Walk the streets of Dublin to get a feel for its charms, visiting the Molly Malone statue in the south, passing through bustling Temple Bar and over the Liffey on the Ha'penny Bridge to see the Spire and GPO on the north side. Take a Liffey tour with a guided boat trip, or opt for a Viking Tour to see the city by bus and water; the vehicles used morph to cover both terrains.
Head to the gorgeous Trinity College buildings to see the old library and view the Book of Kells, or marvel at an incredible collection of books, scrolls and bible fragments in the Chester Beatty Library near Dublin castle. Other places of interest include Phoenix Park with its wild deer, quaint tearoom and lovely zoo. Also try the Jameson Distillery, Kilmainham Gaol, the botanic gardens and Dublin Writers Museum. There are regular open-top sightseeing buses that you can hop on and off to get around more quickly.
For art, try the traditional National Art Gallery and the Hugh Lane Gallery of modern art; here you'll find an excellent piece of Harry Clarke stained glass as well as Francis Bacon's studio. There's also a weekly programme of free, classical lunchtime concerts on Sundays.
Take in some music around the city, there's live music every night. Hotspots to try include O'Donaghue's, the starting place of the infamous Dubliners, and the Cobblestone on Smithfield which attracts accomplished traditional musicians for jigs and reels sessions. Alternatively, try the National Concert Hall for opera and orchestra.
Theatre is a staple in Dublin, with several theatres to choose from including The Gate, The Abbey, Bord Gais Energy Theatre and the old-fashioned favourite, The Gaiety. And you can't visit Dublin without trying a pint of the black stuff, so head to the Guinness Factory to find out the history and how it's made, before pulling your own pint in the rooftop panoramic bar. Alternatively, head to Toner's pub on Baggot Street; it has one of the best snugs in the country and pulls a great pint. .