The Temple Bar is the most popular area for nightlife
9:30am Guinness Storehouse
As any visitor to Dublin will soon find out, it is never too early to start drinking. What better way to kick off your time here than with a visit to the iconic Guinness Storehouse? The ticketed, self-guided visit will take you through an entertaining history of the “Black Stuff”, with interactive activities like sniffing through various stages of the brewing process and pouring your own pint. The food here is nothing to shout about, so skip the restaurants and sip your drink at Gravity Bar instead — it offers panoramic views of the Dublin skyline.
The Long Room in the Trinity College Library
12pm The Book of Kells
Usually the first port of call for most tourists, the Book of Kells sits inside the Old Library at Trinity College. The intricately illustrated manuscript features the four Gospels written in Latin, and is on display from under a glass dome. While you’re here, head upstairs to the Long Room, which holds all of Trinity’s oldest books in oak bookcases. With about 200,000 books, it is certainly a stunning sight. If time permits, take a walk around the surrounds of nearby Dublin Castle.
1pm Lunch at The Pig’s Ear
Stroll on over for an Irish lunch at The Pig’s Ear, an acclaimed restaurant that serves traditional Irish food with a modern twist. Expect honest-to-goodness dishes like Irish beef tartare, shepherd’s pie and salt baked beetroot. The lunch menus (from €21.95 for two-course, available noon-2:45pm) are excellent value.
Dublin Castle has been standing for more than 8 centuries
2:30pm Shopping at Grafton Street
Walk off your meal as you browse the shops along nearby Grafton Street, where retail stores are set in beautiful historic buildings. There is a good mix of international high-street and local brands, including many from which you can pick up a bargain souvenir or two (try Carrolls Irish Gifts). The area is also lively with street buskers. In between shopping, refuel with a coffee from one of the many indie cafes in area.
5:30pm Dinner at The Bank
The Bank on College Greens serves a seasonal, farm-to-table menu that allows the quality produce to take centrestage. Expect uncomplicated plates like duck liver parfait, maple-marinated duck breast and cote de bouef. Wash it all down with a pint, or two.
7pm The Storyteller Bus Tour
Hop on the magical storyteller bus tour to discover Irish folklore and mythology through poetry, song and magnificent stories. The guide is extremely charming and charismatic, and the tour includes two stopovers in spots where magic sprites and mermen are believed to appear. Be prepare to sing and laugh you way through!
9pm till late Bar hop along Temple Bar
Unlike what its name suggests, Temple Bar is a popular nightlife area surrounded by pubs, bars and great Irish fun. It’s a little touristy, but a visit to Dublin is incomplete without it. Pop into any bar that strikes your fancy and chances are there will be live Irish music and tons of merry making.
8am - Breakfast at Gerry’s Coffee Shop
Hungover? Join Dubliners in getting sober quickly with an Irish fry-up (the whole works including eggs, beans, sausages, ham, tomatoes and black pudding) from Gerry’s. The institution plays host to eclectic mix of regulars, salary men and the hungover, who return for the old-school atmosphere, friendly servers and honest good food. There’s plenty to have you lingering till it’s time to catch your flight out. If time permits, take a stroll in the nearby parks — St Stephen’s Green and the Iveagh Gardens — for some fresh air.