Experience Dublin like a Local
It’s not long now to Dublin Tech Summit 2017 and we are looking forward to welcoming you to Ireland’s booming and historic capital, Dublin.
Dublin is a vibrant, cosmopolitan place famed for its culture and nightlife, but it’s so much more than just a city. Its unique setting, next to sea and mountain, makes it as exciting for the outdoor adventurer as it does for those who love to pound city pavements.
No matter what your interest or obsession is, Dublin will surprise and delight and while there are attractions like Trinity College and the Guinness Storehouse that many will be sure to visit, we like to think the essence of Dublin is what happens in between – those off-the-beaten-track sights and experiences that reward the true explorer. Find out more here.
The Culture Vulture
Dublin is wonderfully diverse, whether you’re seeking art and antiques on Francis Street in the old Liberties area of the city, or enjoying arthouse cinema and cutting edge design in Temple Bar. Dublin’s numerous museums and galleries chronicle our capital’s rich history and entry to most is free. Find more information here.
The Theatre Lover
Dublin is a UNESCO World City of Literature and our playwrights have truly left a mark on the global stage. Going to the theatre won’t break the bank, whether it’s at the Gate or Gaiety – or in one of the great suburban theatres like Dun Laoghaire’s Pavilion. A behind-the-scenes tour of our national theatre, the Abbey, is a must.
Dublin has an exceptional dining scene and its multiculturalism is reflected in the food. Whether it’s dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant like Chapter One or sampling the exquisite fare at a place favoured by locals in the know (Forest Avenue) or being spoilt for choice in the Asian restaurants of Parnell and Capel streets, you’ll be well fed here. Find a list of restaurants here.
The Beer Aficionado
Dublin’s pub scene is celebrated the world over – and with good reason: we’ve got some of the very best bars. Why not try the Victorian splendour of The Stag’s Head, the panoramic city views afforded by Johnnie Fox’s or a pint with locals in the Oarsman, Ringsend, with the spectacular vista of the Aviva Stadium close by. Find a list of pubs & bars here.
The Thrill Seeker
Expect the unexpected in Dublin. Fancy kayaking along the Liffey which runs through the heart of the city? No problem, you can do that here. And if you really want to get the pulse racing, head to the Grand Canal Dock in the buzzing Silicon Docks to experience the thrill of wake-boarding. The amphibious Viking Splash Tour calls here too. Full list here.
The Great Outdoors Explorer
Dublin has miles of coastline and beautiful coastal villages, like Skerries, to explore and the the Dublin Mountains just south of the city offer a real sense of ‘getting away from it all’. There’s so much to do. How about abseiling in Dalkey or cliff-diving in Howth? Fancy zip-lining in Tibradden Wood or mountain biking high up in Ticknock?
Want to hang out where the cool kids go? Explore the Creative Quarter around South William Street, sip a coffee at Kaph, grab that something special in Georgian splendour of the Powerscourt Townhouse and check out the Dingle Whiskey Bar. Why not hop on a Dublin bike and whizz your way around the city’s hotspots….we even have electric bikes courtesy of the Lazy Bike Tours, so you won’t have to work up a sweat! Find out more here.
A love of storytelling runs deep in Dublin and it’s possible to follow in the footsteps of our great writers by having a pint in McDaid’s, a venerable pub, off Grafton Street, that was frequented by Brendan Behan, or dinner at the Woollen Mills restaurant: James Joyce once worked in this building. And, speaking of Joyce, there’s a fine little museum dedicated to him at Sandycove’s Martello Tower.
There’s so much to do in the city you may not want to leave, but if you fancy exploring some of Dublin’s beautiful coastal villages, they’re just a short train ride away. Go to Howth to experience some of the best fish in Ireland – this fishing port is beautifully located – and visit Dalkey for a drink at Finnegan’s and a walk along the spectacular cliff-hugging Vico Road. Find out more here.
The Culturally Curious
One of the best ways to get to know Dublin is to take a walking tour through the streets in the company of an expert. And we’ve plenty of those whether it’s the Fab Food Tours that celebrate the best in Irish food and drink or the Art & Design Tour that takes visitors well off the beaten track and showcases the wonderful creativity throughout the city.
The History Buff
Dublin is steeped in history and there are so many ways to uncover it, whether it’s walking along one of the Dublin Discovery Trails such as Dubline, which traces the spine of the old city and which takes in Kilmainham Gaol. Then there are wonderful storytellers, such as historian Pat Liddy, who can bring the heart of the city alive like few others.
Make time for Dublin – you’ll be so glad you did.
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