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TradFest, Guinness Storehouse & Book of Kells in Dublin, Ireland

Best things to do in Dublin Ireland - Sidewalk Safari - The Schoolhouse Pub

Enjoy a fresh Guinness at The Schoolhouse Pub

I’m really excited to interview Jennifer (aka Dr. J) of Sidewalk Safari about Dublin, Ireland. Dr. J’s tips for the best things to do in Dublin are awesome because she grew up in the U.S. and moved to Dublin in 2010 to take advantage of a career opportunity. She thought it would just be for one year, but she loved it so much that she’s been here for more than a decade.

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Best things to do in Dublin Ireland - Dr Jennifer Sidewalk Safari - The Temple Bar Pub

The Temple Bar Pub

Dublin, Ireland

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Dublin, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests. You can save over 34% with The Dublin Pass, which includes admission to over 30 of the most popular attractions in Dublin. It is available for durations of 1 to 5 days, depending on how long you’ll be visiting.

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Best things to do in Dublin Ireland - Dr Jennifer Sidewalk Safari - Trinity College Dublin

You’ll find the Book of Kells and other historical items inside the Old Library building at the Trinity College of Dublin.

Getting around Dublin

The local airport is Dublin Airport (DUB), which is a 25-minute drive to Dublin. The Air Coach bus is less than 10 Euros per person from the airport and drops you off in the middle of the city.

Dr. J says that you should not rent a car in Dublin. When I visited in 2015, we used public transportation everywhere we went. The Luas light rail and the DART train are also great ways to get around the area. You can get a Rambler card for 5 days of unlimited bus rides for 33 Euros. The Leap Card is good for unlimited rides on the bus, Luas, and Dart for 10 Euros per day or 40 Euros for the week. If you prefer a taxi, Dr. J recommends the FreeNow App.

The only time we left the city was with a tour bus that took us to the Giants Causeway on the northern tip of the country. If you want to travel outside of the city, take the train, book a tour, or rent a car. For the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Best things to do in Dublin Ireland - Dr Jennifer Sidewalk Safari - Grand Canal

Book a cruise on the Grand Canal

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Dr. Jennifer about Dublin, Ireland. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Dublin, Ireland
  • Green dots = best things to do in Dublin, Ireland
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Dublin, Ireland

Who is Dr. Jennifer?

Jennifer (aka Dr. J) is the writer and photographer behind the Sidewalk Safari travel blog. She’s a fortysomething American ex-pat and part-time travel blogger living in Dublin, Ireland with a busy full-time ‘day job’ as a project manager in the tech industry. She’s been blogging on Sidewalk Safari since 2008. Jennifer aims to inspire people who have a demanding job to see that it is possible to achieve work-life balance and travel extensively, making use of every business trip and vacation day to see the great wide world.

Best things to do in Dublin Ireland - Dr Jennifer of Sidewalk Safari

Here are a few articles that she’s written:

You can connect with Dr. J on her website and on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Best things to do in Dublin Ireland - Dr Jennifer Sidewalk Safari - Pearse Lyons Distillery

A stained-glass window with a whiskey theme at the Pearse Lyons Distillery.

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Best things to do in Dublin Ireland - Dr Jennifer Sidewalk Safari - Homes on St Stephen's Green

One of the many gorgeous homes on St Stephen’s Green.

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