Dublin in one day
Highlights of your day
• This day out in Dublin should cost you approximately €14 making it ideal for those looking to explore Dublin on a budget
• This day of excursions should be just under eight hours
• You will see all of Dublin’s top historical and cultural attractions
• This tour involves walking, cycling and two museums
Dublin has seen thousands of years of human history, from the Celts and early Christians to the Vikings and British. With so much history it is quite easy to while away an amazing day in Dublin for a very small financial investment. #YourDublin has created the ideal guide for those looking to do Dublin on a budget and we have called it, “Dublin In One Day” and it is amazing!
Grab Your Set Of Wheels - €5
Your first step along this amazing Dublin journey is to get yourself a sweet set of wheels at a knockdown price. DublinBikes were launched in 2009 to make Dublin a greener city and they have been a huge hit ever since. DublinBikes are available for visitors to the city who can rent a bicycle for three days for just €5. Yes, that’s €1.67 a day, #Bargain as the kids might say! There is a DublinBike station located on Gardiner Street in the city centre directly beside Amberley House. Tickets can be purchased using a credit card at any DublinBike station. Ok, now that you have your sweet set of wheels it is time to start your journey!
Charles Beatty Library – Admission: Free - 2 Hours
The Charles Beatty Library is located inside Dublin Castle so not only will you see the amazing artefacts held within, but you will also see Dublin Castle (two birds with the one stone as they say!). The Charles Beatty Library holds the collection of Sir Alfred Charles Beatty an Irish American mining tycoon. Charles was an honorary Irish citizen and one of the most prolific art collectors of the 20th Century, particularly religious, Asian and Islamic artefacts. My personal favourite thing to do in the museum is to look at the old Greek papyrus documents from the 3rd Century. The Charles Beatty Library is consistently voted as one of the best, “Things To Do In Dublin” on Tripadvisor and in 2002 was named the European Museum of the Year.
There is a DublinBike station located directly in front of Dublin Castle where you can leave your bike while you explore all the ancient artefacts in the museum and take a few selfies outside Dublin Castle.
Traditional Irish Lunch - €9.05 – 1 hour
Two hours in the Charles Beatty Library can build up quite the appetite so thank god one of Dublin’s best and most historic Fish’N’Chip shops is located directly outside Dublin Castle. Fish’N’Chips to Dubliners is like Pizza to an Italian, its great value for money and the ideal local food if you want to do Dublin on a budget.
Garden of Remembrance & Hugh Lane Art Gallery – Free - 1.5 hours
After lunch, it is time to jump back on your bike and make your way back over the River Liffey to Dublin’s North Side. The Garden of Remembrance is your next port of call and is located on an old beautiful Georgian Square, Parnell Square. This beautiful garden was built for all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish freedom. The garden was designed by Daithí Hanley in the shape of a sunken crucifix. Directly beside the Garden of Remembrance is the Hugh Lane Art Gallery. Hugh Lane was an Irish patriot and also a prolific art collector. He founded this galley in 1908 and it is the first known public gallery of modern art on earth. Although the collection includes works by Renoir and Manet my personal favourite is the collection by Francis Bacon.
There is a DublinBike stop located on Parnell Square so you can rest your trusted steed here while you take in some of the city’s art, history and culture.
Free Walking Tour 3PM - Free (Although a gratuity is expected) – 3 Hours
Next on your hit list if you want to see Dublin in one day is a free walking tour starting from The Spire, on O’Connell Street. There is a DublinBike station located beside The Spire on Prince’s Street just off O’Connell Street. Dublin is a very compact little city making a walking tour the ideal way to see the city. The tour takes in Trinity College (Ireland’s oldest university), the old parliament, Christchurch Cathedral, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Temple Bar. This is the perfect tour for visitors who are looking to see Dublin in one day while keeping the spending to a minimum.
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