Exploring Dublin, Ireland is a true delight! Dublin is a wonderful urban destination that is quickly growing in popularity among tourists visiting Europe. We had the pleasure of visiting Dublin, and I must say, it has to be one of the happiest, friendliest places on the planet! The people were so warm and welcoming. We had a wonderful visit. If you are thinking about traveling to Europe, here is a Dublin Ireland Travel Guide that will hopefully convince you to add Dublin to your itinerary.
Where to Stay in Dublin
There are plenty of hotels in the city to choose from, but if you have the chance, I highly recommend staying a bit outside the city center at the Powerscourt Resort. Part of the Marriott Autograph Collection, this gorgeous resort has HUGE (we’re talking nice apartment sized) rooms that are gorgeously appointed and have floor to ceiling windows with incredible views of the grounds. The resort offers golf, swimming, horseback riding, a spa, fitness center and more.
Golf Carts are available to rent to ride around and explore the expansive grounds. Just up the way from the hotel is the famous Powerscourt Estate and Gardens which is a super popular tourist attraction. We had SO much fun staying here. An incredible daily breakfast buffet was included in our stay and the kids loved wandering around the grounds and feeding the resident horses. It is an easy 30 minute drive into the city to explore.
What to See in Dublin
If shopping is your favorite thing to do, don’t miss Grafton Street. You’ll find fun places like souvenir shops and book shops, department stores, and my personal favorite an Avoca. If you like Anthropologie, this is the Irish version with several floors of goodies. There is even a restaurant and all kinds of delicious food to go. Don’t miss it!
Grafton Street ends at St. Stephen’s Green, a beautiful park right in the heart of the city. After you are done shopping you can escape the crowds of Grafton Street with a walk through the park.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is another must see when in Dublin. Built around 1220 AD, yes you read that right, I said 1220, it is the largest Cathedral in Ireland and one of the most renowned churches in the world. Admission is a very reasonable $6.50 and you can stay as long as you like. Don’t forget to wander the beautiful grounds outside too.
The Temple Bar District is fun and lively, especially on a weekend night. You’re sure to see roving gangs of young men dressed as leprechauns celebrating bachelor parties and the like. The live music and crowds make for a party-like atmosphere and great people watching. There are several fast-casual restaurants in the area too to grab a quick bite for dinner.
Walk across the river and explore the shops and restaurants around Henry Street and Talbot Street. Stop in for Gelato at Suso on O’Connell street…a favorite from Italy that we were lucky enough to find in Dublin as well.
The Dublin Castle is nestled midway between St. Patrick’s Cathedral and The Temple Bar District. Stop in for some Fish and Chips at Leo Burdock’s and take it with you to eat on the castle grounds.
Dublin is a beautiful, colorful city with friendly people and delicious food. Be sure to put Dublin on your destination list.
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