2 Days in Dublin: Maximize Your Time in the City

If you’re planning to spend 2 days in Dublin and want to make the most of your time, you’ve come to the right place. Dublin is an incredible city with lively pubs and hidden gems, and you don’t want to miss out!

During your 2 days in Dublin, you’ll have the opportunity to uncover the city’s history, and eat some incredible Irish food, and experience the best of Dublin!

In my full guide, I will help you plan your short Dublin trip and provide you with the best things to do in Dublin, a 2 day itinerary, insider tips, and my best recommendations to help you make the most of your short stay in Dublin.

2 Days in Dublin: What to Do

When visiting Dublin, there’s no shortage of things to do, so how do you know what to do in only 2 days? I’ve got you! After visiting Dublin for myself and extensively travel planning, I’ve narrowed down the absolute best things you can do in Dublin in 2 days!

1. Visit the Guinness Storehouse

Me at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, Ireland
First stop, the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin!

Is it a “tourist” thing to do? Yes. Is it worth it? Also, yes. The Guinness Storehouse is a must-visit for anyone interested in beer or Irish culture! At the end of the tour, you can enjoy a complimentary pint of Guinness at the Gravity Bar, which gives you the most incredible views of Dublin.

2. Journey through History at The Little Museum of Dublin

This tiny museum is Dublin’s number-one museum! Everything you’ll see in the Little Museum of Dublin has been contributed by locals. In less than an hour, a local guide will guide you through the museum and Dublin’s history. It’s quirky, fun, and you will learn so much about Dublin that you wouldn’t have otherwise! Before and after the tour you can wander the collection and exhibit on your own time.

3. Visit Dublin Castle and Explore the Grounds

Dublin Castle is an important place in Ireland and has quite a backstory! It was built back in the early thirteenth century right on the spot where Vikings once roamed Ireland. Once the seat of British rule in Ireland, the castle has belonged to Ireland since the Irish independence in 1922. The castle is open daily and you can explore the beautiful grounds and gardens at your own pace.

4. Visit the Molly Malone Statue

Molly Malone statue in Dublin

Molly Malone” or “In Dublin’s Fair City” is known widely as Dublin’s unofficial city anthem. Make sure you visit the Molly Malone statue and snap a photo while you hum the tune!

 ๐ŸŽต In Dublin’s fair city / Where the girls are so pretty / I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone ~

The Dubliners

5. See the Famous Book of Kells at Trinity College

One of the most popular places to visit in Dublin is the historic Trinity College! This university is Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious institution. You can take a guided tour of the campus, which includes a stop by the famous Book of Kells.

6. Discover the Temple Bar District

The Temple Bar is well known in Dublin for its atmosphere and nightlife. This neighborhood is packed with lots of pubs, restaurants, and live music. During the day, you can explore the small streets and get some great photos! At night, you can enjoy a pint of Guinness at one of the pubs and listen to traditional Irish music.

7. Explore St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Outside of St. Patrick's Cathedral

Dublin is the birthplace of St. Patrick’s, and this beautiful cathedral celebrates Ireland’s patron saint! You can learn all about St. Patrick inside the cathedral or take a walk around the surrounding gardens and park. Inside the cathedral, you’ll find historical architecture and beautiful stained glass windows.
Tip: Get a fast-track ticket and skip the line!

8. Visit Marsh’s Library

Marshs Library in Dublin, Ireland

If you’re a book lover, this is the spot for you. Marsh’s Library is Ireland’s oldest public library and holds over 25,000 rare books! Take a self-guided tour here and you won’t regret it! Walking along the aisles is like taking a step back in time, with some books dating back to the 15th century.

9. Visit the National Museums of Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland is free and there are four separate museums you can explore. The museums include decorative arts and history, country life, natural history, and archaeology. Each of these provides a unique experience and perspective on life in Ireland in different ways.

10. Walk Through St. Stephen’s Green

If you’ve seen the rom-com set in Ireland, Leap Year, you’ll recognize St. Stephen’s Green. This is where Anna and Declan have a romantic walk and talk on the stone bridge! This beautiful park is a perfect spot for a walk and a visit to this iconic film location. I loved walking through the park and watching the swans that live there.

11. Have a Meal at the Oldest Pub in Ireland

Visiting the oldest pub in Ireland in Dublin, the Brazen Head!

Where better place to have dinner and a pint than at the oldest pub in all of Ireland? Around since 1198, here you can enjoy traditional Irish music and food in the heart of Dublin city.


As you can see from my top picks for what to do in Dublin in 2 days, this city has an incredible range of things to do. Plan your 2 day itinerary around what interests you the most to make the most of your time in Ireland’s capital!

2 Days in Dublin Itinerary Recommendation

When planning a shorter trip to Dublin, it’s a good idea to have an itinerary. This way, it allows you to make the most of your limited time. In this section, I will give you my best recommendations based on my experiences in Dublin with an itinerary for spending 2 days in Dublin. I’ve maximized the list by grouping the closest things together by day. If you follow this, there’s no way you can miss out!

Day 1

2 days in Dublin Itinerary - Day 1 Map
By taking these recommendations, this is what your route will look like Day 1!

Morning: Start your morning by visiting the Little Museum of Dublin. I recommend doing this first because it will give you the lowdown on the history of Dublin from a local! You’ll also be sure to start your day off with some laughs and good craic.

After this, you can grab a coffee or bite to eat and wander right across the street to St. Stephen’s Green. Take a slow walk through the park and admire the wildlife and the walk over the bridge featured in the famous Ireland-based rom-com film, Leap Year.

St. Stephens Green
Visiting St. Stephens Green, a filming location of Leap Year and park in the heart of Dublin!

Then, move on to visit either Ireland’s Natural History Museum or the National Gallery, depending on whether you’re more interested in history or art. Of course, you can always visit both! Grab a bite to eat somewhere nearby. Don’t worry – we’re visiting the Temple bar area later for world famous pub food and culture!

Afternoon: It’s time to visit the famous Book of Kells at Trinity College. Can you believe it was made by Celtic Monks circa 800?! After your tour, wander just a few blocks up to the Molly Malone Statue to take a photo of this iconic Dublin landmark. Now, time to head over to the Temple Bar district. Here you’ll be able to get some great food and listen to some live music in the busiest pub area of Dublin.

the Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland

Day 2

2 days in Dublin Itinerary - Day 2 Map
Route for Day 2 in Dublin. See how things are close together? This maximizes the time you have!

Morning: Get tickets to skip the line at St. Patricks Cathedral and be guided through the largest cathedral and a very important pilgrimage site in Ireland. Learn about the legend of St. Patrick’s Day and find out more about this incredible monument. This way you will also learn about and see Dublin Castle. Afterwards, you can visit Marsh’s Library, the oldest library in Dublin.

St. Patrick's Cathedral inside

Afternoon: After you grab something to eat, you will want to give yourself plenty of time to do a tour of the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. By booking with Viator, you can skip the line at the Guinness Factory and also do the Jameson Irish Whiskey experience!

As your 2 days in Dublin come to an end, make sure to eat some traditional Irish food and to toast to your adventures in Dublin at the oldest pub in Ireland, the Brazen Head.

Pints of Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse

Whether you prefer a packed schedule or a more relaxed pace, my suggested itinerary will help you make the most of your trip to Dublin. Trust me and do at least some of these suggestions to experience the best of Dublin in 2 days!

Best Time To Visit Dublin

When planning your trip to Dublin, it’s important to consider the best time to visit to make the most of your trip. Weather conditions, crowd levels, and ongoing events can influence your travel experience! To help you figure out the best time to go, I’ve put together a breakdown of each season in Dublin. Use this guide to decide what time is best for you!

๐ŸŒธ Spring (March to May)

In spring, Dublin wakes up with blooming flowers and mild temperatures. It’s a great time to explore Dublin’s beautiful parks, such as St. Stephen’s Green and Phoenix Park. Just remember that spring weather in Dublin can be unpredictable, with occasional showers. Crowds are generally smaller during this season compared to the summer months.

โ˜€๏ธ Summer (June to August)

Summer is the peak season in Dublin, with longer days and warmer weather. This is when the city really comes alive with festivals and outdoor events taking place throughout the city. The iconic Temple Bar area is particularly busy during this time! Just be prepared for more crowds and higher prices, during summer. This typically happens during major events like the Bloomsday Festival and the Dublin Fringe Festival.

Mild and nice weather in September in Dublin!

๐Ÿ‚ Fall (September to November)

Autumn in Dublin has cooler temperatures but it’s a very pleasant time to visit. It’s a great time to enjoy the city’s culture and variety of things to do. The Dublin Theatre Festival and the Bram Stoker Festival are just a few of the events that take place during the fall in Dublin. While there are less tourists in the fall, be sure to bring a rain jacket and prepare for the fall weather in Ireland.

โ„๏ธ Winter (December to February)

Winter in Dublin can be colder, but it’s also a magical time to visit! Dublin is decorated with lights and even has Christmas markets to explore in December. Indoor attractions are more popular during this season since it’s colder. Keep in mind that some tourist sites may have reduced hours or closures during the winter months. It’s also worth noting that Dublin experiences most of its rain during the winter!

Overall, the best time to visit Dublin depends on your preferences and interests! If you enjoy warm weather and lively events, summer may be the ideal time for you. On the other hand, if you prefer milder temperatures and smaller crowds, spring and fall times are a more chill and relaxed experience. Winter is perfect for those who love a festive holiday atmosphere and don’t mind the cooler temperatures.

๐Ÿจ Where to Stay for 2 Days in Dublin

When planning your 2 days in Dublin, it’s essential to choose the right accommodation that suits your needs and preferences. With a variety of neighborhoods and lodging options to choose from, finding a perfect place with a great location can make your experience SO much better. To help you figure out where is best, I’ve put together a list of places to stay at every budget in optimal areas for a 2 day trip!

Best Places to Stay in Dublin (For Every Budget)

Dublin neighborhoods - places to stay with 2 days in Dublin

Luxury Hotels

If you prefer a luxurious stay with the most amenities, Dublin offers a range of luxury hotels. Around the city center, near Merrion Square and St. Stephen’s Green, is where you can find the best luxury hotels in Dublin. Stay somewhere like The Shelbourne Hotel or The Fitzwilliam for the best experience at a luxury price point.

Mid-Range Hotels

If you’re looking for a comfortable place to stay without totally breaking the bank, there are lots of mid-range hotels in Dublin. Areas such as Temple Bar and around the Docklands offer a unique experience and plenty of options at a reasonable price point. You could stay at Wellington Temple Bar or O’Regans for a convenient and enjoyable stay in Dublin!

Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs)

B&Bs are my absolute favorite kind of accommodation in Ireland! If you prefer a more authentic experience, consider supporting the locals and staying at one of the bed and breakfasts in Dublin. The Ariel House and Pembroke Townhouse are just a couple of great options that are cozy and close to the city center.

Budget-Friendly Hostels

If you’re on a super tight budget, you may want to opt for a hostel or lower priced accommodation in Dublin. These lower-priced options in Dublin give you affordable accommodation in Ireland’s most expensive city. Look into places like Gardiner House or Tom Dick, and Harriet’s Accomodations for a fun and budget-friendly stay. Tip: Book early, these get booked up fast due to their affordability!

Note: Dublin can be an expensive city for travelers due to it’s major airport and tourism. Budget ahead and remember that this city is expensive for the locals, too. Be kind, and have fun staying in Dublin! ๐Ÿ’š

Simple Guide to Dublin Neighborhoods:

Streets of Dublin, Ireland

Temple Bar Neighborhood

The Temple Bar neighborhood is the most popular neighborhood for tourists due to its location near Dublin’s liveliest pubs. This is a good area to be within walking distance of pubs, restaurants, and live music venues in the evening. This area is not the most quiet or safest area to stay, but it’s an extremely popular choice for these reasons!

Georgian Dublin

If you want to stay somewhere with the most beautiful architecture in Dublin, you might want to stay in the Georgian Quarter. This area has gorgeous Georgian townhouses and peaceful open green spaces and squares. It’s a great choice if you want a quieter stay while still being close to the city center.

Docklands

The Docklands is a more modern area that has waterfront views and is located on the River Liffey. It’s considered the business district in Dublin, but that doesn’t mean it’s a boring place to stay! It’s an ideal neighborhood if you want to stay in more modern surroundings and enjoy easy access to the museums in Dublin.

Ballsbridge

Ballsbridge is a wealthy neighborhood in Dublin, mostly known for its Victorian houses. It’s a good choice for a peaceful stay in Dublin, but it’s a little out of the way from the city center. Still doable, but plan on walking a whole lot more.


Consider your budget and the type of experience you’re seeking when choosing where to stay in Dublin. Do you want to be right next to the pubs and live music? Or, do you want a quieter stay near the museums? The answer to these questions should dictate where you choose to stay during your 2 days in Dublin.

๐Ÿบ Where to Eat During Your 2 Days in Dublin

In this section, I’ll recommend some places that are no-brainer choices on places to eat when you’re in Dublin. Consider dropping them in your GPS app (aka Google Maps) when you’re ready for a meal!

Dinner at the oldest pub in Dublin, the Brazen Head
Irish Shepards Pie and chips at the Brazen Head in Dublin.

Groundhouse Coffee

If you’re in need of your caffeine or a quick bite, Groundhouse Coffee is a really great spot. Located near the Guinness Factory, this cafe has really fantastic coffee, breakfast, and lunch sandwiches.

The Brazen Head

No visit to Dublin is complete without experiencing the Irish pub scene, and The Brazen Head is the oldest pub in the city. This historic pub dating back to the 12th century can’t be missed when you’re in Dublin!

The Old Storehouse Bar and Restaurant

This place is a traditional Irish bar located in the center of Dublinโ€™s Cultural Quarter! Live music, warm Irish hospitality, and a quaint vibe, the Old Storehouse will not disappoint on your trip to Dublin.

Bonus: all of my suggestions are vegan friendly!

pub culture in Dublin, Ireland street art
Street art in Dublin depicting pub culture in Ireland. “When it’s dark, look for the pub!”

๐Ÿ€ Tips for Spending 48 Hours in Dublin

I really want to help you make the most out of your two days in Dublin, so here are some valuable tips and advice to ensure you make the most of your time!

Plan your transportation

Dublin has various transportation options, including buses and trains. If you want, you could get a Leap Card for convenient access to public transport. However, the city center is easily walkable, so it is my recommendation to get some good shoes for Ireland and explore by walking!

Exchange currency before your trip

While most places in Dublin accept credit cards, it’s always a good idea to carry SOME cash. You may never need it but it can be appreciated when you do have it! Avoid exchanging money at airports as they often have higher fees.

cash culture in Dublin
Cash culture on the streets of Dublin – remember to exchange currency ahead of time!

Keep safety in mind

Dublin is generally safe, but keep in mind it’s the biggest city in Ireland. It’s important to take normal safety precautions as a traveler. Stay in well-lit areas at night, keep your belongings close to you, and do not keep your passport somewhere that’s accessible to others.

Take part in the pub culture

Even if you don’t want to drink alcohol, that’s totally fine! Pub culture is very much about socializing, enjoying good food, and live music. Try some traditional faves like Irish stew, fish and chips, and soda bread. For an authentic experience, head to local pubs like The Brazen Head!

By following these tips, you’ll enjoy your 48 hours in Dublinโ€”I’m sure of it!

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช FAQ About Spending 2 Days in Dublin

Got questions before heading into the big city? Fair enough! It can be overwhelming to plan a trip. I’ve put together answers for you to some frequently asked questions about spending 2 days in the Irish capital of Dublin.

How much money do you need for 2 Days in Dublin?

The amount of money you’ll need for your 2 days in Dublin will depend on your preferences and spending habits. Expect about $100 to $150 per day, not including your hotel, hostel, or B&B stay. Keep in mind that prices can vary based on the season, so it’s always a good idea to plan ahead! If you like to shop, plan for more than thatโ€”especially if you’re like me and need to buy an Aran sweater in Ireland.

Is 2 Days in Dublin Enough?

While 2 days in Dublin may not allow you to explore everything, it is definitely enough to experience the culture and main attractions! With careful planning, you can visit ALL of the landmarks I’ve mentioned like St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College, the Guinness Storehouse, and the lively pub area of the Temple Bar. Remember that you can always prioritize your own must-sees in the city.

Cliffs of Moher from Dublin
There are many day trips to the Cliffs of Moher from Dublin if you have an extra day!

There are also many day trip options from Dublin, such as visiting the stunning Cliffs of Moher or the famous city of Galway. If you have an extra day, I’d recommend that you book one of these to make the most of your time in Ireland!

๐Ÿ’š Wrap-Up: Enjoy Your Trip to Dublin!

You should now be able to confidently plan your 2 days in Dublin! Keep in mind that Dublin is a wonderful city with plenty to see and do. You’ll most likely want to return for another visit! Don’t feel like you have to cram in everything in just two days, and remember that it’s always okay to take a break and just enjoy the atmosphere.

I hope you have an amazing trip to Dublin filled with new adventures, delicious food, and new core memories. Slรกinte! (Cheers in Irish).

Plan Your Trip With My Favorite Resources

๐Ÿ›๏ธ Viator is best for researching and booking tours and experiences
๐Ÿš—ย Discover Carsย helps you get the cheapest rental cars while traveling
๐Ÿค• Safety Wingย is my recommended travel insurance

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