Planning a one-day trip to Dublin? It’s impossible to see a city in a mere 24 hours, as it takes months or even years to know the city. However, as a visitor, sometimes you only have a single day in a city. Here are some recommendations to visit Dublin if you only have 24 hours in Dublin.
It’s going to be a busy day! Therefore, make sure that you grab some breakfast whether at your hostel or somewhere nearby. You can use TripAdvisor for places to get breakfast or ask the hostel staff for recommendations. As people there are very friendly, they will suggest you some places. You will be on your feet a whole day so it’s best to fill up now and then you will burn your calories soon! Also, don’t forget to pack some snacks and a bottle of water and get your phone and camera charged before leaving.
As museums in Dublin open at 10 am, it’s a good idea to have a walk around the park first. Located in the city centre, St Stephen’s Green Park is a historical park and garden with the peaceful beauty of water, flowers, trees and endless lawns and pathways. Also, there is a beautiful lake with cute swans and ducks. The park would definitely be a must-visit stop on your trip.
Dublinia is a historical recreation museum and a tourist attraction in Dublin, emphasising on the Viking and Medieval history of the city. It has been one of the favourite attractions for visitors in Dublin. Aside from the interesting history, most of the exhibits are interactive, which helps visitors remember those events better. You can make your names in an alphabet that people in the Viking used and much more. Doesn’t it sound interesting? Also, you can get decent views of the city from Saint Michael’s tower.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a beautiful stop if you only have 24 hours in Dublin. Called after the patron saint of Ireland, this cathedral is impressive. Made of stone, it looks beautiful from the garden next to the church. The inside church is also very magnificent with history and architecture. Also, interestingly it’s the tallest church in the island of Ireland.
Another stop for when having 24 hours in Dublin is Dublin Castle. It is more like a palace than a castle; however, it’s good to have a quick look. Dublin Castle was an important British stronghold for more than 700 years, but now it´s the major Irish Government building and also one of the most famous tourist destination in Dublin. During your visit, you’ll have the option of a self-guided tour or a guided tour. But the self-guided tour won’t cover as many exhibits.
Trinity has been Ireland’s most famous college. The main attraction here is the library- Book of Kells, which is an illuminated manuscript. Tours run daily at specific times, but the schedule changes every month so make sure to book ahead of time.
The area near the Dublin Spire and a big pedestrian shipping area have a lot of restaurants with different cuisines. So, you probably have many options for lunch. During the weekend, there are some outdoor food markets.
Guinness Storehouse is a place for you to learn all about the history of Guinness- the most popular beer in Ireland. The factory here was bought in 1759 and has a 9000-year lease. During you will learn who the beer is produced and its history. Besides, you can head up to the Gravity Bar for a free pint of Guinness- the most exciting part of the trip. Furthermore, the destination provides excellent views of the city.
The last stop when you only have 24 hours in Dublin is the National History Museum, where you can learn all about the history of Ireland. You can learn everything from the Wiking to English rule to Michael Collins and the IRA to independence. It’s a very comprehensive museum, so you can spend several hours here. Also, admission is free.
Considered one of the busiest areas in Ireland, you would definitely find some good places for your dinner and a few drinks. There is usually lots of live music.
Sure, Dublin is a city requires more than just a day. But if you don’t have much time, above are some recommendations if you have only 24 hours in Dublin. Hope you have a great time there!