Day 1 - Explore the city centre
Begin your day in the Irish capital on O’Connell Street, Europe’s widest street which has just been a massive facelift by the local council. Visit the GPO (General Post Office) and find the bullet holes in the columns, still there from the Easter Rising of 1916. Watch out for The Spire also, Europe’s tallest monument.
Walk down Henry Street, past Moore Street with its famous street traders where Molly Malone herself used to sell fish to Dubliners. From there go to one of Dublin’s most photographed landmarks, the Ha’penny Bridge. Cross the bridge and explore Temple Bar, Dublin’s tourist quarter.
After lunch visit Grafton Street, Dublin’s flagship shopping street. If you’re not in need of some retail therapy, visit the National Museum of Archaeology and History on nearby Kildrare Street.
Located on Lower Stephen Street Bia Bar does good food, particularly Monday-Thursdays (2 pizzas for €12 anybody?). It’s also a great bar to finish off the day.
Day 2 - Visit Ireland's number one tourist attraction
Dublin’s number one tourist attraction is the Guinness Storehouse and shouldn’t be missed. This huge building covers 7 floors, each dedicated to different aspects of the world-famous drink. You can easily spend two or more hours here, before finishing up in the Gravity Bar which overlooks the whole of Dublin.
Make your way back to the city centre and visit Tara Street DART Station. Take a DART (Dublin’s light-rail network) to Bray and back along Dublin Bay. Some of the views along the way are spectacular.
Wagamamma on South King Street is a newish addition to the Dublin restaurant scene, but a very popular one. Specialising in Japanese fare, their reasonable meals draw hundreds every night, as does its laid-back atmosphere. It’s also just ten minutes from Camden Street/Wexford Street, one of Dublin’s liveliest strips.
Day 3 - A day of culture
Just as in cities in the UK, all of Dublin’s national museums are free. Two of these, the National Gallery of Ireland and the National Museum of Natural History are on Merrion Square, just five minutes walk from Grafton Street. The green itself, complete with its statue of Oscar Wilde, is a nice place to while away an afternoon if the weather is nice.
Over the opposite side of Grafton Street, but still within walking distance, is Dublin Castle. Built in the 13th Century, you walk around the grounds for free. It is also where you will find the Chester Beatty Library, another of Dublin’s most popular attractions.
Unashamedly gaudy, completely touristy and overpriced at the best of times, Temple Bar is still a must-see and no visit to Dublin is complete without a night out there. There are many pubs to choose from, but one of the most popular is the Temple Bar.