Flip through every travel guidebook to Dublin and you will see the same list of popular and must-see attractions in and around the city. While you should not miss the most famous and iconic sites on your first visit, what if this is not your first time to Dublin or you want to go beyond the well-trodden?
This list is my top 10 things to do in Dublin for people that want to experience a bit more of Dublin, especially over a weekend city-break. So after you’ve viewed the Book of Kells, grabbed a pint in Temple Bar, visited the historic churches, shopped on Grafton Street and walked through St. Stephen’s Green, check out this next list of ideas.
Walk around Merrion Square (along the outside gates) for the regular Sunday open air art gallery and sale.
Head outside of Temple Bar to listen to the incredible array of free live music at a traditional or modern Irish pub in places such as the Grand Social, Schoolhouse Hotel, Globe, Cafe en Seine, or just ask at your favorite neighborhood pub when music is scheduled.
Walk along the toe path of the aptly named “Grand Canal” from Mount Street Lower to Portobello Road near Rathmines to see the ducks, moorhens, swans, and the lovely setting.
Take the Dart to Dalkey Castle for a living history tour of this quaint castle home in an upscale town with famous residents along the coast.
Tour the Grand Canal Docklands including the Libeskind designed Grand Canal Theatre, Samuel Beckett Bridge, and Google European HQ.
Order a barista quality coffee break at one of the numerous cozy and well-crafted cafes in Dublin city centre. Don’t forget to order a berry scone with it.
Be wowed by the incredible display of animal specimens mounted on the walls of the Victorian hall in the Museum of Natural History.
Grab a pint of the Plain Porter (or other Irish craft selections) at the Porterhouse brewing pub for an alternative to Guinness.
Experience Irish literary history by getting tickets for a play at one of the many theatres in Dublin including Project Arts, Abbey, Smock Alley, Gate Theatre, New Theatre, and more.
Pick a residential neighborhood for a Sunday carvery (roast) pub brunch with locals and families enjoying a hearty meal.