Top 5 Must-Dos in Dublin

Some of the world’s greatest writers, from Jonathan Swift to James Joyce and W.B. Yeats, used their home city as inspiration in their literary masterpieces and that says more than enough about Dublin’s beauty and charm. If you’re planning a short Irish getaway, it can be difficult to decide what to see and do, so we’ve prepared a list of five must-dos to keep in mind from Dublin hotels:

Hop-on-Hop-off Dublin Bus Tour

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If this is your first time visiting Dublin, you’ll surely want to check out everything it has to offer, before exploring attractions in detail. The best way to do this is to hop on a double-decker tour bus and enjoy the sights. The entire tour lasts no more than 75 minutes and features 21 stops near all of Dublin’s most important tourist attractions. You can choose to get off wherever you like and simply jump on another tour bus when you’re ready to move on.

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If you’re looking for a more offbeat experience, Dublin’s Ghostbus, Rock’n Roll and Writers Bus Tours will surely appeal to you.

Stop by the Guinness Storehouse

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I’m pretty sure there isn’t one beer lover in the world who hasn’t at least heard of the delicious Guinness beer, so it’s no wonder the Guinness Storehouse, in Dublin, is Ireland’s number one tourist destination. Open 7 days a week, Guinness Storehouse gives Dublin visitors the chance to learn the 250 year old story of the world’s greatest beer.

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After visiting the brewing facilities and possibly operating some of the old machinery, you can head up to the popular Gravity bar, above the Guinness Storehouse roof, where you can savor a refreshing pint of Guinness, while enjoying a view of Dublin from above.

Visit Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

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Said to be the first Christian site in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is now not only the largest church in Ireland, but also one of the most visited attractions in Dublin. Located near the sacred well where Saint Patrick’s baptized the first of Dublin’s Christians and surrounded by tenements and Victorian houses, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral retains a great religious and historical value.

Temple Bar Pub Crawl

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Garnished with lively pubs and bars, Temple Bar has turned from an area full of crumbling houses and warehouses into the beating heart of Dublin. So it seems natural to start your first Dublin pub crawl right here. A shopping paradise by day, Temple Bar becomes the city’s main party hot spot, right after 6 pm, when almost every pub already has all the seats reserved.

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Although Ireland can be considered the youngest country in the world, with over 70% of its population under 25 years old, you’re likely to see middle aged and old Dubliners partying alongside youngsters, singing, dancing and drinking beer until closing time.

Tour Trinity College

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Featuring some of the most photographed buildings in Dublin, Trinity College is also Ireland’s first university and home to one of the most important books in the history of mankind, the Book of Kells. Established in 1592, by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College formed literary geniuses like Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, Jonathan Swift or Samuel Becket and is still the highest ranked learning institution in Ireland.

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Boasting over one million old books and manuscripts, including the old Book of Kells, and featuring a history of excellence in arts and science, Trinity College is now one of the most visited attractions in Dublin, and shouldn’t be missed.

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