One place all avid travelers should visit at least once in their life is the vibrant city of Dublin. Home to the biggest Viking cemetery apart from Scandinavia, the former Viking settlement is well-known for its upbeat nightlife and friendly people.
Dublin is a city of amazing history and culture and makes a great destination for solo travelers and women over 50 because of how safe it is. Nicknamed “the Pale,” the city offers all sorts of attractions, whether you’re a history or art lover or enjoy some good food and whiskey!
With so much to do and see, it can be overwhelming to know where to start your tour. Lucky for you, this guide has insider tips that’ll help make your visit truly special. Read on for the best experiences in Dublin:
What’s the Best Time to Visit?
The best time to visit Dublin is Halloween, which peaks in October. This is when the weather is more pleasant, and you can enjoy the Halloween festivities without worrying about rain or snow.
The off-season is usually cheaper than the peak season (March-May or September – October).
Make an Itinerary
Dublin is one of the best travel destinations, and to get the most out of the experience, you should make a list of things you want to do. That way, you can budget wisely and make the best of your time there.
You can use this time as an opportunity to explore the city at your own pace. Even if you have only one day in Dublin, make sure it’s packed with fun and interesting activities! The following are some of the best experiences you should not miss out on while in Dublin:
1. Cliffs of Moher Tour
The Cliffs of Moher Tour is a must-do for any visitor to Ireland, presenting a 2-hour tour filled with adventure. Generally, the 700-ft cliff is on the Wild Atlantic Way and presents a challenge for thrill seekers with a rewarding, breathtaking view.
The tour takes you along the gorgeous Atlantic Ledge, with several restaurants laid out. From there, you’ll be ferried to Galway City, traveling through the Lunar landscape all the way to Burren National Park. Its extensive collection of flora and fauna is surrounded to excite nature lovers.
You’ll also have an experienced guide, beefing up your knowledge of Dublin with historical facts and popular folklore. Or you can be serenaded by their local music for a taste of their rich culture.
2. Glasnevin Cemetery
Glasnevin Cemetery is the most popular cemetery in Ireland. It is a great place to visit if you want to learn about Irish history, and it has many famous people like Daniel O’Connell! So if you have a taste for the spooky, this is for you.
3. Game of Thrones – Winterfell Trek from Dublin
This is the ultimate choice for Game of Thrones lovers! The village of Ballinteer is one location you can visit on your Game of Thrones tour from Dublin. It’ll take you to some of the places where the popular show was shot.
This small town has been transformed into a bustling metropolis with multiple restaurants, pubs, and shops where you can get your fill of authentic Irish cuisine!
4. Dall’Italia Pasta Bar
If you have a taste for the finer things in life and want to experience the best of the city, make sure that your next lunch or dinner is at Dall’Italia Pasta Bar. This restaurant has an incredible view of Dublin Bay and offers delicious Italian cuisine with fresh ingredients from Italy.
Whether your preference is seafood or meat dishes like veal Milanese or bolognese sauce on top of spaghetti noodles—you will not be disappointed by what they serve here! They also have a great selection of salads, catering for all palates!
5. St Stephen’s Green
St Stephen’s Green is one of the gorgeous Victorian-style parks in the center of Dublin. It is also one of the largest parks in Ireland, offering a variety of green spaces and picnic areas to explore. Located next to Trinity College and within walking distance from Connolly station, it’s an ideal place for an adventure-filled day out!
6. Guinness Brewery Whiskey Taste
Dublin is famous for its whiskeys, which you can learn about at the Guinness Brewery Whiskey Taste. The experience takes you through all aspects of making and drinking a pint of Guinness. You’ll get to see how it’s made, why it’s so special (and how it has changed over time), and where your next pint will come from.
The tour also includes tastings of their premium single malt whiskey and an international selection of beers on tap!
7. Temple Bar
The Temple Bar area is a popular tourist destination, and it’s no surprise that it’s also home to some of the best nightlife in Dublin. With so much happening on Dame Street, you’ll find yourself surrounded by people from all over the world. This bar makes it easy to meet new people and get a glimpse into life outside of Ireland.
There are plenty of options for getting the most out of your time in Dublin. Whether you’re looking for a full-day tour or have time to explore, there’s something here for everyone. Hopefully, this guide has helped you decide the best way to experience Dublin and have an amazing trip!
Welcome to my Life is a Journey of Escapes. Thanks for your interest. I am Betty LaMarr, a California Girl with southern values. My early years were in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. I have been in love with travel for many years.
My first trip out of the country was from California to Canada, just on the other side of Niagara Falls. I didn’t realize that was the beginning of my wanderlust.
Since then, I have visited more than 50 countries and territories and lived abroad for four years in South Africa. The period of living as an expatriate was more life-changing than I could have ever imagined.