Where to Stay
Most attractions are minutes away on foot, but The Dean’s complimentary bikes make reaching farther destinations even easier. This quirky, design-forward hotel, with original Irish art set against concrete walls, is a popular local hangout, too, thanks to Sophie’s, its buzzy rooftop eatery.
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Where to Eat
This lively market is where you can chow down on vegan cheesecakes, gut-busting arepas and Irish bratwurst made by some of Dublin’s most creative foodies at decent prices. There are also occasional themed festivals that might orbit around beer, cheese or pizza.
One of Dublin’s most enduring pubs, this age-old hangout is great for tucking into the stick-to-your-bones dishes that the country is known for: an Irish stew with slow-cooked Wicklow lamb or a beef-and-Guinness casserole (which is €15.90 for dinner). And, there are plenty of other options under €20.
What to Do
The home of Ireland’s most famous export takes you through Guinness’ history and production. The €18.50 ticket (book online for this rate) is a bit steep, but the tour includes a pint of beer that you can enjoy in the famous Gravity Bar with its impressive, unobstructed views of Dublin.
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio’s The Taking of Christ is just one of the world-class highlights at this no-cost museum. Guided tours and rousing lectures are organized frequently, and most of them are free.
In the picturesque Sculpture Gallery of the Hugh Lane Gallery is a weekly concert featuring both Irish and international musicians. Running since 1975, this elegant affair is technically free, except for the €2-per-person fee that goes toward the cost of putting on the event.
Ireland’s national theatre (originally opened in 1904) has staged many high-profile events. If you want to experience it without dropping a penny, come for First Free Previews (in August and September), a first-come, first-served sneak-peek showing of an upcoming production.
There’s no better (or cheaper) way to see the Irish capital’s greatest hits than with this three-hour romp through town led by lively guides, who you should tip once it’s over, because the tour is free.
Pubs & Bars
Where to explore more of Dublin’s food and drink scene
[This story appears in the July 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]
Visiting Ireland’s Country Pubs
(Video) Music, laughter and rural hospitality are the order of every day in Ireland's cozy country pubs just outside Dublin. On a trip with Rural Tours, drink the perfect pint of Guinness at The Blue Light Pub, watch live dancers at Johnnie Fox’s Pub & Restaurant and eat Irish comfort food at Glenmalure Lodge.