Out of all of the cities worth visiting in Ireland, few can compare with the city of Dublin. It has a majestic countryside setting that will surely leave you wanting to stay for longer by the time your vacation is over.
If you only have a limited amount of time while you're in the area, you need to try to make the most of it. We have collected the top 14 best vacation ideas people that want to go over to Dublin this year for the holidays.
Top 14 Christmas Vacation Ideas For Travelers In Dublin This Holiday Season
Not everyone will think that each of these is as great as the other, but that's the great thing about traveling. Everyone will find a part of the journey that is their favorite.
Work your way through this list, and we assure you that someone will surely find something that delights everyone on their journey this year.
1. The Brazen Head
Schmidt Christmas Market Christmas Decor thinks that this is probably one of the oldest continuously operating taverns or pups in the world. It first opened its doors almost 800 years ago in 1192.
It has some of the best tasting authentic Irish food that you will find in the entire country. If you love traditional Irish style food, it is somewhere that is to die for. Do not hesitate to check this place out if you get the chance.
2. The Little Museum of Dublin
There are plenty of small little art museums throughout the city that will leave you with plenty of cultures to experience. This small museum is located on St. Stephen's Green, and there are 29 minutes of guided tours that give you a glimpse into your own little slice of Irish history.
Make sure if you decide that you want to go on one of the data doors, you make reservations ahead of time because they are normally sold out.
3. Kilmainham Gaol Museum
This famous old prison was famous for how poorly the prisoners were treated during the 1800s.
Today, it has been converted into a museum that allows you to tour through the present facilities. Throughout the tour's you will be able to learn some of the gruesome histories behind this little piece of the Dublin city.
4. St Stephens Green
Schmidt Christmas Market always recommends trying to spend some time outside in nature no matter where you travel. In Dublin, St. Stephen's Green is probably the most serene park in the city limits.
It is a fairly large park located right in the middle of downtown. You will be able to observe some of the local wildlife, and if you have children, they can play too.
5. Trinity College Dublin
Christmas Decor will see all over the campuses of Trinity College in Dublin. This is a historic building that dates all the way back to 1592.
Today it is the city of Dublin's largest university, and over the holidays, they are well-known for how festive things can be.
It is worth checking out if you are the kind of person that loves to see everything lit up with Christmas lights on Christmas Eve. Just go for a walk through the campus and look at how dutiful everything is.
6. The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition
Christmas Décor is not the only thing that you will find in the expensive compendiums of this collection. It is found right inside the city center at the Trinity College campus.
There is an exhibition display that has the book of Kells 1/9 century manuscript from an Irish monk. It is considered to be one of the world's most important medieval manuscripts.
The collection is bolstered by another 200,000 books from the oldest collection in the city of Dublin.
7. Guinness Storehouse
This location is said to be the number one tourist attraction amongst all people who are visiting the island. If you happen to be seeing the city of Dublin, you should check out where Dennis got its start.
You can tour their seven-story facility, and you will have tour guides that will tell you all about the 250-year history all while you get to sample some of the most iconic tastes Guinness has ever produced.
If you are looking for an adult-themed or Christmas getaway adventure in Dublin this year, this is a great place to get your start.
8. Incognito Escape Room
Escape rooms have become more popular in urban centers around the world. During the month of Christmas, you can have your own experience with one of these that is Christmas themed.
There are plenty to choose from located all throughout Dublin, and they have all been said to have stellar reputations.
9. Temple Bar
This is an outdoor shopping area that does not have paved roads for vehicular traffic but allows plenty of people to walk around while shopping and visiting different bars.
There are many different cafés or other eateries located along the avenues that make it one of the most popular places for people to gather during the night in Dublin.
If you want to experience some of the Irish nightlife, this is the place to go.
10. Glovers Alley
This is an internationally acclaimed restaurant, but it is definitely not budget-conscious.
If you are ready to spend the big dollars on an unforgettable night at one of the world's most famous restaurants, you should check out Glover's alley while you are in Dublin, Ireland. They serve some of the best authentic Irish dishes in the entire world.
11. George's Street Arcade
This arcade was first built in the year 1881. It was originally simply a European-style shopping center.
Today this Street arcade is full of several different places that are all worth visiting if you happen to be in Dublin this year over the holidays.
12. Hodges Figgis
This is a great place to visit if you are trying to find a good idea for a new Christmas gift for someone on the younger side of your family. This election is rather expensive, and there will be plenty for you to choose from so you will not walk away empty-handed.
13. Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
The city of Dublin has more culture than many other famous European cities, even if you do not hear about it as often when you live in the United States.
Check out one of the oldest galleries of modern contemporary art in the entire world. It is open from Tuesday to Thursday between the hours of 10 AM and 6 PM.
14. Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
This is a national institution that has been put together by the people of Ireland to house some of the country's contemporary art. Exhibitions are rotated throughout the year, so you will always have something new to check out when you are in Dublin.
Why do you not go and see what they have on display for Christmas this year?
Written by Hedi Schreiber for Schmidt Christmas Market.