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What to do in Dublin & St Patricks Day Parade

What to do in Dublin & St Patricks Day Parade
Me taking part in the St Patrick’s day parade

What to do in Dublin & St Patricks Day Parade

Dublin, the capital city of Ireland, offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern sophistication. With its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning architecture, there is no shortage of things to see and do in Dublin. This blog is all about What to do in Dublin & St Patrick’s Day Parade.

I was so honoured to be invited to Dublin by Tourism Ireland, to actually be part of The St Patrick’s Day Parade.

It was such a huge honour, I got to experience the whole parade from the top deck of one of the open top buses, making its way through the crowds of revellers and festival goers. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I loved every minute of it!!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick’s Day is the national holiday of Ireland, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin is one of the largest and most popular celebrations in the world. The parade features colourful floats, marching bands, and traditional Irish dancers, and draws crowds of thousands from around the world.

The procession start around midday and is a vibrant parade of marching bands, festival dance troops, musicians, colourful floats and Irish celebrities. Thousands of people gather along the streets to help celebrate and join in the merriment. Followed by an afternoon and evening of drinks in Temple Bar.

Bonnie Rakhit in Temple Bar pub Dublin Ireland
Bonnie at the famous Temple Bar Pub

Temple Bar

Temple Bar is a vibrant and popular neighborhood located in the heart of Dublin, Ireland. It is well-known for its lively nightlife, colourful streets, and epic Irish bars.

The area is characterised by its narrow cobbled streets, traditional Irish pubs, restaurants and cafes.

At night, Temple Bar comes alive with music and entertainment, attracting locals and tourists alike. The pubs in the area often host live music sessions, with traditional Irish music being a particular highlight.

The atmosphere is bustling and energetic, with many people spilling out onto the streets to enjoy the nightlife.

Dublin Castle blossom Ireland Bonnie Rakhit
Spring blossom at Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle is one of the most iconic landmarks in Dublin. Built in the 13th century, the castle has been used as a seat of power for centuries.

Visitors can take a tour of the castle and explore its rich history. Highlights of the tour include the State Apartments, which are adorned with beautiful paintings and furnishings, and the 800-year-old underground Chapel Royal.

Visit in spring and it’s a beautiful spot to see cherry blossom and get some lovely instagram shots.

Dublin Castle What to do in Ireland

What to do in Dublin – Jeanie Johnston Ship Museum

The Jeanie Johnston (pictured centre below) is a replica of a 19th-century emigrant ship that transported thousands of Irish people to America during the Great Famine.

Visitors can tour the ship and learn about the conditions on board for emigrants during this difficult time in Ireland’s history.


The EPIC museum (pictured below, left and right) is a must-visit for anyone interested in Irish history and culture. The museum tells the story of the Irish people and their impact on the world through interactive exhibits and multimedia displays.

From literature and music to sports and politics, the EPIC museum covers it all. It’s super fun and enlightening too.

Bonnie Rakhit oysters Visit Guinness Factory in Dublin Ireland what to do
Oysters at The Guinness Factory Restaurant

Guinness Factory Dublin

The Guinness Storehouse, also known as the Guinness Factory is a must visit Dublin attraction. It’s home of world-famous Guinness beer, and visitors can take a tour of the factory to learn about the brewing process and the history of the Guinness brand.

The tour takes visitors through several floors, each one dedicated to a different aspect of the brewing process, from the ingredients used to the fermentation and aging process.

Visitors can even learn how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness, and enjoy a taste of the beer in the Gravity Bar, which offers stunning views of Dublin city.

Visit Guinness Factory in Dublin Ireland what to do
The National Art Gallery Dublin Bonnie Rakhit
Instagram moment at the National Museum of Ireland

National Museum of Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland is dedicated to showcasing the country’s cultural, historical, and archaeological heritage. It’s home to the largest collection of Irish antiquities in the world, including ancient gold artefacts, prehistoric tools, and Viking treasures.

It displays objects related to Irish art, craft, and design, and artefacts related to Ireland’s political and social history. The buildings architecture is also beautiful, see insta shot above.

Hugh Lane Gallery

The Hugh Lane Gallery is a world-renowned art museum located in the heart of Dublin. It is home to an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art, including works by some of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

One of the highlights of the gallery is the Francis Bacon Studio, which was relocated from London to Dublin in the 1990s. This unique exhibit allows visitors to step into the studio (and chaotic mind) of the celebrated artist, where he worked on some of his most famous paintings.

Book of Kells Trinity University Dublin what to do

Book of Kells

The Book of Kells is a beautifully illustrated manuscript that dates back to the 9th century. The book is on display at Trinity College, where visitors can view the intricate designs and learn about the history and significance of this important artifact.

The library at Trinity is also incredibly beautiful. See my Harry Potter/ Celtic warrior princess moment below. It’s an intsta perfect destination.

Book of Kells Trinity University Dublin what to do Bonnie Rakhit

I Hope that you enjoyed my blog all about What to do in Dublin & St Patricks Day Parade.
If you did please leave a comment below and feel free to ask me any questions about it.

For more of my travels around check out my instagram @bonnierakhit.

And for the Tourism Ireland website click here.

Bon Voyage
Bonnie x

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