Whether you want to discover Dublin’s literary heritage, trace your Irish ancestors or learn some Irish dancing, there’s a plethora of ways to discover Ireland’s iconic capital. Add a twist to your sightseeing experience with one of these eight unique Dublin tours.
With more than 1,752 acres of grassy parklands, landscaped gardens and attractions, Phoenix Park clocks in as Europe’s largest enclosed urban park and it’s an enchanting spot to escape the bustle of downtown Dublin. First established as a royal deer park in the 17th century, it boasts an abundance of woodland and natural wildlife habitats, and is still home to a herd of fallow deer, as well as the Dublin Zoo, famously one of the world’s oldest zoos.
Dublin is at its best when the sun is shining and whether you want to explore the coast, party at an open-air festival or relax in the city’s beer gardens, there’s plenty to keep you busy during the summer months. To help you make the most of the sun, here are 50 things to do this summer in Dublin. See how many you can check off the list!
Despite being located on Ireland’s rugged Irish Sea coast, Dublin is rarely thought of as a beach destination, and many visitors to the capital never venture further than the River Liffey. For those looking to escape the busy center or cool off during the summer months, there are a number of great beaches near Dublin, linked by a network of scenic coastal drives and hikes.
A 175km drive that loops around the Iveragh Peninsula in southwest Ireland, the Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s most famous tourist routes and for good reason. The scenic road winds its way along windswept coastal cliffs, through traditional Irish villages and beneath the country’s highest mountain range, serving up one jaw-dropping view after another.
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With the recent drop of the Euro, 2015 looks to be a good year to plan a budget trip to Europe, but while your money might go further, exploring the Irish capital can still be pricey. To help you get the most out of your trip for the least expense, here are our top local tips for saving money in Dublin.
Football (soccer) and rugby are both hugely popular in Ireland, but to really experience the thrill of an Irish sporting event, nothing beats watching Gaelic Games in Dublin. The traditional games, organized by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), are played all around the country (as well as in Irish communities around the world), but the best place to watch a match is at Dublin’s Croke Park, the GAA headquarters and host of the National League Semi-Finals, Finals and Play-Offs, among many other fixtures.
Ireland’s first waymarked trail and now one of the country’s busiest long distance hiking routes, the Wicklow Way stretches from the southern suburbs of Dublin through the rugged Wicklow Mountains range, finishing at Clonegal village in County Carlow. Stretching for 129km, hiking the whole trail takes an average of 7 days, but less enthusiastic walkers can also enjoy day or weekend hikes, taking in the most scenic sections like the hike to Glendalough, a popular day tour from Dublin.
The birthplace of popular rock bands like U2 and The Script, and renowned for its traditional Irish folk music, Dublin has earned itself a solid reputation among music lovers over the years, and the city hosts live music gigs and jam sessions every night of the week. While mega-venues like The O2 and the National Stadium are the top choice for international bands and pop acts, the real pulse of the capital’s music scene is its pubs and small music venues, where you just might find yourself listening to the next Bono. To get you started, here are some of Dublin’s best live music venues.