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How to make the most of a weekend in Dublin

How to make the most of a weekend in Dublin

Dublin is a friendly, bustling city with a fascinating history, and boasts pubs and bars full of chatty locals bonding over a pint. This article suggests things to see and do to help you make the most of your weekend in Dublin.


The main area for Dublin shopping runs between O’Connell Street and Grafton Street and Henry Street on the other side of the river. Henry Street used to be the budget option, while Grafton was full of designer boutiques and exclusive stores. However, in recent years this distinction has blurred.

Wander up and down the area and pop into the Westbury Mall, Arnotts, the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre and Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre for a mix of chain stores, coffee shops and traditional Irish shops.

There are lots of lovely little souvenir shops dotted along Nassau Street. Kilkenny Design has a beautiful range of Irish crafts, textiles and jewellery, while the popular House of Ireland sells a variety of goods.

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Eating out

If you’re looking for a good restaurant in Dublin, you will not be disappointed. From traditional hearty Irish grub to food from across the globe, the city has something to suit any palate. For an introduction to Irish cuisine, like seafood chowder and soda bread, head to Avoca for lunch. Or, for a traditional meal of fish and chips, head to the historic Leo Burdock’s – a firm favourite since 1913.

For dinner you could try recently opened haunts like the Green Hen or 777, or a traditional choice like The Farm. The Farm uses locally-sourced ingredients to create its traditional Irish fayre. One of the best options on the menu is the juicy farm burger with organic smoked bacon and mature Gubbeen cheese.


Get out and about to make the most of your weekend in the city because there are plenty of things to do in Dublin. Don’t miss Dublin’s best known attraction – the Guinness Storehouse. Make your way through the interactive exhibits to see how the drink is made before climbing to the rooftop for fantastic views over the city and a free sample of the black stuff! Afterwards, be sure to spend some time exploring Kildare Street. You’ll spot Leinster House – home to the two houses of Irish parliament, the National Museum, which has a wonderful collection of Viking artefacts, and the National Library with its fascinating exhibitions on local literary figures. Another area you should make time to visit is the historic neighbourhood of Temple Bar. On Saturdays you can sample oysters, crepes and the Paddy Jack sandwich (lamb with cheese and plenty of greens on thick olive bread) in Temple Bar Market. During the rest of the week you can relax in a traditional pub overlooking the cobbled streets. The free Gallery of Photography is worth a visit, as are the many art galleries featuring works by Irish artists. If you’re interested in Irish history, take a short bus ride to Kilmainham Gaol. This prison has been converted into a museum, which tells the tale of Ireland’s turbulent political past.

weekend in Dublin

Dublin is a vibrant city with a fun vibe. It’s full of culture and history, but also plenty of modern eateries and great nights out. Sample a bit of everything to really make the most of your weekend away.

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