Exploring Ireland is an unforgettable experience, check out my list of things to do in Dublin.
The Top 10 Must-See and Things To Do in Dublin, Ireland:
1. Visit the Temple Bar: this bar is a staple and one of the most famous pubs in Dublin. Here you will find over 450 different kinds of Irish whiskey, as Ireland is easily regarded as the Whiskey capital of the world. Temple Bar is always packed and in 2015, Dublin's first Rock 'n Roll museum opened right inside the bar.
2. Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral: Built in 1815, this is where S. Patrick was believe to be baptized. St. Patrick was the patron saint of Ireland and fifth century Christian missionary. St. Patrick is celebrated on St. Patrick's Day on March 17th (also my birthday) for his work and converting the Irish to Christianity. St. Patrick's Cathedral is the largest church in Ireland.
3. Visit the Guinness Storehouse: Guinness is Ireland's most iconic beer and the Storehouse is one of the largest breweries in Ireland. Here you will learn all about the history of Guinness beer, how the beer is made, and you will get to enjoy beer tastings. There are seven floors and a rooftop bar. One of the best times to visit is during the St. Patrick's Day weekend, because they have a big festival at the Storehouse featuring line dancing and traditional Irish music.
4. Try some authentic Irish food: There are plenty of great restaurants to try in Dublin to get a taste of authentic Irish food. Some suggestions for your dining options are Gallagher's Boxty House, Auld Dub, the Norseman, and the Greenhouse. Fun fact: a Boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake and you must try one while you're in Dublin.
5. Travel to Dublin to celebrate St. Patrick's Day: This is a celebration like no other. Nobody celebrates St. Patrick Day like the Irish and Dublin makes the day one you'll never forget. The parade is easily one of the largest and most crowded in the world. If you're lucky, you may even get to snap a picture with St. Patrick himself...well a really good lookalike.
6. Visit the Jameson Distillery: This is the original site where Jameson Irish Whiskey was distilled until 1971. Here you will enjoy whiskey tastings and cocktail-making classes. Fun fact: Irish Car Bombs are commonly made with Guinness beer and Jameson Whiskey.
7. Visit the Teeling Distillery: If you haven't already caught on, the Irish love to drink. There are several distilleries and breweries to visit in Dublin, but the Teeling Distillery is one of the newest ones, built in 2015. This was a cool experience, because I got to tour the inside of the distillery and see how the whiskey is made from start to finish. The unique thing about Teeling Whiskey is that is takes 9 months to produce and the makers don't chill the whiskey prior to bottling, so the taste is extremely bold and rich.
8. Go shopping at Primark/Penneys: If you've never heard of Primark or Penneys, then you're missing out. In the U.S., the stores are called Primark (located in Boston and Chicago), but in Ireland, the stores are called Penneys. Here you can enjoy great, exclusive and affordable fashion. There are multiple floors and you can find yourself shopping for hours, so make sure you eat before you go.
9. Visit Dublinia: This is a great way to learn about the history of Viking and medieval Dublin. From the outside, you will be drawn to the amazing architecture of what appears to be a church or cathedral. However, once inside you will find replicas and artifacts from the times of the Vikings and medieval days in Dublin.
10. Explore the City: There is so much to see and do in the streets of Dublin. Be sure to get out and explore, walk around and take in all of your surroundings. The architecture is immaculate and the local people are friendly. You will likely stumble upon several great pubs and bars, but be sure to enjoy the shops and restaurants too.