The Ultimate 48-Hour Dublin Itinerary: Must Do’s!

Dublin is at the top of everyone’s list for must-visit cities and no matter how long you are there, there’s plenty to do. Today we will guide you through the perfect 48-hour trip to the Irish capital where you can experience the local culture through the city’s exciting nightlife, good food and more. As well as the culture, we will give you an idea of the budget needed for a trip to Dublin. Let’s make your 48-hour trip to Dublin a memorable one.

Finding a budget

First things first, how much is your 48 hour trip going to cost? Setting a budget will guarantee a stress free trip, eliminating the worry of overspending or being unprepared. 

Dublin is not the cheapest city to visit, but it can be done! Accommodation will eat into your budget the most, so plan this part in advance, If you can, consider saving your pennies for pints by bunking in a hostel or even camping in the Camac Valley. 

If you are not planning on getting table service at the hottest club in town, budgeting for £150 a day for meals and activities should see you comfortably enjoying the city.

If museums are high on your agenda then research an option like the Go City All-Inclusive pass to get you deeply discounted admission to a whole host of popular spots, including open topped bus tours.

Day One: Get out of town!

This is a weird one, right? Here we are telling you how to spend your time in Dublin, and our first recommendation is to leave the city in your rearview! What we really mean is to leave the city centre behind for a little bit. The areas around Dublin City Centre are amazing to explore. 

On our last trip we came across Phibsboroug or Phibsboro (if you are a local). It’s north of the centre and has an amazing flea market (look for Le Zeitgeist on social media for dates)and some of the best pub grub we have ever tasted at a quirky spot called McGowans.

The area is going through a bit of a revamp with trendy shops and coffee spots popping up everywhere, it’s the ideal time to get in ahead of the crowds and experience something new. It’s also a stone’s throw from The Botanic Gardens, a truly lovely way to spend an afternoon (and check out the glasshouses if the weather isn’t cooperating). 

Nigh time in Dublin

No visit to Dublin is complete without experiencing the famous Temple Bar area. This happening hot spot is traditionally filled with tourists, students and hen and stag dos looking for a good time. If you are not that into clubbing the people-watching opportunities it provides make it a worthwhile stop before you head to somewhere a little less rowdy. 

If you are after a night of dancing check out if you can get yourself on guestlists in advance to skip the queues or save on admission fees. 

Day Two: take in some culture 

Hopefully, you haven’t partied too hard last night and now it’s time to soak in some of that Dublin culture and history. Dublin’s city centre is jam-packed with museums that give you the opportunity to experience everything from the internationally famous Book of Kells at Trinty College to the Litlle Museum of Dublin which focuses squarely on the day-to-day life of Dublin’s past.  

If you are a museum fiend, you can take advantage of multisite passes to get the most bang for your buck, but if you like talking about culture in a more relaxed way, check out this Dublin walking tour, which lets you take in the sites at your own pace.

Experience culture and history in Dublin 

Overall, Dublin is a city with so much to offer in just 48 hours. From finding the best restaurants in Dublin, exploring historic sites and enjoying the local cuisine, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Make sure to plan ahead, stay somewhere that suits your budget, and make the most of your time in this lively city.

Don’t forget to enjoy the culture and make memories that will last a lifetime. Cheers to a fantastic Dublin adventure. 


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