Day 1: Wake up to culture
Home to so many literary greats, it makes sense that your first morning in Dublin should focus around the written word. Grab some breakfast at Bewley’s Café, and walk it off by making your way to the Dublin Writers Museum, one of the 33 attractions included on the Dublin Pass Sightseeing Card.
A treasure trove of literary gems, the Writers Museum is located in a magnificent 18th century mansion, and is home to an impressive collection featuring the lives and works of Dublin's finest wordsmiths – Swift, Sheridan, Shaw, Wilde, Yeats, Joyce and Beckett are among the luminaries presented through the museum's stock of books, letters, portraits and personal items. Learn from the experts, and take one of the multilingual tours available throughout the day.
Haven’t had enough of Ireland’s scribes yet? Take your new-found literary knowledge and visit the James Joyce Centre on North Great George’s Street, just a five-minute walk from the Writers Museum.
Surrounded by Joycean landmarks, including Belvedere College where the man himself went to school, the Centre houses a permanent interpretative exhibition that includes the front door to No. 7 Eccles Street, the home of Leopold and Molly Bloom, a copy of Joyce's death mask and the furniture from the apartment of Paul Leon where Joyce worked on his final novel Finnegan's Wake.
The whole experience is included in the Dublin Pass Sightseeing Card, and you can also take a walking tour of Joyce's Dublin as part of your literary journey. Oh, and don’t worry about wasting time waiting in lines, the Dublin Pass means you’re an instant VIP at all of the included attractions (except Kilmainham Gaol, the Old Jameson Distillery and Dublina as these are tour-based), leaving you with more time to explore Dublin.
Maybe sport is more your thing? If so, use your Dublin Pass Sightseeing Card to take in Dublin’s two magnificent stadiums. Croke Park, the home of the Gaelic Athletics Association (GAA) offers stadium and museum tours where you can learn about the history of the sport and its governing body in the 3rd largest stadium in Europe. Or go to the home of Irish rugby and soccer, the Aviva Stadium. See the dressing rooms and run onto the pitch like a sporting hero.