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How to Spend 1 Day in Dublin

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How to Spend 1 Day in Dublin
Small though it is, the Irish capital radiates an outsized charm and offers myriad attractions and cultural experiences. If your visit to Dublin is a quick one and you’ve got just one day to spare, here are the experiences you should include on your 24-hour itinerary.

Morning: Irish History and Sporting Culture
With such limited time, you’re not going to want to waste a minute figuring out where to go and how to get there. A guided tour of Dublin city center ensures a morning of efficient sightseeing, covering top historical attractions, such as Dublin Castle and prestigious Trinity College, home to the ninth-century illuminated Book of Kells manuscript. If you’d rather pick your own highlights, join a hop-on hop-off bus tour and choose where you want to disembark, be it St. Stephen’s Green, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, or Croke Park.

Afternoon: Taste Irish Tipples
Next, peer behind the scenes of Dublin’s drinks industry. The city is the proud producer of two of Ireland’s most famous alcoholic exports: Guinness and Jameson whiskey. At the Guinness Storehouse, browse interactive exhibits and sip a pint of the black stuff while taking in the views from the seventh-floor Gravity Bar. Superfans can upgrade to sample Guinness beers and variants as well as the classic stout. If whiskey is more to your taste, head to the old Jameson Distillery Bow St. instead. Depending on timing, you may be able to fit in visits to both—pre-purchase skip-the-line tickets to save time. 

Evening: Discover Dublin After Dark
Though not traditionally known for its cuisine, the capital has undergone a restaurant renaissance in recent years. Join a guided food tour and sample dishes at several different eateries around town, many of which are off the tourist radar. Once you’re suitably filled, delve into Dublin’s darker side with a late-night ghost tour that visits graveyards, crypts, and other haunted locales. If you’re too spooked to go straight to bed after that, squeeze in one last nightcap in a Dublin pub—you’ll find lots to choose from in lively Temple Bar.
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Skip the Line Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey Experience Tour in DublinHalf-day Tours

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Skip the Line Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey Experience Tour in Dublin

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Skip the line at the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery on Bow Street for a guided tour around the complexes. Listen as your guide explains the ingredients used and learn of the complex brewing and distilling processes. Then, enjoy tastings of the beer and whiskey for which Ireland is famous before concluding the tour.
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Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle

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Avoid the crowds and explore Irish history in peace on this Book of Kells and Dublin Castle exterior tour. Visit the Trinity College Library, home to the famous Book of Kells—widely considered among the most important of all Ireland’s ancient treasures. Listen as your guide brings medieval Ireland to life, shedding light on the Book of Kells’ profound historical significance. Afterward, enjoy a guided walking tour around Dublin Castle’s mighty exterior. Visit the gardens and yards, and learn of the castle’s role as court, fortress, treasury, and jail.
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Enjoy a quicker entrance to one of Dublin's top attractions with this skip the line pass to the Guinness Storehouse. Enjoy seven floors of Guinness history and memorabilia and learn why this dark brew is one of Ireland's favorites. Learn about the beer's 1759 roots and enjoy an included pint at the Gravity Bar, where you can catch incredible views of the city down below.
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Jameson Distillery Guided Tour with Whiskey TastingAttraction Tickets

Jameson Distillery Guided Tour with Whiskey Tasting

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Enrich your knowledge of world-famous Irish whiskey on the new, guided tour of the Jameson Distillery Bow St. in Dublin. Learn the history of the iconic Irish brand as you explore the distillery and listen to commentary from your guide. The Bow St. Experience brings the stories of Jameson’s innovations to life during a tasting tour. Discover the secrets behind the complex distillation process and conclude with a whiskey in the elegant distillery bar.
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Irish Food Walking Tour of Dublin

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Enjoy an authentic taste of traditional Irish cuisine on this tasting tour of Dublin. Follow your guide on a walking tour of Dublin’s most popular pubs and restaurants, and get the inside scoop on the city’s culinary scene as you seek out little-known local haunts. This small-group tour is limited to 18 people for a personalized experience and stops at various locations, where you tuck into typical Irish dishes, accompanied by craft beers.
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Skip the Line: Guinness Connoisseur Taste Experience at the Guinness Storehouse

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Skip the line and experience the age-old tradition of Ireland's Guinness brew during this connoisseur taste experience at the Guinness Storehouse. Spend time in the luxurious bar and enjoy a guided tasting session with samples of several Guinness blends. Choose your favorite and enjoy a pint with a view at the Gravity Bar. Once you're finished, explore the museum at your leisure and learn about the history of one of Ireland's favorite beers. This tour option is perfect for beer-lovers who want to experience the best of Dublin's darkest brews.
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City Sightseeing Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Experience the beauty, history, and culture of Dublin during this popular hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Choose from 1- or 2-day tickets and follow the route that highlights the best of the Emerald Isle's capital city. Discover historic buildings, iconic sites, ancient landmarks and vibrant nightlife at your own pace and enjoy free extras. With multiple stops along the way—including the Guinness Storehouse, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Temple Bar, and the Irish Whiskey Museum—this popular option ensures you don't miss a thing.
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The Dublin Ghost Bus Tour

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Discover Dublin’s dark side on this terrifying bus tour of the city’s most sinister spots. Scour the serpentine streets for restless souls as you venture around the capital with an entertaining guide; hear tales of mystery and murder as you visit some of Dublin’s most haunted spots, listening to the spine-chilling stories associated with each eerie enclave. Wander the ghostly St. James’ Graveyard under the cloak of darkness and and visit the haunted steps of St Audoens Church.
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Croke Park Tour and GAA Museum Visit

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Step behind the scenes of Ireland’s biggest and most famous sports stadium on this 2-hour guided tour of Croke Park in Dublin. Learn about the Irish tradition of Gaelic games as you discover the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and try your hand at hurling and Gaelic football in the interactive museum. Then, enjoy a guided tour of the stadium; peek behind-the-scenes into the team dressing rooms and VIP area, and look out over the pitch from the stands.
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Guinness Storehouse Guinness Beer Club

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Ireland is world renowned for a certain beverage—Guinness. Get insider access to what happens behind-the-scenes at the Guinness Storehouse by going on a guided tour. You’ll learn about the ingredients, the brewing process, and taste samples too. By going on a guided tour, you’ll be able to ask questions and learn more along the way. The tour even teaches you a valuable hands-on Guinness life skill—how to pour the perfect pint.
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