Dublin – sightseeing plan (ENG)

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I have been dreaming of visiting Ireland for years. I am planning a week in Dublin and the surrounding area to start with. I present the initial plan of the visit – please take into account that I like sightseeing VERY thoroughly and taking A LOT of photos.

Day 1 (most preferably Monday): arrival

I am not making a specific plan for this day, if there is still time after reaching the hotel, I will choose one of the following points (e.g. objects to be viewed only from the outside).

Day 2 (most preferably Tuesday):

Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

Dublin 8:

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral (St Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8, A96 P599) https://www.stpatrickscathedral.ie/visit/

City Hall (Dame St). https://www.dublincity.ie/residential/arts-and-events/city-hall/history-city-hall

Christ Church Cathedral (Christchurch Pl, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, Ireland) https://christchurchcathedral.ie/visit-us/opening-hours/  

Dublin 7 (western part of the city):

National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History (Collins Barracks, Dublin 7) https://www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Decorative-Arts-History

Kilmainham Gaol (Inchicore Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, D08 RK28) https://kilmainhamgaolmuseum.ie

Day 3 (most preferably Wednesday):

Dublin Castle, source: https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plik:Dublin_Castle_o11.jpg

Dublin 2:

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology (Kildare Street, Dublin 2) + St. Stephen’s Green https://www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Archaeology

National Gallery of Ireland (Merrion Square W, Dublin 2, D02 K303, Ireland) https://www.nationalgallery.ie

Dublin Castle (Dame St, Dublin 2, Ireland) https://www.dublincastle.ie

Day 4 (most preferably Thursday):

Book of Kells, source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:KellsFol007vMadonnaChild.jpg

Dublin 2:

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin (College Green, Dublin 2) https://www.tcd.ie/visitors/  including especially the Book of Kells [manuscript from around 800, richly illuminated by Celtic monks] https://www.tcd.ie/visitors/book-of-kells/tickets/

National Print Museum (Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Road, Dublin 4, D04 E0C9) https://www.nationalprintmuseum.ie/visit-us/

Little Museum of Dublin (5 St Stephen’s Green, beside the the corner of Dawson Street) https://www.littlemuseum.ie/whats-on-dublin

Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) (UCD Naughton Joyce Centre, 86 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2). https://moli.ie

Oireachtas (Kildare St, Dublin 2, Ireland) https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/visit-and-learn/visit-the-oireachtas/ (from the outside only)

Government Buildings https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_Buildings (from the outside only)

Science Gallery (The Naughton Institute, Pearse St, Dublin 2) https://dublin.sciencegallery.com/itst (from the outside only)

Day 5 (most preferably Friday):

Jeanie Johnston, source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jeanie_Johnston.jpg

Dublin 1 (Docklands https://epicchq.com/visit/things-to-do-dublin-docklands/):

The Jeanie Johnston (Custom House Quay, Dublin 1) https://jeaniejohnston.ie

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum (The Chq Building, Unit 32 /33, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1) https://epicchq.com/visit/

Famine Memorial Sculptures (Custom House Quay, Dublin 1) http://www.dublindocklands.ie/visiting-docklands/things-do/sightseeing/famine-memorial-and-work-poverty-stone

The Spire of Dublin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spire_of_Dublin

Custom House (Custom House Quay, North Dock, Dublin 1) https://www.gov.ie/en/organisation-information/20086-the-custom-house

Day 6 (most preferably Saturday):

Malahide Castle, source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Malahide_Castle,March_2011(2).jpg

Dublinia (St Michaels Hill Christ Church, Dublin 8, Ireland) https://www.dublinia.ie/plan-your-visit/dublinia-combined-visits/

Swords Castle (Bridge St, Townparks, Swords, Co. Dublin, K67 X439) https://swordscastle.events

Malahide Castle & Gardens (Back Rd, Malahide, Dublin, K36 C432) https://www.malahidecastleandgardens.ie

Day 7 (most preferably Sunday):

Dún Laoghaire Harbour, source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dun_Laoghaire_harbour_from_west_pier.jpg

Dun Laoghaire Harbour https://dlharbour.ie/visit-us/tourism/ + Ireland’s National Maritime Museum (Haigh Terrace, Co. Dublin) https://www.mariner.ie + James Joyce Tower & Museum https://joycetower.ie (currently closed, only from the outside) + if the weather is good: Killiney Hill https://www.tripadvisor.ie/Attraction_Review-g186606-d14107799-Reviews-Killiney_Hill_Park-Dun_Laoghaire_County_Dublin.html

Then I plan to ride to:

Dublin Zoo (Saint James’ (part of Phoenix Park), Dublin 8, Ireland) https://www.dublinzoo.ie

I am not entirely satisfied with the above connection, but I do not know how else to reasonably manage the rest of the day after visiting the Dun Laoghaire Harbor area. The zoo is open the longest, although it is also very far from the Harbor. Maybe you have a better idea?

Reserve, i.e. places to visit when there is time left on the previous days or on the day of departure (if the departure is late enough):

Deer in Phoenix Park, source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Loz_dublin_deer4.png

Glasnevin Cemetery https://www.dctrust.ie/location/glasnevin/visiting.html + National Botanic Gardens (Glasnevin, Dublin 9, D09 VY63) https://botanicgardens.ie/glasnevin/ + Tolka Valley Park

The Phoenix Park https://phoenixpark.ie


I am also going to buy a DoDublin card which allows me to enter the following 6 properties for € 39, all of them listed above:

And now two questions for you:

  1. Have I missed something worth seeing in and around Dublin? Or maybe something of the above is overrated?
  2. What books do you recommend about the history of Ireland (as a whole, from antiquity to the 20th century)? Ideally, they should be available as e-books. My favorite authors of history (and history) books are Antony Beevor, James M. McPherson, Roger Crowley, Alexandra Richie, Neil Oliver, Hugh Kennedy, Norman Davies (in that order), so I’d love to read something similar to these.
  3. I wonder which of the one-day trips would be the best https://www.getyourguide.co.uk/dublin-l31/-tc172 – initially I think about the one to Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains because it is not too far from Dublin. Or maybe you can recommend another website with such tours?


Speaking about travelling, I invite you to read my reports from RiminiSan LeoSan Marino and Ravenna 🙂

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