With its hard-drinking, hard-partying reputation, you’d be forgiven for thinking the only place to go after dark in Dublin was the pub, but while crawling the city’s pubs is an unforgettable pastime, there are plenty of other ways to explore Dublin at night. Here are some ideas.
Category: Free Things To Do
May 8, 2014
After a long, wet winter, Dubliners are ready to shed off the layers, and as the first major event of the summer, the Dublin Dockland’s Summer Festival is the perfect excuse to celebrate the warmer weather. Held each May, the festival offers a weekend of water activities, live DJs and free entertainment, held along the waterfront Grand Canal Plaza and Grand Canal Dock.
February 27, 2014
St Patrick’s Day, held annually on March 17th, is Ireland’s biggest celebration and one of Dublin’s best street festivals. Held in honor of St Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, St Patrick’s Day, or St Paddy’s Day as it’s often nicknamed, is the most traditionally Irish day of the year, a national holiday on which huge crowds of revelers take to the streets wearing green clothing (the symbolic color of Ireland), donning shamrocks and downing pints of Guinness.
January 30, 2014
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.
September 23, 2013
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.
August 15, 2013
With a career spanning almost four decades and a lead singer so iconic he’s even been immortalized in yellow on The Simpsons, U2 are up there with Guinness as Dublin’s most famous export. Formed in Dublin in 1976, the band have always kept roots in their home city and many of the their most memorable moments have played out on the city streets.
July 29, 2013
With its grand buildings and memorable statues, the Custom House Quay is one of the most scenic stretches of the Dublin Quays, making a striking backdrop to River Liffey boat cruises. Stretching along the riverside opposite the central City Quay, the quay runs between the Moss Street Bridge and the dramatic cable-stayed Samuel Beckett Bridge – the masterwork of architect Santiago Calatrava.
July 8, 2013
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to strip down to your skivvies, dive into the famous River Liffey and swim straight through the heart of Dublin, now’s your chance to find out by taking part in Dublin’s annual Liffey Swim.
July 1, 2013
From the iconic Riverdance to the country’s native wildlife, this is the biggest annual celebration of Irish culture and heritage – the Dublin National Heritage Week. The annual week is a nationwide festival featuring over 1,500 free events across the country, and the Irish capital will, of course, be spearheading the festivities.
June 20, 2013
Whether your holiday pictures turn out as artful depictions of the city sights or blurry post-pub-crawl snapshots, you’ll need at least one avatar-worthy photo to share with your friends when you get home. From a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the city to posing with a leprechaun, here are some of the best photo spots in Dublin.