To make your perfect Dublin holiday planning easier on you, we’ve put together itinerary for a 3 day Dublin holiday. We tried to include as many of our favorites as possible, and give you ideas on what other things are out there to check out. It is impossible to make one size fits all type of itinerary, but we tried to include options that all foodies, culture vultures and adventure seekers will be happy with! Let’s do this!
Ultimate 3 day Dublin itinerary:
Free Walking Tour of Dublin – start with getting your bearings of the city and join our free historical walking tour of Dublin. It kicks off in the morning at 11 am in front of Grand Social Pub. Chat to our receptionist about it, they will give you a map and explain how to get to meeting point if needed – it will take you less than 2 minutes walking from our hostel.
Tour takes 2-3 hours and you will have likely built up an appetite by the time you are done. We suggest grabbing a quick bite in Temple Bar before exploring Dublin a bit more. Go to Bunsen for burgers, Melt Down for cheese toasty, Elephant & Castle for chicken wings or Beshoff Bros for fish & chips. Check out vegan options here, if that’s more of your thing.
Trinity College – after a good feed explore a bit more of Dublin. Go to Trinity College for a little walk. Make sure to visit Book of Kells (it’s Long Library is one of the most Instagrammed places in Dublin) and if you have time, go to Science Gallery as well (part of the Trinity College Campus). Science Gallery is one of our favorite galleries in Dublin, and is also free!
How about a nice hearty dinner? Go for some traditional food, try something weird or just go to one of our favorite early bird menu places. Ireland is known for its beef and local produce, so try something local to get the real taste of Ireland! We would probably go to one of the local pubs for a good pub grub with a pint or two and live music – try Porterhouse if you’d like the same thing
In the evening, you can join our Backpackers pub crawl or you can fashion your own pub crawl and visit some of the pubs in Temple Bar and around. We have recommended pubs list and pubs with trad music as well for you to pick from. If you are on a strict budget, this is for you.
Danced out, come back to hostel and call it a night.
How about adding a little bit of adventure to your Dublin holiday? After your free breakfast, go for kayaking on a Liffey if you want to get a different perspective on the city with City kayaking, cycle around Phoenix Park or head down to docklands for a wakeboarding session. We have plenty more adventure ideas here. If this is not your thing, you can always go for a Whiskey tour of Dublin or Food tour of Dublin, or just pop to Dublin Zoo for a great morning out!
After your lunch / brunch (try Brother Hubbard) head down towards Guinness Storehouse and see why this is one of the most visited attractions in Ireland! It will take you few hours to see whole of it, and we recommend to book your tickets online before visiting to avoid ques. After you enjoyed your pint overlooking 360 panorama of Dublin, and while you are relatively close by, go for IMMA, Kilmainham Gaol (unmissable for history buffs) or Teeling Whiskey Distillery.
It’s time for a nice dinner – we would recommend treating yourself to one of the steaks (try Featherblade for great value on fantastic food) or revisit some of other recommendations we gave you yesterday. If you haven’t been to any of the trad pubs yet, make sure to go today, or have a laugh at some of the comedy nights in Dublin!
There is still so much to see!!! You haven’t seen any museums yet, so we recommend heading towards National Gallery of Ireland, checking out Archaeological Museum and Dead Zoo (aka National History Museum) which are all very close to each other, and free to visit! While in the area, pop into Little Museum of Dublin for very unique take on Dublin’s history. You can also visit statue of Oscar Wilde in Merrion Square.
You will find yourself close to St Stephens Green Park, which is perfect place for a little stroll (preferably with ice cream). Next to St Stephens Green is shopping center and Grafton Street – prime shopping area. Clearly, it is a time for a little bit shopping. If you are all about taking great Instagram photos, head towards Zozimus and Ann’s lane for umbrellas snap (it is at a side lane to Grafton street). You will also come across loads of pubs and restaurants, so try something different today. Bruxelles is well known as a hard rock pub and Duke is a great old school pub to visit for a pint or two.
There is a bit more shopping in the area – head towards Georges street and explore more of Georgian Dublin. Make sure to pass through Powerscourts Shopping Center and George’s Market Arcade. This whole area is dotted with restaurants, bars, pubs, 2nd hand shops, craft shops, everything really. It is lively and beautiful. On a sunny day, grab a chair outside somewhere for a bit of people watching. Oh, make sure to go to Grogans for toastie and a pint as well! Nom Nom!
Tired? No! it’s time to go out!
We recommending heading down to Camden street area and exploring pubs and bars around this area. Go to Bernard Shaw’s for very lively hipster vibe (with pizza served out of a bus in the backyard), visit Whelan’s for the best night out and pop in to Against the Grain for taste of craft beers.
You need a day 4, really!
For the day 4, we recommend getting out of the city center and exploring some of stunning nature around Dublin! You don’t have to go far! Go for a little hike to Howth or Bray (both easily accessible on train), check out public transport options to some other natural attractions or take a day tour! Maybe visit castle or two?
Our most popular day tours are to Wicklow or to Cliffs of Moher. Chat to receptionists about options for both of these, they will book the tour for you! Cliffs of Moher are on the other side of country so prepare for a good bit of driving on that tour, but scenery will be spectacular and cliffs are stunning! Don’t worry, there are plenty of stops and you get to see few interesting things along the way as well. Wicklow is much closer, so you will have more time to explore and maybe even hike if you prefer to do that. Tours usually visit few locations, so expect action packed day filled with natural beauty!
Yeah, how could you miss all that?
Hopefully, this little guide gives you a good idea of where to go and what to see (and how to plan your holiday) in Dublin! Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get the list of free attractions in Dublin! There is so much more – Dublin is alive with festivals, gigs, events, all which are defo worthy of your time! We are looking froward to seeing you in Barnacles Temple Bar Hostel!