So you’ve only got one day in Dublin? With a little planning, you can still get a taste for this fabulous city. No doubt you will be craving a return visit by the end of your day in Dublin. Luckily, the main tourist area of the city is relatively small and easily walkable. This introduction to the city will show you some of the shopping, architecture, history, culture and, of course, nightlife available in Ireland’s capitol.
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Shop Grafton Street
Grafton Street is one of the main shopping streets in Dublin. Brown Thomas, a famous department store, is great for window-shopping. This pedestrian area has plenty of buskers who provide good entertainment value as well.
Stroll St. Stephen’s Green
At one end of Grafton Street, St. Stephen’s Green is an urban oasis in the city. Dublin’s answer to New York’s Central Park, this green space has a pond, bandstand, and walks galore.
Visit the Little Museum of Dublin
Across the street from St. Stephen’s Green is the Little Museum of Dublin. Small yet charming and informative, this museum tells the story of the city of Dublin. As a die-hard U2 fan, I could have spent hours just in the room devoted to the band’s memorabilia.
Behold the Book of Kells and Trinity College
Trinity College Dublin is one of Dublin’s oldest and most famous universities. Founded in 1592, Oxford and Cambridge Universities provided the model for Trinity College Dublin. The library, with its soaring arches, is a beautiful architectural masterpiece. Famous graduates of Trinity include Bram Stoker (author of Dracula) and Jonathan Swift (author of Gulliver’s Travels).
The Old Library at Trinity College Dublin holds the famous Book of Kells. The entrance ticket includes an audio tour and an exhibit with background information. Created by monks in the 9th century, this manuscript contains the four Gospels of the Bible. The book is extravagantly decorated with rich colors and intricate embellishments in the Latin script. The dedication, skill and artistry of the monks is readily apparent. It is truly amazing!
Stop by St. Patrick’s Cathedral
The famous Irish saint, St. Patrick supposedly baptized the local Celts at a well located outside of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The tallest and largest church in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland. Yes, thanks to the history of Dublin under the British, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is protestant even though the country’s majority religion is Catholicism.
Tour the Guinness Storehouse
Since 1759, Guinness beer has been brewed at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Not surprisingly, the Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s most visited attraction! The enormous visitor centre tells the story of Guinness beer. Visitors have the opportunity for tastings. You can also learn the art of pulling a pint of Guinness properly.
Enjoy a Taste of Irish Nightlife at Temple Bar
The Temple Bar area is a great place to end your day in Dublin. Take your pick of establishments becauseTemple Bar has the highest concentration of pubs in the city. Eat and drink into the night and enjoy the craic in fun-loving Dublin! Want a fun taste of Dublin's libations? Sign up for a Temple Bar Tour with Guinness and Whiskey Tastings.
Cross Ha' Penny Bridge
Temple Bar is located near the River Liffey the lifeblood of Dublin for many centuries. The famous Ha’Penny Bridge is an iron pedestrian bridge built in 1816. Prior to the bridge being built, ferries were the the only way to cross the Liffey. The name refers to the toll charged (a ha’penny) to use the bridge.
One Day in Dublin Will Leave You Wanting More
After all this sightseeing, you’ll no doubt be tired in Dublin, but certainly not tired of Dublin. You’ll have seen just enough to whet your appetite for a return visit. In fact, everyone is so friendly you may even feel like you’re leaving lifelong friends!
Want to be sure you hit all of the highlights of the city in just one day in Dublin? Sign up for this Dublin Luxury Small Group Tour with St. Patrick's Cathedral.
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