I do not think that 24 hours is enough to visit Dublin. Specifically, our requirement was the desire to not lose anything in the little time available and the priority was the road trip in Ireland, but we could not leave this country without giving at least a peek at its capital, Dublin. That's the first day of travel and so we decided to visit the city.
I must say that in one day it is just impossible to visit some of the most famous attractions in Dublin and at the same time to have an overview of the most attractive areas of the city. The secret for me is to walk. My advice is to strike up a rough itinerary and cover the distances between the places by walking, and the bus is not essential, as then you will have the time to observe the surroundings.
What to see in Dublin in 24 hours? Do not take it at face value, but here's what we saw.
The Guinness Storehouse is the homonymous dark beer factory and is the most visited attraction in Dublin, and not by chance in my opinion. The old fermentation plant that started in 1900 has been expertly converted into a museum that celebrates the figure of Arthur Guinness and his descendants, along with the beer and retraces the process of production of the same today as in the years past.
There are five plans to visit independently, with or without an audio guide, which is included in the ticket price. Also in the Gravity Bar on the fifth floor, you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the city, while enjoying the Guinness beer, thanks to the drink being included in the price. This is an experience that will surely be liked by those who are not particularly fond of beer.
The tour of the Guinness Storehouse can be used at most for a couple of hours, to explore the storehouse. To avoid overcrowding, it is better to arrive at the ticket office between 10:30 to 11:00 am, and in this way at the end of the tour, you can go to the city centre and continue the visit to other parts of Dublin.
If you follow my advice to explore the city on foot, after the visit to the Guinness Storehouse you should not take the bus that takes you into the town but walks to the centre on foot through the Liberties neighbourhood. It is one of the oldest areas of the city, but I liked it very much most of all because it's a little touristy and very alive atmosphere.
In Liberties neighbourhood, we find Dubliners, strolling along the streets, concrete gardens where children play in the neighbourhood, walls covered with some murals, of course, coloured, doorways with red brick walls and then the little shops, from the ones of trinkets, the butchers, the fruits and vegetables. With a simple walk, you can immerse yourself in the more real and less touristy life of the city.
In the triangle formed by the Dublin Castle, St. Stephen's Green and Trinity College is a ' pedestrian mall full of stores where shoppers can spend a whole day. I do not go crazy for shopping in general, even more so when I travel, but among these colourful streets, I came across the George's Arcade, a sort of Irish Covent Garden, which is of course not at the level of the original, however, it is a nice covered area with stalls, shops, cafes and special cafes where we have our lunch.
St. Stephen's Green
St. Stephen's Green is the most famous park of Ireland. Especially on sunny days or when the clouds give way to the warm rays, it is nice to enjoy a walk along its paths, where we meet the young and the old on foot, bicycle, rollerblading or skateboarding. Walking along the perfect green lawns and flowerbeds of St. Stephen's Green is a pleasant interlude during a visit to the city.
You cannot leave Dublin without visiting the Trinity College, the university par excellence. Within the campus, you can walk among the buildings that host the classes and the students’ accommodation. During the summer you can also stay in rooms on campus as we did.
For some, the real attraction is a finely decorated manuscript of the ninth century, the Book of Kells or rather, two pages of this book is on display in Trinity College Library, but for me the best thing by far was the Long Room, which is the library with a nave with two floors flanked on either side by niches which house shelves with old books.
Quay literally means shore, and it is the path that runs along the south bank of the River Liffey that runs through Dublin. Walking along the river is something that I love to do in all the cities I visit, and I have not failed to do that even in Dublin. I find it something romantic and relaxing, especially as the sun sets.
Through Sean O'Casey Foot Bridge, I skirted the Liffey to the western terminus of Temple Bar after overcoming the many bridges that cross the river and observe buildings, colourful houses and monuments that overlook the water.
Temple Bar is another of Dublin's institutions and is the district of pubs, where the exciting nightlife of the city is present. These pubs serve dinner from 9:00 pm onwards and customers can watch live musical performances, often Irish while sipping pints of beer.
Among the most famous pubs in Temple Bar is definitely The Quays, but although we found a great atmosphere here, the beer was quite costly. If you do not want to stop in the first part of Temple Bar, but you feel like taking a few more steps, you can reach its western end and you will not be disappointed, as here is The Brazen Head, the oldest pub in Ireland.
Here ended our day in Dublin, and well we used our 24 hours to spare to the maximum.