and elegance.

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  • Complimentary lunch or dinner for two people.

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The Westbury Dublin

Elegant accommodations in Dublin with exclusive in-suite offerings, complimentary breakfast and more.

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  • Breakfast daily.

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The Shelbourne, Autograph Collection

Iconic Dublin hotel with spectacular service, elegant dining plus rooms and accommodations for the discerning traveler.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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Day 1: A lay of the land

The Molly Malone statue is a short distance from Trinity College.

Before diving into ideas of what to do, learn how to get around. Getting around Dublin is easy and convenient, thanks to the city's efficient public transportation system. The Dublin Bus network covers the entire city and its suburbs, making it easy to reach all the major attractions. The LUAS tram system and DART train service are also great options. If you prefer to explore on foot, Dublin's compact city center is easily navigable. Most of the main attractions are within walking distance of each other, allowing you to soak in the city's charm as you stroll through its streets. If you're feeling adventurous, you can also rent a bike and explore Dublin's many cycle lanes and scenic routes, but make sure to exercise proper safety precautions.

Start your first day in Dublin by delving into its fascinating history. Begin your exploration at Dublin Castle, a magnificent structure that has witnessed centuries of Irish history. Take a guided tour to learn about its medieval roots and the role it played in Ireland's past. Don't miss the stunning State Apartments and the beautiful Chapel Royal.

Next, make your way to Trinity College, Ireland's oldest university. Stroll through its picturesque campus and visit the iconic Long Room in the Old Library, home to thousands of ancient books and the famous Book of Kells. Immerse yourself in the knowledge and history preserved within these walls.

For a dose of Irish rebellion, head to Kilmainham Gaol. This former prison turned museum offers a sobering insight into Ireland's fight for independence. Walk through the cells and hear the stories of the brave men and women who sacrificed their freedom for their country.

After a day of exploring Dublin's historic sites, unwind at one of the city's traditional pubs. Experience the warm Irish hospitality, listen to live music, and enjoy a pint of Guinness or a refreshing Irish whiskey.

Day 2: A few crucial visits

Fish & Chips is one of Dublin's local food favorites.

On your second day in Dublin, dive into the city's vibrant cultural scene. Start your morning at the National Museum of Ireland, where you can explore the country's rich heritage through its impressive collection of artifacts. From ancient Celtic treasures to Viking artifacts, this museum offers a fascinating journey through Ireland's past.

Next, make your way to the vibrant Temple Bar neighborhood. Known for its lively atmosphere and colorful streets, Temple Bar is a hub of creativity and culture. Explore the narrow cobblestone lanes lined with art galleries, boutiques and traditional Irish pubs. Take your time to soak in the vibrant energy and catch a live performance or two.

For a taste of contemporary art, visit the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). Housed in a former military hospital, this museum showcases a diverse range of contemporary artworks from both Irish and international artists. From thought-provoking installations to cutting-edge exhibitions, IMMA offers a unique perspective on the modern art scene.

As the day winds down, indulge in Dublin's culinary delights. From traditional Irish dishes to international cuisines, the city's food scene caters to all tastes. Sample local favorites like Irish stew or fish and chips, or explore the trendy food markets and gourmet eateries that have put Dublin on the culinary map. Yes, there are more to Irish meals than meat & potatoes! From hearty pub grub to Michelin-starred restaurants, the city caters to all tastes and budgets. Don't miss the opportunity to try classic Irish dishes like colcannon, boxty or a traditional full Irish breakfast. Don't forget to pair your meal with a pint of Guinness or try one of the many craft beers brewed in the city.

Day 3: Have a pint

Be sure to have a drink at the famous brewery Guinness Storehouse.

On your final day in Dublin, venture off the beaten path and discover the city's hidden gems. Start your day with a visit to St. Michan's Church, where you can explore its eerie crypts and see the ancient mummies that have been preserved for centuries. It's a truly unique experience that will leave you in awe.

Next, make your way to the charming neighborhood of St. Stephen's Green. This beautifully landscaped park offers a tranquil escape from the bustling city. Take a leisurely stroll around the lake, admire the colorful flower beds and enjoy a picnic on the lush green lawns. It's the perfect spot to relax and soak up the atmosphere.

For a taste of Dublin's literary heritage, visit the Dublin Writers Museum. Housed in a stunning Georgian mansion, this museum celebrates the works of Ireland's literary greats, such as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett. Explore the exhibitions and learn about the lives and works of these influential writers who have shaped Dublin's cultural identity.

Before you leave Dublin, make sure to visit the Guinness Storehouse. This iconic attraction offers a fascinating journey through the history of Ireland's most famous beer. Learn about the brewing process, enjoy panoramic views of the city from the Gravity Bar, and of course, savor a pint of the black stuff. OH, and if you or any loved ones are Guinness fanatics, the shop has exclusive merchandise that can't be purchased anywhere else. It's the perfect way to toast to an unforgettable trip to Dublin!

Need to Know

Dublin, with its rich history, vibrant cultural scene, and hidden gems, offers an unforgettable experience for a 3-day trip. From exploring historic sites to immersing in the city's cultural offerings, Dublin has something for everyone. Be prepared for changeable weather. Dublin is known for its unpredictable climate, so pack layers and a waterproof jacket to stay comfortable. So pack your bags, follow this itinerary and get ready for an epic weekend escape to the captivating capital city of Ireland. Sláinte!

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