Dublin, Ireland Self-Guided Walking Tour JetSettingFools.com

Dublin, Ireland self-guided walking tour

We could have easily spent our three days in Dublin seeing nothing more than the inside of pubs, but there’s a lot more to the city than just downing pints of Guinness goodness. Many of the historic sights are condensed within the city center, which makes for an easy Dublin, Ireland self-guided walking tour – and helped keep us out of the bars, if only for a few hours. (Map below.)

Dublin, Ireland Self-Guided Walking Tour to 11 Sights

#1 St. Patrick’s Cathedral 

It was on this site that in 450 AD St. Patrick baptized the first Irish converts. St. Patrick’s Cathedral was completed in 1191 and is the largest church in Ireland. The spire reaches 140 feet.

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A Day Trip to Howth, Ireland JetSettingFools.com

Day trip to Howth, Ireland

Just a 30 minute bus ride from the Dublin city center, yet a world away, is the coastal fishing village of Howth, Ireland. Leaving the buzzing city life behind, we traversed nine miles through suburbs before arriving at Ireland’s shoreline. We braved the threatening skies and set out to explore the quaint village on our day trip to Howth, Ireland.

Day trip to Howth, Ireland: The Harbour

We were immediately drawn to the West Pier of the harbor that is lined with seafood restaurants and shops selling the day’s fresh catch. In the marina, masts swayed with the swell. We battled the wind at the end of the pier for the expansive views of the ocean and the small island that sits off the north coast, Ireland’s Eye.

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Dublin, Ireland Sunday Session at The Brazen Head, Ireland's Oldest Pub

Traditional Dublin, Ireland Sunday Session at Brazen Head

We’ve made a quick pit stop in Dublin, Ireland: land of historic castles, Catholic churches, leprechauns, shamrocks, pots of gold, pints of Guinness and rowdy pubs filled with music. With only three full days to explore, we decided to concentrate our efforts on experiences rather than sights. And, since our first day was a Sunday, we were seeking a traditional Dublin, Ireland Sunday Session.

Squeezing a history lesson into our day, we headed to The Brazen Head, the oldest pub in all of Ireland, dating back to the year 1198. The layout includes five small rooms, three of which also have bars, an upstairs and outdoor courtyard. The ambiance – from the Irish Pub décor to the aromas of fish and chips, mussels and beef stew – were exactly how we imagined it would be. Tables in the front bar were reserved for musicians, who were due to arrive in 30 minutes.

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