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With three days to play with in Dublin, here are the iconic sights a first-timer mustn’t miss!

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  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • LGBT
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

12 Places

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12 Places

Day 1

O'Connell Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas

The Old Jameson Distillery

Factory Tours, Speciality & Gift Shops, History Museums, Speciality Museums

Merrion Square

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Temple Bar

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Speciality & Gift Shops

Day 2

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

History Museums

George's Street Arcade

Flea & Street Markets

Guinness Storehouse

Breweries

Trinity College

Educational sites, Historic Sites, Libraries

Day 3

Howth Head

Lookouts

National Gallery of Ireland

Art Museums

Grafton Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Dawson Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Mark M's City Tips

  • A modern tram system (LUAS), a train system (DART) and city buses serve the city centre. There is no underground system.
  • Eating out is generally informal with no particular dress code.
  • Tipping is appreciated in restaurants (typically 10 - 15% of your bill).
  • Irish people are friendly and open, so ask questions. People are more than willing to help. Just be aware a long conversation may ensue!
    Day 1
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    O'Connell Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas
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    Mark M Says:

    This is the main street of the city. Highlights on and around O'Connell Street include: The historic General Post Office where the 1916 rebellion started, the Hugh Lane Art Gallery, the popular shopping area Henry street and the vibrant market stretch Moore Street, with colourful street traders and ethnic shops. The main drag is very busy, but the best parts are on the side streets surrounding it!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Most of the city centre bus services have a stop on O'Connell Street.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #144 of 623 things to do in Dublin
    • main street in dublin 30/06/2015
    • Must see on a first trip to dublin 29/06/2015
    • O'Connell Street
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    The Old Jameson Distillery
    Factory Tours, Speciality & Gift Shops, History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Mark M Says:

    Uisce beatha, meaning 'water of life' is the Gaelic for whisky, spelled without the 'e.' Irish whisky is triple distilled, making it smooth and very drinkable. This atmospheric building has the marvelous scent of the angel’s share (the portion of whisky which escapes into the air from the barrels). The tour here includes a description of how Irish whisky is made, plus a free drink!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • A tour is optional - there is also an onsite bar, cafe and gift store to explore.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 139 Shopping in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ok if you want an overview 04/07/2015
    • Worth a visit 04/07/2015
    • The Old Jameson Distillery
    Address:
    Bow Street
    Smithfield Village
    Dublin 7
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 807 2355
    Other:
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    Merrion Square
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Mark M Says:

    Literary aficionados shouldn’t miss Sweny’s Pharmacy just opposite the Davenport hotel. It is a Victorian treasure trove, mentioned in James Joyce’s book Ulysses, while Merrion Square itself is a Georgian masterpiece.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Pop into the Natural History Museum to see the incredible collections of stuffed long-toothed animals from around the world.
    • Look for the statue of Oscar Wilde in Merrion Square Park.
    • At Sweny's, you can buy your loved ones a gift of lemon soap as mentioned in Ulysses or enjoy readings from James Joyce’s books, held at lunchtime each day.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #64 of 623 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Surprise quiet park in Dublin 04/07/2015
    • Quiet and relaxing park 23/06/2015
    • Merrion Square
    Address:
    East End of Nassau St.
    Dublin 2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    353-1-661-2369
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    Temple Bar
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Speciality & Gift Shops
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    Mark M Says:

    This neighbourhood is the culture, art and entertainment hub of Dublin. A maze of narrow streets beside the River Liffey, the place exudes a bohemian, fun and friendly atmosphere. Street entertainers, pubs and restaurants mix with offbeat specialty shops to create a buzz of excitement. Later in the night this area becomes party central with pubs and nightclubs at every few steps.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Ladies, avoid stilettos. The cobblestone streets don't work well for heels, especially in the rain!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 139 Shopping in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mr and Mrs 04/07/2015
    • Temple bar 04/07/2015
    • Temple Bar
    Address:
    2 - 5 Wellington Quay
    Temple Bar
    Dublin 2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    353 17030700
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology
    History Museums
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    Mark M Says:

    Located on Kildare Street, the National Museum of Archaeology is literally a treasure trove of artefacts from Ireland’s remote past. Bronze age gold jewellery sits side by side with Celtic ritual artefacts, and amazing early Christian ritual objects are displayed along with gristly early human remains found preserved in peat bogs.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Closed on Mondays.
    • Admission is free.
    • There is an excellent onsite gift shop and a café.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 623 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting, well presented - must see for archaeology fans. 04/07/2015
    • Not to be missed! 04/07/2015
    • National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology
    Address:
    Kildare Street
    Dublin
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 6777444
    Hours:
    Sun
    14:00 - 22:00
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    George's Street Arcade
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Mark M Says:

    This stunning Victorian redbrick covered market has a very special mix of market stalls, shops, and specialty gifts. Handicrafts and ethnic stores rub shoulders with spice merchants, fortune tellers and old coin and vinyl record sellers. Rather than a place for serious shopping, it's a spot to check out for the interior and the ambiance.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Haggling is not a highly developed art in Dublin. Prices displayed are usually the final price, so save your energy for more exploring.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #343 of 623 things to do in Dublin
    • "Small but perfectly formed" 23/06/2015
    • Passing through 29/04/2015
    • George's Street Arcade
    Address:
    South Great George's Street
    Dublin
    Ireland
    Phone:
    (01) 283-6077
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 23:00
    Mon - Wed
    9:00 - 23:30
    Thu
    9:00 - 1:30
    Fri - Sat
    9:00 - 23:30
    Other:
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    Guinness Storehouse
    Breweries
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    Mark M Says:

    Arthur Guinness and his wife had twenty-one children. For this reason Guinness is known as liquid Viagra. Guinness also is reputedly good for your health, being high in iron. So how many more reasons do you need to visit the home of Guinness? On a stunning visit to the seven floors of Guinness history located within the working Guinness complex, learn how to pull your own pint properly (yes, it must be done right for it to taste as it should!) and enjoy the panoramic views of the city from the glass-fronted gravity bar.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Guinness is about a 30-minute walk from the city centre. Avoid the taxi fare and save money to spend on a take home bottle of Guinness export. At 8% alcohol, it is dynamite.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 623 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely Visit 04/07/2015
    • Guinness Storehouse 04/07/2015
    • Guinness Storehouse
    Address:
    St. James Gate
    James Street, The Liberties
    Dublin 8
    Ireland
    Phone:
    353 1 408 4800
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Trinity College
    Educational sites, Historic Sites, Libraries
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    Mark M Says:

    This is the first university ever built in Ireland, with an old library that houses the world-famous Book of Kells, a 9th century religious text. The visit to see the Book of Kells is self-guided, however guided tours of the grounds of the university are available. Many of the guides are students, so this is a good way to get the inside story in a fun and informative way.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go early to avoid the line to see the Book of Kells, especially during summertime.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 623 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Trinity College 04/07/2015
    • Nice place to walk 03/07/2015
    • Trinity College
    Address:
    Grafton St.
    College Green
    Dublin 2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    (+353) 01 896 1000
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Howth Head
    Lookouts
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    Mark M Says:

    After three days in the city, it’s time to head for the seaside. Take the DART train along the stunning Dublin coastline and travel north to the beautiful harbor village of Howth. Take a walk on the stunning cliff path and head down to one of the seafront restaurants or bars afterwards. Many specialize in local produce, and the food could not be fresher.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Pick up Beshoffs fish and chips takeaway on the harbor front and try to keep the seagulls away as you sit overlooking the sea. They love fish and chips.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Howth
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Do the bog of frogs walk at 10km 04/07/2015
    • Fab day out from Dublin 30/06/2015
    • Howth Head
    Address:
    Howth Village
    Howth
    Ireland
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    National Gallery of Ireland
    Art Museums
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    Mark M Says:

    George Bernard Shaw often skipped school and said he got most of his education from visiting the National Art Gallery in Dublin. Here, there are paintings on display by Caravaggio, Gainsborough, Monet, Picasso, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Vermeer.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is an excellent café which is so good the locals often go there just to eat, even if they're not seeing the art on display.
    • Some of the galleries are closed for renovation, so do call ahead if there is a particular painting you want to see.
    • A fantastic gift store sells inexpensive art related items.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #83 of 623 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Some Great Paintings 30/06/2015
    • Lord Edward?? 29/06/2015
    • National Gallery of Ireland
    Address:
    Merrion Square West
    Dublin 2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    + 353 1 661 5133
    Other:
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    Grafton Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Mark M Says:

    Want to burn a smoking great hole in your credit card? This is the premier shopping area in Dublin, with a maze of narrow streets leading to atmospheric pubs, eclectic shops and cozy cafes and restaurants. Grafton Street is pedestrian and fun to explore. The street entertainers range from excellent to worse than useless, and sometimes gather a crowd that literally blocks the street.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Immerse yourself in Dublin culture at Bewley's Cafe. The coffee is guaranteed to strip away layers of jet lag.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 623 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Busy 03/07/2015
    • Take a minute, so you can say you did! 30/06/2015
    • Grafton Street
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    Dawson Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Mark M Says:

    This street has perhaps become the premier street in Dublin for dining experiences. Start by viewing the incredible range of whisky at the Celtic Whisky shop. Then work your way past the Lord Mayor’s mansion and sample the fine offerings of the many restaurants on this street. From knock-your-socks-off coffee to high end dining and everything in between, this is an ideal street in which to tickle your taste buds.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Don't miss Hodges Figgis bookstore, probably the best bookstore in Dublin.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #347 of 623 things to do in Dublin
    • Nothing much to see 30/06/2015
    • Couple of gems in Dawson street 25/03/2015
    • Dawson Street
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