Day 2 in Dublin – Everyday Life


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Thinking about visiting Ireland? After you do the hop-on/hop-off bus tour, spend some time seeing the city on foot to get a totally different perspective. Yes, most of Dublin’s main sights are in a small, central area, but don’t just walk around solely to see the sights. Stop. See the people coming and going. Watch everyday life in Dublin. And then strike up a conversation with a Dubliner or two. After all, Dublin’s people are what make it such an enjoyable city.

everyday life in dublin, man rushing with bag, shop proprietors talking

Here are some of the things we did recently while we were exploring Dublin’s streets:

1. Enjoy the street performers on Grafton Street

Most of Grafton Street is closed to traffic and is one of Dublin’s prime shopping areas. (Parnell Street is the other one.) But in our opinion it’s worth a visit even if you’re not a shopper, because no matter when we’ve gone we’ve always seen people performing for passersby. Tip the more talented ones a coin or two, as we did. They’re working hard for it.

musical performers on Grafton Street

2. Walk down O’Connell Street

O’Connell is a wide thoroughfare and you’ll find people from all walks of life there, many just hanging out, others in a rush, and still others singing and playing their hearts out, hoping for a tip or two.

people sitting beneath statue of O'Connell, on Dublin's O'Connell street

3. Savor a flight of Dublin microbrews at J.W. Sweetman Craft Brewery

Guinness isn’t the only tasty local brew; Dublin has its share of microbreweries. Somehow we always seem to end up at this one, and maybe because it’s so easy to see from the O’Connell Street bridge. We each order a flight (sampler) of their current five beers and have a great time comparing what we think about each one.

tap of 5 microbrews at J.W. Sweetman Craft Brewery

4. Cross the river on the Ha’Penny Bridge

Officially known as the Liffey Bridge, this iconic iron footbridge is nearly 200 years old. It replaced a ferry and originally cost half a penny (a ha’ penny) to cross. It’s become a favorite site for love locks. (The padlocks that sweethearts lock to a bridge, write their names on, and throw the key into the river, symbolizing unbreakable love.) Hey, you might even see someone putting a love lock on the bridge, who knows?

crossing the pedestrian bridge over the Liffey River

5. Visit Temple Bar

Temple Bar is both a pub and the district that the pub is in. Though it’s probably Dublin’s biggest nightlife spot, it’s also a really great place to visit during the day. You’ll find more street performers here as well as a fantastic selection of pubs and eateries.
performer seated in Temple Bar street

Temple Bar has a playful, festive atmosphere, especially when the sun is shining, and it’s easy to strike up a conversation with just about anyone. We spent half an hour chatting with a security guard outside the Temple Bar pub and it was fascinating to hear a born and bred Dubliner talk about his city.

people on street in temple bar

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Written by Linda

Linda is multilingual and has been to around 60 countries. Her insatiable love of travel, cuisine, and foreign languages has inspired her to create As We Saw It with her husband Dan, a professional photographer. Her goal is to make travel easier for others and to offer a brief escape to another land.

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8 thoughts on “Day 2 in Dublin – Everyday Life”

  1. Hey Team,

    Great little “To-Do” list. Went to Dublin last February, and I agree with a lot of this, except I tell everyone to get away from Temple Bar if they can. Maybe spend 1-2 nights there, but try to find regular hugeparties in other areas of Dublin. (blog post coming soon)

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    • We agree that there’s far more to Dublin than just Temple Bar. This was just the most recent of our posts about Dublin. Some of our most popular:

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  2. I love walking until my feet hurts. πŸ™‚ Dublin looks like a charming city – a perfect city to just stroll around aimlessly and discover different charms. Lovely pictures!

    • We do a lot of aimless wandering and have the sore feet to prove it. πŸ™‚ If you’re into aimless wandering, the old town part of Andorra La Vella is a good destination as well (even though it’s best-known for shopping).


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