Dublin is a great city to visit. There are many attractions to enjoy. You can choose to be about the food, drink and lovely welcome or cram in some of the attractions. On the attractions front, there is not a huge amount to cover as Dublin is not partcular big. A tourist bus can help you get around in a day. There is Dublin Castle, Spire of Dublin, Trinity College, Ha’penny Bridge and some beautiful parks around the city.
As well as the famous Guinness brewery, there are also three distilleries; Pearse Lyons, Jameson and Teeling. Teeling appealed to us because it is lessor known, but when we visited, we were really intrigued with the story of this family owned, independent, maker of Whiskey. The distillery itself is brand spanking new and perfectly designed for an interactive and close up tour. Having done the tour, you end up in their bar where you get to enjoy a real tasting and really understand the beauty of their products. Being the only operational distillery in the city, it really is a must stop on the tourist trail.
Bars and music go hand in hand. There are usual DJ driven types, but Dubliners have a love of real/live music. So pubs dotted around the place lay on anything from an accoustic set to a full on band. Badbobs was a favourite of ours. Small and intimate, with a stage positively owned by one man and his guitar. Playing the old and new, the performer on our evening, was extremely talented. They also serve great food.
For shopping, off O’Connell Street, there are the more run of the mill favourites like H&M, New Look, Bershka, Zara, Next, but also Irish brands like Penneys and Arnotts. for Brown Thomas, which is the luxury end store with brands like Chanel, Celine, Burberry, Hermes, Prada etc. In terms of shopping, it is similar to most cities.
The thing about Dublin is that is best enjoyed with a local. Then you really get to see the true side of it. We visited Sam’s Bar, 37 Dawson and a couple of other spots for drinks. Food was generic aside from the amazing L’ecrivain.
Locals will tell you that the true beauty of Ireland lies outside of the city centre. So perhaps for your journey you should factor in some trips to the Giant’s Causeway, Donegal’s Slieve League Cliffs, the cliffs of Moher, Mizen head in Co Cork, Derrynane beach in Caherdaniel to name a few.