If you are planning to visit Ireland but can only spare a few days here, we find the best ways to spend 3 great days in Ireland. Ireland has much to offer travellers, from the latest popular watering holes and pubs and to historic landmarks and grand heritage buildings with amazing architecture. Let’s have a look at the at the highlights of this country, steeped in a compendium of wonderful history.
Highlights of Ireland in a Weekend
- Dublin Castle
Discover the historic heart of Dublin, starting with a guided tour of Dublin Castle, which is centrally located in the City Centre off Dame Street, just behind City Hall. This is not only a remarkable castle with fine architecture, but the history is also alluring. You will get to know more about ancient history and the way Ireland has tenaciously survived during the British rule. You can get to play or wander on the grounds for free. However, access to the other areas and guided tours may require a small fee.
- Ha’penny Bridge
The well-loved nickname of Dublin’s beloved Ha’penny Bridge has become so familiar to all of us, that some locals are unaware of its official title – the Liffey Bridge. Built in 1816, this iconic structure of Ireland is the first pedestrian bridge to be constructed across the River Liffey. Take a slow stroll across the bridge and take in the view of the city while crossing the bridge – the night view is absolutely stunning. Because of its long history, the bridge has had to go through some reconstruction and restoration over the years, but it remains a sound structure and remains a charming spot of the city.
- Grafton Street
Grafton Street is one of two main shopping streets running through Dublin city centre, and is streaked with high-end stores and shops. Here, you will find buskers, street-side cafes and restaurants. You can grab the perfect steak and seafood at Shanahan’s On The Green or sophisticated Irish dishes that strike a balance between traditional and modern fare at The Pig’s Ear. If you would like to learn more about the culture of the people, head to The National Gallery of Ireland on Nassau Street or The Little Museum of Dublin on St. Stephen’s Green.
- Daytrip to Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark
Discover one of Irelands most breathetaking and untouched coastlines at Cliffs of Moher and The Burren. On the scenic drive there, take in the beauty of the Burren and take special notice of the native flora and fauna indigenous to this protected area of Ireland.
The majestic Cliffs of Moher are sea cliffs, and stand at a grand 200 metres above the Atlantic Ocean and stretch on for about 8 km long. This gives you an unparalleled view of the natural, rugged coastline.
- How to get around?
The city centre of Dublin is rather compact and is best explored by a combination of travelling on foot and and public transport. Cabs, Uber, and bike hires are also good options. We recommend that you only drive in Dublin if you are staying out of the city as it might be a hassle looking for parking in busy, high traffic spots in the city centre, not to mention the cost.
Dublin has seamless public transportation system including public buses, trams, and rail services (these travel within and outside the city). Popular with tourists are the hop-on hop-off (HOHO) bus services in Dublin, such as the City Sightseeing Bus.
With some planning, it’s easy to spend 3 Days in Ireland and get to see and do a good amount of activities and get a good feel of this popular destination.