Destinations: A Weekend in Dublin
by Caroline Faubert
Dublin is a beautiful city that is full of history, music, and lots of Guinness. It promises fun and laughter no matter when, or for how long, you visit. While international trips to vibrant cities such as this may seem daunting and overwhelming, Dublin is a city you can easily get a lot out of in just one singular weekend. It doesn’t even require an intense itinerary! By just walking through the streets, you can find so much to do. Here are some great spots to check out for a brief weekend trip to the Irish capital!
Trinity College is a great place to stop by for many reasons. For one, it offers a lot of beautiful architecture and landscaping. It also holds the book of kells, a very famous original manuscript of the Bible that is housed in an enchanting library right on campus. Seeing the bustling students will surely give you academic inspiration if you’re looking for some, too.
This busy and vibrant street is the main hub for shopping and leisure in Dublin. Grafton Street houses countless pubs, restaurants, shops, and interesting people. It is the perfect place to circle back to anytime you are looking for something to do, because it holds so many different options. You are also likely to find some intriguing street artists and musicians!
If you’re looking for a bit of a calmer and more immersive experience in Dublin, Dublin Castle is a great and fascinating place to visit. The castle itself is an architectural beauty and holds a whole lot of history. This visit also includes browsing the beautiful art and decorations they hold inside the castle. Touring through the halls really feels like stepping back in time.
While this stop may be overcrowded with tourists, it attracts this popularity for a reason. The tour they take you through at the Guinness Brewhouse is extremely well done, educational, and, most of all, fun! Even if you aren’t looking to grab a pint at the 360-degree skydeck that lies on the top floor, visiting is a really unique and fascinating experience.
Pubs and Bars
To really immerse yourself with the locals, find any bar or pub on the street and hop on in. The Irish natives are not only friendly and welcoming, but they radiate a good time. Having an authentic Irish pub experience whilst actually in Ireland is very surreal, and it always presents an opportunity for amusement.
Saint Stephen’s Green
If all this fun exploring makes you want to quiet down for a bit, Dublin has the serene Saint Stephen’s Green to offer. It is a quiet and lush park that creates a moment for slowing down and enjoying the beautiful landscape that surrounds you. This park is a great place to relax and grab a breather at any point in the trip, and the beauty of it all reminds you how amazing it is that you are in Dublin!
One of the best things about Dublin? Most of these spots can be visited over the span of a single weekend! While there is so much to see and do, Dublin is such a walkable city that it doesn’t need to be drawn out over days. Just one weekend is enough time to soak up so much of the lively city that is Dublin.