Have you always wanted to visit Dublin, Ireland but can’t convince your family to go? Then why not gather a group of your closest girlfriends and jet off to the Irish capital together? A girlfriend getaway to Dublin, Ireland could be the perfect solution, combining girly fun with exploring this amazing city. And no matter what your group’s interests are, you are sure to find something for everyone.

In this article, we are giving you a few suggestions of things to do in the city with your girlfriends, places to eat and drink, and even a few suggestions for where to stay.

Planning your Girlfriend Getaway to DublinDublin, Ireland

How to get to Dublin

Dublin, Ireland is served by a large international airport and two ferry ports.

Dublin Airport welcomes flights from the United States, Canada, the UAE, and a multitude of destinations across Europe. Getting to Dublin by airplane is easy and there are plenty of choices, especially from across the Atlantic or within Europe.

For those coming from the UK, Dublin also receives ferries into both Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire from Holyhead in Wales and Liverpool in England. 

Getting around in the city

Dublin is an easy city to navigate, especially if you are staying in the city center, with many of the main tourist attractions within walking distance of both each other and hotels.

Getting around Dublin when you don’t want to walk is also easy with the city having an extensive public transport system that includes buses, trams, trains, and taxis.

Some attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol are a bit far to walk at times but the sightseeing buses all pass these attractions, making it easy to visit them while enjoying a guided tour of the city.

Even getting from the airport into the city is a sinch with frequent airport buses to take travelers from the airport to the city center within 30 minutes. And this is by far the cheapest way to get into Dublin from the airport.

Where to stay in DublinThe Temple Bar area

The city centre has plenty of accommodation options to suit all budgets. From hostels such as Kinlay House to the 5-star Shelbourne Hotel on St Stephen’s Green, choice is plentiful in Dublin.

A question often asked isis Dublin safe for female travelers” and for the most part yes, but you should take care when choosing your accommodation as location matters, especially if you are planning to be out at night for dinner, drinks, or even dancing.

The best areas to choose accommodation are around Temple Bar, St Stephen’s Green, and Merrion Square.

The Alex Hotel near Merrion Square is a great choice, as is The Grafton near St Stephen’s Green Mall. Both are 4-star hotels with excellent restaurants, breakfast options, and are within walking distance to the likes of Trinity College and many of the Dublin museums.

How long to spend in Dublin

Dublin is a great place for a girlfriend getaway but if you are coming from across the Atlantic, you’ll want to allow at least 3 days to explore the best of the city.

If you are planning to combine Dublin with exploring other parts of Ireland, 2-3 days in the city before you venture further afield will give you a great starting point.

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Dublin can also act as a base if you want to just do day trips to other parts of Ireland. There are lots of tour companies offering day trips to places such as the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, and even the Giant’s Causeway, all must-see places in Ireland. Allow extra days for your day trips as well as your time exploring the city.

Things to do with your girlfriends in Dublin, Ireland

So now that you know how to get to Dublin, how to traverse the city, and have a few ideas for accommodation, it is time to find out what to do in Dublin on a girl’s trip.

The city has plenty of things to see and do, and here are some of the highlights in my top 5 picks for things to do in Dublin, Ireland.

Guinness Storehouse

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One of Dublin’s top places to visit is the Guinness Storehouse. This hugely popular tourist attraction offers visitors the chance to learn about how Guinness came to be, how it is made, the marketing behind this global brand, and more.

Visitors can explore the eight exhibition floors, as well as enjoy tasting some of the ‘black stuff’ and finish their visit with 360-degree views of Dublin City from the Gravity Bar.

Allow a few hours to get around before ending in the Gravity Bar. There is also a restaurant should you want to eat there, but it gets busy so pre-booking is advisable. 

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If there are any history buffs in your group of girlfriends, then a visit to Kilmainham Gaol is a must when in Dublin.

This former prison is now a museum and can only be visited via a guided tour. Tour guides bring visitors through the maze of passageways and cells while imparting their extensive knowledge of the history of the jail and its former inmates.

Kilmainham Gaol housed many political prisoners who fought for Irish independence in the early 20th century, and it is a fascinating place to visit.

Top tip: tickets for this attraction sell out fast and go on sale 28 days in advance. To secure your tickets, set your alarm for 28 days in advance of when you want to go and go onto the Kilmainham Gaol website to secure them to avoid disappointment.

Food Tour of Dublin

A great way to explore the city is on a food tour, combining a guided tour of the city with some delicious food.

There are two specific food tours which I have personally taken and would recommend.

The first is an Afternoon Tea Vintage Bus Tour. You hop onto an old double decker bus and enjoy a leisurely ride around the city while enjoying afternoon tea. It is a great tour to take, and the guides do a fantastic job.

The second option is to join a donut tour of Dublin. This is a tour in which local guides bring you on a walking tour of the city while visiting four donut establishments along the way. The stories told by the local guides are great, and the donuts are divine.

EPIC and the Jeanie JohnstonJeanie-Johnston-Dublin

Located on Custom House Quay are two tourist attractions that are often overlooked by Kilmainham Gaol and Guinness but are equally interesting to visit.

The Jeanie Johnston is a replica famine ship moored on the river Liffey. Visitors join a guided tour in which they can learn about the ship, some of the journeys it made to North America during the Great Famine, and some of the crew and passengers.EPIC museum Dublin

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Across the road from the ship is EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum. This fascinating museum has 20 interactive exhibition halls and displays that detail why people left Ireland over the centuries and the effect this had on the globe.

I have visited both and can highly recommend them. And the fact that they are located across the road from one another makes it very easy to do both in a couple of hours. 

Shopping in Dublin

Of course, no girl’s trip to Dublin would be complete without partaking in some retail therapy and Dublin City Centre has plenty of shops to peruse. Whether you are looking for something to wear for a special night out, or some souvenirs to take home, you won’t be short of choices.

Dublin has two main shopping streets with high-street shops, and both are pedestrianised meaning you can shop in safety. They are Henry Street on the north side of the river, and Grafton Street on the south side.

On both, you will find high-street shops, and souvenir shops such as Carroll’s and both have high-end department stores as well as Arnott’s on Henry Street, and Brown Thomas on Grafton Street.

The Carroll’s souvenir shops are stores where you will find cheaper items to bring home and they can be found on most shopping streets in Dublin. For woollen items or more unique items, I recommend looking in some of the stores along College Green and the side of Trinity College.

Other things to do in Dublin

There are plenty of other things to do in Dublin including:

       Christ Church Cathedral

        St Patrick’s Cathedral

        Book of Kells in Trinity College

        National Museums of Ireland

        National Art Gallery

        Dublin Castle and the Chester Beatty Library

        Phoenix Park

        Other tours of Dublin including other walking tours, or whiskey tours

Food and drink in Dublin

When it comes to eating in Dublin, there is something for every palette in the city. From traditional Irish meals in the oldest pub in Dublin, to fancy food, Italian, Indian and more, the choices are endless.

The oldest pub in Dublin is the Brazen Head and they have an all-day menu that includes many traditional Irish dishes. Inside the bar is cosy but if you are going for lunch, get there before they open at 12pm.

A great place for a girl’s night out is Nolita’s on South Great George’s Street. This cool bar-restaurant has a great vibe to it, and you can enjoy cocktails before having an Italian-based dinner.

The-Church-Restaurant-Bar-DublinThe Church on Jervis Street is similar, but it also has a late bar with music on Saturday nights meaning you can enjoy drinks, dinner, and dancing in the one venue. No need to go outside to another place.

And finally, for something a bit special, try The Ivy on Dawson Street. With its art-deco interior and a cocktail menu to rival any other, you can meet at the bar for a Martini cocktail before having dinner. And since they open early in the day, you could even enjoy lunch here after visiting the nearby museums and before doing some retail therapy on nearby Grafton Street. 

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Time to start planning your girlfriend getaway to Dublin?

With these tips and ideas, you will soon be planning your getaway to Dublin with your girlfriends.

The city has plenty of choices when it comes to things to see and do, places to eat and drink, and even where to stay. The ideas detailed here are just the tip of the iceberg but provide a great starting point.

No matter how you choose to spend your time in Dublin, I am sure you will quickly fall in love with the city.

Guest author: Cath is the author of Travel Around Ireland, a website dedicated to helping others plan their dream trip to the Emerald Isle. She is an Irish expat who returns annually to visit her family and explore the far corners of the country with her Irish husband and son.

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