Things to do in Dublin
Get Your Bearings in Dublin
Take It or Leave It: If the weather is inclement, as it tends to be, then opt for some of the great free museums and galleries in the city centre.
Hot Tips: For an inexpensive scenic tour, take the DART commuter train to either end of the line and take in the seaside scenery.
Avoid: Driving if you're staying in the city centre and plan to remain there for the duration of your trip.
Avoid: Temple Bar for food; it mostly contains tourist traps.
Caution: Off-licences close at 10 pm and clubs are shut by 3 am.
Avoid: Hen parties in Temple Bar and opt instead for some of the old pubs on Duke Street or Baggot Street.
Hot Tips: Hit Dún Laoghaire's People's Park or Temple Bar's Meeting House Square for an amazing farmer's market at the weekends.
Best Local Souvenir: The Pen Corner has some beautiful, one-of-a-kind stationery that will last a lifetime.
Things to do in Dublin
Dublin is known for...
Ireland still has a very strong patriotic identity and Dublin has the landmarks of rebellion to prove it. While the capital is often referred to as ‘The Pale’ after the era when it was under direct control of the English government, places such as the GPO, the Four Courts and Dublin castle played host to violence of the 1916 rebellion. The Garden of Remembrance was created behind O’Connell Street to remember the event and many of Dublin’s famous buildings were affected by the unrest. There is a 1916 Rebellion walking tour available for those who want to retrace the steps of our freedom fighters.
2. The Pubs:
It’s common knowledge that the Irish are more than partial to a drop of alcohol, but we don’t spend our hard earned cash in just any establishment. Dublin pubs come in a variety of shapes and sizes but a common theme is a rustic charm with friendly bar staff and devoted locals. You can pick almost any street in the city centre and construct a comprehensive pub-crawl route and you won’t find it difficult to pick up a drinking buddy or two along the way.
3. Historic Architecture:
As you pound the pavements around Dublin’s city centre you’ll see a wonderful mix of architectural and historic influences. From the medieval splendour of Dublin Castle, the academic beauty of Trinity College and the grand Georgian townhouses at Merrion Square Dublin has structural remnants of most historical periods. Take a walk over the focal point of Dublin, the Liffey, and down O’Connell Street to behold the Spire, which marks Dublin’s place in the 21st century.
Ireland has a rich history of sport, in particular our national games: Hurling and Gaelic Football. These, along with Ireland’s strong rugby roots mean that the Dublin is a hub of supporters and match days bring a huge buzz to the streets. Head down to Croke Park and tour the stadium before catching a game, you’ll quickly learn to identify the county colours and even if the rules seem difficult you’ll find yourself cheering with as much fervour as the natives. Meanwhile the newly renovated Aviva Stadium makes a powerful impression on Lansdowne Road as the centre of Irish Rugby.
5. 'The Craic':
This phrase has become synonymous with enjoying yourself and letting go in Ireland but the Craic isn’t just an abstract phrase. If you unleash yourself on the city’s bar and clubs at night you’ll see what people are talking about. The Irish love to chat, enjoy a tipple and see what mischief the night offers and they’ll encourage you to join in with them. Be sure to start your evening off with a pint of the black stuff in a modest pub because once the evening takes off you might not get another chance.