Posted on 07/10/2021

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48 hours in Dublin

Once home to such famous literary giants as Oscar Wilde to Samuel Beckett, Dublin is a city like no other. A UNESCO world heritage site, it's a buzzing destination with hundreds of things to see and do. With that in mind here is our guide on how best to spend weekend in Ireland's capital.

Welcome to Dublin

Warm and welcoming, Dublin is a culturally diverse city with a lively atmosphere. It would be a dream to spend a week or so here, soaking in the lively atmosphere and exploring the narrow cobbled streets. But, time is of the essence and if you've only a short window to pack in as much as possible, you might not know where to start. To help you get organized here is our guide of where to go and what to see on your quick trip to this historic city. - © elec/123RF

Breakfast

Brother Hubbard North is located on Capel Street in the city center. Open seven days a week, when it comes to breakfast foods you will be spoilt for choice here, from granola bars to hot chocolate served in jugs to scrumptious cinnamon rolls. It's the perfect place to start your trip. The street itself is a unique mishmash of independent shops and cafés relatively untouched by globalization, there's no Zara or H&M, so you already get an idea of the city's quirky vibe. - © leaf/123RF

Morning

Minutes from your breakfast spot, is the River Liffey, take a leisurely stroll along the banks of a river that's been integral to city life since the Vikings. Then, turn down O'Connell Street, the main high street. It has taken center stage throughout Irish history and there are many statues commemorating the events that took place here as well as the historical figures that made Dublin the city it is today. It also features the world's tallest outdoor art installation, the Dublin Spire which towers a dizzying 120 meters above the crowds below. - © jordachelr/123RF

Lunch

After your morning walk, head to Green Bench. It's very popular, so our suggestion is get there before the rush hour starts at 1pm. They make everything from scratch, so the food is fresh and better than any sandwich brought at the supermarket. Hotpots, sweet potato soups and salads made with beetroot, chicory, pears, lentils and spinach are all available on the menu. - © ildipapp/123RF

Afternoon

About a 15 minutes' walk from Green Bench, is the historic Dublin Castle. It dates back to the 13th century and throughout the years it has served as a royal residence, it's been the center of government administration and it was the focal point of the infamous Bloody Sunday in 1920. Today, it's occasionally used for state dinners. Don't worry tourists are welcome to look around the magnificent monument, and it won't even cost you a penny. - © rognar/123RF

Dinner

To sample the best of Irish cuisine head to The Winding Stair restaurant. It has been open for over 10 years and specializes in traditional Irish cuisine. Connemara lamb, smoked Irish meats, Burren smoked fish are on the menu with craft beers and a selection of wines to wash it down. What's more, ingredients are all sourced locally keeping in touch with the homespun feel. Grab a table on the top floor for stunning views across the river and after have a browse in the bookshop on the ground floor. - © Madrugadaverde/123RF

Evening

Of course, no trip to Ireland would be complete without a pint of Guinness at the pub. While any Irish pub here will likely be better than the versions back home, we would recommend Kehoe's on Grafton Street. It first opened way back in 1803, while the city morphed and evolved around it the pub has retained its traditional charm. It's cozy and popular with visitors and locals alike. - © hofmeester/123RF

Breakfast

Fill up for a busy day at Honest to Goodness café. It's cool, hip and healthy. The café uses only natural ingredients without any preservatives. The counter displays mouthwatering homemade bread, sandwiches and salads. Get your energy for the day by having the full Irish breakfast or a stack of delicious pancakes. If you're in a rush, there's even a to-go option. - © szakaly/123RF

Morning

From the café, it's a ten minute walk to Saint Patrick's Cathedral. It's an impressive 12th century building adorned with a 43 meter spire, making it the tallest and the largest in Ireland. Then, carry on walking to the Kilmainham Gaol, to learn about Ireland's turbulent political history. The building is now a museum owned by the government, but it was once a prison where political opponents were imprisoned or executed. - © diro/123RF

Lunch

Does Irish food seem a bit repetitive now? One of the great things about Dublin is that it celebrates diversity and multiculturalism. Dubliners today could have been be born anywhere from Marrakech to Bucharest. So for lunch, have a Lebanese wrap at Umi Falafel or a stir fry at Mongolian BBQ. - © jenifoto/123RF

Afternoon

Spend the afternoon at the Guinness Storehouse St. James's Gate Brewery. It's one of the biggest tourist attractions the city has to offer and since opening in 2000, it has received over 4 million visitors. After a few drinks in the rooftop bar, pass the rest of the afternoon in the scenic Phoenix Park. Watch the deer roaming in the forests of big leafy trees. To see more animals, there's also a zoo here, which is the largest in Ireland. - © bartkowski/123RF

Dinner

For your final night treat yourself to a luxury dining experience at the Trocadero. The Molly Malone statue is minutes away so make sure you see the famous fishmonger on your way to the restaurant. The Trocadero is perhaps Dublin's best known restaurant and especially popular among the theatre goers. It opened over 50 years ago and the walls are adorned with pictures of celebrities who have dined here over the years. There's the quick pre-theatre menu or indulge in some of their specialties like the beet-cured smoked salmon and the sticky date pudding. - © quasargal/123RF

Evening

Temple Bar is the way to end your stay in style. On the south bank of the River Liffey, not only is the area Dublin's cultural quarter, with independent galleries hosting late night showings, but it also has a lively night life scene. While away the midnight hours in The Palace Bar, The Temple Bar or Oliver St. John Gogarty's, which are the area's party hotspots. - © Patricia Hofmeester

Still time left over?

Check out the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, it contains thousands of rare and precious artifacts including finds from the Bronze Age, the Vikings and Ancient Egyptian era. Another suggestion, if you have time is to have a look round the medieval Christ Church Cathedral which has a mummified rat and cat! - © Madrugadaverde/123RF