Dublin: deeply rooted in history, culture and architecture makes for the perfect location for a weekend away or as has been the case in recent years, stag and hen do’s for the younger generation. With friendly locals and a variety of bars, restaurants and activities at your doorstep, the city makes for the ideal pitstop to explore what it has to offer or as a base to explore more of Ireland’s landscapes, mountains and coastlines. If it is your first time to the capital, I have written a few suggestions below of what are the best things to see and do in Dublin if you have a few days or hours to enjoy and explore the city.
Any history enthusiasts should look no further than the famous Dublin Castle, with its rich 800 year old history steeped in drama and mystery. A lot of the historical events in the country have happened here and welcomes over a quarter of a million visitors each year. With grounds spanning over 11 acres, it makes for a beautiful setting for a day visit, with daily guided tours of the many stunning rooms on offer. Make sure you add it to your list on your next visit to Dublin.
Temple Bar Neighbourhood
The Temple Bar neighbourhood is an iconic area of the city, famous for its lively night scene and bars aplenty to choose from. From Irish whisky to Guinness, all your alcoholic needs are taken care of and it’s atmosphere is great every night of the week, but made even better at the weekend with everyone looking for a good time. One of my favourite bars in the area is . It has been newly renovated and refurbished and has something for everyone no matter the occasion. From freshly prepared meals to a huge collection of wine, spirits and beers, the venue is perfect for a few drinks after work or for that big night out during your holiday in Dublin. Set over 5 floors, with a rooftop bar and a hidden VIP lounge, Badbobs is also open till late at night, as the nightclub is open on Friday and Saturday night and is one of the most popular spots in the city.
Day Trip to the Cliffs of Moher
If you are looking to explore the beauty of the Irish coast, within driving distance of the city, look no further than the Cliffs of Moher. Having being used in many famous productions, including a few of the Harry Potter films, the cliffs are breathtaking to see up close and in person. With walks along the cliffs, you can marvel at the spectacular scenery on offer on the west coast of the country. It takes around a 3 hour drive and tours start from as little as €15 return – well worth doing and a must see on your visit to Dublin.