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What to See in Dublin in a Day

Do you only have one day to see the sights of Dublin? Whether you're on

  • A business trip
  • A city break
  • A shore excursion
  • A bus tour
  • or just passing through ...

... we've put together a great itinerary of places to see during your one-day visit to Dublin. We haven't included them, but here are plenty of places for coffee and lunch along this route. 

1. Take a Morning Stroll Around Stephen's Green

 This beautiful urban park is an oasis of calm in the city centre, and also one of Dublin's oldest Georgian squares. From here, walk down the nearby Grafton Street -- Dublin's main shopping thoroughfare -- until, after 20 minutes, you come to Trinity College. 

2. Explore the Grounds of Trinity College

Stepping through the arch of Ireland's oldest college is like stepping back in time. Take a walk around the grounds and admire the magnificent architecture. Inside the library is Trinity's most famous exhibit, the Book of Kells. 

3. Gaze in Awe at The Book of Kells

A beautiful manuscript from the dark ages, the Book of Kells is Dublin's Mona Lisa. This item involves a fee (around 9 euros), and severe queues form at peak tourist times -- although you can skip waiting in line by booking online. 

 4. Take the Bus to The Chester Beatty Libary

 From Trinity College, take the 123 bus along Dame Street as far as Dublin Castle. If you feel like walking again (really?!) it will take about 15 minutes. In the grounds of the castle, enter -- for FREE -- the Chester Beatty Library, an award-winning museum with a collection from around the world. Oh, and did we say it was FREE? 

5. Take the bus to the Guinness Storehouse

 Take the 123 bus again, this time as far as St. James's Street (ask the driver). Once off the bus, follow the street signs for about 10 minutes to the entrance of  the Guinness Storehouse. The home of 'the black stuff', the Guinness Storehouse is an interactive visitor centre, located next to the brewery. Fees are around €17,  but this is the most popular visitor attraction in Ireland in Ireland. See our tips for avoiding waiting in line at Guinness. Note: if you just want a good photo, the iconic 'Guinness gate' is located on Crane Street, a cobbled street not far from where the bus stops.

How to get back to the city centre

Opposite where the 123 bus stops for the Guinness storehouse, there is another bus stop. Take any of the buses that arrive here. They will all go to the city centre (Trinity College and O'Connell Street).

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