I went to Ireland in the start of May for 2 weeks and I did it all without a car. I KNOW, SHOCKER! I traveled solo to using the IrishRail system and saw everything imaginable from Giants Causeway to Torc Waterfall. I’m an avid planner so before I ventured out to Ireland I made a rough plan of how to see all that I wanted to see while in Ireland.
Today I want to share my first 5 days in Dublin! I will be including the places that I stayed, tours I used, and links when needed to make this the most successful trip for you! This will be the first in the series so be on the lookout for my next post, as Ireland has too much to show in only one post. So be ready to bookmark, share with your friends, and let me know if you have any questions in the comments!
This will be a 4 day itinerary as I left on the 5th day early in the day to get to my next destination but it’ll give you a great idea of how to spent 4 days in Dublin.
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Before arriving in Ireland:
- After booking my flight I made sure to have a backpack that I loved wearing and knew could hold all my Ireland supplies. I picked out the Patagonia Black Hole MLC (45L) as it’s the maximum legal carry on (AKA MLC). It worked perfect for my trip and I’d highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t purchased a bag.
- I spent 5 days consecutively in Dublin, so I purchased The Dublin Pass.
- I arrived in Ireland early in the morning from DUB. It’s a great airport, and I found the Dublin Bus 747 to be the most convenient
withgetting into citycenter. I was planning on going straight to my hostel to drop off my bags and I did exactly that. It’s an easy 20 minuteride.
- I decided to stay at Isaacs Hostel. It’s a great location near the train station with great stores nearby (so if you want to save money you can buy meals to make on property). Plus, they give you breakfast! It’s a great place, my only complaint is the lockers are in the basement, and as I was on the top floor it became such a pain after the 2nd day that I just kept my bag on my bed.
- I walked over to the famous James Joyce Statue
- Walked down the beautiful Moore Street and made my way to the Garden of Remembrance.
- Dublin Writers Museum is a can’t miss (and right next to the Garden so swing in!)
- Stop over at The Hugh Lane
- Then make your way to the James Joyce Centre
This was my first day in the city and it’s a great way to incorporate culture and fun. Also, all these activities are free with The Dublin Pass! So, grab a pint and celebrate saving a few euros on your first day!
I hope you’re ready for some drinking because that’s what today is all about (not really) but today is the day to hit the great Distilleries!
- Make use of the Hop on Hop off tour included and make your way to the Chester Beatty Library.
- Then Dublin City Hall should be calling your name!
- Hit up St. Patrick’s Cathedral and get back on the bus
- Guinness Storehouse should be your first stop as it’s 6 floors of all the beer you can imagine. Plus, you get a free on with your ticket. Admire the view from the top!
- Get over to the Jameson Distillery and be amazed by how complex whiskey truly is… and drink more because you get another free drink.
- Want more whiskey? Head over to Teeling Whiskey Distillery!
- If you’re not ready to call it in, take a walk through Temple Bar! Get a Bunson Burger and soak in any future drinks, those are on you though.
- I highly recommend booking in advance for Trinity College. The Book of Kells and Old Library is beautiful but if you don’t book you’ll be forced into sitting in a long line. Be prepared. I did this first after a coffee and it was a great time.
- The Little Museum of Dublin is a hidden gem! Not only are the guides enthusiastic but the museum was put together by the people of Dublin. (Note: They have a little café downstairs that makes amazing coffee!)
- St Stephens Green is the giant park right across from LMoD (yes, I did just make that up) and if you took the tour before you’ll have so much more love and respect for what this park used to be. I packed a lunch and spent a few hours writing in this park after the tour.
- If sitting in the park isn’t your style, Grafton Street is filled with great shopping possibilities.
- This was my calm day, and I didn’t do everything at the start of my trip (as I planned for 3 days in Dublin at the end of my trip) so I decided to go back to my hostel.
- You could easily make your way to the Wax Museum, take the bus out to the Dublin Zoo, or EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. It’s all up to you and what you want out of your trip.
- That night I went out with other people from my hostel to a club Dicey’s. It was a great time if you’re into dance music, but if you’re looking for a pub check out The Black Sheep on Leeson.
- Now is the time to go to the Irish Rock ‘n Roll Museum Experience. Because who doesn’t love Rock ‘n Roll?
- Kilmainham Gaol is a must see and just a bus ride out from the city.
- Head over to IMMA, Irish Museum of Modern Art, after and enjoy the art!
- Spend some time at the National Museum of Natural History aka The Dead Museum
- Right next door is the National Museum of Archeology.
- Ready for some more parks? Good. Because it’s right next to Merrion Square and the Oscar Wilde statue.
- Take a stroll through Trinity College and the rest is up to you.
At this point in my trip I had my wallet stolen, it left me in hysterics and my entire plan went out the window. In my next post I’ll be talking about how my wallet was stolen, and how to avoid it, and what to do if it does happen. Planning kept me organized and I’m fortunate to have been able to continue forward with my plans, but everything happens for a reason and I’m glad to have met the great people I did as they made this unfortunate event a great memory for me.
Originally, I had planned to leave on a train to Limerick at noon but with the knowledge I have today I’d skip Limerick all together.
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Until Next Time,