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Dublin is a beautiful city with a friendly and inviting atmosphere. It is celebrated for the amiable nature of its residents and renowned for its lively craic (“crack”) – a blend of banter, wit and intelligence. The city feels almost familiar and is filled with so many wonderful things to do you could spend days or even weeks exploring and getting to know Ireland’s lively capitol.

But what if you only have 3 days in Dublin? Although you may not be able to experience everything Dublin has to offer in 3 days you can get a good feel for the city and its sights. Plus, Ireland has a way of drawing you in and making you feel at home. So there’s no doubt you will leave with plans to return.

Let’s look at some of the top things to do in Dublin including, of course, the iconic Dublin bars.

Day One of 3 Days in Dublin

The Temple Bar Dublin
The Temple Bar. Photo by Matheus Camara da Silva via Unsplash

The Spire of Dublin

This iconic landmark is visible upon entering the city and frequently serves as a designated meeting spot. It was originally intended to celebrate the year 2000. However, an anecdote from a local suggested that the construction team took a leisurely approach. It was completed a coupe of years later. The spire holds such a distinctive status, if you don’t visit it on your trip to Dublin then can you truly claim to have visited the city at all?

The Temple Bar

Start off with one of the most famous pubs in Dublin, located in the lively Temple Bar district. It’s a hub for both locals and tourists and is known for its vibrant atmosphere. The food is also very good and it’s a perfect place to begin your Dublin trip.

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The River Liffey

Arguably the country’s most famous river, the Liffey runs through the centre of Dublin. You’ll find it featured in many different songs and movies. The equally famous Ha’penny Bridge, built in 1816, arches across the river near the main shopping streets. The resulting view fro the bridge is one of the best in the city.

The Leprechaun Museum 

This fittingly small Leprechaun Museum in Dublin opens out to many different rooms. Some feature giant furniture to show you what life would be like as a leprechaun. Other rooms have steel structures to imitate houses to keep fairies away. There is even a little room that looks like a garden where your tour guide will tell you the tragic story Tír Na NÓg. Here you will end your first day swathed in mystery and magic.

Day Two of 3 Days in Dublin

Guinness Storehouse
Guinness Storehouse. Photo by Andrew Messner via Unsplash

The National Maritime Museum of Ireland

The National Maritime Museum of Ireland was originally built for seafarers as a church, in 1873. It is likely to be the best maritime museum that you will ever visit with many hours of exploration awaiting. Learn all about Irish sea history, Grace O’Malley and then stop off for a snack in the cafe. 

Phoenix Park

To put the size of this parkinto perspective, Hyde Park is 1.42 km², whereas Phoenix Park is 7.07 km². If you still don’t get how big it is, Central Park, the biggest in New York, is only 3.41 km². Phoenix Park is huge and there’s no better place to picnic in the city.

The Palace Bar

This classic Victorian pub, located near Temple Bar, is known for its extensive whiskey collection and charming interior. This is the best place to fill up on food and drinks for more energy to explore.

The Guinness Storehouse 

As you probably guessed, the Guinness Storehouse is where the world-famous beer, Guinness, is stored. It is just as impressive on the inside as on the outside. There are interactive exhibitions, historical displays and a Gravity Bar at the top, offering panoramic views of Dublin.

Day Three of 3 Days in Dublin

Port in Dun Laoghaire
Port in Dun Laoghaire. Photo by Amy Aed

Dun Laoghaire

Located just outside of Dublin, Dun Laoghaire is a compelling destination for visitors with many things to do in the area.

Dun Laoghaire is situated along the scenic Dublin Bay, so a walk along the harbour provides visitors with stunning views of the coastline. The town’s picturesque harbour and the East Pier offer a tranquil escape from the bustling city life, making it an ideal place to enjoy a leisurely stroll or simply relax by the water.

The town is dotted with charming shops and cafes, creating a welcoming atmosphere for exploration. Whether you’re looking for unique souvenirs, handmade crafts or a cozy spot to enjoy a cup of coffee, Dun Laoghaire’s streets are filled with seemingly endless delightful options.

Dun Laoghaire hosts various cultural events throughout the year, including festivals, markets and performances. These events provide an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local community and experience the town’s dynamic cultural scene.

The Brazen Head

Established in 1198, The Brazen Head is considered Ireland’s oldest pub. It has traditional Irish music and a historic atmosphere. If you’re looking to make new friends, this is the place to be.

If You Go:

The River Liffey in Dublin
The River Liffey in Dublin. Photo by Amy Aed

Weather: Dublin’s weather can be unpredictable. It’s wise to bring layers, a waterproof jacket and, of course, an umbrella. Be prepared for sunshine, rain and everything in between.

Currency: The currency used in Dublin is the Euro (EUR). Credit cards are widely accepted, but it’s handy to have some cash for smaller establishments and public transportation.

Public Transportation: Dublin has an extensive public transportation network, including buses, trams (LUAS), and DART (train). Consider getting a Leap Card for convenient and discounted travel.

Safety: Dublin is generally a safe city, but like any urban destination, it’s essential to stay vigilant. Be mindful of your belongings, especially in crowded areas and public transportation and stick to well-lit areas at night.

The Pub Culture: Pubs aren’t just for drinking; they’re community centres. The Irish are known for their friendliness and hospitality — strike up a conversation, enjoy live music, and savour the atmosphere.

In summary, Dublin is a richly historical city filled with some of the friendliest people on earth. This itinerary for 3 days in Dublin will allow you to see the best of the city- but you will need several return trips to truly experience the city.

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Author Bio: Amy Aed is a freelance adventurer that loves to write raw, off-the-beaten-track guides to gorgeous places. She is the editor of www.wandering-everywhere.com, a travel blog for explorers, dreamers, and storytellers.

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