With a weekend in Dublin, you’ll be able to listen to trad music, explore historical sites, dine on tasty food, and meet friendly people. Read on for my 2 days in Dublin itinerary!

James Joyce, one of Ireland’s best writers, penned the famous Ulysses and gave the literary world Dubliners. In his selected letters, he talks of Ireland and wrote: “When I die, Dublin will be written on my heart.”

That’s the kind of mark a city like Dublin leaves on you. Joyce was from Dublin so, of course, it might not feel the same for a tourist spending just a weekend in Dublin, but you never know until you go!

I spent 2 days in Dublin right after I’d finished my English Literature degree at University, so I have fond memories of celebrations in Dublin City at a peak time of literary appreciation in my life.

Weekend in Dublin

Dublin is a city I’d love to revisit to explore even more, but I definitely think you can see the best of Dublin with just a weekend. If you have longer, I suggest more like 5 days in Dublin but don’t worry, with 2 days, you’ll be able to see and do a lot. Only have a quick 24-hour layover in Dublin? Learn what to see and do with a day in Dublin in this post.

Day 1 in Dublin

Your first day in Dublin includes lots of walking and learning so there’s nothing better than a full Irish breakfast to fuel your energy. An Irish Breakfast includes bacon, sausage, beans, egg, black pudding, mushrooms and tea or coffee.

But, don’t worry if you don’t eat meat, there are many vegetarian and vegan restaurants and dishes in Dublin.

In Ireland, a typical Irish Breakfast it will come with Irish soda bread, differentiating from a full English breakfast otherwise it’s pretty much the same.

Yes, baked beans belong at breakfast. It’s a staple part of breakfast in Ireland and the UK and we love it!

Here is where I want to give you the best advice for your Dublin weekend trip and visiting anywhere in Ireland or talking to Irish people.

Ireland is not part of the United Kingdom. Irish people are not British and while there are similarities, it can be offensive to assume this. There are distinct differences between Irish Culture and British Culture.

Therefore, when you start your day with breakfast, make sure it’s an Irish breakfast you ask for.

full irish breakfast dublin


If you’re staying around Temple Bar, you have various options for an Irish fry-up breakfast. I recommend Old Mill restaurant where you can get the works for just €10. Considering the restaurant is located in central Temple Bar, this price is very reasonable (and the food makes it worth every cent).

For a real Irish coffee (coffee with Baileys or Jamesons), or just a normal coffee, head to The Temple Bar. This is also a chance to see the famous pub of the neighbourhood’s namesake. On entering, snap a picture of the red building for your collection.

Staying on this side of the River Liffey, walk to Grafton Street. Your first stop on Grafton is the Molly Malone statue. ‘Molly Malone‘ is a well-known Irish song so the statue is based on a fictional fishmonger in ‘Dublin’s fair city‘.

Or is it?

There are myths that the song was based on a real-life fishmonger called Molly but there isn’t evidence to back this claim. Still, it’s a great statue to visit and comes in handy because you’ll hear this song being played by live musicians on your weekend in Dublin!

Stay on Grafton Street for some shopping (or window shopping as this is an expensive street) and ensure you find a supermarket in the area. It’s always fun to look around a supermarket abroad and browse the aisles, comparing the shelves to the ones at home. Pick your favourite goodies for a picnic this afternoon.

grafton street dublin itinerary


St. Stephen’s Green is the perfect spot near Grafton Street for an afternoon picnic. Enjoy nature in this gorgeous park with your personalised lunch. Take a book, download a podcast or just enjoy your surroundings in silence.

St. Stephen’s Green is a short walk away from the next stop: Trinity College.

Trinity College is the number one ranked university in Ireland and a great place to explore because of its grand architecture. Just walking around, you can admire the buildings or take a guided tour to learn about the campus history and enter the Old Library Exhibition as well as the Book of Kells.

The Book of Kells is a manuscript believed to be from 800 AD and the world’s most famous medieval book! It’s a sight to see because of its illustration such as Celtic knots and symbolises the power of learning.

Whatever you decide, the Book of Kells is unmissable on your Dublin weekend trip.

Finishing your first day of activities brings you to Dublin Castle for some history after a stroll from Trinity College.

dublin castle weekend itinerary

Visiting the large castle will cost you €8 admission for a self-guided tour and you’re given a brochure to help you around the grounds. Alternatively, you can pay €12 for a 60-minute guided tour.

There are three areas to explore within the grounds: The State Apartments, Medieval Undercroft and Chapel Royal. Check out their website for any exhibitions, tours or pop-up museums happening during your 2 days in Dublin.

The easiest way to see the Book of Kells, Europe’s largest library and Dublin Castle is to join a small group tour. You can visit all of these sites, with an English-speaking guide and skip-the-line access to each highlight. Click here to learn more about the tour.

By now, you’ll have noticed that Dublin is a walkable city and there’s no need to spend money on public transport if you’re visiting Dublin in 2 days. While walking the streets of Dublin, take in your surroundings and look out for any posters/signs for unique events happening that weekend.

trinity college dublin


As evening falls, make your way back to your accommodation in Temple Bar and get ready to end your first day in Dublin, remaining on the South of River Liffey before exploring the North of the river tomorrow.

For dinner, head to La Caverna for an Italian dining experience in an 18th-century vault cellar room. One of the best parts of a busy capital city like Dublin is that they have great cuisine from other parts of the world too. Afterwards, though, it’s time to experience more Irish culture in the form of drinks and live music.

If you’ve visited popular cities around the world, I guarantee there was an Irish bar somewhere. To name a few, I’ve been to Irish pubs in Berlin, Melbourne and Chiang Mai. But, none of them compares to the real deal!

On both nights in Dublin, find out if there are any events happening at the renowned Button Factory but first start off at Quays.

Quays is an Irish bar in the heart of the Temple Bar area, jam-packed on the weekends full of locals and tourists enjoying drinks and craic. There are so many unique and fun pubs in Dublin

temple bar dublin

Note: Craic is a word meaning good time, laughs or fun in Ireland and many Irish people I’ve met have dropped this word into conversations. You might even take it back with you! Check out this post: 40 Irish Slang Phrases You Need to Know.

Whether you’re seeing Dublin in 2 days or 2 hours, you cannot visit without trying a Guinness. It’s an acquired taste but essential to have at least one pint. I tried my first Guinness at Quays before moving on to the Irish cider called Magners.

This is where I experienced my first encounter with a local and realised how friendly the Irish are. My friends and I chatted with this local for a while before they bought us all our next round of drinks before they went home. They wanted nothing in return, just the kindness of a stranger. 

When the night is done, stop by BóBós Burgers (open until 4 am on weekends) for a late-night snack before hitting the sack for an early morning to explore more of Dublin tomorrow.

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Day 2 in Dublin

Hopefully, you had a good sleep on your first night and woke up fresh for another day of exploration! The second day of your Dublin weekend trip will be mostly on the North of the River Liffey trying Irish dishes, visiting museums and ending with a party.

Start the day early with another Irish breakfast or for something a bit lighter, try the latest trend taking Europe by storm: Brunch! Brunch has evolved into the best new thing to do when visiting any city and Dublin is no different. Find some great brunch spots here, or, better yet, ask your accommodation to give you some great suggestions.


The first stop of the day is none other than the Guinness Storehouse. It opens at 9.30am so be sure to get there for one of the first tours of the day. Visiting the storehouse in the morning is likely to be less busy because most people would visit for a Guinness later in the day before they continue their drinking into the night.

guinness storehouse

There are seven floors of experiences here, including Gravity Bar with 360-degree views of Dublin. Tickets can be purchased here and include access to the Guinness Storehouse, learning all about Guinness (including how to perfectly pour a glass), and a pint of the black stuff at the end! Remember to bring your ID (the drinking age in Ireland is 18).

If whiskey is more your thing and you’d prefer something other than Guinness, you could always opt for the Jameson Distillery tour, with tasting. See Also: Jameson Distillery Dublin Tour – Ireland’s Best Selling Whiskey

Once the tour has ended, it’s time to soak up some of that booze. 

☞ SEE ALSO: Guide to Finding the Cheapest Pints in Dublin


For lunch, you need to find a locally-made Irish Stew. It’s a homely meal and the best in Wintertime to warm you up. It usually contains lamb, potatoes and vegetables in a soup but finding a vegetarian option will be no problem. Finish it with some crusty bread dipped in.

A popular place to try the stew is Gallaghers Boxty House. Another local dish to try would be their namesake Boxty. Boxty is basically a potato pancake and served savoury, not sweet.

Walk off your lunch by heading toward the Ha’Penny Bridge to cross to the other side of the river. The Ha’Penny Bridge cast-iron bridge is symbolic in Dublin and a great photo opportunity.

ha penny bridge dublin

This afternoon’s activity takes you to another museum and remaining in the literary theme, this museum is none other than the Dublin Writers Museum. It celebrates the history of famous authors such as Oscar Wilde, WB Yeats and Samuel Beckett among others.

Entrance to the museum is €7.50. You’ll find memorabilia and artefacts surrounding famous works such as Dracula by Bram Stoker!

Late Afternoon

Your final activity of seeing Dublin in 2 days requires some walking and exploring at your own pace. Visiting many cities around the world includes seeing street art and Dublin is no different.

Street artists’ beliefs, frustrations, politics, love, pride and more are all painted on the very streets they live. Society is slowly moving from perceiving this as vandalism/graffiti to art and expression.

Your options to find the art would be: Longwood Avenue (for David Attenborough mural), Love Lane (near Temple Bar), Liberty Lane or visit the Jam Art Factory. Wandering around in search of street art is one of the best free things to do in Dublin.

street art dublin


When the sun goes down on your second day and final day in Dublin, head to Oliver St. John Gogarty Temple Bar and Restaurant for live music. You will definitely hear renditions of Molly Malone and Galway Girl which will be memorable for your weekend in Dublin as well as covers and original songs.

If you want to continue your night out in Dublin, carry on at Harcourt Street for student drink deals. I recommend visiting Dicey’s for budget prices, a huge garden area, and some great throwback tunes.

Unique Cultural Experiences

Living in Dublin my whole life, I’ve come to know the best spots to truly feel the city’s vibrant culture. This section covers some unique cultural experiences that will give you a taste of the authentic Dublin, from live performances to immersive events.

Live Music and Theatre

The Abbey Theatre

If you’re a fan of theatre, The Abbey Theatre is an absolute must-visit. Founded by W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory, it’s been a cornerstone of Irish drama since 1904. I remember my first visit there as a teenager – it was an eye-opening experience.

The Abbey offers a mix of classic and contemporary plays, each one reflecting the heart and soul of Ireland. Whether you’re catching a modern piece or a traditional Irish play, you’re in for a memorable evening that connects you deeply with Irish culture.

Celtic Nights at Arlington Hotel

For a night full of music, dance, and hearty laughter, head to the Arlington Hotel for Celtic Nights. This is a fantastic way to dive into Irish traditions. You’ll be treated to a lively show featuring traditional Irish music and dance, all while enjoying a three-course meal.

The energy in the room is infectious – I’ve been several times and each visit leaves me tapping my feet and humming tunes for days. It’s a perfect blend of food, music, and culture that you won’t want to miss.

Festivals and Events

TradFest in Temple Bar

If you find yourself in Dublin in January, you’re in luck. TradFest is one of the best times to experience traditional Irish music in its full glory. Held in the historic Temple Bar area, the festival brings together some of the finest musicians from across the country.

Templebar on a budget

The streets come alive with the sounds of fiddles, flutes, and bodhráns. I make it a point to attend every year – there’s something magical about the way the music fills the air, creating a festive and welcoming atmosphere.

Bloomsday Festival

Celebrated on June 16th, the Bloomsday Festival honors the life and works of James Joyce.

Fans of his novel “Ulysses” dress in Edwardian costumes and participate in readings, performances, and walking tours that trace the steps of Leopold Bloom, the book’s protagonist.

As a lifelong Dubliner and literature enthusiast, this festival is close to my heart. It’s a quirky and delightful way to celebrate Dublin’s literary heritage and see the city through Joyce’s eyes.

Hidden Gems

St. Michan’s Church

For something a bit off the beaten path, visit St. Michan’s Church. Its crypts house mummified remains that have been preserved for centuries.

The church itself is still used for worship, but it’s the crypt tours that draw curious visitors. The first time I descended into those cool, dimly lit chambers, it was both eerie and fascinating.

The guides do an excellent job of weaving history with a touch of humor, making it a memorable experience.

Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol is another site steeped in history. It played a pivotal role during the 1916 Easter Rising and housed many of Ireland’s revolutionary leaders.

Walking through its cold, stone corridors, you can almost feel the weight of the past. The guided tours provide deep insights into Ireland’s struggle for independence, making it a powerful and educational visit.

It’s one of those places that every Dubliner, including myself, holds in a sort of reverent respect.

These experiences offer a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Dublin’s culture. Whether you’re a history buff, a music lover, or just looking to experience something unique, these cultural gems will make your weekend in Dublin truly unforgettable.

Seasonal and Monthly Festivals

Dublin is a city that loves to celebrate, and there’s no shortage of festivals throughout the year. No matter when you visit, there’s likely to be something special happening over the weekend. Here are some of the top festivals to keep an eye out for.

TradFest in Temple Bar (January)

If you’re visiting Dublin in January, you’re in for a treat. TradFest is a celebration of traditional Irish music held in the Temple Bar area. This festival brings together some of the best traditional musicians from across Ireland and beyond.

The streets come alive with the sounds of fiddles, flutes, and bodhráns. It’s a fantastic way to experience the heart of Irish culture. I always make it a point to attend each year – there’s just something magical about the way the music fills the air and brings everyone together.

Bloomsday Festival (June)

Every June 16th, Dublin honors one of its most famous literary figures, James Joyce, with the Bloomsday Festival. Fans of Joyce’s novel “Ulysses” dress up in Edwardian costumes and take part in readings, performances, and walking tours that trace the steps of Leopold Bloom, the book’s protagonist.

As a lifelong Dubliner and literature enthusiast, this festival is close to my heart. It’s a quirky and delightful way to celebrate Dublin’s literary heritage and see the city through Joyce’s eyes. Even if you’re not a Joyce aficionado, the festive atmosphere and historical reenactments are a joy to witness.

St. Patrick’s Festival (March)

March brings the world-famous St. Patrick’s Festival. While St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th is the highlight, the festivities usually extend over several days, making it perfect for a weekend visit.

The city is awash in green, and there are parades, concerts, and cultural events happening all over. I’ve celebrated many St. Patrick’s Days here, and the energy is always incredible. The parade is a must-see, with its colorful floats, marching bands, and performers from around the world.

Dublin Theatre Festival (September-October)

If you’re in Dublin in late September or early October, check out the Dublin Theatre Festival. This festival showcases a mix of classic and contemporary theatre from Ireland and beyond. It’s an excellent opportunity to see some of the best performances in iconic venues like the Abbey Theatre and the Gate Theatre.

I’ve seen some unforgettable plays here, and it’s always exciting to see what new works and fresh interpretations will be presented each year.

Dublin Fringe Festival (September)

Running almost simultaneously with the Dublin Theatre Festival is the Dublin Fringe Festival. This festival is a bit edgier and showcases a wide range of performances, including theatre, comedy, dance, and live art.

The Fringe Festival is where you’ll find innovative and experimental performances that push the boundaries of traditional theatre. It’s a great way to see something unique and different during your weekend in Dublin.

These festivals offer a fantastic glimpse into Dublin’s vibrant cultural scene. Whether you’re here for the music, the theatre, or just to soak up the festive atmosphere, there’s always something happening to make your weekend in Dublin memorable.

Outdoor Activities

Dublin has plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy over the weekend. From exploring expansive parks to seeking out vibrant street art, there’s something for everyone who loves the great outdoors.

Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park is one of the largest enclosed parks in any European capital, making it perfect for a weekend visit. Spanning over 1,750 acres, it’s home to a variety of attractions.

People's garden in the Phoenix park in Dublin, Ireland

You can visit Dublin Zoo, see the residence of the President of Ireland, or simply enjoy the open spaces. A personal highlight for many is spotting the herd of fallow deer that have roamed the park since the 17th century.

I often spend my weekends here, just strolling or cycling through its vast greenery.

St. Stephen’s Green

Right in the heart of the city, St. Stephen’s Green offers a peaceful retreat from the bustling streets of Dublin. This Victorian park is ideal for a leisurely weekend walk or a picnic.

There are plenty of benches and grassy areas to relax on, and the flowerbeds are particularly beautiful in the spring and summer. It’s a great spot to unwind and watch the world go by, especially if you’ve been shopping along Grafton Street nearby.

Street Art Tour

Dublin’s street art scene has grown significantly over the years, and it’s a fantastic way to explore the city on foot. Take a self-guided tour to see some of the best murals and graffiti, which reflect the city’s creative and rebellious spirit.

Key spots include Love Lane, Liberty Lane, and the colorful artwork along the Grand Canal. Every time I wander these streets, I discover something new and inspiring.

Street Art Dublin

Dublin Bay and Howth

For a breath of fresh sea air, head out to Dublin Bay. The scenic seaside village of Howth is just a short train ride away and perfect for a weekend outing.

You can walk the Howth Cliff Path Loop for stunning views of the Irish Sea, visit the historic Howth Castle, one of the best castles in Dublin, or enjoy some of the best seafood in Dublin. The market in Howth is also a great spot to pick up local crafts and tasty treats.

This is one of the best walks around Dublin.

Dublin Mountains

If you’re up for a bit of adventure, the Dublin Mountains are within easy reach. There are several hiking trails near Dublin suitable for different fitness levels, offering beautiful views of the city and surrounding countryside.

My favorite hike is the Ticknock Trail, which winds through forests and offers panoramic views at the summit. It’s a great way to escape the city and enjoy some natural beauty.

These outdoor activities are perfect for making the most of your weekend in Dublin. Whether you prefer a peaceful park stroll, a seaside adventure, or exploring urban art, there’s something to suit every taste.

Getting To Dublin

Visiting Dublin is easier than ever if you’re travelling by air because of its large international airport, welcoming flights from all over the world. Dublin is also a common layover city when travelling between North America and Europe.

Dublin City Centre is around 10km from Dublin International Airport and there are a few options for getting there:

  • Bus into the city using Airlink is the cheapest option as it costs just €7 for a one-way trip if booked online here.
  • A taxi will set you back around €25 but if you’re travelling with a few people this may work out cheaper if you share.
  • You could always use a car rental company but with only 2 days in Dublin, you probably won’t be going on any day trips, and having your own wheels inside the city is unnecessary.

Alternatively, you can reach Dublin by boat from mainland United Kingdom or by bus if you’re coming from other parts of Ireland or Northern Ireland.

dublin airlink

Food and Drink Experiences

Dublin is a food lover’s paradise with a mix of traditional Irish cuisine and international flavors. Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty meal or a light snack, here are some top spots to check out.

Traditional Irish Breakfast

Start your day with a full Irish breakfast at The Woollen Mills. This classic meal includes bacon, sausage, black pudding, beans, and eggs, all served with soda bread. It’s the perfect way to fuel up before a day of exploring. If you’re staying around Temple Bar, The Old Mill Restaurant also offers a fantastic Irish breakfast for just €10.

Lunch Spots

For lunch, head to Gallagher’s Boxty House. Known for its traditional Irish dishes, it’s a great place to try boxty, a type of potato pancake. Another popular option is their Irish stew, made with tender lamb, potatoes, and vegetables. It’s a warm, comforting dish, especially good on a chilly day.

Afternoon Coffee

In the afternoon, take a break with a coffee at The Temple Bar. While famous for its nightlife, it also offers a cozy spot to enjoy a traditional Irish coffee, made with coffee, whiskey, and cream. It’s a perfect pick-me-up as you continue exploring the city.

coffee on a wooden table

Dinner Options

For dinner, you can’t go wrong with The Brazen Head, Ireland’s oldest pub. It offers a cozy atmosphere and serves up hearty dishes like beef and Guinness stew. If you’re in the mood for something different, La Caverna in Temple Bar provides an Italian dining experience in an 18th-century vault cellar room.

Best Pubs for a Pint

No trip to Dublin is complete without a visit to a traditional Irish pub. The Brazen Head is not just great for food but also for a pint of Guinness. The pub’s historic charm and lively atmosphere make it a must-visit. Another iconic spot is The Temple Bar Pub, known for its extensive whiskey collection and live music.

Guinness Brewery Tour

Late-Night Eats

After a night out, grab a late-night bite at BóBós Burgers. Open until 4 am on weekends, it’s the perfect spot to satisfy your post-pub cravings. Their gourmet burgers are a hit with both locals and visitors alike.

Sweet Treats

Don’t forget to satisfy your sweet tooth at Queen of Tarts. Located on Cow’s Lane, it offers a delightful array of homemade cakes, pastries, and tarts. It’s a lovely spot to enjoy a dessert with a cup of tea or coffee.

These food and drink experiences will give you a true taste of Dublin. Whether you’re indulging in traditional Irish dishes or exploring the city’s diverse culinary scene, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

Nightlife in Dublin

Dublin’s nightlife is legendary, with a wide variety of pubs, bars, and live music venues to explore. Whether you’re looking for a lively night out or a cozy corner to enjoy a pint, Dublin has something for everyone. Here are some top spots to experience the best of Dublin’s nightlife.

Temple Bar

Temple Bar is the heart of Dublin’s nightlife. It’s packed with pubs, bars, and clubs, all offering a vibrant atmosphere. Start your night at The Temple Bar Pub, famous for its extensive whiskey collection and live traditional Irish music. The pub is always buzzing with energy and is a must-visit for first-timers.

Live Music Venues

For live music, head to Whelan’s on Wexford Street. It’s one of Dublin’s best-known venues and has hosted many famous bands. The atmosphere is electric, and it’s a great place to discover new music. Another great spot for live music is The Button Factory in Temple Bar, offering a mix of local and international acts.

folk music festival ireland

Traditional Pubs

For a more traditional pub experience, visit The Brazen Head, Ireland’s oldest pub. The historic charm and cozy atmosphere make it a perfect spot to enjoy a pint of Guinness and some live folk music. O’Donoghue’s on Merrion Row is another excellent choice, known for its traditional Irish music sessions and friendly vibe.

Late-Night Bars

If you’re looking to dance the night away, head to Harcourt Street. This area is known for its late-night bars and clubs. Copper Face Jacks is a popular spot among locals and tourists alike, offering a lively atmosphere and a mix of music genres.

Craft Beer and Cocktails

For something different, try The Porterhouse in Temple Bar, known for its craft beers brewed on-site. They offer a wide range of ales, stouts, and lagers, along with live music. If you’re in the mood for cocktails, check out The Liquor Rooms, a chic bar with creative drinks and a stylish setting.

Student-Friendly Spots

If you’re looking for budget-friendly options, Dicey’s Garden on Harcourt Street is a favorite among students. They offer great drink deals and a large outdoor garden area. It’s a fun place to mingle and enjoy some affordable drinks.

Night Markets and Food Stalls

For a unique experience, visit the Eatyard Night Market (seasonal). Located next to The Bernard Shaw pub, it offers a variety of food stalls, craft beers, and cocktails. It’s a great spot to grab a bite and soak up the lively atmosphere.

Late-Night Eats

After a night out, grab a late-night bite at BóBós Burgers. Open until 4 am on weekends, it’s the perfect spot to satisfy your post-pub cravings. Their gourmet burgers are a hit with both locals and visitors alike.

Where to Stay For a Weekend in Dublin

Dublin is a huge city with great local transport options so wherever you stay, it won’t be hard to get to tourist attractions. If you’re seeing Dublin in 2 days, however, Temple Bar is probably my pick for the best place to stay in Dublin.

Temple Bar is extremely well located if you’re looking for local encounters, best eateries and Irish pubs as well as within walking distance to the main attractions listed on this weekend in Dublin itinerary.

For a full breakdown of the best areas and accommodations in Dublin, don’t miss our in-depth article

Hostels in Dublin

The number one accommodation I can recommend in Temple Bar area is Oliver St. John Gogarty Hostel. I stayed here on my weekend in Dublin and it was one of the cleanest and convenient hostels I’ve stayed in as well as friendly, helpful staff and ideally located next to a restaurant you have to visit on your trip to Dublin!

  • For a list of all hostels in Dublin, click here to see the latest prices and reviews on Booking.com.

Hotels in Dublin

For a hotel option, I recommend staying in a highly-reviewed place called The Merchant House. It was built in 1720 and renovated in 2005 so is ideal for any history lovers out there. My favourite thing about this hotel is that the rooms are named after famous Irish writers such as the creator of Dracula, Bram Stoker.

westbury hotel dublin afternoon tea

Lastly, there’s Dublin Citi Hotel of Temple Bar which is probably the best location because it’s sort of in the middle of the attractions listed in this post and won’t be loud because it’s not as close to the pubs/live music as Oliver St. John Gogarty is.

  • For a list of all highly-rated hotels in Dublin, click here to see the latest prices and reviews on Booking.com. 

Note: Accommodation can rise in price especially if you plan to visit Dublin on a special occasion such as St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th).

For a tip about accommodation in Dublin, avoid staying in low-budget, low-reviewed hostels and hotels. Before moving into Oliver St. John Gogarty, I stayed in a budget hostel and didn’t have a positive experience.

Dublin is an expensive city, and if you go for a low-end accommodation, you’ll probably be disappointed — by location, quality and experience. Since you just have 2 days in Dublin, trust me, it’s worth the splurge! 

Insider Tips For a Dublin Weekend Trip

  1. When staying in hostels, look out for notice boards or ask reception if there are any free walking tours happening.
  2. Although the walking tours are free to join, you can leave a tip for your guide at the end of the tour.
  3. Carry spare change around with you because public toilets usually cost around 50 cents.
  4. In public toilets, there may be someone selling necessities such as deodorant, chewing gum, paper towels, etc. These are not free items so spare change may come in handy again.
  5. Don’t be alarmed by street/road signs when you see just Irish words, the English is usually underneath it.
  6. Not every Irish person says ‘Top Of The Morning To Ya” so refrain from assuming this of every local you meet.
  7. On that note, don’t insult them by mentioning other Irish stereotypes.
  8. A common phrase used in Dublin is ‘grand’ meaning great and it’s grand when you hear a local saying this to you or even better, describing you as a grand person.
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Now You Know How to Spend 2 Days in Dublin

The cobbled paths of Dublin are meant to be walked on to explore the sights, the Irish coffee wouldn’t exist without being consumed in Ireland itself, and as a land of literary inspiration, it’d be a shame not to find your creativity when in Dublin’s fair city.

Ireland’s capital holds a rich history, it’s the home of legendary Irish writers, the birthplace of Guinness and holds the best craic around. Not to mention, if you’re feeling active, there’s some great golfing and hiking nearby! After spending a weekend in Dublin, it might just leave writing on your heart too.

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