Dublin in a Minute – Things To Do

The fair city of Dublin, Ireland is the capital of the country, and home to over 527,000 people. Known as the home of Guinness and a place to have a great time it is the first stop for many when visiting Ireland. On a recent trip to the city I was there to not only celebrate St Patrick’s Day but also to explore this great city and everything it has to offer. From food tours to house parties, city walking tours to food tours, boat trips and more I did it all. Cailin and Guinness Brewmaster Fergal Murray - Dublin in a Minute

Enjoying a pint with Fergal Murray, the Guinness Brewmaster.

One of my favourite things that I did of course was to visit the Guinness Storehouse. Honestly and all “cliches” aside it is literally the BEST place ever to have a Guinness and it can’t get any fresher. I went on a tour of the whole building and then I took part in a newish feature at the Storehouse called the “Guinness Connoisseur Experience“. During the Connoisseur Experience I not only learned how to pour the perfect pint but I also go to try various types of Guinness served around the world, and I learned about the history of the beer all while hanging out in the most exclusive Guinness bar in the world. bagles and salmon with Fab Food Trails - Dublin in a Minute

Tasty bagels with salmon and cream cheese. One of the many foods we tried on the Fab Food Trails Dublin Food Tour.

While in Dublin I also took a great food walking tour around the city with Fab Food Trails. When most people think of food in Ireland they think of potatoes, Guinness stew or pie and possibly some seafood. On this tour however I was happy to taste plenty of different types of delicious food without a potato in site.Another night I also dined at a restaurant called Fade Street Social. The menu features all local and home grown fresh foods and combined with a wood fired oven they have some of the tastiest meals and flat breads that I have ever tried. I was honestly surprised to eat so well in Dublin. A view of Dublin from a boat cruise on the River Liffey - Dublin in a Minute

A view of Dublin from a boat tour on the River Liffey.

 I quickly learned that there are also many modes of transportation to explore the city. It is a very walkable city, I walked quite a bit and the odd time I hopped in a cab I was almost embarrassed to see just how short of a cab ride it was until I had made it to my next destination. The city is also home to double decker Hop On, Hop Off tour buses that can give you a great overview of the city and for a different perspective you can hop onboard a river cruise along the River Liffey. the Long Room Library at Trinity College - Dublin in a Minute

A view inside the Long Room at Trinity College, Dublin.

Being European of course also means that the city is steeped in history and one of the best places to see Dublin history is by taking a stroll through the pretty campus of Trinity College. This is also where you can see the Book of Kels which dates back to 800 AD and an entry fee to see it also takes you into the Trinity College Long Room. One of the prettiest libraries in the world. Irish Coffee Ingredients Paul Malone - irish coffee dublin - Dublin in a Minute After a walking tour through the city our group stopped off for a lesson on how to make an Irish Coffee. Typically I am not a fan of coffee at all but I figured the added sugar, cream, and the Jameson’s Irish Whiskey might make it a bit better. I was right. I really quite enjoyed learning how to make an Irish Coffee, and drinking it as well. To learn more about my trip and to see what else there is to see and do in Dublin watch my newest video Dublin in a Minute.

Special thanks to Tourism Ireland Canada for hosting me on this trip. As always all opinions and views expressed are my own.

13 Comments

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    The Traveling Wizard
    February 22, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    I was there the same year as you and ran into Bono at Temple bar. I couldn’t believe he would just be hanging around like the “normal people”. The reason people don’t drink early is that it’s not allowed until after noon. I was surprised it wasn’t as crazy as Mardi Gras.

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    Surreya Riaz
    September 11, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I’ve just booked and paid for st Patrick’s day. After reading the tips I have sadly cancelled as i booked it for just st Patrick’s day one day that isn’t long enough. Wish I would of done my research first.

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      Cailin
      September 11, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      Oh bummer!! You can definitely do it in a day but its fun if you have a couple days at least :)

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    Lizzy Loves Travel
    April 1, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Great vid, and even though Dublin gets a bad reputation sometimes as everyone says “leave as soon as you can and make it to the green country out west”, there is no doubt still a crown of riches there waiting to be discovered. I typically only drink Guinness on March 17th, but I think I would make an exception here.

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    Vanessa
    June 24, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    What I loved most about learning to make Irish coffee while in Ireland was discovering that they don’t use thick whipped cream on the top -just cream that has been thickened but is still able to be poured. It’s always cool to get some authentic lessons from locals.

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    jim curry
    May 8, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    loved the video, and it reminds me of many of the places i visited in my stay in dublin last Sept.
    thanks for the reminder to take some time out and remember.

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      Cailin
      June 3, 2014 at 11:48 am

      What a nice comment! I’m glad you enjoyed it Jim! :)

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    Agness
    May 2, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I never thought that Dublin could be easily explored in a day. Great recommendations and this food looks so yummy!

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      Cailin
      June 3, 2014 at 11:48 am

      It would be a really quick and busy day if you tried to do it all in one day! Definitely take your time and spend 3 or 4 days or even a week enjoying Dublin. :) This was shot over 5 days :)

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    Rachel of Hippie in Heels
    May 2, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    I’ve done very similar things in Dublin, I sure would love to come back!

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      Cailin
      June 3, 2014 at 11:49 am

      That was my second visit and I feel like I still haven’t seen enough of it! I definitely want to go back again as well :)

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    Jen Seligmann
    May 2, 2014 at 5:18 am

    Love it! I was supposed to visit Ireland and Dublin a few years ago and my trip got cancelled so it’s pretty high up on my to visit list. Mostly looking forward to experiencing a few house parties and indulging in some good food and giving Guinness another go.

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      Cailin
      June 3, 2014 at 11:50 am

      You definitely should visit and I can bet if you have Guinness at the Storehouse as fresh as can be you will love it :)

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