“I’m Irish for god’s sake. I’m a romantic.” - Pierce Brosnan

The pubs, the cathedral, the castle, the Whisky, the Irish, welcome to Dublin! This dynamic and cosmopolitan city is the perfect holiday destination. Between shopping, nature, and trips, the city of a thousand coloured doors has a lot of tricks up its sleeve.

The one question you may be asking yourself is how long you should stay there. Between 5 and 7 days tends to be the average.

With all the street art, Trinity College, the Guinness Storehouse, and all the other attractions, you’ll want to think carefully about how long you stay in the Republic of Ireland.

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Visiting Dublin: Planning How Long You’ll Need

Obviously, getting away is a great way to get away and Dublin is a great place to do just that. With traditional music, the Irish culture, and the local attractions, there are plenty of reasons so many people visit.

How do you plan a trip to Dublin?
Before you go, make sure you're aware of what you want to do when you arrive. (Source: dozemode)

When planning your trip, you’ll need to think about how long you want to go for. The last thing you want is to run out of time or find yourself with time to kill.

Even though Dublin is full of things to do, you don’t want to come back from your trip annoyed. The city has things to do for families, couples, friends, or lone voyagers. Each of these groups will be looking to do different things so planning is always a good idea.

Whether it’s Trinity College, the city’s largest parks, or the Guinness Brewery, you must plan what you want to do whilst you’re there. You don’t want to be arguing about what to do once you get there so you should probably decide before you go.

Nothing’s stopping you from changing your plans if something better comes along.

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Working Out How Long to Stay in Dublin

It goes without saying that not everything is for everyone when visiting new cities. It’s really important that when you’re planning that you research certain activities and prioritise the ones that you want to do most.

There are a few criteria to consider:

  • How much you want to do a given activity
  • The weather, which can quickly scupper certain plans.
  • The budget, some activities cost more than others.
  • How many of you there are.
  • Etc.

As you’ll have understood, prioritising will make it easier to know how long you’ll need to spend in Dublin. There’s so much to do that it can sometimes be difficult to choose exactly what you want to do. That’s why you need to think about it.

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A Family Trip to Dublin

When travelling as a family, it’s not guaranteed that things will go as planned. Depending on the age of the kids, your trip may have to be full of compromises.

What is there for families to do in Dublin?
When planning a trip to Dublin as a family, you'll need to think about the activities that will keep the kids entertained. (Source: Skitterphoto)

A child might want to do this but not that and you don’t want to spend your holidays arguing about what to do. Not every activity in Dublin is designed with kids in mind.

The Kilmainham Prison might be where you want to put them after a difficult day. However, there are places like the zoo that kids will absolutely love. In some cases, you’ll have to just be ready for plans to change.

However, more often than not, you’ll come back with plenty of stories and fond memories. Dublin’s still a great place to go on holiday as a family.

Generally, 3 to 4 days in Dublin should be manageable for a family to keep the kids entertained while also allowing the parents to do what they want.

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A Couple’s Trip to Dublin

“You think the Welsh are friendly, but the Irish are fabulous.” - Bonnie Tyler

The warmth of Dublin won’t be lost on couples. The Irish capital can be quite the romantic destination if you know what to do.

What is there for couples to do in Dublin?
There are plenty of lovely places for couples to hang out in Dublin. (Source: CarinaChen)

St. Stephen’s Green and the cobbled streets of Temple Bar can offer great experiences for couples.

There are also activities that couples can enjoy together. As a couple, Dublin is a great place to go for a long weekend.

Again, it’ll depend on what you like to do and what you want to do whilst you’re there.

Visiting Dublin with Your Friends

Guinness and Temple Bar are what a lot of people think of when they think of Dublin. For younger travellers, this isn’t wrong. A trip to the Irish capital is guaranteed to be enjoyable if you’re planning on partying.

There are also cultural trips and attractions you can enjoy. Whether you’re students or not, everyone will find something they enjoy.

After visiting the Trinity College library, why not head to the Guinness brewery for a tour and a tasting?

After that, the evening begins. Dublin is a dynamic and cosmopolitan city that friends will love.

Again, 2 or 3 days should be what you need to see the main attractions and a couple of nights out. Nothing’s stopping you from visiting Dublin Castle and partying in Temple Bar. You can choose to do more of one and less of the other depending on the group.

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Visiting Dublin on Your Own

Some people are born explorers and are happy to discover new places without anyone else. There’s so much to do in and outside of Dublin that you won’t miss the company of others.

Can you visit Dublin on your own?
Visiting Dublin on your own ensures that your itinerary will be tailored to you! (Source: clairetardy)

Even if you stay in the city, there’s enough to do so that a single traveller won’t get bored. You won’t be the first person to drink a bit of whisky on their own, that’s for sure!

Get ready to discover the city and the people who live there! Travelling on your own means that you can visit exactly what you want when you want.

That said, you won’t be creating shared experiences as it’ll be just you and your backpack but you can guarantee that you’ll probably get everything done.

Again, 2 or 3 nights should do the trick but as it’s just you, you can make a list of what you want to do, how long it’ll take, and go for that! You can also add trips outside the city if you end up with extra time.

As you’ll have understood, Dublin is a great destination for travellers. However, the amount of time you should go for depends on several different criteria.

Generally speaking, a long weekend is enough to do all the main attractions while a few extra days will allow you to do it all at a more leisurely pace.

Dublin isn't a huge city but despite that, there are plenty of beautiful places to visit and plenty of cool things to see and do.

When you visit, you won't want to leave thinking you've missed all the best attractions but you also won't want to think you've seen everything and be waiting for the bus back to the airport.

We recommend that you look for information on the things to do in Dublin (and the rest of Ireland) and make an itinerary where you can see them all. You know whether you like to spend hours or minutes in a museum so if there are a few worth visiting, make sure your plan includes this.

Similarly, think about the type of trip you're going on. If you're going to Ireland because you like to visit things and are desperate to see the best things the capital city has to offer, then you might be OK with a lot of things on your itinerary. If Dublin's part of your holiday from work, you mightn't want to put too many tours and visits on the agenda as you'll also want to relax.

This will also affect the type of hotels you choose. If you're going to be out for hours visiting everything, it's probably not that important how nice your hotel is if your eyes are going to be shut the whole time you're there. On the other hand, if you plan to relax in the hotel, you may want to allocate your budget for a hotel with facilities you can also enjoy during your stay.

Whether it’s for pubs, parks, or parades, Dublin’s ready for you! Enjoy your trip to Ireland!

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