Things To Do In Dublin
The Irish have a glowing reputation for being blessed with wit and charm, and Dublin epitomises the stereotype in abundance. The capital of Ireland delights and surprises visitors with beautiful architectures, mesmerising museums and a lively nightlife where you are guaranteed a ‘good creck.’
If you want to get away from the crowds, enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Botanical Gardens and admire the tropical ferns, palms and plants.
For something more unusual albeit highly popular, the home of Irish rockers U2 – Windmill Lane Studios opens its doors and gives visitors a chance to see the studios where numerous number one hits have been recorded. This brightly daubed building has reached iconic status and still echoes with guitar riffs - a must see for music fans.
Fairs and festivals happen all year round in Dublin, but the winter events are celebrated the most. O’Connell Street and Temple Bar district are completely lit with illuminations, and in the Square, the popular German Market brings even more festive cheer.
Dublin’s Leprechaun Museum is a treasure trove of Irish mythology and folklore, told through a series of interactive experiences. Alternatively head for GoQuest, a unique adventure arena, suitable for older children upwards; there are 27 rooms of challenges, physical, mental or skill based to take part in.
Shopping In Dublin
St Stephen’s Green is a must for travellers that want to discover something a little more unusual; the architecture alone is worth seeing and there are some absolute gems among the quirky little shops.
The Temple Bar Food Market is a foodie’s delight – every Saturday it throngs with people seeking delicacies from all around the globe, unusual tidbits and artisan treats.
Cleo sells traditionally made Irish clothing and handknits, and takes great pride in knowing exactly where its wool comes from – almost down to the sheep itself!
If you’re looking to treat yourself or a friend to a jewellery gift or applied arts, Designyard is the place to go – it stocks work by top European artists too.
Dining Out In Dublin
Dublin is not shy of Michelin-starred restaurants and atmospheric cafes. Chapter One serves a fusion of traditional Irish and French cuisine, and their pre-theatre meal (the Gate Theatre is nearby) is a popular choice.
For the best fish and seafood, head for Cavistons. Fresh sardines, haddock and zingy samphire, or oak-smoked salmon are their specialities.
Drury Buildings serves delicious gravadlax, crostini, and grilled hake, and has an impressive cocktail menu.
The Hot Stove is a modern, smart establishment; the attention to detail here clearly visible, from a cheeky amuse-bouche to an excellent dessert menu.
Pubs and bars are part of the furniture in Dublin and the Busker’s Bar is a good place to hear local music. Kehoes is a traditional Irish bar with a modern vibe and a popular hangout for locals and tourists alike - it’s a lively and social joint. The Octagon Bar is Dublin’s celebrity hang out, owned by Irish rockers U2, but all are welcome through its doors.