dublin, ireland | tours and sightseeing

After a quick but somewhat terrifying flight from Aberdeen (damn you, Ryanair), we arrived in beautiful Dublin, Ireland. While we were there we visited Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and the Guinness Storehouse. We also had a fun time walking around the Temple Bar District because there were pubs and drunks everywhere. If you’re not into drinking there are cafes, interesting stores, and musicians on the corners… plus the people-watching is worth a visit.

When our pub tour ended (after we had enjoyed our pints of Guinness at the top of the storehouse… bliss), we switched gears and took a city ghost tour. It was almost as terrifying as our Ryanair flight because it took place in the dark and the guide led us through churches and ruins all over the city. Plus three teenage girls in our group wouldn’t stop screaming. It was one of those things we thought might be cheesy and boring, but honestly, we still talk about our ghost tour because it was that much fun. Everyone should schedule a ghost tour while vacationing in Ireland!

Other than that, we enjoyed the architecture and gorgeous landscape. Look at that green grass!

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Famous Trinity College
Trinity College Ireland
Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle in Dublin, Ireland
Saint Patrick's Cathedral
Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin
Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
visiting the Guinness brewery and factory
Guinness Storehouse tour
Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, Ireland
Brazen Head Dublin, Ireland

While we were in Ireland, we stayed in the city and walked everywhere. Next time we plan a vacation we’ll be sure to rent a car and visit Blarney Castle and the Cliffs of Moher. I have a feeling that driving in Ireland will be similar to the experiences we had in Scotland’s countryside and I miss that!

Have you ever been to Dublin, Ireland?


Filed Under: Ireland, Travel52 Comments
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01538833576579155037 Stephanie

    Oh these are beautiful photos! Ireland is at the top of my wishlist of places to visit!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07197558119010680853 pretty little things

    beautiful! I’d love to go to Ireland one day! xo


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16481697260547021010 Something Infinitely Interesting

    Such amazing pictures! I would love to go there!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06058056977783867772 Sara Louise

    Oh I loved this! It was fun to take a tour of my old home through your eyes :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09215252781676585946 Erica

    Looks beautiful! You did a ghost tour? Must have been interesting, especially with screaming teenage girls! Duno if I would!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09788111404073637538 Through Crystal’s Eyes

    This is such a beautiful place! We are planning on visiting on our 5 year wedding anniversary. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11933828667131330825 Alyssa

    What gorgeous pictures! Ireland is one of the only places I was dying to go while abroad that I didn’t make it too. Looks like I have a reason to go back (especially for the beer!).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11569088718832858400 Robert Hill

    I’ve lived in London all my life and I’m a little ashamed to say that I’ve never visited Ireland. I definitely need to correct that a-sap!
    Backpacks & Broken Cameras

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09845331033701585726 Kate Cee

    This post makes me want to go back to Dublin so bad!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16762990554546214626 LuluG

    I’m another Brit who hasn’t been to Ireland. It looks beautiful.

    Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04572210880507358799 Beatriz Ramos

    everyone hates Ryanair but all of us fly with them hahaha they are so cheap. Ireland is really nice and so green.

    Beatriz @ Love Living Abroad

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05955549713159108224 Fran

    Beautiful photos! I don’t know that I could do the ghost tour haha

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03038453626532039182 Megan

    Wow, your photos are just stunning! I love it. Ireland is definitely a place I would love to visit, it’s part of my heritage. Hi from South Africa!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16891979092086164245 Karla

    That looks amazing! Ireland is one of my dream destinations. I can’t wait to go there. Thanks for sharing.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07790832295627372464 Debbie Buisson

    Hold the phone!!!! You MISS driving in Scotland?? Wow. (Haha) It is beautiful although very sickening. Anyway, we are going to Dublin next weekend! I have all my pubs listed and I got my drinking hat ready!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15491893490987800723 Kayli Schattner

    Your pictures are always so beautiful!! Dublin looks like such an enchanting place.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07177081269343759076 Treasure Tromp

    So happy that you did that photography 101 post because every time I see your pictures I can’t help but think how wonderful they are. You’ve got skill, girl. In other news, I would love to visit the brewery!!
    And thanks for having me today!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08380067673719996905 Margeaux Cotton

    Jordan and I have friends that just brought us 2 bottles of beer back from the brewery. it gave us the itch to go – so we’re planning a trip for next year!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03990846614816352337 courtnirae

    A ghost tour sounds like so much fun! And I agree with everyone else, your pics are very interesting =]

    A Golden State of Mind

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle Duff

    I would absolutely LOVE to visit Ireland! I’ve never been to the UK before, but it’s definitely on my list. And I’m impressed that you did the ghost tour! I don’t think I could do it…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15685353322770187159 Elle Alice

    WOW! That all sounds so fun!! The Cliffs of Moher are on my bucket list! I LOVE the castles and quant towns in Ireland!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03541947362351664338 Karm

    Oh I am dying over these photos. I LOVE THEM! So gorgeous!

    My cousins and I plan to go to Dublin in the spring. Any suggestions on where to stay?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14647707557228625706 Amanda

    Your pictures of Dublin are beautiful! Every flight with Ryanair is a terrifying one! I give ghost tours of Stratford so reading your description made me chuckle because I know exactly the type of girls that you mean :) xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14646849194518117289 Ech and Will

    I’m dying to go to Ireland! I’m not so much dying to go on a ghost tour though. I get the heebies so easily, I’d probably be like those screaming preteens. Gorgeous pictures!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03481775343584575260 Casey Martin

    We are heading to Dublin and Belfast in a couple months and I am beyond excited!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03947207631500713689 gabrielle

    i looove ghost tours. it must be so exciting to one in a different country! beautiful photos, too.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07134597165572332769 Rachel

    Thank you for sharing! I am working on planning our trip to Europe and we will be spending about 3 days in Ireland! We were trying to find a good castle. Did you like Dublin Castle? I might have to add the city ghost tour to our list;) I am so excited to see the countryside of Ireland! Do you think renting a car would be the best way?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12445081275530729227 jackie jade

    i went to dublin when i was doing study abroad. i was there for about 2 days but it was a lot of fun. i went to the guiness factory with my 3 friends and we gave our beers to 2 happy american guys we randomly met on the tour haha. would love to go back and see even more!
    — jackie @ jade and oak

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10036538328836365926 Jade

    Dublin is an amazing place. Every time I visit, I discover something new!

    (Although I still can’t stomach Guinness!)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09543798912886827648 Gesci

    We actually took our car over on the ferry from Holyhead for a week and skipped Dublin. We figured we could always go back, since Leeds-Dublin was an easy and cheap RyanAir flight, but then we never got around to it… and time ran out.
    But we drove all over the Rep. of Ireland (didn’t go into Northern Ireland)- we headed west towards Galway, stopping along the way for sites, then down towards Clonmel and that area, then did Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry, then Waterford, then back up to Dublin for our ferry home. We laughed, since some friends of mine from America had just gone to Ireland earlier and warned us about the narrow roads- but after having lived and driven in Yorkshire for a couple of years and having driven quite a bit in the Highlands, the Irish roads weren’t anything new!!
    Blarney Castle was surprisingly well-done, though, actually better done than almost any other sites we saw there. Kilkenny Castle is gorgeous, and Kylemore Abbey in Connemara is just surreally beautiful. Dingle Peninsula is fantastic, and Waterford is a great town- and the factory tour is actually pretty amazing!

    Now I’m extra wanting to get back and see Dublin, though. I will someday… also, I love ghost tours- was yours good or just cheesy-fun?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17674650143207588337 Anissa Marie B ♥

    Great pictures! Just 2 days ago I held a presentation on Dublin in school and named all the sights you went to! :) xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11208277267955333154 Ariel Eishen

    I think we were there at the same time! I ran the Dublin half marathon on the 5th! It was a quick girls’ weekend, so I’d love to go back with the family and venture out west to the cliffs and surrounding area. Wrote about the half here: http://www.mylifeinverbs.com/2013/08/half-marathon-in-dublin-ireland.html

    We had a great time as well! Can’t wait to go back.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16985978221627051493 Carole

    Rachel, I have always wanted to go to Ireland and now I’m desperate to after seeing your great pics. Cheers

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02824804006455085251 Miss Angie

    I’m so jealous! Those photos are gorgeous!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08797568345510218583 Megan C. Stroup

    Ireland is definitely at the top of my to-visit list, now that I crossed Africa and Spain off the list. :) Gorgeous photos!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13729426416606560426 Quyen Nguyen

    I am going to Ireland in November. Seeing your pictures make me so excited. It looks like you lucked out with some good weather though! Do you recommend the Guinness tour?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11227258025124298382 la petite lulu

    You make Dublin look really appealing! We spent a couple of weeks driving around Ireland a few years ago, our boat arrived in Dublin but we skipped the city because I had read bad things about it. Now I’m thinking we should have taken a look!

    And yes, if you go back.. the countryside is a must! It’s very similar to New Zealand in my opinion, beautiful. Cliffs of Moher are stunning, Blarney castle is fun (and kinda gross, kissing the stone) but the best bit – the northern causeway coast!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04268943021886436905 Huda

    I’ve never been there, but I want to go now so bad! It looks like an absolutely beautiful place! The pictures are stunning! Thanks so much for sharing ^_^


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00852968545158716010 Katie Keltner

    I am so jealous! It is my dream to go to Ireland one day. My boyfriend’s family is from there. It sounds beautiful!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00520606464750832369 Sara

    I went to Ireland for my honeymoon and LOVED it. I did all the things you did in Dublin plus visited Jameson Distillery. Killarney was my fav place to see since we saw multiple rainbows there.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01840314026818615727 Asia Reynolds

    Is that something that cuts off your legs?! The cathedral looks beautiful.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14585681189196096870 Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes}

    My brother studied abroad in Dublin but your photos are much better than mine!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15806065790207418929 Lisette

    Can I haz you teach me photo skillz? Thanks you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07238434752028472905 Jenna

    Wow, your photos are amazing! I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland, my brother and sister-in-law just went for their honeymoon and absolutely love it :) Definitely a place on my list!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08178401162208967646 Sarah Shumate

    I love that photo of the cathedral!!

    So what happened on this flight that was so scary?! i’m REALLY looking forward to going to Ireland – I really want to kiss the Blarney Stone!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12831599479495286231 LB

    Soooo bloggee besties trip to Ireland? Yes? I want to go back so badly! It’s definitely worth renting a car and seeing some of the more scenic landscape :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05999751790061323698 Sarah

    Oh, how I love Dublin!! Your photos are, of course, beautiful. I would love to go back someday soon.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17721374326311275872 Chantal

    Ireland is absolutely beautiful! I love the Irish country side, it’s so green and the little roads give you wonderful views.

    I love your photos, it brings back some memories for me just looking at them :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14358828733631762832 Kelly Z

    So jealous! I would love to go to Ireland!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03734767733515730285 Bally Girl

    I live in the north of Ireland in county Down and I’ve been to Dublin quite a few times. I love it! The drive down used to take a lot longer before the motorway but it had such a better view. Driving through Ireland is gorgeous no matter where you’re going I think :) Glad you had a good time!


  • http://snapshotsandwhatnots.typepad.com/ snapshotsandwhatnots

    Beautiful although I’m totally biased because I was born and raised in Dublin. I lived there for 26 years and I’ve only just recently moved to South Carolina – I know massive change right!! These photos make me a little homesick!

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