If you know where to head to, Dublin is one heck of an exciting city to explore!

From the charm of the Irish, the rivers of Guinness and centuries of Irish history (and architecture), Dublin it a terrific place to experience! Okay, rivers of Guinness may be a slight exaggeration but there really are so many amazing experiences to sink your teeth into in the Irish capital.

Whether you’re looking for some of the best places to eat, drink or have a good old fashioned boogie, Dublin has it all! Take a look at the very best places to include on your trip to the Dublin – some of which are good old favourites while others are relatively unknown gems just waiting to be explored!

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1.) Eat like a pauper!  8 Delicious Foody Experiences You Should Have In Dublin, Ireland (5)8 Delicious Foody Experiences You Should Have In Dublin, Ireland (4)

Ireland is famous for its seafood, with shellfish being a historic favourite that’s becoming ever more popular once again. Once considered ‘paupers’ food (as they were freshly available from the shore), there has been a surge in restaurants once again serving the very best in Irish shellfish. Take a wander over to Klaw, near Ha’Penny Bridge for a delicious take on a paupers meal! Read more here on the best places to eat in Dublin.

Top tip: Try the Oyster juice Bloody Mary and the blow torch heated chowder!

 

2.) Gorge in chocolate heaven

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Cocoa Atelier makes some of the best chocolate in all of Dublin! Head over to their heavenly parlour on Drury Street and discover some of the delicious treats that await you!

Top tip: Try the salted caramel macaroons and traditional Irish chocolates!

 

3.) Become a bookworm at The Long Room

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Trinity College Library is, arguably, the prettiest library in all of Europe and the largest in the whole of Ireland. Take a wander through its impressive chambers and discover a wealth of knowledge that’ll leave you book smart!

Top tip: Make sure you visit the Long Room which houses the libraries oldest books.

 

4.) Enter a Willy Wonka world of Guinness conceptions 

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The Open Gate Brewery is more than just a brewery – it’s more of a Willy Wonka style laboratory to make the most delicious beer, stout and ale recipes in all the world. With one of a kind flavours and mixes coming from whiskey, chocolate and other ingredients from across the globe, this is worth visiting when you visit Dublin.

Top tip: Make sure to ask for a tasting tray, so you can guzzle as many flavours as possible.

 

5.) Sip an afternoon tea at Bewley’s 8 Delicious Foody Experiences You Should Have In Dublin, Ireland (30)

Nestled on Grafton Street, Bewley’s is a great place to stop for some of the best in Irish tea. Currently under refurbishment, the Bewley’s will re-open in the grandest fashion this year!

Top tip: Visit around Christmas for its beautiful and magical setting!

 

6.) Find a whiskey house! We're in Dublin, Ireland - Guinness Storehouse - Teeling Whiskey (13)We're in Dublin, Ireland - Guinness Storehouse - Teeling Whiskey (12)

Whiskey and Ireland are just a natural fits next time you’re in Dublin, head over to Teelings to try some of the best whiskey inside the city! This family run distillery makes some pretty delicious treats and they’ll even let you take a tour to learn all about distilling that famous Irish nectar. It was free when we visited but it’s worth checking in advance with them in advance of visiting. Read more on visiting Teeling, here.

Top tip: Line your tummy with some food before going, the whiskey is STRONG! 😉

 

7.) Visit the Guinness Storehouse 

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Like it or not, every visit to Dublin should include a visit to the Storehouse! Take a wander around the brewery and learn about the heritage of Guinness that is so much more than just the drink! See more details on where and how to visit the Guinness Storehouse, here.

Top tip: Don’t forget to visit the Rooftop bar for great views across the city!

 

8.) Discover Central Dublin

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Take a wander through Temple Bar, follow the walking route of the river, or just find as many delicious restaurants as you can! Dublin city centre is a really accessible city and easy to walk around, which is made even better when the sun comes out to play!

Top tip: Take a decent pair of shoes, those cobbled streets look pretty but after 6 hours of walking, you’ll be glad you wore trainers! 😉

 

9.) Taste wine and eat local in the cellars!

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If you’ve had enough Guinness for one visit, then take a trip over to Ely’s Bar, which is officially Ireland’s oldest wine venue. There cellars are packed to the brim with some of the very best wines in all the land… talk about a perfect place for a liquid lunch. 😉 .

Top tip: Try their dinner menu – made from all local ingredients, Ely’s Bar prides itself on its heritage of supporting local food producers.

 

10.) Have an Irish jig! We're in Dublin, Ireland - Guinness Storehouse - Teeling Whiskey (2)

This is probably the easiest one on the list as its quite easy to find many bars and pubs in Dublin who have traditional Irish dancing . I’m not typically one for watching dancers in a bar/pub but you really have to make an exception when it comes to Irish dancing!

 

DON’T FORGET: If you’re looking to also visit one of Ireland’s most impressive castles, then take a look at these 10 fairytale castles that you can include on your trip!

 



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  • I’ve never been to Dublin but it looks amazing. The food looks great to 🙂
    http://www.99percentlifestyle.com/

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Conor, you’ll love the food – def worth a visit for that alone… though, we’re warning you – you will gain weight and leave with a slight hangover! Haha!

      Lloyd & Yaya 🙂

  • the chocolate shop looks divine! as well as the library:)

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Exactly, I’ve yet to find a chocolate shop I don’t like! 😉

      Lloyd xx

  • I need to visit Dublin, asap!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      You’ll love it Isabel! It’s such a great city to visit.

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Going in May, so thanks for the tips! 🙂

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Yay!!! You’re really going to have so much fun! Can’t wait to hear all about your trip 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Love this! Ireland is on my list (like everywhere else)! Thinking a trip might happen next year! Will definitely be coming back to this post to plan 🙂

    • HandLuggageOnly

      You’ll love it Rachel! Dublin is such a great city to explore, let us know if you need any other advice on your trip – happy to help if we can xx

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • I’m headed to Ireland for a week at the end of June and the Guinness storehouse is DEFINITELY on my list! Will have to check out Cocoa Atelier, thanks for the idea!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      You’ll love it Ashley! Definitely try the whole range of Guinness that’s available too… there are soooooo many different varieties! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya

  • I just returned from Dublin and had a fantastic time! Guinness was one of the highlights…learned to pour the perfect pint and got a certificate! Guinness does taste better in Ireland. Do a rural pub tour as well…9 hours, 5 pubs in Wicklow…fab! I can’t wait to go back!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      So glad you enjoyed it Kacey! It’s a wonderful city isn’t it!

      We’re with you on the Guinness, it DOES taste better in Ireland. That rural pub tour sounds amazing… Def going to look into these for our next visit! Thanks for the tip 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • I am planning a trip to Ireland right now so this list is fantastic, thank you!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

    • HandLuggageOnly

      You’re going to love Ireland Kelly! Have a fab time! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • To my favorite Bloggers,
    You two NEVER disappoint.
    Again, thanks for inspiring me to continue traveling and being really excited about every part of it.
    I am happy to say that I am officially off to Dublin in early August and fear not, all your tips and ‘things to do’ are printed, mapped, and ready to go.
    I hope to one day be as worldly as the two of you, heck I’d be stoked to meet you!

    Cheers,
    Talia

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Awwww – thanks so much Talia… you’ve made our evening! That’s so kind of you to say! We truly appreciate it xx

      You are going to LOVE Dublin… there’s so many amazing places to see, eat and explore. Do let us know if you need any other tips of help with planning… happy to give advice if we can! 🙂

      Have an awesome time… and if you’re ever in London we should meet up for an English tea! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

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