The Perfect Weekend in Dublin
When time is short, make sure you spend it wisely in Dublin. Here are some of our top tips for planning the perfect weekend getaway in the Irish capital.
If you’re lucky enough to have already visited the Emerald Isle, we’re sure you’ll agree that there’s a reason Dublin was voted one of the friendliest cities in the world. Whatever your plans in the city, you’re bound to be waylaid by the sight of a bustling, impromptu market or impassioned locals. The energetic and gregarious city of Dublin has a rich cultural heritage that spans millennia. Regardless of when you visit this fair city, you’ll find the atmosphere infectious year-round with tourists and locals alike.
From its quaint cobbled streets and cosy bars to its popular theatre spots, gardens, castles and of course, its breweries, a weekend in Dublin gives you the opportunity to explore the very best this charming city has to offer.
Friday Night Itinerary
If you’re looking to indulge in a tipple or two when you arrive in Dublin, then Friday night is the ideal time to visit the famous Temple Bar district. This bustling area is chock-full of boutique shops, restaurants and fantastic bars. Get ready to meander along the picturesque cobblestone streets and then pop into Bad Bobs to sample their latest cocktail infusion.
Once you have enjoyed a long and luxurious lie in, it’s time to head out for some sightseeing. Grafton Street is well-known amongst locals and is home to some of the best buskers in Dublin. You can then meander up to the famed Brown Thomas department store.
After perusing the shelves in Brown Thomas, you’ll likely be ready for a brunch stop. Make sure to check out Balfes if you’re looking for the most instagrammable restaurant in Dublin! With a huge array of delicious and stylish dishes, you’ll definitely find something that takes your fancy at this popular eatery.
Tucked away behind the walls of Dublin Castle is the Chester Beatty Library Museum. This is a must-visit for any booklovers as it houses a rare collection of ancient manuscripts, rare books and beautiful artworks.
A weekend in Dublin wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Ireland’s #1 tourist attraction is so much more than a brewery. It offers an unforgettable interactive experience where visitors can learn more about the Guinness family and how the history of the city is interwoven with the story of this famous beer.
If you’re looking to enjoy another unforgettable meal, you must visit the Avoca Café at Malahide Castle. This café offers a gorgeous outdoor terrace and views across the castle’s stunning gardens. After eating every last bite on your plate, head out and explore Malahide Castle. Set on 260 acres of beautiful land, this is one of the oldest castles in Ireland.
Housed in a landmark Georgian townhouse, visiting the fun Little Museum of Dublin is the perfect way to while away the afternoon hours. Consisting of just a few rooms, you’ll be able to learn more about Dublin and the fantastic assortment of characters who have helped shape the city.