When I think of Dublin, Ireland, my heart skips a few beats.
I might be in love with that city. Heck, I might be in love with the entire country.
My experience in Ireland was unlike any other I've had in my life.
Seeing the mixture of old architecture and new buildings was jaw-dropping. The amount of history that you pass while walking down the street is simply amazing.
If you (like me) only have 2 days to spend in Ireland, I have the best itinerary for you!
Ready? Let's get started!
What to Do in Dublin, Ireland - Day 1
Grab a Cup of Coffee at Petit Cafe (Dublin)
You'll want to start your day off right with some coffee!
On our first day, we stopped by Petit Cafe on our way to the see the Book of Kells.
We had just gotten off our 6 hour flight where we barely slept and were desperately in need of some coffee!
Funny enough, we didn't actually order Irish coffee, and if you're trying to stay awake, I wouldn't recommend it. 😂
The Petit Cafe is tiny and adorable. It offers great coffee and sandwiches.
Since it's small, make sure you take a seat as soon as you order. If you don't, you'll be in the way immediately!
See the Book of Kells and the Library of Trinity College (Dublin)
The Book of Kells is likely the most famous book in Ireland.
It is a copy of the Gospels that was created around 800 AD.
According to Trinity College, this book receives most of its fame for how beautiful and intricate the art is.
The Book of Kells has been split into 4 volumes, one of which you can actually see on display at Trinity College.
In addition to viewing the Book of Kells, you can take a walk through the Library of Trinity College, which is breathtaking.
Floor to ceiling bookshelves are packed with old books.
It honestly looks like your on the set of a movie. It looks as though if you pulled out a book to read it (which you most certainly are not allowed to do) that you would realize it's fake. However, the books are completely real!
You don't have a lot of time in Dublin, so it's important that you see as much of it as possible.
My favorite way to explore new cities is by walking. Sure, taking a tour on a bus would be faster, but when you walk you can stop when anything strikes your fancy.
You may also be thinking that you'd rather bike around the city, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you're a confident bicyclist and know the rules of the road in Ireland.
When you're exploring, pay attention to the architecture. It's amazing how the new buildings contrast with the old; it's quite beautiful.
Also, take notice of what kinds of shops and restaurants you see. It will tell you a lot about Dublin.
Tour the Guinness Storehouse (Dublin)
You had to know this would be on here, right?!
I mean, even if you don't care for Guinness (don't say that while you're in Ireland! 😂), you have to go experience this iconic tour, right?
I definitely did!
You can check prices and purchase your tour tickets here.
There is a lot to see on the tour! For the most part, the tour is self-guided. However, there are certain portions of the tour where you will have the opportunity to interact with employees and ask questions.
On the tour, you have an opportunity to learn how to properly taste a Guinness, and you can learn how to properly poor one, too!
At the very end, you find yourself in a room with glass walls on the top floor of the storehouse. This room gives you a beautiful overlook of Dublin.
Grab Dinner at The Hairy Lemon
You can't end the day without partaking in some delicious Irish food!
The Hairy Lemon is an incredibly cozy restaurant.
The food is amazing! I had the most incredible Bangers and Mash I've ever had! Everyone at the table thoroughly enjoyed their food.
What to Do in Dublin, Ireland - Day 2
I am going to suggest you do something crazy. Drive to the other side of Ireland!
Scary, I know. But, trust me, it will absolutely be worth it!
The Cliffs of Moher (Near Doolin)
The Cliffs of Moher are stunning cliffs located on the western side of Ireland.
It's about 3.5 hours away from Dublin and worth every minute of the drive.
If you want to avoid all the tourists that flock to the cliffs, I have disclosed a secret location where you can view the cliffs in my ultimate guide to the Cliffs of Moher, so make sure you read it!
This will take up most of your day; however, if you have time on your way to the cliffs, you should find a castle and stop by! (Don't wait until your trip back because the castles might be closed!)
Tour a Castle
As I just mentioned, you can stop by a castle on your way to the Cliffs of Moher.
You can tour it, or just admire it from the outside!
Can you visit Ireland without admiring some beautiful castles? I didn't think so!
Grab Lunch/Dinner (and an Irish Coffee) at O'Conners Pub (Doolin)
This is incredibly close to the cliffs. So, if you're hungry after your hike, you need to stop by!
The food was great! I had the Beef and Guinness Stew because, I mean, why not?!
I also ordered an Irish Coffee. Seriously. It was to die for.
You cannot leave Ireland without having one!
You will love me and hate me for saying that.
You'll love me because it's just so good, and you'll hate me because you can't get a good one at home.
Sorry, not sorry! 😉
Grab a Pint at the Oldest Pub in Ireland (Dublin)
Once you're back in Dublin, you should swing by the oldest pub in Ireland, The Brazen Head.
Established in 1198, this pub has some serious history!
You can dance to some live, Irish music, or you can grab a seat in a quiet room and sip on a Guinness!
The pub is quite large, although it doesn't look like it from the street.
The fun atmosphere is a great place to enjoy your last night in Ireland.
Grab a cup of coffee at Petit Cafe, view the Book of Kells and tour the Trinity College Library, tour the Guinness Storehouse, and grab dinner at The Hairy Lemon.
Tour a castle, visit the Cliffs of Moher, grab lunch/dinner (and an Irish Coffee) at O’Conners Pub in Doolin’, and grab a pint at the oldest pub in Ireland.
Related: Ultimate List of Things to Do in Ireland!
I adore Ireland.
It is incredibly different from the US, which is why I think I enjoyed it so much.
Don't get me wrong, I love America, but it was nice to experience a different culture.
Plus, the food and beer was amazing!
I hope that you enjoy your trip to Ireland!
What are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments below!
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Until next time,