Dublin Ireland Travel Guide

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.

dublin travel guide

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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.

dublin ireland travel guide

dublin ireland travel guide

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.

dublin ireland travel guide

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 dublin ireland

dublin ireland travel guide

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.

dublin ireland travel guide

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.

dublin ireland travel guide

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.

dublin ireland travel guide

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.

dublin ireland travel guide

dublin ireland travel guide

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.

If you’re heading to other places in Europe, here are some more posts you don’t want to miss!  You can check out our entire Europe Travel Gallery to see all of our posts and helpful info.

Things to See in Europe

Tea at the Orangery | Riding Trains in Europe | Dublin Travel Guide | Paris Museum Pass | Best Family Hotel in Rome

Things to do in Europe

Visiting Bruges | Staying Connected in Europe | Best View in Paris | Amsterdam Canal House | Borough Market

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Tammy

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Tammy

Owner at Pink Peppermint Design
Tammy Mitchell is the founder and creative director of lifestyle blog pinkpeppermintdesign.com. Along with being a homeschooling mom of two kiddos, she is also an in-demand prop and event stylist, photographer, interior and graphic designer. Here on Pink Peppermint Design, she aims to share creative DIY projects, easy entertaining and gift ideas, inspiring interiors and events, as well as her life, with thousands of readers every month. She lives in Southern California, with her husband and two children.
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