Dublin may be famed for its great night out, but there’s much more to see and do once you’re finished in the bars. Below, we’ve rounded up some absolute essentials that you must tick off your bucket list on your next visit to Ireland, and offer some words of wisdom to help you get the very most out of this vast and vibrant city, however long you’re staying for…

See where Guinness is made

If you’re a fan of Guinness, you’re in the right place! Book a tour of St. James’ Gate Brewery, whose interior is designed to look like a famous pint. Once inside (tickets cost around €30), you’ll get to experience seven floors of brewing history, learn about the iconic Guinness family, and enjoy a refreshing glass with a breathtaking view of Dublin itself. There’s no better way to ease yourself into your European minibreak than at the Storehouse Factory!

Selfies at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

You couldn’t travel all the way to Ireland without taking a few selfies for the gram! St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the ideal backdrop – not only is it the country’s largest church, but it’s home to more than 800 years of Irish history and culture. The outside alone offers enough of an experience, but you can visit the holy site year-round. Bear in mind that Sunday the Cathedral is open for worship only, so you’ll need to free up some time on a different day.

Take home a piece of Irish heritage

Though it’s unlikely you’ll get through customs with a brick from Dublin Castle in your carry-on, there are plenty of Irish souvenirs and gifts that you should keep a lookout for. As well as cramming your suitcases full of delicious Irish confectionary, consider buying a Claddagh ring, handmade in the country by master jewelers, and hallmarked at the historic Irish Assay Office at Dublin Castle. The Claddagh ring represents love, loyalty, and friendship, and is the ideal gift for a loved one back at home – or to keep for yourself as a reminder of your visit to Dublin. Other gift ideas include Aran sweaters and Irish liqueur.

Get locked up at Kilmainham Gaol

Priced at just €4 per person, Kilmainham Gaol should be on everyone’s itinerary when they visit Ireland. This abandoned prison is open to the public, with guided tours showing off its restored quarters. During the tour, you’ll be taken through the history of the jail, hear some truly spine-tingling facts about the inmates, and understand how the criminals were treated. It’s an emotional experience and a number-one-choice for any history buff. Book in advance.

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Unwind at St. Stephen’s Green

 If you’re tired of sightseeing and want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, retreat to St. Stephen’s Green, where you can watch the world – and the ducks! – go by. This park is also home to several monuments to explore, so bring a packed lunch and a camera and see where the afternoon takes you. You might just be surprised at your discoveries…

Whatever your passions, you’ll surely agree that Dublin has something for everyone. Look in the nooks and crannies for a real taste of Irish life. Check back soon for more travel guides.