One of the most enticing aspects of travel is the thrill that comes along with being fully immersed in a new environment. One city that stands unique in many ways is Dublin, Ireland, so if it isn’t a destination on your travel itinerary, it should be. Exploring a foreign city doesn’t have to be a daunting undertaking, and making the most of a day in Dublin is as simple as going for a walk. The list of locations below will allow you to take advantage of iconic cultural attractions that make Dublin one-of-a-kind and that contribute to an authentic Irish experience.
1. National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology
This condensed tour of Dublin begins at a location rich with Ireland’s history and heritage. Doors open at 10:00 AM, and admission is free. The historically significant artifacts held in this museum date back to 7,000 BC, making this destination essential to understanding Ireland’s past. Tourists can explore exhibits on Ireland’s prehistoric, medieval, Celtic, and Early Christian histories. The cafés in the museum offer authentic Irish cuisine and the souvenir shop sells gifts and trinkets reflective of Ireland’s unique past.
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2. National Gallery of Ireland
Only a four minute walk from the museum, admission to this renowned art collection is also free. The gallery offers free audioguides for guests and free guided tours are given on the weekends. This a particularly great location for families to visit, as it offers children’s audioguides, special family packets, workshops, and classes that ensure kids of all ages make the most out of their visit. Guests can gain insight to the history and culture of the country through appreciating the art that has come from all across and Ireland and Europe to find a home here.
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3. Grafton Street
Walk west from the Gallery for eight minutes, and you’ll find yourself on Grafton Street. One of Dublin’s premiere shopping spots, this street’s past is rooted in Irish history. Today, you can stroll this road at your leisure, taking in the unique shops and architecture. You may even want to stop and listen to a busker or do some window shopping here. This location provides a great way to break up the day and gives tourists the chance to stock up on souvenirs while taking in the sights and sounds of Dublin.
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4. Temple Bar
End the day by stopping by Temple Bar, located a mere eight minutes from Grafton Street. This area is known for its nightlife, featuring iconic locations like The Palace Bar and Temple Bar Pub. Temple Bar is popular with tourists and locals alike, and has become an ideal location for bar crawls. What better way to embrace the Irish way of life than sharing a beer with friends (old and new) after a long day experiencing the best of what Dublin has to offer?
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With so much evidence of Ireland’s rich history and culture evident in one city, Dublin is the perfect place to spend a day learning about what the country and its people have to offer. Short cab rides can take you to other amazing places just out of walking distance like the Guinness Storehouse, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and St. Stephen’s Green.