Dublin: 48-hour itinerary

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Trinity College's library includes the famous
Trinity College's library includes the famous "Book of Kells". Dublin.
If you’ve just got 48 hours in Dublin, our Insider has put together the perfect itinerary just for you. Don’t miss a thing!

Day one — morning

Take an early morning trip to Trinity College to see the ancient Book of Kell's, and just bask in the magnificent library. Now potter around the cobble-stoned campus. Stroll down nearby O'Connell Street, the widest thoroughfare in all of Europe, and check out the new Spire and the historic GPO, scene of the 1916 Easter Rising, which lead to Ireland's independence in 1922.

Walk just around the corner to get to Henry Street and take a quick peek at the famous Moore Street Markets, apparently home to the fabled Molly Malone. Travel back across the Liffey over the famous and beautiful ancient Ha'penny Bridge and into Temple Bar for lunch.

Afternoon

After lunch travel up Parliament Street to the splendid Dublin Castle, which was the home of British rule in Dublin for centuries, and houses the free Chester Beatty Library of Manuscripts and early prints from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. A short hop to Christ Church Cathedral will bring you face to face with a huge relic of old Dublin. Check out the fantastic (if a little pricy) Museum of Life in Viking Dublin.

Evening

Book yourself onto the Dublin ghost bus tour where you will get a great history lesson as well as a few well timed frights. The host is a well known Dublin actor and the stories are great if a little ghoulish. Tourist and local alike will enjoy the unusual sights and learn a lot about the more 'devilish' side to this ancient city. You'll need a drink afterwards so head to Temple Bar or the more authentic traditional bars along Baggot Street.

Day two — morning

An early morning trip on the DART (electric train from Connolly, Tara or Pearse Street stations) to Howth for a walk along the cliffs and the pier, followed by lunch in one of the many great seafood establishments in this quaint, seaside town. Look out for the markets here at weekends.

Afternoon

Head back into the city and take a trip on the new LUAS light rail system to Kilmainham Gaol for a harrowing account of the executions of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, and their last days. Afterwards it's back on the LUAS via the Old Jameson Distillery in Smithfield, which, until recently, was a run-down working class district, but now has transformed into a cultural centre. It's worth a post-tipple wander.

Evening

There's a great selection of restaurants in and around Grafton Street (I particularly like Peploes on the green , which does one of the best steaks in Dublin and has a fine selection of wines), which can be followed by drinks in the many late-night bars in and around Dawson or Baggot Street, both nearby (see you at upmarket SamSara or the fantastic but well hidden 'bar with no name' above Hogans on Georges street). The more adventurous might like the heaving masses that go to Copper Face Jacks on Harcourt street, a huge late night bar. For those with cash to burn there's also the affluent Lillies Bordello on Grafton Street, which is where you'll find any visiting celebs. If the sun is shinning late into the evening the Pavilions in Trinity college is the best spot in Dublin for an outdoor drink.

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