Things to do in Dublin city

Last month I received some visitors from my home country and as part of their travel itinerary here in Ireland, we discovered Dublin city. So, I compiled in a list a few tips I shared with them places to shop and visit at the city centre:

Touristic attractions

Dublin city is divided by the River Liffey, so the attractions are listed separately for the northside and the southside of the river:


– The Spire

– O’Connel Bridge

– Ha’ppeny Bridge

– Samuel Beckett Bridge

– National Botanic Gardens

– National Museum of Ireland

– Phoenix Par

Image – View of the Samuel Beckett Bridge


– Temple Bar

– Dublin Castle

– Molly Malone Statue

– Trinity College

– St. Stephen’s Green Park

–  Guinness Storehouse

Image – St. Stephen’s Green

Possible daytrips

If you are visiting Ireland and using Dublin city as your base, there are various options of day trips to consider. Some of them are closer, around 1 to 2 hours’ drive, while others are a bit further away, around 3 to 4 hours’ drive. It is possible to rent a car or to book a tour visit.

Closer options

  • Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough
  • Howth
  • Skerries

Image – Wicklow Mountains National Park

Image – Howth Harbour

More far

  • Cliffs of Moher and Galway
  • Belfast and Giant’s Causeway
  • Connemara
  • Kilkenny


If you want to go shopping, here are a few options at the city centre:

  • Henry Street (brands like Mango, H&M and Zara)
  • Penneys (the Irish version of Primark)
  • ILAC Centre
  • Jervis Shopping Centre
  • Euro Giant
  • Dealz


Some of the most popular food stores:

  • Lidl
  • Tesco
  • Aldi
  • Dunnes


Fancy a coffee or a cup of tea? Here are a few options:

  • Butlers Chocolates
  • Bewley’s
  • Costa Coffee
  • Avoca

Fast food

Want a burger, fish and chips, a waffle or a gelato? Some of my favourite spots:

  • Beshoff Bros
  • Bunsen
  • Bubble Waffle Factory
  • The Rolling Donut
  • Gino’s Gelato

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