Having only 3 Days in Dublin, Ireland can seem overwhelming in a city that offers so much! Dublin is full of beautiful sights, incredible food, and beer… lots and lots of beer!
Throughout my trips to Dublin, I’ve managed to narrow down the highlights so you can have an amazing jammed pack 3 Days in Dublin, Ireland.
How To Spend 3 Days in Dublin, Ireland
Before we dive into how to successfully spend 72 hours in Dublin, I’ll quickly brief you on the geography of Dublin to help you better determine where you’ll want to stay.
The North and South parts of Dublin are divided by a bridge. The southside is significantly more touristy and expensive. The Northside I felt was more true to Dublin and more my style!
All of Dublin is very walkable, so do not worry about transportation. You can cross one end of the city to another in less than 45 minutes.
I’ve stayed at Jacobs Inn and Isaacs Hostels during my trips to Dublin. They are both wonderful options and honestly some of the nicest hostels I’ve ever stayed at. Both are located on the North-side, but very close to the bridge.
If hostels aren’t your thing, I recommend booking an Airbnb. Just make sure it’s located in the city of either the North or the South, and not somewhere where you’ll be stuck in the suburbs.
If you are staying at Jacob’s or Isaacs Hostels, I highly recommend participating in their hostel led pub crawl.
If pub crawls aren’t your style, one of my favorite bars/clubs in Dublin was one a local actually brought me too, and it’s called Sin é. This is definitely a place where the local’s hangout, and a great alternative if your not into tourist pub crawls. Sin é is located on the Northside.
Start your day off with a free walking tour.
This is a cheap educational experience and it’s a great way to meet other travelers, especially when your solo! Although it says “free,” do not forget to tip your guide (I recommend tipping about $10 USD)
While you have someone who has extensive knowledge of the city, be sure to take advantage of that and get restaurant and entertainment recommendations – they will know best!
Book of Kells at Trinity College
After your free walking tour, visit Trinity College Book Of Kells Exhibition.
This is something you do not want to skip over while visiting Dublin. It doesn’t take much of your time, and the sight is absolutely stunning. Tours book up quickly, so I recommend buying your ticket in advance online.
After a full day of tours and sightseeing, I recommend just taking your time to walk around Dublin and enjoy the many pubs and live music.
Day 2 – Cliffs of Moher or Giant’s Causeway Tour
Unfortunately with only 3 days in a popular city, you just can’t do it all! Both the Cliffs of Moher and Giant’s Causeway are fantastic tours that depart from Dublin and you will have to choose which one will best suit you.
I have done both tours and found that I enjoyed the Cliffs of Moher more. However, fog can heavily ruin your experience if it is blocking the cliffs, so it is a bit of risk. I booked both tours through Paddy Wagon and highly recommend them.
The driving distance is several hours to both destinations, but they do a great job by breaking it up with fun sights and stops along the way!
Day 3 – The National Gallery of Ireland and/ or Guinness Tour
The National Gallery of Ireland is located and Dublin and it is one of the most unexpected gems in the city.
I’ve visited art galleries all around Europe, and this is one of my favorites. The architecture and layout of the rooms are worth seeing itself. The best part of the gallery is, it’s free! Expect to spend about 3-4 hours at the gallery if you are a lover of art.
After the gallery, I recommend spending your last day in Dublin finishing up anything that you wanted to do.
Shopping, exploring, catching a movie, whatever you please! You could also do a very popular Guinness tour. I opted to not do this because I don’t really enjoy Guinness beer and it was just a bit overpriced for me.
That concludes a full 3 days of Dublin, Ireland
This itinerary was based on highlights of my own experiences in Dublin and can be switched around to accommodate your interests and time.
Although 3 days isn’t nearly enough time to explore this historic city, I think it’s the perfect amount of time to get a taste of what it has to offer. Enjoy your time in Dublin!