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Dublin by a Dubliner!

21 Apr 2007  I'm a student who has lots of time to amble around Dublin!
4.5 of 5 stars based on 28 votes

As a born and bred Dubliner, these are all my favourite things to do in Dublin!

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Dublin, Howth
  • Category: Perfect day
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Never been before, Sports buffs, Theater
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Kilkenny Design, Dublin.
    Kilkenny Shop, Dublin

    Start with breakfast in Kilkenny Design, Nassau Street. (Opposite Trinity College) Even Dubliners like me sometimes go into touristy shops like these when they have a great restaurant. Try the Irish breakfast, pancakes or whatevers going with a nice cup of tea! A bit expensive but very good!

  • 2. National Gallery of Ireland @ Merrion Square
    National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

    Have a ramble around the National Gallery - it's free. The staff (esp the security guards) will talk to you about anything and are always up for a conversation about the paintings. Look out for the one who wears a fake nose and teeth to freak people out, hes really funny.

  • 3. Trinity College, Dublin
    Trinity College, Dublin

    After the National Gallery, cross over the road and pop into Trinity to see the oldest University in Ireland (founded 1592), have a gander in the infamous long room and have a look at the book of kells.

  • 4. Howth
    Howth

    Walk around to the opposite side of Trinity College to Pearse Street Dart/Train Station and get the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) to Howth, a seaside town in Co. Dublin. Have some chips in a brown paper bag from Café Ciara while sitting on the pier, or maybe some ice cream from Mauds. To work off the extra pounds, have a walk up the rather steep Head of Howth. You can also take a boat out to Ireland's Eye from Howth Pier. If its a Sunday check out the Farmer's Market, I recommend Man of Aran fudge.

  • 5. Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
    Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin

    Once you're back in Dublin City Centre (or just 'town' as you have to call it when you're from the 'burbs) go across the Liffey to O' Connell Street, have a look at the Spire while you're there and maybe have a conversation with some Dubliners about whether or not they like it. (This always happens to me when i'm standing there) (And yes, I love it!), Go to Abbey Street which dissects O' Connell Street and get the LUAS (its gaelic for speed), a tram to Heuston and walk up to IMMA. From Heuston you can also get the train to anywhere in the country - most places in Ireland can practically be done in a day, but you'll have to leave early for that!

  • 6. The Joy of Coffee, Temple Bar
    Temple Bar, Dublin

    Hop off the luas and go back across the Liffey once more to Temple Bar, Dublin's "artsy" quarter. Have a look around and then chill out in The Joy of Coffee, not only do they have a fab selection of coffees and teas (and hot chocolates!), they also do brilliant ice cream. Big wooden tables and a laid back homey atmosphere mean you could hang out here for ages and strike up a conversation with whoevers sitting next to you. (As i often do!)

  • 7. St. Stephen's Green
    St. Stephen's Green, Dublin

    After your coffee, head up to the top of Grafton Street for a walk in St Stephen's Green, admire the Georgian Houses on the perimeter and see if artists have their work on display around the park railings (weekends usually). Feed the ducks or sit in one of the bandstands and just relax.

  • 8. Pasta Fresca
    Grafton Street, Dublin

    Have a walk up Grafton Street and pop into our most famous and fancy department store Brown Thomas. (Note: This may be detrimental to your wallet) Off Grafton Street on Chatham Street, Pasta Fresca is my usual haunt for lunch or for dinner or for anytime of day really. It gets crowded at the weekends so book ahead, but on weekdays it shouldn't be a problem. The Italian staff are always brilliant and the food is excellent. Check out www.pastafresca.ie.

  • 9. After Dinner...Why not the theatre?
    Abbey Theatre, Dublin

    So, what to do for the night. Here are my recommendations.... If you fancy a bit of culture why not try one of Dublin's theatres? Try The Abbey (www.abbeytheatre.ie), The Gate (www.gate-theatre.ie), The Gaiety (www.gaietytheatre.ie) amongst others. Buy the Irish Times for theatre listings.

  • 10. Or maybe some live music?
    The Brazen Head, Dublin

    If for you live music means fiddles, bodhráns and tin whistles then head to Temple Bar where you'll be sure to find some Irish (or Fiddly-Eye to the rest of us) music to suit your tastes. If you want to see some up-and-coming bands then why not buy Hot Press magazine and check out the local listings. Places like Whelans of Wexford Street, Eamonn Dorans in Temple Bar and Temple Bar Music Centre will generally have live music on during the week. Who knows, you might see the next U2...

  • 11. Or even fancier live music?
    http://www.nch.ie

    Across St Stephen's Green is the National Concert Hall, with something on every night of the week have a very cultured evening here.

  • 12. Go on a guided tour/pub crawl
    Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl, Dublin

    With hundreds of pubs in Dublin, why not make a mad attempt to visit them all by going on one of our city's pub crawls.
    Try the Literary Pub Crawl (www. dublinpubcrawl.com), the Musical Pub Crawl (www. discoverdublin.ie/ musicalpub crawl.html) or maybe the next day go on a Historical Tour of Dublin (www. historicalinsights.ie).

    If you have kids bring them on the Viking Splash Tour, where you, (dressed in Viking Helmets) will terrify ordinary Dubs like me by shouting at them in the street from your amphibious vehicle, which will later take you on a tour of Dublin's Liffey. Which you can also do from the Liffey Voyage outlet on the Boardwalk (www.liffeyvoyage.ie)

  • 13. Bed

    If you've done all of that then this is where you should be. Ready for another day in Dublin....

  • 14. Other Dublin Attractions that are fab....
    Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin

    Kilmanhaim Gaol - find out about the Republican leaders and the 1916 rising. Also have a look at the GPO on O' Connell Street whose columns supposedly still have bullet marks from the Rising.

    The Phoenix Park - Get the 10 bus from O Connell Street to the biggest park in Dublin, go to Dublin Zoo or see if the deer are around or if theres some cricket on. Have a look at Áras an Uachtaráin (The President's Residence), its open on Saturdays.

    Croke Park (http://www.crokepark.ie) or (http://www.gaa.ie) Go to the home of Irish Gaelic sports. Croke Park is a hugely impressive stadium which has recently (and controversially) held 'non-native' sports such as rugby and football. Try to see some Hurling or some Gaelic football.

    The Countryside - Go on down the country - We all need a break from Dublin sometimes!

  • 15. Useful Info

    Dublin Bus - www.dublinbus.ie
    LUAS - www.luas.ie
    DART - www.iarnrodeireann.ie
    Trains to the Countryside - www.irishrail.ie
    Buses to the Countryside - www.buseireann.ie
    Generally - www.dublin.ie
    Airport - www.dublinairport.com

  • 16. Learn some Gaelic! (Déan é!) (do it!)

    Learn some Irish by popping into the Irish Lang Drop in Centre - (www.gaeilge.ie/ directory/entry .asp?id=410)

    Check out www.gaeilge.ie or pop into 'An Chonradh' a bar and irish language bookshop on Harcourt Street.

    Anyone with an interest in irish can message me and i'll be happy to help.
    Slán! (goodbye!)