Dublin is a vibrant city filled with trendy pubs, cultural activities and shopping – where everything is generally within easy access. Dublin has experienced tremendous growth in the last decade, but the result is a mix of modern facilities to its historic Georgian architecture and charm.
Dublin is organized into six quarters, and it’s possible to experience all neighborhoods even if you have a short amount of time.
Dublin is scenic, friendly and safe. It also offers state of the art conference facilities. This is important to business travelers and others when choosing to travel places. So, if you’re traveling to Ireland for a meeting and find some spare time in your schedule or wish to extend your business travel for a day in Dublin, consider the following travel tips for 24 hours in Dublin:
1.Tour the Guinness Storehouse and View the City from Sky Lounge.
When you think of Dublin, you think of Guinness. The Guinness Storehouse was originally the fermentation house built between 1902 and 1904. Today, it is one of the most visited attractions in Dublin – a seven floor visitor center that provides a comprehensive overview of the brewing process that goes into the famous stout. It is open daily at 9:30 a.m. and the last admission is at 5 p.m. Travel tip: take the hop on/hop off bus to visit. (Museum Quarter)
2.Tour the Kilmainham Dublin Jail.
Initially built in 1796 and closed in 1924, Kilmainham Gaol (it’s official name) was a prison for men, women and children. The majority of Irish leaders in the rebellions were all imprisoned there, including Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell and the leaders of the 1916 Rising. It also housed prisoners during the Irish War of Independence (1919-21). This is a busy tourist attraction, but the tour of Kilmainham is worth the time and wait. A tour of the Kilmainham jail may be one of the best ways to understand Ireland’s past and it’s sense of nationalism today. Travel tip: take the hop on/hop off bus to visit. (Museum Quarter)
3.Visit Dublin Castle and Christ Church Cathedral.
Dublin Castle is not an architectural wonder, but it does have an interesting 800 year history. And the 1 hour guided tour is definitely worth taking. From here, take a short walk to Christ Church Cathedral, founded in 1030. It has a rich cultural history which can be traced from the Vikings and the Anglo-Normals to the present. Make sure you head downstairs to the crypt where you can view many artifacts and other historical features. I noticed two somewhat unusual exhibits that are unique to Christ Church Cathedral that you will not see elsewhere. The first is “The Cat and the Rat” (you’ll have to visit to learn its significance). The second is a must-see for fans of the Showtime series, “The Tudors,” because some scenes have been filmed here. There is a display of the wedding costumes used by the actors who played Henry VIII and Jane Seymour who was Henry’s third wife. (Historic Quarter)
4.Tour the Old Jameson Distillery and Enjoy a Whiskey.
Many people believe that whiskey was first distilled in Scotland, but the Jameson Distillery tour will teach you that it first started in Ireland. The tour ends with a Jameson drink of your choice and a whiskey comparison tasting for a few lucky volunteers
Travel tip: take a taxi here to save time. (Museum Quarter)
5.Shopping on Grafton Street and Henry Street.
Dublin is an amazing city that should be walked, but two pedestrian only streets exist specifically for shopping. Grafton Street (South Georgian Quarter) runs from St. Stephen’s Green to College Green. Here, you’ll find popular spots like Brown Thomas (designer retail) and Bewley’s Café. Henry Street (North Georgian Quarter) is located on the north side of the river and you’ll find more of the popular shopping, including Arnotts and Marks and Spencer. Henry seems longer because it extends into Earl Street and further, but you don’t notice the change so don’t lose your spot on the map. On both streets you’ll find a mix of shops, pubs, high end retail and street performers.
Travel tip: it’s an easy 10 minute walk to Henry Street from Jameson Distillery
6.Enjoy a Dublin Pub (The Bank).
Dublin is filled with cafes, pubs and restaurants, so whether it’s lunch or dinner, you should choose a spot where you can sit back and relax. The Bank on College Green is conveniently located near Trinity College, Dublin Castle and Temple Bar, and serves Irish cuisine. The Bank is named in reference to The Belfast Bank, which opened its doors here in 1895 with remarkable Victorian architecture that remains today. My choice: a pint and the Braised Beef & Guinness Stew.
7.Experience Croke Park.
Like other Dublin attractions, Croke Park is located within a convenient walk or taxi ride. Europe’s third largest stadium with a capacity of 82,300, Croke Park is home to the Gaelic Athletic Association. Consider a stadium tour, including the GAA Museum, or check the schedule for tickets to a game, cultural event or possibly concerts. (North Georgian Quarter)
8.Join a Literary Pub Crawl and Stroll Dublin by Night.
Whether you’re traveling alone or with someone else, it always makes the trip more memorable to join others on a city tour. Doing this in Dublin means you should participate in a pub crawl – and a literary pub crawl is perhaps one of the best ways to learn a few details about the city’s past while experiencing Dublin at the same time. My Dublin Literary Pub Crawl began at The Duke where actors Derek Reid and Frank Smith sang songs and shared the stories of famous Irish writers (e.g., James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde). Roughly 35-50 people participate in the pub crawl. Remember to grab something to eat before to the crawl! (Temple Bar Quarter)
9.Experience an Irish Music and Dance Night (Dinner Theater Show).
The Arlington Hotel O’Connell Bridge is centrally located and offers daily dinner theater shows that include Irish food, Irish music and Irish dancing. Dinner sittings begin 30 minutes to as much as 1 ½ hours prior to the show, and the meal is fantastic. (Temple Bar Quarter)
10.Join in Dublin Nightlife: A Pint, Whiskey and Music.
Temple Bar in Dublin is a small area where you’ll find restaurants, shops and pubs, but it’s definitely a spot that’s part of the nightlife here.