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Dublin City Break Itineary

Take a Dublin City Break to The Grafton Hotel

48 hours in Dublin City Itineary

Plan your trip to Dublin with our 48 hour Dublin City itinerary and discover the city’s most charming neighborhoods, unique streets and popular attractions. The Grafton Hotel is within walking distance of many of the city's top attractions.

We have put together a 48-hour Dublin city itinerary to make sure you make the most of your next city break to Dublin.

Dublin City Break - Day 1

Day 1


On the first day of your Dublin break, we suggest you get your bearings and learn a bit about Irish history.

Your first stop is The Molly Malone Statue which is just a 5-minute walk from The Grafton Hotel. The Molly Malone statue has graced the cover of a million postcards and the song of the same name has been bellowed out for hundreds of years.

Your second stop is at Trinity College Dublin where you can stroll through the amazing campus grounds. Trinity was founded by Queen Elizabeth 1 of England in 1592. Also take in a visit to The Book of Kells, Ireland’s oldest manuscript located within the grounds of Trinity College.

Make sure to book in advance here, as this is an extremely popular tour.

Your third stop is Dublin Castle. It was built in the 13th century and like many castles in Ireland, it underwent numerous renovations and expansions. Those with an eye for architecture will notice hints of Georgian and Gothic styles during their visit.

Your fourth spot will be Brazen Head. Dublin's oldest pub and is located just a 15-minute walk from The Grafton Hotel. Dating back to the 12th century, you'll feel like you've stepped back in time when you stroll through its doors. Stop here for a bite to eat and a well-deserved pint of Guinness.

Your final stop of the day is to Ireland's top attraction The Guinness Storehouse. Located in St. James Gate and has been home to Guinness since 1837. Here you can take their tasting experience to gain a new appreciation for the art of brewing. There is also a rooftop bar with magnificent views of the city! Booking is essential.

End your day with a walk back along Grafton Street, Dublin’s famous shopping street. This street is home to many famous Irish stores and is popular with street musicians and buskers.

Dublin City Break - Day 2

Day 2


A day dedicated to adventure and seeing all the main sights in the city. Ride the hop-on hop-off bus tour of Dublin, it has over 40 stops and two different routes so you can get to almost anywhere in the city.

The bus stops at the famous Kilmainham Gaol, which is well worth a visit on a Dublin city break. It was home to many prisoners who were significant in history as being a part of the battle with Britain for Independence.

For people that are interested in Irish sport, a visit to Croke Park Ireland's national hurling and Gaelic football home is a must. The stadium tour is where you can visit the dressing rooms, walk on the field and visit the press boxes.

End your day with a visit to Dublin's most popular whiskey distillery, The Jameson Distillery. Here you will learn about the history of Jameson and have the option to join various Jameson Distillery tours.

For those still looking for more fun, stop by the iconic Temple Bar. With cobbled streets, pubs and boutiques, you will have plenty to do here!

Your Room

Enjoy the breathtaking views of Dublin's skyline provided by the floor to ceiling windows and benefit from The Grafton's wonderful bedroom facilities, which include:

  • Walk-in showers.
  • Premium Ritual bath amenities.
  • Fluffy bathrobes and slippers in Deluxe
  • Rooms and Suites.
  • High thread count bedding.
  • Flat-screen HDTVs with Chrome casting capability.
  • Open wall closets.
  • Work desk with comfortable seating and desk light.
  • Tea and coffee making facilities.
  • A mini-fridge with complimentary water bottles.

Bartley's Bar and Restaurant

For those seeking to dine and drink in an elegant and upscale setting that exudes old-school glamour, The Grafton provides the ideal setting. Bartley's is the perfect place to have breakfast, a quick lunch, an after-work cocktail with coworkers, a weekend get-together, or perhaps a quiet sip of wine to unwind.

Carefully crafted cocktails are paired with an inventive menu that includes everything from lite bites to main course classics, all finished off with attentive and friendly service. This is how we impress our visitors!

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Friends In The City

Everything you need for the perfect shared overnight stay is here, so get the gang together and join us. Includes:

  • Overnight stay with breakfast in the morning.
  • Bottle of prosecco and nibbles.
  • Late Check Out & Early Check In*
  • Discounted parking nearby.
  • Many nearby bars and restaurants nearby!
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Stay More and Save More

Slip away from the everyday and save up to 25% off our best available rate when you stay 5 or 7 nights at The Grafton Hotel.

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Mid Week City Break

It’s always nice to escape from your usual midweek routine and give yourself a break. Enjoy 15% off when you stay for 3 days.

  • Spacious air-conditioned rooms
  • Luxury in-room amenities
  • Room Service
  • Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi
  • On site Bar and Restaurant.