Dublin is one of the smallest European capitals which makes it perfect for a city break. It’s easy to get around, filled with lovely little museums, restaurants, cafes and friendly people. It would be better to take a few weeks to discover every hidden gem, but most people only have a couple of days, so with that in mind, here is the expert’s guide to two days in Dublin.

Pint of the Black Stuff
Start off with a visit to the Guinness Storehouse at St James’Gate. It’s well worth the hefty price tag of €15. The seven floor experience is built around a glass atrium, the biggest pint glass in the world. The huge historical building showcases the impact of Guinness on life in Ireland, memorabilia and advertising, and a guide to how it is brewed. The piece de resistance is the Gravity Bar on the top floor, where you can enjoy a complimentary pint with breathtaking 360 views of the city.

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Pint of the Black Stuff
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Science Gallery
The Science Gallery (free) is one of Dublin’s newest attractions seamlessly blending art, science and technology. Its innovative and interactive exhibitions are an amazing look at science and is likely to knock the socks off kids as well as grownups. On any given day you’re likely to catch coding workshops, interviews with astronauts, clothes made out of liquids, and engineering water.
Science Gallery
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Temple Bar
A few years ago if you asked Irish people about Temple Bar, they’d roll their eyes, but today the rejuvenated tourist area offers art, culture, and of course pubs. The area on the south side of the Liffey has plenty of life in it day or night: from the Irish Film Archive and Irish Photography Centre, the Project Arts Centre, a theatre dedicated to performing arts, outdoor films in Meeting House Square and a pick of places to eat or drink from twee ‘Oirish’ establishments to traditional tea-and-scone cafes.
Temple Bar
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Trinity College
Early in the morning on a Sunday, a walk around Trinity College offers a moment of calm in what is a very bustling, cosmopolitan city. The campus which dates back to 1592 has seen the likes of Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and Samuel Beckett pass through its doors. The Old Library in the heart of the university is home to one of Ireland’s most famous treasures, the Book of Kells, an illustrated manuscript dating back to AD800.
Trinity College
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Kilmainham and IMMA
Hop on a bus for an afternoon exploring Irish history at Kilmainham Gaol. It is €6 entry, which is really worthwhile as its team of dedicated tour guides will weave the story of the prison. It offers an insight into the often tragic as well as heroic conditions that mainly political prisoners faced until the prisons closure in 1924. Close to the Gaol, the Irish Museum of Modern Art or IMMA as it is known locally (free) is in stunning grounds with lovely gardens and is known for its experimental approach to modern art.
Kilmainham and IMMA
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Pubs
It would be nigh on impossible to visit Dublin, or any part of Ireland without grabbing a pint in a traditional pub and having a chat with whoever happens to be there. O’Donoghue’s on Baggot Street is famous for its old style and great pints. The Cobblestone in Smithfield is probably the best pub for live, traditional music every, single night of the week. The Porterhouse in Temple Bar has its own micro-brewery, serving traditional ales and lagers as well as flavoured beers, surrounded by huge copper vats and live music. Finally, if you’re renting a car, Johnny Fox’s up in the Dublin Mountains is a pub experience. Atmospheric and unique it’s always busy and has excellent food and lots of traditional music.

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