How to Tackle Dublin as a First Timer
Dublin’s storied history, cultural legacy, and lively spirit means there is a seemingly endless number of things to see, do, and experience in the Irish capital. From pub crawls to historical landmarks to literary tours, here are our suggestions on how to get the most out of your first trip to Dublin.
Skip the Line at the Guinness Storehouse
Even if you don’t particularly enjoy the taste of Dublin’s beloved stout, it’s worth visiting this seven-story exhibition to learn about the history and production of Guinness. The Guinness Storehouse is among Ireland’s most-visited attractions, so prebook a skip-the-line ticket to avoid a wait.
Delve into History
To understand modern-day Dublin, you’ve got to dive into its past. Walking tours and hop-on hop-off bus tours can give you insight into Dublin in times gone by, as well as get you to the top historical attractions, such as medieval-era Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle.
Go Pub Crawling in Temple Bar
Dublin’s pub culture is legendary, with copycat Irish pubs found in cities across the globe, but nothing compares to the real thing. Go bar-hopping in the Temple Bar neighborhood to enjoy music and what locals call “craic,” or good times.
If you can only squeeze in one day trip, make it to County Wicklow. Less than an hour’s drive from the city, this region just south of Dublin is known as the “Garden of Ireland” and delivers promises spellbinding scenery and fresh air aplenty.
Take a Literary Tour
Dublin’s literary heritage is impossible to ignore, with plaques, monuments, and statues reminding sightseers of the many writing luminaries who have lived and worked here, from James Joyce to Oscar Wilde. Tour the city with a guide to get the inside story on Ireland’s literary set.