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!

 

 

Kilmainham Gaol

Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

One of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland's emergence as a modern nation from 1780s to the 1920s. Attractions include a major exhibition detailing the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration. Convicts from many parts of Ireland were held here for long periods waiting to be transported to Australia. 

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For further information or advice on how to get to Kilmainham Gaol, ask our friendly staff at our Hotel Reception.

Grafton Street

Grafton Street is the epicenter of Dublin shopping and has everything from high-end boutique shops to regular high street fare.  It is lined with boutiques containing the creations of Ireland's trendy designers. The St. Stephen's Green shopping centre marks the top of Grafton Street with an eclectic mix of shops inside meanwhile the street itself is often littered with buskers and street performers vying for shopper's attention. The famous statue of Molly Malone marks Grafton Street's end and is often accompanied by a friendly leprechaun. 

Grafton Street is a short 20 minute walk from the Hotel.

For further information or advice on how to get to the to Grafton Street‎, ask our friendly staff at our Hotel Reception.

 

Dublin Zoo

Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Dublin Zoo is much more than a fun-filled, stimulating day out for all the family... it’s a place to learn about wild animals, especially those which are endangered. The Zoo is a registered charity – your visit will help maintain Dublin Zoo to a high standard, improve the Zoo and contribute to conservation programmes. 

Located in the Phoenix Park in the heart of Dublin city, Dublin Zoo is Ireland’s most popular family attraction, and welcomed over one million visitors last year.

As one of the world’s oldest, yet popular zoos, the 28 hectare park in the heart of Dublin is home to some 400 animals in safe environment where education and conservation combine for an exciting and unforgettable experience

Located in the Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo is easy to get to. There are a range of easily accessible options to choose from: bus, train, bicycle or car.

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For further information or advice on how to get to the Dublin Zoo‎, ask our friendly staff at our Hotel Reception.

Dublin Castle

Dame St, Dublin 2

Erected in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland. In 1922, following Ireland’s independence, Dublin Castle was handed over to the new Irish government. It is now a major government complex and a key tourist attraction. We hope you enjoy your visit.

Open seven days a week from 9:45am to 5:45pm (last admission at 5:15pm)

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For further information or advice on how to get to Dublin Castle, ask our friendly staff at our Hotel Reception.

Greystones

A little further down the coast south of Dublin is the lovely little coastal town of Greystones. The beach here is nice and long for summer walks and it is a very popular spot for swimming. It is a very cute little fishing village. There is a cliff walk here which starts directly in the town and it is well sign posted all along the route. 
This linear walk takes you from Bray to Greystones along the stunning coastal path. The path is well maintained and you can return by light rail (DART) to the start point. The views of both the sea and the Wicklow mountains from here are outstanding and they really will take your breath away. 

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For further information or advice on how to get to the Greystones, ask our friendly staff at our Hotel Reception.

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

CHQ, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1

EPIC is a state-of-the-art museum that tells the moving and unforgettable story of the 10 million people who left Ireland – and how they influenced and shaped the world. The only fully digital museum in the world, EPIC features 1,500 years of Irish history in its atmospheric vaults. Experience this breathtaking story in interactive galleries, with a feast of powerful audio and video bringing these one-of-a-kind tales to life. This top-rated attraction is an essential destination for everyone with an interest in Ireland’s people, culture and history. It also houses the Irish Family History Centre, with genealogy experts helping visitors uncover their Irish roots. EPIC is listed as one of the Top 5 Museums to visit in Dublin on TripAdvisor and is shortlisted for European Museum of the Year 2018.

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For further information or advice on how to get to the Epic Museum, ask our friendly staff at our Hotel Reception.

Howth

Howth is a lovely little fishing village just north of Dublin city. You can hop on the Dart at Grand Canal Dock station and you will be there in no time. It is an ideal location for a day trip. It has a large pier, many seafood restaurants and a stunning cliff walk.  The Howth market is famous for Irish crafts, handmade jewellery and other unique Irish gifts, it also offers an array of artisan foods to sample as you have a look around. Howth Castle is a must see, it’s history and beautiful surroundings will leave you in awe.

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For further information or advice on how to get to Howth, ask our friendly staff at our Hotel Reception.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St Patrick's Close, Wood Quay, Dublin 8

Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland was founded in 1191. It is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. With its 43-metre spire, St. Patrick's is the tallest and largest church in Ireland.

The Cathedral is a place where history is alive and tradition breathes, where lives are remembered and transformed, and where all are welcome to experience and explore the loving presence of God.

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For further information or advice on how to get to the St Patricks Cathedral, ask our friendly staff at our Hotel Reception.

Dun Laoghaire

Hop on the Dart which is directly across the street from our hotel, and head to Dun Laoghaire. This is a stunning suburban town located on Dublin’s coast. Take a stroll along the lovely pier and grab a 99 from Teddy’s ice cream truck. There is also a cliff walk here which offers very picturesque views of the sea and the town. From Grand Canal Dock station, it only takes 20 minutes. The train drops you off right at the pier. For Dart timetables click here.  

For further information or advice on how to get to the Dun Laoghaire‎, ask our friendly staff at our Hotel Reception.

Glendalough Village


A historic gem nestled in the heart of the Wicklow mountains, ‘the valley of the two lakes‘ is renowned for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife. Hikers and tourists alike venture up here in both simmer and winter to see the views and to embrace the magic Glendalough has to offer, with majestic waterfalls and panoramic views, you’ll feel like you’re in a movie set.  you can travel here by car or by bus. There are many bus routes, for more information click here

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For further information or advice on how to get to Glendalough Village, ask our friendly staff at our Hotel Reception.

Portmarnock


This is my favourite beach in Dublin, its nicknamed ‘The Velvet Strand’ due to its lovely soft sand. Portmarnock is a suburban village which lies on the coast of north Dublin. It is definitely worth the trip even on a cloudy day it looks tropical. Take a stroll along the sand dunes and relax on the sand as planes pass over head from the airport.  You can get a Dart from Grand Canal Dock across the road to Portmarnock, click here for details.

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For further information or advice on how to get to Portmarnock, ask our friendly staff at our Hotel Reception.

Aviva Stadium Tour

Home to some of the biggest on pitch battles in the history of Irish sport, the Aviva Stadium welcomes devoted fans and tourists alike to give them an insight into the heart and soul of Ireland's International sporting heritage.

A visit to the Aviva Stadium is more than just a tour of our new-age facilities but an intimate insight into the history of the first ever international stadium which has charmed its way into the heart of a nation.

Take stock of some of the greatest moments in sporting history as you relive the events through a short film and tour. Both the old, and the new stadium have seen many amazing events in there time, and our brilliant tour guides are here to give you passionate insights into the stadiums illustrious past.

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The Aviva Stadium is located just on our doorstep and only a short 10 minute walk from the Hotel.

For further information or advice on how to get to the Aviva Stadium‎, ask our friendly staff at our Hotel Reception.

Iveagh Gardens

Clonmel St, Saint Kevin's, Dublin 2

The Iveagh Gardens is a public park located between Clonmel Street and Upper Hatch Street, near the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland. It is designated as a National Historic Property.

There is no charge for entry to Iveagh Gardens.

Please note, there are no guided tours available at this site.

For further information or advice on how to get to the Iveagh Gardens, ask our friendly staff at our Hotel Reception.

Belfast


Belfast is in the north of Ireland, a little further afield, but it is only a 2hour bus ride from Dublin. It’s packed with history, culture, exciting events, great food and it’s a brilliant shopping destination. There are many attractions to see in Belfast which include the famous Titanic museum and for any Game of Throne’s fans out there you may be interested in visiting the Titanic Studios where the show is filmed. Check out their tours here.  You can travel by bus  or by train or take one of the many Belfast bus tours which are available.

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For further information or advice on how to get to the Belfast, ask our friendly staff at our Hotel Reception.