What to Do in Dublin in March

Updated: 1 diciembre 2023

This post contains our top 10 list of fun things to do this March in Dublin (updated for 2024).

It includes free entertainment, after-dark activities, family-friendly things to do, concerts, festivals, and tours.

For packing reasons, if you want to know what Dublin is like in March weatherwise, think cold and damp.

Here's our full post on Weather in Dublin in March.


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN MARCH

Below are our favorite 10 events and activities to do in Dublin in March.

For more ideas, take a look at our post about things to do in Dublin at any time of year!

For more tips and things to do in Dublin, take a look at our other popular posts: 


1. See a Concert

Dublin is a city that loves music. Great artists and bands are playing year-round, and March is no exception


Concerts

Music and Dance

Music-Related Tours

Behind the Scenes Tour

If you're looking for more fun ways to spend an evening, check out our post on things to do at night.


2. Go on a Pub Crawl

Since the weather is likely to be somewhat cold in February, you might want to consider getting a drink at one of the local pubs to warm you up.

If you're unfamiliar with the pubs in the area, the best way to learn all about them is to go on a Dublin pub crawl.

Here are a few options you might enjoy:

For even more opportunities, check out this list of Dublin pub crawls.


3. Find the St. Patrick's Day Festivities

This Irish festival is celebrated all over the world, so it is no wonder that Ireland's capital, Dublin, attracts huge crowds of visitors over St. Patrick's Day weekend.

The festival usually takes place over 4 or 5 days. March 17th is always the date of the main parade that makes its way through the city centre.

For the rest of the days, various venues throughout the city will be hosting bands and other live entertainment.

Find more information on the website.

For more cheap and free things to do in Dublin, read our full post. 


4. See Game of Thrones Filming Locations

Many scenes from Game of Thrones were shot in and around Dublin, so there are a lot of tour companies that offer outings to some of the more notable filming locations.

Here are a few of the best Game of Thrones tour options:

If you're looking for even more options, check this list of Game of Thrones filming location tours in Dublin.


5. Save Money With an Attraction Discount Pass

If you’re planning on visiting a lot of popular attractions while you’re in Dublin, you could save some money with a Dublin city pass.

The biggest pass offered in this city is an all-inclusive pass, which includes entry to the most popular attractions in Dublin.

There is also a travel pass, which makes utilizing public transportation easy and includes some other perks.

Here are some of the best locations and tours included with a Dublin tourist pass:

  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Distillery Tours
  • Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Croke Park Tour
  • Dublin Castle
  • Dublin Zoo

To see how much money a pass could save you, please read our post covering Dublin tourist passes.


6. See WAKE

This show combines music, circus, aerial, cabaret, and spoken word to creates a show like few others.

They put an Irish twist on it as well. Reviewer Chris O'Rourke described it as "waking all the things that we've lost. As in the old Irish custom of waking the dead. Reminding us that the dead still dance, even if only through us."

The group THISISPOPBABY, brings what O'Rourke calls the "Riverdance for the 21st Century" to Dublin March 6th-2024 at National Studium.

Tickets can be purchased here.


7. Take a Sightseeing Tour

March is still a bit chilly, but you're beginning to see the first hints of spring a few days of the month. 

You can take advantage of hop-on-hop-off bus tours to take you directly to the popular spots, with commentary as you go.

If you have the whole family with you, this is a great opportunity to get a bit spooky with the Ghostbus tour.

If you want to get out on a nice day, you can find plenty of pay-what-you-like walking tours.

Or keep to your own schedule with a self-guided tour that can be completed at any time of day. 

These tours are all great for kids, as well! If you're looking for more family-friendly fun, check out our full post.


8. See a Play or Musical

Dublin is home to excellent theatre productions that are both modern and traditional, depending on where you look.

A play, musical, or dance is performed somewhere in the city on a weekly basis.

A few theatres you might check out are:

  • Abbey Theatre | Ireland's National Theatre, this was home to premiers of works by some of Ireland's best-known playwrights
  • Gate Theatre | a big player in Irish theatre history that has a focus on classic and contemporary plays
  • Gaity Theatre | dating back to the 1800s, this theatre attracts top-tier musicals, plays, comedy shows, and more
  • Liberty Hall Theatre | known for modern plays written by both Irish and international playwrights
  • Olympia Theatre | dating back to the 1800s, this theatre has plays, comedy shows, concerts, and more

For even more things to do at night, read our post Things to do at Night in Dublin.


9. Join the Guinness Storehouse's St. Patrick's Festival

One of the most iconic places to celebrate this Irish holiday is going to the Guinness Storehouse St. Patrick's Day Festival.

There will be plenty of live entertainment, including bands and bartenders to pass out pints of Guinness.

A ticket to the festival will give you access to the self-guided tour!

If you can't be there on festival days, its is easy to grab a ticket for a self-guided tour to walk through the storehouse and learn how the beer is made.

Once you’ve made it to the end, their Gravity Bar has beautiful views of Dublin in all directions, and enjoy a free pint of Guinness (or a soft drink).

If whiskey is what you prefer, though, don't forget you can also take a Jameson Distillery tour (with a tasting)!

Note: This attraction is listed on multiple Dublin city passes.


10. Celebrate Easter

There will be a lot of fun things to see and do in Dublin during the days leading up to Easter Sunday, March 31st

Easter is a public holiday, so folks will attend church services the day of, and likely have the Monday after off of work.

Some will commemorate the Easter Rising events of 1916 with parades or ceremonies.

Dublin Zoo has its Easter Extravanganzoo, with face painting and Easter games planned.

By the way, admission is often included with at least one Dublin tourist pass.

And the Boylesports Irish Grand National takes place, including the Fairyhouse Easter Festival on March 30th-April 1st.


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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: diciembre 1st, 2023
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