Top 10 things to do in Dublin
This year we are delighted to welcome you to our home-country and the beautiful city of Dublin. If you manage to organise some free time around your busy ESPC17 schedule, check out our Top 10 things to do in Dublin…
1. Pull your own pint at the Guinness Storehouse
Voted the most popular tourist attraction in Europe in 2015, it’s no wonder it’s top of everyone’s to do list when visiting Dublin. The Guinness Storehouse an impressive building spanning 7 floors. On each floor discover the history of Guinness, how it is made, and even master the technique of pulling your own pint. The pinnacle of the tour for many is the Gravity Bar, where you can enjoy the breath-taking 360-degree views of Dublin City while enjoying a complimentary pint of the good stuff.
2. Get chills in Kilmainham Goal
Steeped in history and haunted by the ghosts of Ireland’s troubled past, Kilmainham Gaol is one of the largest unoccupied jails in Europe. You may recognise it from movies such as In the Name of the Father and The Italian Job, but locally it is more associated with the 1916 executions. The prison walls tell the stories of thousands of prisoners who were detained here. True to Irish story telling tradition these gruesome tales are told so brilliantly, you will be captivated by every word.
3. Learn something at Trinity College
Located in the heart of Dublin, Trinity College is Ireland’s oldest university, founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592. The most precious item on the Trinity campus is undoubtedly the Book of Kells, a manuscript containing the four gospels of the New Testament from 800AD. Even 1,200 years after they were drawn by monks the manuscripts are incredibly vivid and colourful. While the book of Kells is the main attraction, it’s also worth a visit just to see the “Long Room,” where the book is held. This room was the inspiration for the Jedi Archives in “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.”
4. Take a stroll in Phoenix park (…and maybe even meet the president)
This park is the largest enclosed urban park in Europe, and is more than twice the size of Central Park in New York. Come for a jog or a stroll People’s Flower Gardens, or sit and admire the beautiful lakes. The park is also home to the residence of the President of Ireland, Áras an Uachtaráin, as well as Dublin’s zoo.
5. Take a tour of the skyline at Croke Park
Croke park is the headquarters of Ireland’s national games Gaelic football and hurling – the fastest field game in the world. The sporting season ends in September but it is well worth coming here to visit the GAA museum and for an access-all-areas tour of the stadium. The Etihad Skyline tour offers panoramic city views and insights into Dublin’s celebrated landmarks combined with the thrill of walking on top of one of Europe’s largest stadiums.
6. Dine in the crypts of Christchurch
Christchurch is one of Dublin’s oldest buildings, and includes in its exhibition various rare manuscripts, historic artefacts and gold and silverware. The cathedral is also notable for hosting the first performance of Handel’s Messiah and stunning choral performances are held here regularly. Explore the crypt beneath the cathedral and see the earliest surviving structure in the city. The crypt houses fascinating memorials and also a restaurant, offering a unique dining experience.
7. O’ Connell Street
O’Connell street is a must-visit for every visitor to the city- not only because it’s hard to miss this main thoroughfare of Dublin. The street in the centre of Dublin is bordered by many retail stores and lined with statues commemorating many Irish heroes including Daniel O’Connell, the street’s namesake. The street is dominated by the historic GPO and The Spire, which at 133 metres tall is the world’s tallest sculpture.
8. Read Ulysses at Sweny’s Chemist
James Joyce is one of, if not the most, famous Irish novelists. If you haven’t got around to reading Ulysses, his 265,000-word masterpiece, you can attend a reading session at Sweny’s, the 19th-century chemist that featured in the book. Today Sweny’s Chemist is run as a sort of literary curiosity shop by volunteers on Lincoln Place. Readings of Joyce’s book takes place daily with visitors invited to join in… and there’s tea and biscuits too.
9. Wakeboard on the Silicon Docks or Kayak through the city
Experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to wakeboard right on the Silicon Docks – so called because it’s the European home of Google, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Airbnb, and most recently, ESPC17. The cable wakeboard park is in an enclosed harbour, from the water you’ll see the bustling square and impressive architecture from a totally different point of view. Kayaking is another unique way to navigate the city. Explore Dublin’s most famous river, take in some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and see the city from a completely different angle.
10. Go Whiskey tasting
If Guinness isn’t your cup of tea…why not try one of the many whiskey tasting tours Dublin has to offer. The Old Jameson Distillery and the Teeling Whiskey Distillery are located in the heart of Dublin city centre. The Teeling Whiskey Distillery is the only operational distillery in Dublin, while the Jameson Distillery is one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions. Visitors can enjoy the ultimate whiskey experience following the path from grain to glass. Complimentary drinks can be enjoyed along and after the tour.
Bonus Tip: Dine out in style
There are plenty of fabulous places to dine out while in Dublin. From Michelin star dining (of which there are 3) to traditional Irish restaurants and everything in between, you can be guaranteed quality and freshness from the food on the Island. See our recommendations on our accommodation page.