Traveling solo can feel like a blessing and a curse at the same time. You’re free to explore the city at your own pace and go where you want to go. You’ll get to discover new things, not only about the territory you’re in but also about yourself. Now here’s the bad part: having no one to share experiences with can make you feel lonely, homesick, tired, and bored.
The first step to beating the blues of traveling alone? Pick a solo traveler-friendly destination – like Dublin Ireland.
To make the most out of your solo trip in Dublin, here are 8 rewarding activities you should check out.
1. Enjoy a pint of the “black stuff”
You don’t have to be with someone to enjoy Dublin’s signature Guinness, a dark Irish stout. You can either gulp it straight from its source by signing up for a Guinness Storehouse tour or enjoy it with a fun group of strangers in a local pub.
2. Wander around museums, galleries, and libraries
Are you an artist? A history buff? A writer or a literature enthusiast? Well, call yourself lucky because there are over 40 museums, galleries, and libraries in Dublin. Bonus: most of them are free to enter.
Dublin offers attractions other than “The Book of Kells” in Trinity College and The Little Museum of Dublin. Here are other free attractions worth checking out:
- National Library
- National Gallery of Ireland
- National Museum of Ireland
- Dublin Writers Museum
- The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle
- The Huge Lane Gallery
- Irish Museum of Modern Art
- Science Gallery, Trinity College
- Dublin Castle’s Garda Museum and Revenue Museum
The best thing about visiting these sights solo is you can explore at your own pace. You can look at a particular artwork for minutes – no one’s going to judge.
3. Go for Dublin street art crawl
If you’re not in the mood for long queues just to get inside a crowded museum, you can find great artworks elsewhere – like the vivid murals dotted around the city.
One of the capital’s most underrated assets is its flourishing street art scene. Take your street photography game to the next level by spotting the amazing vibrant street art in these places:
- Temple Bar
- Tivoli Car Park
- Drury Street
- Love Lane
- Richmond Street
- Longwood Avenue
- Camden Street
- Liberty Lane
4. Reward yourself with a relaxing staycation
Forget the rule that you MUST be outdoors all day. You can spend a day without exploring and just relax in your comfortable hotel room.
Go ahead –keep the hotel room to yourself and drink a glass of wine at the end of the long day of exploration. You deserve a break. The good thing is you can still find an affordable hotel in Dublin, including university accommodation (like DCU Rooms Dublin) and hostels.
5. Watch live musical performances
Irish folks take pride in their music scene. If you enjoy live musical performances, you can satisfy your senses in Dublin, whether you crave traditional music (country, folk music, and Celtic Gaelic ballads) or acoustic sessions from street musicians.
For traditional Irish music sessions, hang out at O’Donoghue’s on Merrion Row and Doyles just across Trinity College. You can also stop by and listen to talented Dublin buskers on Grafton Street and Temple Bar before heading back to your accommodation in Dublin.
6. Join guided tours
If you want to learn more about the city with fellow tourists and friendly locals, sign up for guided tours. You can go for a daytime walking tour, bus tour, pub crawl, and even spooky ghost tour. You may even get to see hidden gems only locals know about.
7. Pedal your way around Dublin
Renting out a bicycle is another fun and cheap way to get around the city on your own. Check out Dublin’s bike share program. If you’ll be staying for a while, you may want to get your own bike to save you a lot of money in the long run.
8. Go off the beaten path
You may be familiar with the most visited places in Dublin – St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Trinity College, River Liffey and its bridges, Temple Bar, and Guinness Storehouse. Take your street adventure up a notch by looking for the secret places in Dublin.
Do you know about the mummies at the St. Michan’s Church? How about Sweny’s Pharmacy, a 19th-century bookstore, and craft shop? Have you gone to the haunted Marsh’s Library? Have fun exploring these lesser-known spots.
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is a passionate lifestyle writer for DCU Rooms Dublin, an ideal hotel for frugal travelers who’d love to experience the astonishing beauty of Dublin Ireland on a budget. This travel buff enjoys writing and sharing articles about money-saving hacks on accommodation, airfare, dining, and getting around the city.