Thursday, 10 December 2015

My Dublin Bucket List

So last week on the 1st of December I celebrated my 11 year anniversary in Dublin. My way of celebrating was to get a 7ft Christmas tree that takes up half the space in my living room and to decorate it with Mr. FFID while drinking a Christmas craft beer (Santa Paws by Brew Dog). 

Last year I wrote a blog post on how I love Dublin but this year I wanted to do something different. I've been here a while and because I've always known I would never leave I actually haven't done or seen many things in the Irish capital. I'm not a tourist anymore, this is my city but I feel like I should explore it a little more. So, I've decided to compile a Dublin bucket list. 

I'm hoping this will come in handy whenever I'm not really inspired at the weekend and unsure about what to do. I'll be able to go back to this list and hopefully tick off everything in 2016, that's my little challenge!  So have a look at the list and let me know if you have any suggestions on what I should add. I've also included some of the things I've already done but I'm sure I forgot some obvious ones.

See the Book of Kells
Visit the Guinness Storehouse
Eat a Dublin coddle
Go to a show in the Gaiety 
Visit Kilmainham Goal
Go to Johnnie Fox's
Visit the Old Jameson Distillery
Run the Dublin half-marathon
Visit the Little Museum of Dublin
Listen to trad music in the Cobblestones
See a U2 concert
Go on the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl
See Glen Hansard and friends busking on Grafton Street on Christmas Eve
Visit the Teeling Whiskey distillery
Eat at the Greenhouse
Go to a show in the Abbey Theatre
See a GAA match
Eat in Chapter One
Visit the Áras an Uachtaráin
Go to a show in the Olympia
See a rugby match between France and Ireland
Eat in Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud (only 2 star Michelin restaurant in Ireland)
Visit the National Botanic Gardens
Visit the Dublin Zoo
Join a guided tour of St. Patrick's Cathedral
Visit the Glasnevin cemetery 
Visit the National Gallery of Ireland
Visit the Irish museum of Modern Art
See the deers in the Phoenix Park
Go to a show in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre
Visit Jeanie Johnston tall ship and famine museum
Got to a show in the Gate
Eat at Thornton's
See the Samuel Beckett Bridge open
Visit the Dublin Writers museum
Visit the National Museum of Ireland
Pay a visit to St. Valentine in Whitefriar Street Church
Kayaking on the Liffey
Swimming at the 40 foot

How about you? What's on your Dublin bucket list?



  1. I think I will jump on your bucket list Ketty! Sounds great!

  2. I've also heard the Glasnevin cemetery is well worth a visit. As for "Kayaking on the Liffey", really?! Swimming in the 40 foot..leave that one till Summer!!

    1. I will visit the cemetery soon I think... Kayaking on the Liffey looks like fun in summertime when I see people doing it and yes, I will swim in the 40 foot in Summer too! ;)

  3. Impressive list. But I do not know what is it Swimming at the 40 foot?

    1. It's a place to swim in Dun Laoghaire, the tradition is to swim there on Christmas Day!

  4. Great list !

    I would recommend :

    - Pad Thai at the Gibson hotel (even the hotel in itself definitely worth the visit)
    - lunch at Eathos
    - any cocktail at VCC
    - Irish night at Merry Ploughboy (not only for tourists...)

  5. That is one great list! A lot of things I also have on my own, but in order to do them all I need to visit more often. My bucket list also holds a lot of foodie things, thanks to you!
    And don't feel bad about doing tourist things in your own City. This can be a lot of fun and seeing the town with a tourist's eyes gives you a different perspective. 5 years after I moved here I bought a tourist walking guide that gave so many insights and showed me corners of the town I guess I wouldn't have seen else :)

  6. See The Waterboys when they are in concert

  7. Nice bucket list and good inspiration even for someone living her for almost 30 years. I would add a lovely, tiny, special one. If you can afford a half day off, mid-week, go and visit The Casino in Marino, Dublin 3. A very special place if you enjoy interiors, history and peaceful moments away from the bustle of town :)