It’s one thing to say you’ve been to Dublin. Another to say you’ve done it.

Wining and dining, singing and dancing – Dublin always has an Irish take on life. With new perspectives and wild tastes, the city is all about giving things a go. Whether you’re shopping, swimming, walking or climbing, cram it all in because you’ve got 48 hours to crack it…

Get into the rhythm of Dublin

Find your feet on Friday night – from dinner and drinks to dancing your socks off


5PM – Order a pint, pull up a pew and get pally with the locals. The punters come packing instruments ready for a jam, and as long they keep playing the Guinness continues to flow.

6:30PM – To keep you dancing as the songs go on, you’ll want some ribs. Hit Bison Bar – the best BBQ in town, serving only 100% Irish beef. With a face full of meat and a handful of fries, you’ll have plenty to get your teeth into. But before walking out the swinging door, be sure to wash it all down with the finest whiskey sour.

“The most tender beef you’ve ever tasted.”

8:30PM – There’s no time to stop. In Whelan’s Bar, the night’s just getting started. An incredible music venue where the sound is perfect for intimate gigs. Each area has a different vibe, so whatever genre of music you’re looking for you’ll know exactly where to go.

11PM – As the evening winds down, make your way to the Vintage Cocktail Club and see the night out in style. This hidden gem sits smack in the middle of Dublin’s busiest area, but without knowing where to look you’d walk right past it. Let it transport you back to the 1920s, where the art and craft is not only found in the décor but the drinks themselves. Top tip: make sure to book a table before you visit.

“Our Old Fashioned requires a very generous slug of nice Kentucky bourbon.”
Pat Thomas

Getting there

  • Dublin Airport is less than 30 minutes from the city centre, so hop on one of the many buses and you’ll be there in no time.
  • The Luas is Dublin’s light-rail transit service - a swift, reliable tram system crossing the city on two lines.
  • The DART runs along the coast of Dublin and takes you out of the city to the sea in no time.

When to visit

  • Join in the celebrations on the 17th of March when the city turns green for St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Visit the city in June when Yeats Day and Bloomsday will celebrate two of Ireland's literary legends.
  • September sees Dublin Festival Season kick off two months of exciting events, from fashion to film, music and theatre.
Get up and go

History and art or food with a twist – on Saturday, old meets new

10AM – When time’s of the essence, it’s best to double up. The National Gallery of Ireland is the perfect place to admire wonderful art before grabbing a quick breakfast. The Gallery Restaurant is in a dramatic atrium that’s beautifully brought to life through light and shade.

11:30AM – Let’s hit the streets. Take a wander through the grounds of Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College. Strolling the squares really gives you a sense of walking with the greats – the university counts Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett and Oliver Goldsmith among its alumni, to name but a few.

12:30PM – Pop into The Little Museum of Dublin where posters, newspapers and photographs fill the walls with 100 years of city life. Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Head to the second floor for a mind-blowing U2 exhibition.

“A proper hearty Irish lunch.”

1PM – As you leave the Georgian house, take exactly three steps to the right. Any more and you’ll miss Hatch & Sons, the perfect place for good, honest Irish food. If you can get a seat, you’re in for a treat. With the homely atmosphere of a hearth-warmed family kitchen, it’s the perfect spot for a pick-me-up.

2PM – Lunch is up. Time to get moving. The Ha’Penny Flea Market on Lower Liffey Street is perfect for a good old rummage. It’s got everything from upcycled vintage clobber and handmade jewellery to local drawings and vegan cupcakes. Grab yourself a charming gift and take home something truly unique.

3PM – Glide over the waters of the River Liffey in a kayak to catch some of Dublin’s most iconic landmarks from a different angle. With a paddle in your hand and the wind in your hair, you’ll quickly build up an appetite for a glass of the black stuff.

“Say hello to the Liffey’s resident seal.”

Photo moments

  • Snap a selfie from the Ha'penny Bridge.
  • Fan of Instagram? Try an arty shot of the Spire on O'Connell Street.
  • Not to be missed – the Oscar Wilde statue and the cobbled quirks of Temple Bar.
Keep up the pace

An action-packed Saturday night – uncover new ways to explore the city

4PM – You’ve seen the gate and pulled a pint – but what many people don’t know is the Guinness Storehouse has a window with a view. Take the lift to the Gravity Bar and take in breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Then sit back, relax and watch the sun go down as you enjoy Ireland’s ultimate glass of Guinness.

“Feel like you’ve reached the top of the world.”

6PM – Before the theatre, there’s always time to fit in a quality Irish meal. The Pig’s Ear is all about simplicity, hospitality and generosity. Serving up Irish salmon, cheese and coffee, this place takes pride in elevating local food to an art form.

7:30PM – Ireland’s rich history of performing arts has its ideal home in Smock Alley. Opened in 1662 and refurbished in 2012, it’s Dublin’s oldest, newest theatre. The intimate stage creates an edgy, immersive experience whether you’re watching drama, music or dance.

10PM – Buzzing after the show? There’s only one place to keep the night alive. An ever-changing mix of street art, screenings and gigs gives the Bernard Shaw its alternative ambience. Out back there’s a big blue bus, so get inside, grab a beer and share a pizza. It’s the ultimate Dublin hangout.

“Packed to the rafters, this place always has something new.”

Pubs and clubs

  • For live Irish music and comedy in Dublin, it’s off to the Stags Head.
  • An award-winning gastro pub, the Exchequer offers an eclectic menu of food and drink.
  • The Lost Society is known as one of the best clubs in Dublin for a late night party.

Music matters

  • Every September the rock’n’roll circus that is Electric Picnic descends on Stradbally Hall.
  • The Longitude Festival will return to the grounds of the beautiful Marlay Park in July.
  • Get involved with serious fancy dress in October at the Bram Stoker Festival.
Room for more

Sunday morning means the great outdoors – for windswept hair and seashore dips

10AM – It’s the final day but there’s no slowing down. Jump on the DART and take the train along the stunning coastline. Only twenty minutes from the city centre, relax as you fly through spectacular scenery with views of the Irish Sea.

10:30AM – However you’re feeling from the night before, Seapoint will fix you up. Breathe in and let the fresh air do its thing. The seafront is best known for its beach on Dublin Bay – the ideal spot to whip off your togs and take a dip in the Irish Sea. Too cold? Spend a while enjoying the sights, especially Martello tower.

“In Ireland, there’s no such thing as cold water.”

11:30AM – Keep your cheeks rosy with a hike up Killiney Hill for some seriously beautiful views. There’s Dublin to the north, Wicklow to the south and, on a very clear day, Wales to the east.

12:30PM – Hungry? DART back into the city and start looking for lunch. As you stroll the streets buskers fill the air with snatches of jazz and folk. Take time to stop and listen – you never know who might be the next Damien Rice…

1:30PM – What do you get when you mix meat with modern art? Bunsen Burgers. Grab a quick bite – but remember you’re wolfing down a year of research into the perfect bun-cheese-meat combo. And that scientific precision means it’s not just any old snack. It’s the best burger Ireland has to offer.


“This isn’t just any burger…”

2:15PM – Off to the shops. First up, The Designist. It’s a unique gift and homeware shop that prides itself on offering the best of Irish and international product design. Perfect for that last-minute gift.

2:30PM – Cross the road and saunter through George’s Street Arcade, Europe’s oldest shopping centre. It’s packed with boutique shops and stalls, making it a great spot to find wonderful souvenirs. The marketplace is full of characters so keep an eye out for locals like Maurice Fitzgerald, an artist with a story to tell. His drawing technique is utterly unique – be sure to watch him closely.

“This picture is called Dublin Crumbles. I just did it out of my head.”
Local artist Maurice Fitzgerald

If you’ve covered all that, you’ve done yourself proud – treat yourself to a few days to recover.

The great outdoors

  • Wakedock, Ireland’s first and only cable wakeboard park is now open in the Grand Canal Dock.
  • Become an independent watersport addict and get wet with Pure Magic.
  • Find out about hidden historical gems and the latest trends reshaping Dublin on a 2 hour Le Cool walking tour.

Other ideas

One for the road

A final bite and you’ve done it – 48 hours in Dublin