The Best Dublin Parks To Explore This Summer

June 20, 2022

Although small when compared to other capital cities, Dublin has a near endless offering of parks and outdoor spaces for locals and tourists alike.  With secret gardens that were once the lawns of private houses, the city has many hidden gems.


Discover Dublin By Bike

June 09, 2022

Name a better way to explore a new city than by bike.  If you’re short on time, hopping on a bike is the ideal way to see and do what you want without the hassle of traffic and figuring out public transport.  Alternatively, you can take your time cycling through the city, stopping at famous attractions, taking in the views, and seeing Dublin in a way unique to you.

With pedestrian streets and an ever-growing network of cycle lanes, Dublin is more bike friendly than ever!  Now Dublin Bikes provide both regular and electric bikes all over the city, with stations to be found everywhere you go.  The nearest bike stations to the hotel are just 2 minutes away on foot, perfectly located to start you trip around Dublin.

Renting a bike is easy!  A single day pass will cost €3.50, a three-day pass with cost €5.00 and the first thirty minutes of your ride is free!  Buying your pass couldn’t be simpler.  Click here to purchase your pass on the Now Dublin Bikes website or download the app for IOS here or Android here. Alternatively, you can purchase your pass at credit card enabled bike stations.

We’ve put together a guide of some of Dublin’s most iconic attractions that are easily reached by bike.  Follow along for a fun filled and scenic day out or pick and choose your favourites.


The Best Water Activities This Summer

June 02, 2022

Summer has finally reached Ireland and with its arrival, it is time to highlight a selection of our favourite summer activities.

Dublin has some of the most scenic coastal towns with swimming spots and water activities in the country.  Picking just one to showcase would be impossible…..
We’ve put together a list of the best water activities to do this summer along the coast and also in the city!  From sunrise swims to sunset kayaking with seals, to paddle boarding in the docklands, there is something for everyone to enjoy and remember for years to come.

We are located just a two minute walk from the Grand Canal Dock Station, from where you can go anywhere along the coast.  If you are not sure which train to get, our reception team will be more than happy to help with anything you may need!  Grab an iced coffee and a treat from Canal Express to enjoy along your way and when you come back after a day of full of fun, relax on our Gasworks patio with a creamy pint of Guinness, or a chilled cocktail.


What's On in Dublin This March

February 18, 2022

Dublin is fully open and thriving again, and this March, there is an endless list of events and attractions to visit and immerse yourself in. We’ve put together a list of just a few of our favourite events and popular attractions for you to browse and enjoy.
We’re located in the heart of Dublin 4, within walking distance to Dublin’s most famous attractions and venues, making us the ideal hotel for your trip to the city! To start planning your trip, book your stay here.


Grand Dublin Date Guide

September 09, 2021

Our Date Night package is the ideal way to take that much needed getaway with your partner and have some fun discovering new date night spots across Dublin.
We’ve curated some of the most unique and fun date night activities Dublin has to offer. From cocktail classes to luxurious cinemas, there’s something to suit every taste.


Discover Dublin Docklands

August 18, 2021

Dublin Docklands is a must visit destination in the heart of Dublin City, offering tourists a multitude of activities and tours such as museums, art galleries and historical buildings. The Docklands are not to be missed during your stay in the city. We’ve put together some of our favourite activities in the area for you that are guaranteed to leave you with incredible and lasting memories. 


Best places to shop in Dublin

August 17, 2021

Dublin is a dream to shopping lovers as it is packed with amazing shops, shopping centres and markets.  As Dublin is the capital of Ireland you won’t be disappointed with the variety of stores at your fingertips.  The usual high street outlets can be found in the city centre as well as higher end shops and trendy boutiques and outlets.  What makes shopping in Dublin a real treat are the talented buskers you’ll see along the way who are always on Grafton Street and add great atmosphere and vibes to the city.  We have compiled a list to make it easy for you to find the best shopping areas and markets in Dublin. 

To make your trip to Dublin one to remember, check out our Dublin Shopping Package that has everything you need for an incredible stay...including prosecco to kickstart your shopping spree..


It's Time to Rediscover Dublin

June 30, 2021

Our Rediscover Dublin package includes two complimentary Dublin Passes, so there is no excuse to not visit. It comes at a time where we have incredible weather, restrictions are lifting, and businesses are opening their doors again. Dublin Pass gives you access to Dublin’s most famous attractions including the National Gallery of Ireland, St Patrick’s Cathedral, The Teeling Whiskey Distillery, the Guinness Storehouse amongst many others. With hassle free entry to attractions and everything within walking distance, a stay at the Grand Canal Hotel offers everything you need to explore the explore the city and recharge afterwards.

There is plenty to choose from and it’s best to make a plan. Our Front Office Manager, Natalia and her team will be delighted to help you with this. We’ve put together a plan to show you just how accessible Dublin’s main attractions are from the Grand Canal Hotel. Begin your day with our delicious full Irish breakfast and then start your exploring with a stroll to the National Gallery and finish overlooking Dublin city from the famous Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse.


The Irish National Opera

March 04, 2020

The Irish National Opera has been running since 2017 and is set to make 2020 their most spectacular year yet. Their new season is running form July 2019 to May 2020 and are continuing their mission of bringing more Opera's to the stages around Ireland and providing a platform for the Opera singers and practitioners. 


New Year, New You!

January 02, 2019

Enjoy some of our favourite walking Tours in and around Dublin

Explore Dublin's many green areas, walking paths and trails throughout the city which is brilliant for walking enthusiasts keeping fit into the New Year. There is no better way to see the city than to walk around and explore each park and space enioying its history and own unique story.

Take a look at our favourite list below.


Explore Day Trips from Dublin

October 02, 2018

Looking to explore and book your next tour?

Dublin is packed with lots of things to do, especially over the Autumn and coming Winter Months.

If you are visiting Dublin for a few days and looking to see some nearby places and attractions, the choice is endless!

We provide a comprehensive online tour-booking service for your use and have compiled a list of our favourite day trips from Dublin! 

Visit our Tour Desk to book a tour or activity for your upcoming stay.

Grand Canal Hotel Tour Desk



Our Favourite Day Trips close to Dublin 2018

August 07, 2018

Dublin is packed with things to do, especially over the summer months with festivals and events happening every week.

If you are visiting Dublin for a few days and looking to see some nearby places and attractions the choice is endless.

We have compiled a list of our favourite places to visit on a day trip. 

We are in an ideal location with nearby bus routes and local Grand Canal Dock Rail Station so it's a perfect start to your trip!




Summer in Dublin City

May 22, 2018

Summer in Ireland may not be the hottest on the planet but when we do get a few days of sunshine then we make sure to get the best out of them!

We have rounded up our favourite activities & things to do in around Dublin & we hope that you will get to enjoy some of them next time you are in town!


Walking Routes in Dublin

September 01, 2017

Top walking routes in Dublin

Dublin has many green areas and walking paths and trails throughout the city which is brilliant for you walking enthusiasts. There is no better way to see a city than to walk around it, each park and space tells its own unique story.


Sporty Activities in Dublin

May 03, 2017

Dublin has some amazing tourist attractions such as many whiskey tours, the Guinness Factory, Phoenix Park and the list goes on.

But we have found that not all tourists want to do the typical ‘attractions’ tours, they seek something different, something a little more adventurous. We have compiled a list of sporty activites for you to check out on your trip to Dublin.