Top sights in Dublin
Dublin is the perfect destination for a 2-day weekend away. Our itinerary helps you get the most of your 48 hours in Ireland’s capital.
Travelers to Dublin are spoiled for choice, but these experiences are the best of the best! Discover the unmissable things to do in the Irish capital.
Our most recommended Dublin Beer Tasting & Brewery Tours
1. Skip-the-Line: Guinness & Jameson Irish Experience Tour
Experience 2 of Dublin’s top attractions on a fascinating skip-the-line half-day Irish Experience tour in and around the historic city-center. Meet your local Dublin guide at the Jameson Whiskey Distillery in Bow Street located in the Cultural Quarter of Smithfield for a tasting experience in an exclusive setting. Sample Jameson Whiskey variants for a whiskey comparison that few get to enjoy. Learn what 3 ingredients go into making the world’s most famous Irish whiskey, and get a coveted Whiskey Taster Certificate. After your sampling experience enjoy a free drink among new friends where your guide will share fascinating stories about Ireland's whiskey and history. Your tour will then continue to the Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s number one visitor attraction where you'll skip the long lines to enjoy a tasting and a free pint of Guinness. Enjoy a tutorial about the famous beer from y...
This tour was absolutely awesome! Ann was super nice, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable. The weather was pretty bad when we did this tour, but Ann was so positive and was making us smile. The highlights of the tour were not at all ruined by the rain. If anything, I'm incredibly thankful we booked this "skip-the-line" tour because the line for Guinness Storehouse was INSANE. People had to wait outside in a storm while we just cruised passed them to go in. 100% worth it!!
2. Dublin: Generation Pub Crawl
Start this fun night out by meeting your guide at the Mercantile Pub on Dame Street. Sign up anytime from 8 PM to 8:30 PM and get a free complimentary Guinness with your first drink purchase. Listen to some of the best live music in Dublin as you meet your new drinking buddies. Continue to 3 more Irish pubs, where you will enjoy more free drinks and hear some fantastic live Irish music during the night. Join other backpackers in beer pong and flip cup games as you experience Dublin's nightlife on a pub crawl recommended by the city's best hostels. Boasting over 1,000 bars, and known for its craic (fun, enjoyable conversation), Dublin may be the best place in the world for a pub crawl. Discover some of the city's best pubs and clubs with in-the-know locals, and get exclusive savings to ensure you have a fantastic night out. Move on to the last venue of the night and experience...
My friend and I live in Dublin and I got this as a birthday present for her. We were very surprised with how well organised it was and how much fun we had.
3. Howth: Craft Beer and Seafood Trail
After meeting with your tour guide, you will wander through a picturesque fishing village, stopping off at locations along the route to sample the delights of Howth. Along the way, you will hear tales of Howth's ancient past, including Viking and Norman invasions, the history of the 700-year-old castle, kings landing, gun running of Howth (1914), and many many more, mixed with some funny Irish anecdotes. As you stroll across Howth Harbor, you will see the fishing boats returning from sea with their latest catch, and be able to interact with the local fishermen, who are only too willing to share a story or two. Have all of your senses engaged on your journey, with the best views in Ireland, magical sea smells, sounds of the wide variety of local wildlife, and unrivaled food and drink. A selection of seafood will be made on the day, to ensure it is locally sourced and the freshest in Ire...
Brilliant afternoon out. Our guide was a local guy named mark, and his dog missy. He was great company, as were the other guests we met. Great food, great beer, great tour, great location. Proper value for money
4. Dublin: Private Pub Crawl Tour
Dublin is where pubs are born. Some do not survive, many leave the Irish shore, but few age as gracefully as the stable pubs that bestow so much character on Dublin. Avoid the tourist traps and fake 'Irish' pubs, and escape with the locals to learn how to savor a pint of Guinness on this pub crawl. Find out how to ensure you always get a great pint and why it's important. Follow in the footsteps of the Irish literary giants like Patrick Kavanagh, Flann O'Brien, and Brendan Behan. If Dublin has hidden gems, they're the pubs that don't advertise to tourists. The locals. The authentic Irish pub where the conversation is flowing faster than the beer, where the character of the pub is as fascinating as the characters in it, where literature, society, and history eternally live. The best time to start is 7 PM, assuming you've eaten dinner prior to the tour. Bring a pen — you never know what...
5. Dublin: Private Distillery Trail with Irish Whiskey Tasting
Start your day with a step back in time at James Fox Cigar and Whiskey Store, a leading merchant of fine Cuban cigars, premium Irish whiskey, smoking pipes and select spirits since 1881. Then relax as you travel to the Liberties neighborhood of Dublin to the Dublin Liberties Distillery set in a 300-year-old building. Enjoy a short walk around the block to Teeling Whiskey Distillery for a tour of the distillery floor and then onto the bar to try their Small Batch Teeling Whiskey and Single Pot Still, the first whiskey to be made in Dublin since 1976. Onto Pearse Lyons Distillery next, set in St. James’ Church which dates back to the 12th century. The tour includes a walk around the graveyard next to the church and a tasting of Pearse Lyons whiskeys and gin. Finish up your tour with drop-off at the door of your hotel in Dublin city.
6. Dublin Beer Tour with a Spanish Tour Guide
Stroll through Dublin's most iconic and beautiful pubs and discover the importance of beer in Irish culture. Indulge in pub culture and tour Dublin's most iconic venues with the Temple Bar Tour, Irish Pubs history, a must see for the most important Irish pubs in the area for its antiquity, style and history. As you walk around the city, your Spanish-speaking guide will tell you anecdotes and curiosities to understand the important role that pubs play in the daily life of the Irish and their passion for bars. You will also learn a bit more about whiskey and beer, mainly about the famous Guinness black beer. Start at a traditional Irish pub, then continuing to a Victorian style pub with numerous ornamental details. You will also see the wall of fame, with portraits of U2, Van Morrison and Sinead O'Connor and the corner of Temple Bar, the flagship of the neighborhood. Enjoy the best live...
7. Dublin: Guided Sights and Pints Tour
Following Irish Independence, a few men sat down and thought about what they would do with Dublin. Following much intense discussion and with the preservation of the British and Irish cultures in mind, it was born into the city it is today. Since then, Dublin has become a symbol of reconciling Ireland's British past with its Irish future. The British Trinity College (with its Protestant legacy) has produced Oscar Wilde and Jonathan Swift, and Dublin's pubs have produced writers from the Irish tradition, such as Patrick Kavanagh and Brendan Behan. This tour is, therefore, a tribute to Dublin's dual personality, and the pub door will be the boundary between the two worlds. Get comfortable in a few warm pubs throughout the tour where you will discuss important aspects of history, including Irish origins, the Irish language, and the Celtic Tiger. With this in mind, you will pop into a grea...
8. Ireland's Hidden Heartlands Private Whiskey Trail
As you depart Dublin for the west, your whiskey expert driver/guide will entertain you as you sit back and enjoy the rolling Irish countryside. Your first tour is Kilbeggan Distillery, which includes a master class in the tasting of Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, Kilbeggan Single Grain, and Tyrconnell Single Malt. Next, you will visit one of Ireland’s most authentic towns, Athlone. Enjoy some free time here and grab lunch, then your host will take you for a visit to Sean’s Bar, Ireland’s oldest pub. The bar has its very own whiskey brand and you’ll enjoy a tasting of Sean’s Bar Single Malt and Specially Blended Irish Whiskey. Another quick transfer by road will have you at the home of Tullamore D.E.W., one of the biggest Irish whiskey brands in the world. Take a tour of the impressive state-of-the-art Tullamore Distillery and enjoy a premium tasting. Afterward, you'll return to Dublin and...
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Planning Your Visit
Best time to visit?
Ireland isn't exactly known for its splendid weather, but the best of it generally makes its token appearance at the end of summer (September-ish). If you're looking for an excuse to don a silly hat and swig Guinness, the St. Patrick's Day parade is on March 17th.
How to get around?
The Irish are world-renowned for their terrific sense of humor, and nowhere is this more evident than in Dublin's public transport network! There are 2 unconnected tram lines and trains mainly serve the outer rim of the city. The bus network is extensive but a tough nut to crack for visitors (see dublinbus.ie). The good news, however, is that most of the sights are just a short walk from each other in the heart of the city!
How many days?
You could see the sights of Dublin in a day or two, but remember this is a city of exemplary museums, exciting music and sports events, and enticing modern restaurants. Book a week to delve into its best kept secrets!
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- Best time to visit
- For the best weather, plan to visit around September, but for the celebrations, come in mid-March for the St. Patrick's Day parade and festivities.
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What people are saying about Dublin
Daniel was an AMAZING guide! So funny and knowledgeable, and had lots of fun games for us to play to pass the time (with prizes!) He even wrote our names for us in Ogham. 10/10 recommend this tour, you won’t regret it !!
Johnny was a really great guide,knowledgable,interactive and fun. The day was really well organised and gave plenty of time for some relaxation. Stunning location and would highly recommend Thank you so Much Sue
We found the tour was great very well structured and each area added to the last. the Tour Guide David W loved his job and passed that love onto us about the history of Dublin
Sean was great, He knows history of Ireland very well and he is such a funny dude. We enjoy this experience so much. Thank you very much. It was be tiring but lovely day.
It was a great tour! We loved cliffs and Galway! Our tour guide Daniel made this tour even more special!