70 Things to do in Dublin
I’d say I know Dublin pretty well. Enough to blog about it here on The Life of Stuff, and write guides for it elsewhere.
So I’m almost certain you’ll enjoy my 70 Things to do in Dublin this Summer … but if you’re not certain here’s my Dublin resume …
I was born in Dublin and spent the first two years of my life there but I didn’t grow up there, or maybe you could say I did.
Not the going to school, playing with toys and your first kiss kind of growing up but the real type of growing up … the falling in to a love buzz and out of a taxi with one shoe kind of growing up … the too late for sleep and too early in the pub kind of growing up … the see you later Ireland I’m off on my travels, oh look I’m back and I love you even more Éire kind of growing up … the Dublin Coddle, Burdock’s chips and proper coffee kind of growing up … the secret beach raves and random ‘after parties’ till 8am kind of growing up … the living on noodles (cause you like them) to Michelin dining kind of growing up … the feet finding ‘in between’ jobs to career-driven kind of growing up … the house sharing to Five Star staying kind of growing up … the soulmate finding, let’s get married, have a baby and buy a house but not here in Dublin because they’re way too expensive and I’m not spending the rest of my life owing a huge dept so we’ll move back to Kildare were I did some growing up, and the houses aren’t as dear, plus it’s nice to be able to bring a child up in ‘the country’ kind of growing up.
These 70 Things to do in Dublin are listed in no particular order. Some things are free, some aren’t. Please read and enjoy with an open mind. I’ve tried and tested them all.
- Go to Ticknock in the Dublin Mountains (it’s about 30 minutes from the City Centre) and climb to Three Rock Mountain to take in the beautiful views of Dublin City and Bay.
- Buy and enjoy a donut while still warm from The Rolling Donut on O’Connell Street.
- Visit and walk through the War Memorial Gardens, take a selfie near the pillars.
- Drink a pint of Guinness at the Blue Light pub in Sandyford whilst looking out over Dublin.
- Visit the Irish Whiskey Museum and order an Iced Irish Coffee afterwards.
- Sing karaoke at Ukiyo Bar on Exchequer Street.
- Have a picnic in the Phoenix Park, see if you can spot the deers and other wildlife.
- Buy a sandwich from The Ugly Ducking for yourself and a homeless person, they’ll remember your kindness forever, the homeless person that is.
- Stay in the Fitzwilliam Hotel on Stephen’s Green.
- Go see a band in Whelan’s main venue.
- Take a walk up the Dublin Mountains to the Hellfire Club and go inside, if you dare.
- Drink cocktails on the rooftop bar of the Marker Hotel at sunset.
- Enjoy Afternoon Tea in the Shelbourne Hotel on Stephen’s Green.
- Join Yelp Dublin and head along to one of their many events.
- Visit the Temple Bar Food Market and eat your way around it.
- Drink coffee and people watch outside of Clement and Pekoe’s on South William Street.
- Take a walk through Mount Jerome Cemetery, Dublin’s answer to Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.
- Go sunbathing on Donabate Beach, Co. Dublin.
- Give a Grafton Street Busker some change.
- Stay a night in the Shelbourne Hotel on Stephen’s Green.
- Take a dart to Howth and dine at Aqua Restaurant.
- Eat Fish and Chips from Leo Burdocks at Christchurch, preferably on a rainy day.
- Shop at the Ha’Penny Flea Market in the Grand Social on a Saturday.
- Go to a gig at the Olympia Theatre on Dame Street.
- Visit the Crypt of Mummies at St. Michan’s Church on Church Street, Dublin 7.
- Buy a pint and tap your toes to a Trad Session in the Cobblestone in Smithfield.
- Eat at Chapter One on Parnell Square.
- Wander around the Liberty Markets on Meath Street, D 8.
- Visit the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin.
- Dine and drink sherry at Luna Restaurant on Drury Street.
- Take a walk through the Iveagh Gardens.
- Take your time strolling through Powercourt Town Centre, take note of The Garden, Article and the Loft Market.
- Walk the length of Sandymount Strand, D 4.
- Buy something at Jam Art Factory.
- Go for a cycle through the Phoenix Park.
- Buy some vinyl in FreeBird Records on Wicklow Street, D 2.
- Visit Fibber Magees for some not so easy listening metal music on Parnell Street.
- Walk around Marley Park and try and find the Fairy Tree.
- Visit the Little Museum on Stephen’s Green.
- Watch some live comedy at the The International Bar, Wicklow Street, D 2
- Drink wine at Ely Bar in D 2.
- Take a walk along the River Liffey from Heuston Station to the Dublin Port, take photo’s of every bridge you pass.
- Dine at Terre Madre Café, Bachelors Walk for some authentic Italian food.
- Take a tour of the Teeling Distillery and taste their whiskey afterwards.
- Enjoy Sunday Brunch at the Merrion Hotel.
- Enjoy the art on display at Merrion Square’s Open Air Art Gallery on a Sunday.
- Visit The Open Gate Brewery at Guinness’ James’s Gate.
- Join hundreds on a sunny afternoon at The Barge in Ranelagh for fun in the sun.
- Take a walk through Massey’s Estate at the foot of the Dublin Mountains.
- Go grocery shopping at Fallon & Byrne on Exchequer Street, D 2.
- Visit the Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Street.
- Enjoy brunch at Brasserie Sixty6 on George’s Street, order the Eggs Benedict or Florentine.
- Spend a night out at Panti Bar, Capel Street, D 1.
- Go to any exhibition in the Science Gallery Dublin, Pearse Street, D 1.
- Go see a play at the Theatre Upstairs on Eden Quay.
- Enjoy Afternoon Tea, the peculiar boozy one, at The Westin Hotel.
- Go grocery shopping at The Green Door Market in Newmarket, D 8.
- Drink cocktails at Peruke & Periwig on Dawson Street.
- Visit Glasnevin Cememtery, use a map when there, or take a tour.
- Go see a play at The New Theatre, Essex Street in Temple Bar.
- Order ‘Cacio E Pepe’ at Baggots Hutton on South William Street.
- Dance on sand dust at the Garage Bar on Essex Street in Temple Bar.
- Order a drink and sit outside people watching at Bruxelles on Harry Street.
- Shop at the Pure Vintage Fair at Newmarket Square, D 8.
- Drink a pint of Craft Beer at The Black Sheep on Capel Street, D 1
- Shop or window shop at Brown Thomas on Grafton Street.
- Go to comedy show at the Laughter Lounge on Eden Quay.
- Take a dart to Dún Laoghaire on a Sunday, walk the pier and then visit the People’s Park Market.
- Go see a musical or show at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.
- Dine at L’Ecrivain on Baggot Street.
On my (wish) list for this Summer in Dublin is (amongst others but in particular):
- Go to a Happenings Outdoor Movie.
- Find my favourite Korean Restaurant (I love Korean food).
- Kayak on the River Liffey.
- Do the Viking Splash Tour.
- Stay at the Merrion Hotel.
- See the Book of Kells (I can’t remember seeing it!)
- Dine at the Greenhouse.
If you think there’s something I’m missing from my list that I haven’t included then I’d love if you leave it in the comment box below. Patrick thinks that the Forty Foot in Dun Laoighaire should be on my list but I’ll leave it out for the moment.