The Dublin Bucket List: 8 Best Things to Do in Dublin

I received the best present for my 20th birthday from Luka: plane tickets to Dublin!!! We visited Dublin in October and had a blast!

We made a one-day trip out to the Cliffs of Moher and it was gorgeous. I highly recommend you to explore the Irish nature, even if you go to Dublin for a few days only.

Dublin is quite expensive but it’s worth it! There’s so much to see and do and so many memories to make. It is a truly vibrant city full of culture, beautiful sights and fantastic bars!

1. Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol are old jails and are a great choice if you’re interested in history. The stories that tour guides tell are hard to believe but also inspiring.

It’s a close experience of a prisoner’s life as the prison is no longer used and looks exactly like it used to hundreds of years ago. The old walls hold stories and tales, many of them heartbreaking.

2. Guinness Storehouse

If you’re in Dublin you simply must start where everything began: with Guinness. Guinness Storehouse is a modern museum that represents how Guinness is made and lets you craft a perfect pint of Guinness; you even earn a certificate! It’s a fun and interactive place that fully engages you for a few hours.

3. Trinity College

We decided to just visit Trinity College and take a few photos outside but you can also do a tour of the Trinity College Library. They have a grand collection of old and valuable books.

4. Temple Bar

This one is absolutely obligatory: go to Temple Bar in the evening and have a pint of Guinness. The prices go a bit up in the night but the atmosphere makes it worth it.

Feel the beat of Dublin. Temple Bar is located in the heart of Dublin and is a great starting point for exploring. Locals say that the Temple Bar area is the cultural center of the Irish capital.

5. Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral is truly magnificent from the outside and on the inside. We even attended an evening prayer that is held every day.

You have to purchase a ticket to see the inside of the cathedral or you can decide to join a prayer or a mass for free. If you decide to buy a ticket you also gain admission to the old crypt where you can see the mummified cat and a rat.

6. St Stephen's Green

St Stephen’s Green is a green place in the heart of Dublin where you can go to relax in the nature, take a calming walk or go to see the ducks. It’s lovely to walk through it and escape the haste.

7. Teeling Whiskey Distillery

There are a number of distilleries to choose from but we decided to go to Teeling Distilery because there was a great option available of taking the tour and tasting the whiskey.

There is a tour available every 20 minutes or so and the groups are fairly small. The guides are really knowledgeable and explain the whole process of making a whiskey. Make sure you don’t favor Scottish Whiskey (out loud) if you decide to take a tour. We took the Trinity Tasting Tour, which included the tasting of three different and aged whiskeys.

8. Saint Patrick's Cathedral

If you have some time to spare in Dublin go see Saint Patrick’s Cathedral that was built back in 1191. It is the largest and tallest church in Ireland and simply beautiful. Outside the church there’s a cute park that you can walk in and unwind.

I hope you found this guide helpful. We had some more things planned for the visit of Dublin but one day was pouring down rain so after we got completely wet we warmed up inside a bar and stayed the afternoon. I had the best time in Dublin! All thanks to Luka.

Where would you most like to go in Dublin? And do you like Guinness?

XX, Ajda