Home to the famous Book of Kells, a buzzing theatre scene and astounding historical architecture, there’s plenty of things to do in Dublin, Ireland’s vibrant capital city. With a history of inspiring writers and academics including Oscar Wilde and James Joyce, it’s a true cultural melting pot, and a P&O ferry will land you right in the heart of it. Between flowing pints of Guinness and deliciously hearty eats, a wander through its cobbled streets will take you on an unforgettable journey. Got 24 hours to spare? Check out our guide to visiting the delights of Dublin in 24 hours.
Morning: Take in the sights on a river tour
Starting at Bachelors Walk, glide through the city centre and experience historic Dublin on one of the many boat tours available. This scenic vantage point along the River Liffey is a great way to discover key landmarks – look out for the iconic Ha’penny Bridge and the majestic Jeanie Johnston ship, which is docked all year beside the neoclassical Custom House. Once off-boarded back at Bachelors Walk, head 500 metres down Westmoreland Street to the prestigious Trinity College, where you can catch a glimpse of the famous Book of Kells.
Afternoon: Panoramic views and the perfect pint
From the College Green, catch the 123 bus to St. James’s Gate, where you’ll find one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions – the Guinness Storehouse. The heart and soul of Dublin, it’s home to the black stuff, and as a former fermentation plant, its structure has stood seminal in the city since 1902. Spanning seven floors, the building is full of immersive activities, from The Academy, where tips to pour the perfect pint awaits, to the Taste Experience – a multi-sensory room which brings the iconic drink to life. Once you’ve learnt all you can about the world-famous tipple, kick back and relax in the Gravity Bar. Held on the topmost floor, it offers unmissable panoramic views of the city.
Evening: Explore Temple Bar
No visit to Dublin is complete without a wander through the cobbled streets of Temple Bar. The cultural beating heart of this city, have a browse through the many independent shops, restaurants and bars on offer, before joining the buzz on the streets with buskers and live performances. With no less than three theatres to choose from, you can catch a show, or even take part in the many workshops that run throughout the day. To end your trip, opt for a nightcap at the colossal Porterhouse. Dublin’s oldest microbrewery pub, it spans three floors and holds every brew you can imagine, from lager, stout and ale.
If you’ve been inspired to see more of this wonderful country, check out our guide to Ireland.