48 Hours In Dublin: Tips To Make The Most Out Of Your Stay
If you’re planning a trip to Ireland’s capital, you’ll soon realise you’re spoiled for things to do and places to see in Dublin. With history, culture, shopping, dining and so much more on every corner, it will be hard to fit everything in. Before you plan your trip, book a stay in Ashling Hotel, a 4-star hotel in Dublin in the heart of the action. We offer our best availability and lowest rates when you book accommodation in Dublin on our official website. Enjoy our handy suggested itinerary of things to do over 48 hours in Dublin, made possible when you stay in the Ashling Hotel.
Breakfast at a fantastic hotel in Dublin
Start your day with a fantastic breakfast from Ashling Hotel. Choose from over 100 breakfast items, with something to suit all tastes and appetites. We’re happy to deliver your breakfast to your bedroom or you can join us in the restaurant, served by our friendly team.
When you stay in Ashling Hotel in Dublin, you’re right in the heart of the action. Located next to Dublin’s main train station, Heuston and with the fabulous Phoenix Park as our back garden, you’d be mad to stay anywhere else.
Cultural heritage tour
Start day one of your trip with a guided bus tour to get your bearings. Hop on a tour bus that stops on Parkgate Street, a 2-minute walk from our hotel in Dublin. Stay on the bus for the first round, getting to know the area and making note of the stops you’d like to explore further.
Whether you want to visit the big bus tour attractions like the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Kilmainham Gaol, or Dublin Zoo, these open-top bus tours are a perfect choice. As well as the big attractions and popular spots, they’ll also show you the city’s hidden gems like the Little Museum of Dublin, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, the Jeanie Johnston, Teeling Whiskey Distillery, Saint. Patrick’s Cathedral, and many more.
We’d recommend stopping at the world-famous Guinness Storehouse where you can learn more about the history of the area, the production of Guinness and sample some of Ireland’s most famous export. You can grab a bite to eat in their café enjoying some of the most delicious Irish dishes.
Enjoy Dublin nightlife
After an action-packed afternoon, come back to your hotel room in Ashling Hotel Dublin to freshen up and head back out to enjoy the famed Irish hospitality. We’re a short walk from the Temple Bar area, a space packed with shops, cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants, each with something unique to offer. Take a pub crawl enjoying by live music in many of the venues in Temple Bar and soak up the atmosphere. Enjoy dinner in one of the many national and international restaurants before returning to your central hotel room in Ashling Hotel Dublin.
Have a quick nature trip
Day two should start the same as day one, with a fantastic breakfast to fuel you up before heading out to explore the best of Dublin. Start with a ramble to Phoenix Park where you can enjoy the great outdoors in style. Enjoy a walk, jog or run through the beautiful green space, admiring the rolling fields, the herds of wild deer, passing the home of the Irish president, and listening out for the roar of the lions from Dublin Zoo. You might also choose to spend the afternoon exploring Dublin Zoo, making sure to take a picnic with you to enjoy al fresco.
Shopping experiences in Dublin
After a day of reconnecting with nature, it’s time to reconnect with your bank balance, indulging in some retail therapy in Dublin city centre. Shopping in Dublin does not disappoint, with something for all styles and budgets. Enjoy high street shopping on Grafton Street, where you’ll find many big names. You’ll find plenty of home-grown independent shops and boutiques down side streets on Dublin’s Southside including some great vintage and second-hand shops. Bargain hunters will enjoy high street favourites on the opposite side of town on Henry Street, including the world-famous Penney’s/Primark. The possibilities are endless.
Wrap up the day with a delectable feast
After a long day of exploring, you’ll need a delicious meal to top it off. Chesterfields, Ashling Hotel’s in-house restaurant has a fresh and delicious menu with something for everyone. Finish your day by enjoying a couple of freshly poured pints of beer or cider, a selection of spirits or a made-to-order cocktail from our extensive bar menu. Sleep well in your stylish Dublin hotel room and hit the road for home as early or as late as you like the next morning with our late-check out service.
Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a resident writer for Ashling Hotel Dublin, a luxury 4 star hotel in the heart of Ireland’s capital, Dublin, situated in close proximity to Phoenix Park, The Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Zoo. When she’s not taking vibrant street photos, you can find her writing articles about travel, food, and lifestyle.