Whether you choose to fly into Dublin and kick off your holiday with a lively start or end your visit on a high, Dublin has it all to offer the culture enthusiast.
A city packed full of fun, you will have the chance to spend a few days in Ireland’s capital to top off your walking holiday. Renowned for its famous literary past and historic sites there is plenty to see and so many great things to do in this lively city. Here are a few of our favourite things to do to when you are in town:
Go to a gig in Whelan’s Bar
No matter what time of the time or where you go in Dublin city centre you will treated to some great live music. Gigs are plentiful and the ‘craic’ is mighty. Whelan’s Bar is in the heart of what has recently become the hipster area of Dublin city. Rock out at one of Dublin’s most treasured bars. Whelan’s has a long history of performance and you will find entertaining acts and bands nearly every night of the week.
Although the cafe culture has exploded here in Ireland we still keep our music roots in the local pubs and clubs. Yes, we Irish have a giddy reputation and when you are here we would love to show you some of the Irish musical talent.
Join the crowd listening to the Buskers on Grafton Street
Every Christmas Dublin City Centre is buzzing with sparkling lights, festive cheer, staff nights out, pantomimes and foodie treats. Taking a stroll down Grafton Street you will be surrounded by hundreds of Christmas shoppers wearing their all important Christmas jumpers. One of the best things about Grafton Street are the live music acts that perch themselves in the middle of all the hustle and bustle.
Top tip: world renowned performers such as Hozier and Bono have been known to drop in on Christmas eve.
Dublin Writers Museum
Step into the shoes of some of Ireland’s best loved literary figures. Located in a beautiful Georgian town house, this compact museum is the perfect introduction to some of Ireland’s revered Irish authors. A small haven for reading enthusiasts and writers, this space is dedicated to preserving Irish literary traditions. Collections include first editions from Bram Stoker, Jonathan Swift and Patrick Kavanagh.
The museum hosts regular exhibitions, readings and tours.
Cost of entry is €7.50 for adults or €20.00 for a family ticket.
View the famous Book of Kells
Take a sneak peek of the famous book, dating back to the 9th century. This beautiful piece of artwork is housed inside the historic Trinity College walls and the college itself is located in the heart of Dublin City Centre. Each page is decorated with the most beautiful intricate colourful, celtic patterns. Produced in old Irish monasteries, the book is full of complex calligraphy, iconography and symbols.
Tickets will cost you between €9 – €28 euro.
Sip a pint of Guinness in Temple Bar
It is not everyday that you get to taste a creamy pint of Guinness in the capital of Ireland. It has been said that Guinness is a little different in the Emerald Isle. As the home of Guinness it would be rude not to take a stroll down to the famous Guinness Storehouse. On your way back from this great little tour stop into Dublin’s lively quarter called Temple Bar. Here you will be treated to street performers, live traditional Irish music and plenty of the ‘black stuff’ to taste.
A view from the Sea
‘Dublin Bay Cruises offer idyllic cruises across the beautiful Dublin Bay, and they have become a “must” on every one’s to do list while visiting Ireland. With views of the stunning landscapes of the Dublin Mountains, Ireland’s Eye, Lambay Island, Dalkey Island, Joyce’s Martello Tower, the Baily Lighthouse to name but a view, this is a day out not to be missed. Why not take a trip on Dublin’s beautiful living bay during your trip to Ireland and enjoy the city from a truly unique perspective.
Dublin Bay Cruises sail between Dublin City, Dun Laoghaire and Howth 7 days a week between April and October, and are delighted to offer Ireland Ways customers 20% off any cruise in 2018.
We have only listed a handful of the many things to do in Dublin. If you have more to add please let me know.
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