Dublin Ireland is an obvious bucket list location and a perfect stopover. The city is great for solo travel; it is easy to get around, safe and the people are friendly. Check into your hotel and head straight to Temple Bar District. Walk over the Ha’Penney Bridge and wander the streets. Check out the Wall of Fame before stopping in a pub to relax with a pint.




If this is your first time in Dublin, most sites you will want to see are within walking distance.  There’s a lot to see, it will help if you have a tentative plan before you arrive. Consider having a ‘Full Irish Breakfast’ and get an early start, this will be a busy day!




Grab a coffee and take a walk along the River Liffey. Don’t miss the Famine Memorial and the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship in the Docklands. Head to Merrion Square and check out the Georgian doors, Oscar Wilde’s childhood home and his memorial. Now head to the old library at Trinity College to tour the long room and see the Book of Kells.  You are very close to the Houses of Parliament, Dublin Castle and St Stevens Green. Grafton Street and the Molly Malone Statue are also in this area.  St Patrick’s Church and Christ’s Church are a short walk from here.




Consider a coffee break at Queen of Tarts for a slice of Bailey’s cheesecake or the Winding Stair Bookshop and Café for lunch with a view of Ha’Penney Bridge. Dublin has a hop on hop off bus that will take you down O’Connell Street past Henry Street and the Spire, through Phoenix Park and out to Glasnevin Cemetery. If time permits stop in John Kavanagh aka Gravediggers Pub for a pint. The bus also stops at Kilmainham Gaol, Guinness Storehouse and the Old Jameson Distillery. If you go to Jameson, walk around the block and also check out the musician’s corner at the Cobblestone Pub, and, have a pint.




If you have any energy left consider attending Irish House Party or Celtic Nights Irish Dance Show. Head back to Temple Bar to listen to music and have another pint… or two. There appears to be a theme here! If you have a few extra days in the area consider watching a game of Gaelic football, going on the Literary Pub Tour, visit the National Leprechaun Museum or take one of the day trips available.





Dublin Ireland is perfect for a 24 hour stopover. The city is great for solo travel; it is easy to get around, safe and the people are friendly.

27 comments on “24 Amazing Hours in Dublin Ireland
  1. Tanja says:

    I’d love to visit it!:)

  2. We’ll be there this fall – Bookmarking this for later!

  3. It does sound like a hectic day to be able to see it all in one day. Not that I’m surprised, a city like Dublin probably needs more than a day to get acquainted to. Dublin has for a very long time been on my list of possible trips, due to the cheap flights. But there has all the time been some other destination that have been more interesting for the moment. 🙂

    • sheriannekay@gmail.com says:

      I know! So many places to go and things to see. I have a huge Ireland bucket list that keeps getting pushed back. I had the opportunity for a quick stopover and took it — and it was a GREAT day!

  4. I hope I can visit Dublin soon too. You have listed so many places to visit in Dublin. But Trinity college and Book of Kells have been in my wishlist for so long.

  5. Great roundup of a quick day in Dublin! I eventually plan to do a roadtrip around Ireland, so definitely bookmarking for when I make it to Dublin. The evening activities (Irish house party & pub tours) sound really fun if I’m still awake then!

  6. AllGudThings says:

    Is it really possible to check out so much at Dublin in a single day? For me this plan sounds quite hectic. I would love to visit and check all these places someday but in 48-72 hrs. Thanks for this collaborative list.

    • sheriannekay@gmail.com says:

      More time is always better! It really is possible to get an overview of the city and spend quality time in a few places. I started out early and wandered the neighborhoods to photograph the doors before people were up and about. I spent a good amount of time at Trinity College and the Cemetery. I only went into one souvenir shop. It wasn’t hectic but it wasn’t leisurely either; I had a plan for what was important to me.

  7. tatumskipper says:

    Never been to Dublin but would love to go for Octoberfest!! I heard its perfect for a stop over. I need to get back over seas soon and experience all these places!!

  8. Visiting Dublin would be great and actually spending time as you suggested would be even better. I want to see Dublin just as the way the locals see it. I want to see it’s simplicity rather than being touristy. And finally I would love to wash it all down with a large mug of Irish Coffee!

  9. SindhuMurthy says:

    I have always wanted to explore the country side of Ireland. Never gave a thought about what I would be doing Dublin. This list looks doable and covers all major attractions. Good that we don’t need much time to cover the city. However, I would also love to explore the offbeat activities or places in Dublin.

  10. You have it well mapped out here. We went to the Queen of Tarts too! I think we are going to go back to Dublin since we haven’t seen all these sights yet.

  11. Indrani says:

    The list is good and helpful.
    I will say very intelligently done with backlinks. 🙂 I hope I get to visit Dublin… quite a lot of wonderful sights there as I make out from your list.

  12. travellingslacker says:

    wow that’s so compact yet so exhaustive 24 hrs! Though I would like to give it several days to explore so many attractions but more often than not I end up with only a few hours to explore a place. In that sense I think it is a great guide for modern day travellers who are always in a hurry!

  13. Joanna says:

    You have managed to do a lot of things in 24 hours in Dublin! I envy that you’ve managed to stop by at both Old Jameson Distillery and Guinness Storehouse. You must have been exhausted by the end of the day.

  14. Bilyana | OwlOverTheWorld says:

    I would love to vsiti Dublin! And attending a house party sounds like the perfect enf of the day to me.

  15. danik says:

    Dublin is a great place to explore but I think I spent most of my time in the bars there. 😀 (away from Temple bAr of course, they are so expensive for a pint!)

  16. Eric Gamble says:

    I don’t know if I could just do 24 hours in Dublin.. I mean the Temple Bar District, Trinity College, Guiness & St. Pats alone are on my list…not to mention, those Irish Breakfasts look amazing that If I started there, I wouldn’t be able to move for 24 hours!

  17. EvaSturm says:

    Nice post, brings me back to my first visti to Dublin.

  18. loisaltermark says:

    Ireland is one of my favorite countries, and this post makes me want to go back now! So much to do and see in Dublin, and the people are so friendly!

  19. I would love to visit Dublin and. Do something a little more cultural. Most of my trips have been hen nights and therefore a little too much drink fuelled

  20. LeAnna Brown says:

    We did the Sandeman’s Free Europe walking tour in Dublin and it was amazing (and free) I felt like we covered SO much of Dublin in that tour alone, which would make it a great thing to add to a short (24 hours) trip as well

  21. Nancy says:

    I love to hear that many first-timer visitor sights in Dublin are within walking distance – this makes it easier for travelling families.

  22. Jen Joslin says:

    It’s good to know how walkable much of the city is! That’s definitely my favorite way to explore a place. Can’t wait to visit Dublin one day soon!

  23. mappingmegan says:

    One of my favorite European capitols – obviously the Guinness Storehouse should be on every person’s list – so many amazing museums, pubs and architecture here to see too though 🙂

  24. So now I know what is behind the green door. There is a classic problem in statistics about a drunk wandering home. It is literally a random walk problem. I love door pictures too. I am always curious about the house beyond the door.

  25. Jain says:

    I am going to ireland this summer so i am saving this page! Thanks for all the tips 🙂

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