To see Dublin in 2 days is possible, although, after living 8 years in that wonderful city and knowing it very well, I can confirm you that you will stay a little short and I advise you to use – if you want to include, also, its beautiful surroundings – three or four days to really get under the skin of a cosmopolitan and international city, but that still conserves that charming atmosphere of a big town.
The Irish capital has become a perfect place to learn English – which is especially noticeable during the summers – but also, in the last decade of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century, it became one of Europe’s economic miracles, earning the nickname “The Celtic Tiger”. This is how immigrants began to arrive from all over Europe, and also from Spain.
So when you walk the streets of Dublin today, you hear an amalgam of different languages. You will also find bars and restaurants with music, dance and gastronomy from all over the world. In short, old Dublin has opened up to the world and is now a multicultural place.
To fully enjoy this magnificent city we leave you this guide to Dublin in 2 days.
How to get to Dublin
The first tip from this Dublin guide in 2 days, as could not be otherwise, is how to get to Dublin. The main companies flying to the Irish capital from Spain are Ryanair and Aer Lingus, which have direct flights from airports such as Alicante, Madrid, Barcelona or Bilbao.
In order to choose the best offer, we advise you to use Skyscanner’s flight finder, with which it is very easy to compare companies and see, if you are flexible in dates, which days you are interested in going.
The flight, depending on your airport of departure, usually takes about 2 hours and a half or 3. Once you have landed in Dublin, you should know that the airport is about 10km from the city centre. You can reach it by bus, taxi or private transfer (and it seems that in the not too distant future, also by tram).
So that you can choose the best option, we advise you to read our complete and up-to-date article on how to get from Dublin airport to the city centre.
Tips for travelling to Dublin
In this guide to Dublin in 2 days can not miss some practical tips to travel to Dublin:
A good way to get to know Dublin for free is to take this free tour of Dublin and the interesting free tour of Dublin’s mysteries and legends. Both have Spanish speaking guides and will give you a great first impression of Dublin.
Take change for the buses, they won’t give you change.
Visit Dublin in spring or summer. Although she’s charming at any time of the year, the truth is that she has so much to see that it’s better to go when you have more hours of sunlight. Also, in winter it can be a really cold place (although seeing it snow is something special).
Go when you go, wear all kinds of clothes. The weather is totally unstable in Dublin, so you’d better be prepared for all kinds of weather changes.
If you want to make the most of your visit to Dublin in 2 days, it is a good option to buy the Dublin Pass, a card that will give you free entry to many of the most emblematic places to see in Dublin, such as the Guinness Storehouse, the cathedrals of Christchurch and St. Patrick or the Wax Museum. In addition, you can also use the tourist bus at your own discretion. It’s a great way to save money on your visit to Dublin.
Walk a lot: Dublin city centre is not too big and has beautiful parks such as St. Stephen’s Green or Merrion Square. Walking around these places is the best way to discover many of the best things to see in Dublin.
Practice your English: Irish people are open and affable people. Don’t be afraid to practice your English, even if you don’t master it perfectly.
Where to Sleep in Dublin
If you want to see Dublin in 2 days, you will have to look for a place to spend the night. For my experience living there 8 years, I can recommend these hotels in Dublin:
Jurys Inn Parnell Street: very central and functional hotel, with everything you need to make the most of your visit to Dublin in 2 days and at a very good price.
Temple Bar Inn:This is one of the most centrally located hotels in the city, but you also have to keep in mind that the place gets a little noisy on weekends. An ideal place to stay on your 2-day trip to Dublin, and enjoy both day and night.
Schoolhouse hotel: located in the quiet and beautiful area of Dublin 4, close to Merrion Square and the Grand Canal, it is an idyllic place and you can walk to all the interesting spots to see in Dublin city centre. In addition, it has a great bar where you can spend great nights of conversations, pints and tasty dinners.
Arlington Hotel O’Connell Bridge: this hotel is an Irish classic. Perfectly located on the banks of the Liffey, it offers Irish dance and music shows in its famous pub.
First day in Dublin
Once I’ve left you the first useful tips to travel to Dublin, it’s time to get down to business and go figure out the different attractions to see in Dublin in 2 days.
The first day, the best thing you can do is walk around the centre and south of the city, and enjoy the many things you see in Dublin. A good starting point may be Trinity College. This educational institution, founded by Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century, is the oldest and most respected in Ireland. It also contains one of the most comprehensive libraries in Ireland. Among its volumes is the Book of Kells, a manuscript created by Celtic monks in the ninth century.
From Trinity, walk a minute to Grafton Steet, Dublin’s most famous shopping street. There you’ll see magicians, musicians, comedians and tightrope walkers trying to make a living with their functions dedicated to the thousands of people who pass through here every day.
At the other end of Grafton St. is St. Stephen’s Green Park, right in front of the glass mass of the eponymous shopping centre. This is Dublin’s most popular tourist park, where you’ll find large gardens, ponds, benches, kiosks and, in spring and summer, beautiful coloured flowers. However, if you’re looking for a green area with a little more privacy and even more history, I advise you to walk a little more and visit Merrion Square.
Merrion Square Park is surrounded by beautiful, colorful Victorian-door houses, and at number 1 on the street grew up the magnificent Irish writer, Oscar Wilde. In fact, you’ll find the statue of a smiling Wilde in one of the corners of the park. This park was, for years, my stronghold of peace and tranquility. During the spring and summer weekends, cultural events are organized and paintings and paintings can be purchased.
And speaking of paintings, less than a five-minute walk from Merrion Square, you’ll find the National Gallery of Ireland, which pays tribute to Irish and European artists, both past and contemporary.
After this rest on your Dublin route in 2 days, it’s time to enjoy the great historical and religious heritage to see in Dublin, visiting Dublin Castle and the cathedrals of St. Patrick and Christchurch. Although the first enjoys greater fame, for the international popularity of the patron saint of Ireland, the truth is that Christchurch is the oldest cathedral in Ireland. Both will leave you speechless, with their ancient treasures and spectacular stained glass windows.
Dublin Castle served as the seat of the British government until 1922 and is now a tourist attraction, but also houses administrative offices.
It’s late afternoon in Dublin, and the desire to try the best pint in the world begins to besiege you. All you have to do is visit the Guinness Storehouse. The dense black Irish liquid is more of a food than a drink and here you will learn about its secrets and history. For the best possible experience, I advise you to visit the Guinness Storehouse without queues. You can’t leave the Guinness factory without taking a good look at its 360-degree bar.
And since you’ve turned on the pints and the joke, you have to be thankful that you’re in one of the best nightlife cities in Europe. At nightfall, Dublin is a hotbed of people. Their pubs are filled with live music, laughter, conversations… In short, a great atmosphere. Much of that partying and good vibes are concentrated in Temple Bar, Dublin’s premier bar area.
Take the opportunity to visit mythical bars, such as The Temple Bar, The Hairy Lemon or, already in George Street, The Hogan’s. Enjoy the evening, but remember you still have another 24 hours to complete your 2 day Dublin journey.
Second Day in Dublin
If after that unforgettable night at Temple Bar, you’ve managed to get up early, there’s no better way to start your second day of your Dublin trip in 2 days than by taking a refreshing stroll along the banks of the Liffey River. That language of water is what separates the northern and southern areas of the city. A few years ago, they built a wooden footbridge that allows a good walk while you enjoy the view of both shores. Cross the Samuel Becket Bridge.
After the walk and a good breakfast, it’s time to start your visit to the north of Dublin, perfect idea to complete your 2 day trip to Dublin.
You can start the tour at O’Connell Bridge. Next to the Ha’Penny Bridge (a narrow pedestrian bridge that has been standing for just over two centuries), the O’Connell Bridge is one of Dublin’s most iconic bridges. Here, guarding the bridge is the statue of Daniel O’Connell, the most important political figure in 19th century Ireland.
On that same avenue, to the north, is the Spire, a kind of needle that goes to the sky of Dublin and meeting point preferred by locals and foreigners. Almost in front of this strange and modern monument is the General Post Office. Although this imposing building still retains its role as a post office, it is a cornerstone in the history of Irish independence. Here took place the proclamation of the Republic of Ireland by Patrick Pearse, and the siege of the rebels by English troops during the bloody spring of 1916.
From here, it’s time to walk down the commercial street par excellence of the city’s north: Henry Street. Here you will find department stores, but also small shops of all kinds of things and an open-air market of fruits and vegetables.
The route will take you, a little later, to Jameson’s distillery. As in the case of the Guinness factory, here you will also be told how it is made and the history of Irish whisky with more solera.
However, I recommend that you don’t drink too much, because you still have a good walk to complete the second day of your 2 day trip to Dublin. It’s time to visit Europe’s largest urban park: Phoenix Park. Here you will find enormous meadows, forests and even a herd of deer that has been running free in the countryside for more than a century.
That open air you can breathe in Phoenix Park was longed for by the prisoners who served their sentences in Kilmainham Gaol Prison. In it, the British locked up – and, in many cases, executed – the great Irish rebel leaders. It was closed in 1924 and today is a museum, as well as having appeared in the mythical 1993 film, ‘In the Name of the Father’.
If you have spent the time necessary to enjoy each place of the route that I have raised, the normal thing is that you leave Kilmainham to enter the night dublinesa. Say goodbye to the city by having a pint and listening to good live music in one of these two good pubs: Whelan’s or The Porter House.
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