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10 Fun Things To Do In Dublin

29 Jan 10 Fun Things To Do In Dublin

Dublin is high on the list of most appealing European cities for a lot of international travelers. Known for a deep history and a patriotic and enjoyable local population, it seems to exude a lot of what we look for in a European capital.

Truthfully, those who get the chance to spend some time in Dublin should also look into exploring Ireland more broadly. It’s a fairly small country but one full of interesting and beautiful things to see. You can’t see it all, but you can do quite a bit of exploring in a couple of days. Dublin is still the main attraction though, so here we’re going to delve into some of the fun things you can do there.

1. Tour Trinity College

You may well have seen a photo of Trinity College without ever realizing it before because the college happens to have a very famous library – one that’s often compared to scenes from inside the fictional school of Hogwarts. It’s largely because of this library that Trinity College was the first item listed on a bucket list of things to do in Dublin. We’d second the recommendation.

2. Take A Food Tour

The same Dublin bucket list article that began with Trinity College noted that “Dublin is cooking up a storm,” which is to say the city’s food scene has evolved in some interesting and impressive ways. There are actually numerous options for food tours of the city, which help you to try a little bit of everything.

3. Visit Guinness

This might be the ultimate cliché for a trip to Dublin, but the Guinness Storehouses are certainly among the city’s most famous attractions. It’s worth going, both to learn about the making of one of the world’s most famous beers and to sample a little bit of in-house brew.

4. See A Match At Aviva Stadium

Ireland in general isn’t quite up to the English standard when it comes to sports, or by extension stadiums. Nothing can quite match the intensity (or the wealth) of the English Premier League. However, Dublin is an exception. The 50,000-seat Aviva Stadium, opened in 2010, is every bit as impressive as most EPL venues, and is where the Irish national team plays. The stadium also hosts most of the nation’s major rugby matches, meaning you stand a pretty good chance of seeing a match of some kind there during your visit.

5. Hang Out At St. Stephen’s Green

St. Stephen’s Green is simply a large public park in the middle of the city, and it’s almost casually beautiful. It’s been open to the public since the late-19th century, but remains very well maintained. There aren’t many better places to spend a nice day in Dublin.

6. Head To Temple Bar

We covered the Guinness Storehouses already, but beyond its most famous beer, Dublin is also known for having a great pub scene in general. The Temple Bar is actually a whole neighborhood by the river, home to several great local bars. But the main Temple Bar Pub, which was established in 1840, is considered by many to be the best in the city.

7. Visit A Casino

If anything in the gaming arena, Ireland has actually become known for a strong online casino market of late. In addition to traditional poker sites and the like, the country has also produced platforms for the most popular games in the slot arena – which is actually the busiest corner of this industry. As much attention as is paid to online gaming though, Dublin still has some nice little brick-and-mortar casinos. They’re not big, loud venues like you find in so many cities, but actually classy establishments that make for a fun few hours out in town.

8. See St. Patrick’s

St. Patrick’s Cathedral is definitely one of the most famous landmarks in town, and while there’s not a lot to do there, you should certainly take the tour inside and out. The cathedral dates back to the late-12th century and remains one of the most imposing buildings in Ireland.

9. See Dublin Castle

Similar to St. Patrick’s, Dublin Castle is more of a visual attraction than anything else, but one you should prioritize. Many are surprised to learn that this is still a functioning government building, despite having first opened in 1204. The really remarkable thing is that it looks as if it could still withstand a fairly serious assault!

10. Wander Phoenix Park


Phoenix Park is the main alternative to St. Stephen’s Green in terms of Dublin park space. Located just north of the River Liffey, it’s over 350 years old and has come to be a main attraction for tourists. A Dublin events and activities site wrote up 21 things to know about the park that should help to give you an idea of why it’s such a popular spot. From the Dublin Zoo to a Viking cemetery, there’s just a lot to see within the boundaries.

  • Jolina S......
    Posted at 12:37h, 12 February Reply

    Awesome list — my husband has been to Dublin before, so hopefully. I’ll have an instant tour guide when I visit. But there are a few things here that I have to take note of. Visiting Guinness is a must and I’m looking forward to doing a Food Tour!

  • Anda Galffy
    Posted at 03:32h, 13 February Reply

    I would have a lot of fun visiting the churches and the castle, while my husband would delight in the Guinness Storehouses. He just loves beer!

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 08:29h, 13 February Reply

    Dublin is a fun place with so many things to see and experience. I was fascinated Trinity College.In fact even before I read about it the picture fascinated me and I thinking of Hogwarts, and only after I read through did I realize that the library is compared with Hogwarts.. Would love to drop in to Dublin for a cup of Irish Coffee sometime!

  • candy
    Posted at 13:47h, 13 February Reply

    I always wondered where that library was! I see photos and of Trinity College’s library and am always in awe. I also didn’t know that there was a casino scene in Dublin. I would also like to go to Temple Bar.

  • Tamara
    Posted at 16:05h, 13 February Reply

    Dublin is a city which I still would love to visit; I’m really fan of citytrips! Although it’s very popular, I wouldn’t miss visiting Guinness, since it’s a well-known thing about Ireland. Furthermore, I love food tours, so I like the fact that you pointed out that subject. Nice to know that there are several options in Dublin to. The cathedral looks really beautiful.

  • Brian
    Posted at 19:53h, 13 February Reply

    We have only visited Dublin for a quick 48 hours but want to go back. We were able to hit up a couple of your suggestions but are adding more to the list for our return. A food tour sounds amazing, I’d love to test some of the local dishes. Also I’m totally up for a rugby match at Aviva Stadium. I hear that sport is pretty hardcore and I’d love to witness it.

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