3 Days in Dublin, Ireland

I think some people would be surprised what all can be done with 3 days in Dublin, Ireland. My mother and I headed out there to do some exploring and relaxing. It was cold out, but we did get some really nice sunny days. We saw plenty and had a great time! So if you are wondering what you can do in 3 days, hopefully what we did gives you some ideas!

Day 1

We arrived in Dublin and it was pretty cold. Not too surprised though, but it was a different kind of cold. There were buses going into the city center area, but we opted for a taxi. The driver was nice, but he did say a few odd racial things that struck us funny. He also decided to tip himself when giving us change back once we got to our hotel. After checking in we headed up to our room. The room was nice, but pretty chilly and took some time to heat up.

Hotel Room ©2017 HollyDayz

Rather than hitting the ground running we decided to relax a bit and take a little nap. Afterwards we headed out to find the hop on hop off bus. It wasn’t where we were told it was because there is a ton of construction going on, so the stop was moved a couple blocks away on a side street. We purchased the tickets for the bus when we got on and they were good for 24 hours.

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We didn’t get off the bus, instead we rode around and got to see where things were and get a feel for the city. The bus didn’t make its full loop. The driver decided his day was over and let everyone off. It was pretty cold out so after taking some pictures we hopped into a taxi to get a little closer to where we were staying and stopped into a pub to get some dinner.

Good ole Guinness Beer ©2017 HollyDayz

Along with dinner I ordered a pint of Guinness. Not only am I not a drinker I am not a fan of beer, but you can’t come to Dublin and not try it. To my surprised it was actually pretty good and I enjoyed the taste. After dinner we walked back to the hotel to relax and get ready for the next day.

Day 2

The second day we headed out and got some breakfast, although it was more lunch than breakfast since we ordered a sandwich with chips. We knew where the bus stop for the hop on hop off bus was this time so we headed back over there. We took the bus over to Trinity College. Before heading in we stopped in a few stores and did a little shopping.

Part of Trinity College ©2017 HollyDayz
A photo from The Book of Kells ©2017 HollyDayz

Trinity College is really beautiful, I couldn’t help but to really take in all the architecture. We headed into check out The Book of Kells, which is an illuminated manuscript containing the four Gospels in the New Testament. It is believed to have been created in 800 AD. There had many different artifacts and parts of the book blown up for you to better see and understand how it was created. Including how the colors were made to make the book.

Long Room ©2017 HollyDayz

After that we headed into the infamous Long Room in the Trinity College Library. The room is 213 ft long. There are 200,000 thousand books lining the Library. There are also busts of famous writers and philosophers. It was pretty cool to see. After leaving we did some more shopping and got back on the bus. We saw more parts of the city we hadn’t seen the day before, including The Spire, a large stainless steel monument. We were told many use it as a meeting point.

Spire ©2017 HollyDayz

We then took the bus to the Temple Bar area. This area has many restaurants, nightlife, and hotels. We walked around a bit, checking out the area and some of the back road cobblestone streets. At this point hunger was setting in so we headed over to O’Neil to grab some food and also get a picture of the Molly Malone statue across the street from it.

Molly Malone ©2017 HollyDayz
O’Neils ©2017 HollyDayz

Before heading back to the hotel and I made it my business to find Queen of Tarts. I was on a mission to try their Bailey’s cheesecake. Walking in there was so much goodness I wanted to try, but I stayed focus. The staff there was so nice and even assisted us in getting a taxi back to our hotel. Once we got back I indulged in the delicious cheesecake.

Bailey’s Cheesecake ©2017 HollyDayz

Day 3

On our last day in Dublin, we checked out and headed to Clontarf Castle Hotel. We headed to what was left of the breakfast buffet while we waited for a room. We were given a room earlier than we were told and handed a very nice box of chocolates when getting the room keys. The room was amazing and of course we relaxed a bit before heading out.

Ariel View of the Atrium/Lobby ©2017 HollyDayz

Once up and moving we headed over to the Guinness Storehouse which was really crowded, but still a lot of fun. Going to the Guinness Academy and learning to pour the perfect pint was awesome. Enjoying the views at the Gravity Bar wasn’t the easiest as it was extremely crowded up there. So I zoomed by quickly and got a couple of glimpses before heading down to the gift shop.

Pouring the perfect pint ©2017 HollyDayz

From there we headed back to Clontarf Castle for a delicious dinner and to get our stuff together since we were leaving the next morning. We relaxed and enjoyed the hotel. The next morning because we were leaving too early for the breakfast buffet, breakfast was delivered to our room. I would have preferred the buffet.

Comfy and colorful ©2017 HollyDayz

We saw and did a lot in 3 days. I saw many things from the outside including Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and so much more! It was a fun time and it didn’t rain once! I would head back, so I can explore other parts of Ireland!

Have you ever been to Dublin? What did you do? How was your experience?

30 thoughts on “3 Days in Dublin, Ireland

  • May 29, 2017 at 9:56 am
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    Absolutely breathtaking photos!! I would love to visit!

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    • June 4, 2017 at 6:28 pm
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      Thank you. You certainly should.

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  • May 29, 2017 at 2:10 pm
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    I have always wanted to visit Ireland, especially Dublin. My grandfather was born and raised in Donegal and then immigrated to the United States when he was 18. So Ireland is high on my list to visit. Your photographs of Dublin look so beautiful. I am amazed at the beautiful architecture in Dublin. Trinity College looks amazing! Sounds like you had a wonderful trip!

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    • June 4, 2017 at 6:29 pm
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      Oh wow that is amazing. Yes, you must go visit. Thank you so much! Trinity College is beautiful.

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  • May 29, 2017 at 3:12 pm
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    Dublin looks like a beautiful place to visit. In my mind, I’ve always pictured Ireland cold for some reason.

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    • June 4, 2017 at 6:30 pm
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      It was both beautiful and cold lol.

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  • May 30, 2017 at 7:40 am
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    Ireland is most definitely on my bucket list and I’m hoping within the next 3 years.. looks like you and your mom had a great time!!

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    • June 4, 2017 at 6:32 pm
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      We had a good time. It was fun. I hope you get there soon!

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  • May 30, 2017 at 8:22 am
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    Beautiful photos. I’ve always wanted to visit Dublin its such an beautiful place.

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    • June 4, 2017 at 6:33 pm
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      Thank you! It is so nice there, I hope you are able to visit soon. Just dress warm.

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  • May 30, 2017 at 1:39 pm
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    Love the photo’s. I’ve meet a few people from Dublin, I’d love to visit.

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    • June 10, 2017 at 10:09 pm
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      Thank you. It is a nice place. You would enjoy.

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  • May 30, 2017 at 6:27 pm
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    You did a lot in a short amount of time. That is my kind of trip. Trinity College Library was absolutely gorge. I love the Hop On Hop Off bus.

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    • June 4, 2017 at 6:34 pm
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      I am always packing a bunch into a short amount of time. We can travel together since you like to do that as well haha. It is gorgeous. I was just in there walking around staring at it.

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  • May 30, 2017 at 8:26 pm
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    Beautiful pictures and video! I’d def love to visit after reading this post!

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    • June 4, 2017 at 6:40 pm
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      Thank you so much! I hope you do!

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  • May 31, 2017 at 1:25 am
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    I’ve only landed in Dublin, and I’m STILL salty about it! LOL! Now I KNOW I have to get back there so that I can walk around this beautiful city!

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    • June 10, 2017 at 10:22 pm
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      Yes you must so you can see some things and experience the city.

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  • May 31, 2017 at 8:53 am
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    Perfect timing for this post. I’ll be heading to Dublin in July and I’ve just added the Long Room and that Bailey’s cheesecake to my itinerary!

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    • June 4, 2017 at 6:35 pm
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      Oh awesome! Enjoy! I am glad I could help add some things to your itinerary.

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  • June 10, 2017 at 10:45 am
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    3 days are more than enough, you’re right! We honestly loved more to roam the Irish countryside and the smaller villages, to be honest!

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    • June 10, 2017 at 10:10 pm
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      That is what i would like to go back to do, the countryside. I feel like I would enjoy that much more.

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  • June 11, 2017 at 1:57 am
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    Guinness for me would be the top of my list of things to see do and taste. The black liquid is the number one thing associated with Ireland ndesides bad weather.

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    • June 11, 2017 at 10:49 pm
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      It is a must! The weather was actually pretty good, just cold.

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  • June 11, 2017 at 10:41 am
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    Exciting to know that there are so much to see and do in Dublin! Thanks for the blog and there are some great information for my visit in the future!

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    • June 11, 2017 at 10:50 pm
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      Glad you found some good information for a future trip. There is plenty to see for sure.

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  • June 11, 2017 at 1:09 pm
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    Looks like a fun trip! Given the great flight deals to Ireland from Boston, it is def. on our radar! Btw that Bailey’s cheesecake looks heavenly 😉

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    • June 11, 2017 at 11:11 pm
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      The cheesecake was delicious. It was a fun trip! Take advantage of one of those flight deals.

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  • June 11, 2017 at 3:14 pm
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    Is any trip to Dublin complete without a trip to the Guiness Storehouse?

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    • June 11, 2017 at 11:01 pm
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      Absolutely a must.

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