13 Things To Do In Dublin That Don’t Involve Drink [Good Options]
Guinness. Whiskey. Irish coffee is a type of coffee. Baileys. Lemon and cinnamon are added to hot whiskey. The Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s most popular tourist destination. The distillery at Teelings. The Museum of Irish Whiskey. The old distillery for Jameson. Lyons Pearse. Temple Bar. This is the only place in the world where you can try the experimental beers that Guinness is making. It’s safe to say that people in Dublin like alcohol.
But if you walk into one of the city’s 751 pubs (one for every 1,700 people) and don’t care about any of them, you might still find something interesting. Here are some other good options that have nothing to do with alcohol…
Start having fun in the morning.
The rest of us are still getting sober, but you’re painting on glitter, drinking a smoothie, and looking all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the hopes that some random local hero will magically decide it’s time to play a quick gig. Given the situation, you might as well just go crazy on your own, right? Like that will ever happen…
We’ll go to the Library Bar while you go to the library.
I mean, Joyce, Wilde, and Behan are well-known for their writing, and it wouldn’t be the same to read it at home, right? You could read a bit of Ulysses in the hotel late at night, or you could always go to the library… The Trinity College Library, which dates back to the 1730s and looks like a Harry Potter set, has about 200,000 books to keep you busy. Or try the Marsh Library, which has been around since 1701.
Go hang out on an island for a while.
One place that doesn’t have a pub is Lambay Island, which is just north of Dublin. However, it does have a connection to whiskey, because, well, it’s Ireland. You can go hang out with the wallabies, who are almost as comfortable in Ireland as someone who doesn’t drink. Still, they seem to be doing well here.
You could eat out instead of going out to drink.
Irish people are more likely to go to a pub than to a restaurant, but our food isn’t bad. Some nice things to do are eat a world-class steak, go to a restaurant with a Michelin star, or check out the great seafood. As “classy pub food,” you can even get oysters, fish and chips, and coddle.
Even so, the game is better outside of the pub.
GAA is good on TV, but it is amazing to see them live. It helps that the main stadium, which can hold 83,000 people and has Europe’s largest bar, is always full of passionate, loud fans. Gaelic football and hurling are called “bog ball” and “stick fighting” by people who don’t like them, but they’re wrong: think of hockey crossed with murder, and rugby and soccer without most of the rules. You could watch the Leinster rugby team play for an hour or two, or you could try kitesurfing in Dublin Bay.
There are no places to get water in the parks…
Phoenix Park is Europe’s largest walled inner-city park. There are free-roaming deer, tours of the President’s House, the zoo, Farmleigh, the magazine fort, and the tall Papal Cross and obelisk. There may be pubs right outside almost every entrance gate, but there’s also a real watering hole!
Shopping. Many trips to stores.
Dublin has a growing fashion sense, interesting street corners, high-quality art and design, and a lot of good things to buy as a souvenir. The trendy Powerscourt Centre, the Jervis Centre, the Ilac Centre, the Dundrum Town Centre, and the St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre are all great places to check out. And let’s not even talk about those fancy department stores…
It’s surprising how cheap it can be to have fun.
Ireland is known for being expensive sometimes, but you’d be wrong to miss the cheaper things to do. You’ll also find coffee shops with lots of choices where you can hang out all day, beautiful walks, cheap meals out, historic landmarks in the open, and a deep love of art that you can see in free-access galleries.
Learn about the past
been to all of those museums? Or by learning about the time the Vikings came and took over, the Irish revolution, or the myths, glory, and stories of everyone from Molly Malone to Michael Collins? Then there’s the old music that’s played again and again, like the songs below. Even though that’s common in pubs…
So you should walk where there aren’t any bars.
I mean, it’s really hard to avoid them in Dublin. There is only one way to get between the canals that circle the city that doesn’t go by a single pub. On that route, you don’t go by any pubs, but you do go right by the Guinness factory. If you want to take a look…
If you’re not going to be bad, you might as well be very, very good, right? There are more churches than you can count in Dublin. There are also two cathedrals. At St. Patrick’s Cathedral, you can sit in the pews, find a mummified cat in the basement, and find out where the phrase “Chance Your Arm” came from. Try it, it might even be fun…
Think about why you don’t want to drink.
Having a hangover is awful. Truly awful. A hangover from Guinness is worse. Need to be reminded why you should be having all that fun? Look at the leathery bog bodies in the Museum of History and Archaeology or the mummies in St. Michan’s Church to see what people who are still in bed might look like right now.
Or just give up and jump right into the sea…
I mean, if you’re not going to drink in the Irish way, why not try something else? Since ancient times, the Irish have jumped into the Irish Sea, sometimes naked and sometimes in the middle of winter. If you go to the Forty Foot and jump in, you’ll get a different kind of shock to the system.
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