Category: Things To Do

40 Unforgettable Experiences to Have in Dublin

February 10, 2014

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Take your picture sitting in Dublin's famous Wishing hand statue. Photo courtesy of infomatique via Flickr.

With its rich history and vibrant arts scene, there’s much more to Dublin than drinking Guinness and spotting Leprechauns, and many travellers only scratch the surface of what the Irish capital has to offer. Not sure where to start? From visiting the top attractions to getting friendly with the locals, here are 40 unforgettable experiences to have in Dublin.

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The Temple Bar Tradfest, Dublin

January 30, 2014

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Dublin's Temple Bar.

From costumed street entertainers to Guinness-fuelled live music sessions taking over Dublin’s historic pubs, the Temple Bar Tradfest is the city’s biggest celebration of Irish music and culture, and it’s an atmospheric time to visit the capital. Held during the last week of January every year since 2006, the festival takes over Dublin’s Temple Bar District for 5 days, with a packed schedule of free and ticketed events including live bands, dance performances, film screenings, creative workshops and family entertainment.

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Dublin’s Best Spots for Afternoon Tea

January 13, 2014

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Afternoon tea in Dublin. Photo courtesy of firepile via Flickr.

Ireland might be fiercely proud of its independence from Britain, but there’s one English tradition that the Irish still claim as their own – Afternoon Tea. Beloved by Queen Victoria and 19th-century aristocrats, the traditional ritual remains a popular option for special occasions and meetings throughout Britain and Ireland, with classic English tea accompanied by a decadent spread of cakes, biscuits and sandwiches. Even if you don’t have anything to celebrate, joining your friends for a glitzy tea party is a must for visitors to Ireland, so to get you started, here are some of Dublin’s best spots for afternoon tea.

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New Year’s Eve Events in Dublin

December 6, 2013

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New Year's Eve Fireworks in Dublin. Photo courtesy of donnamarijne via Flickr.

Nobody wants to miss an opportunity to party and Dublin’s epic NYE Dublin festival provides a myriad of options for making New Year’s Eve a night to remember. From street markets and movie screenings to a public fireworks display and an enormous music concert, here’s the lowdown on bringing in 2014, Dublin-style.

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Exploring Dublin with the Dublin Pass

November 20, 2013

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Christ Church Cathedral

The Dublin Pass made exploring Dublin, Ireland, so simple, starting from the moment I passed through customs. I presented myself at the Discover Ireland Center in the Dublin airport and before long I was situated with a map of Dublin, information for all the sites, my snazzy little plastic Dublin Pass card and detailed instructions on how to get into the city – for no extra cost.

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Christmas in Dublin

November 18, 2013

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Christmas Tree on O'Connell Street

There’s no better excuse for celebration than the start of the Christmas season and as the winter chills set in, Dublin hangs up the Christmas decorations and gears up for another year of festivities. For the most atmospheric surrounds, head to the city’s famous Temple Bar district, where some 30 streets are lit up with fairy lights and O’Connell Street hosts a giant Christmas tree.

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Learning About Viking History at Dublinia

November 7, 2013

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Learn about Viking History at Dublinia. Photo courtesy of Helgi Halldórsson/Freddi via Flickr.

If you’ve ever wondered what the streets of Dublin looked like in medieval times, or fancied yourself sailing the high seas as a Viking Warrior, you’ll find the answers to all your questions at Dublinia. With a series of interactive exhibitions focusing on Dublin’s grim and gory history, Dublinia’s emphasis is on the hands-on and there are plenty of fun ways for both children and adults to get involved, while learning about the city’s past.

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Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin

September 23, 2013

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Get in the Halloween mood at Dublin's Bram Stoker Festival. Photo courtesy of Chris Friese via Flickr.

There are few better characters to prepare you for the annual spook-fest of Halloween, than Dracula, Bram Stoker’s iconic vampire and the legendary bloodsucker steps into the spotlight at Dublin’s Bram Stoker Festival.

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Dublin in Autumn

September 12, 2013

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Dublin in autumn. Photo courtesy of SebastianDooris via Flickr.

As balmy summer evenings give way to a crisp autumn breeze and the high season crowds ebb, it’s the ideal season for sightseeing in Dublin or escaping the city for the countryside. Take a walking or biking tour of Dublin or make the most of cooler weather by hiking in the nearby Wicklow Mountains.

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Oktoberfest Dublin

August 26, 2013

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Celebrate Bavarian culture at Oktoberfest Dublin. Photo courtesy of Rungitom via Flickr.

As the streets of Munich erupt with crowds of lederhosen-clad, beer-swilling revelers and the world’s largest beer festival gets underway, they’ll also be another city gearing up to celebrate Oktoberfest across the sea. Dublin is as famous for its beer as Bavaria, so it’s fitting that the renowned beer festival should branch out onto Irish shores and Dublin has been holding its own mini-version of Oktoberfest for several years now.

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