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.


 1. Wakedock

Wakeboarding on the Grand Canal Dock is a must for thrill seekers. For those of you who never heard of it, it’s one of the few cable wakeboarding courses in Ireland. The wakeboard cable replaces a boat and pulls the rider along a course. The System that is installed in the Grand Canal Dock has two towers and one rider uses the cable on their own and can continuously ride along the course between the two towers. The instructors control the speed of the cables and if you fall off they bring the cable back to you which is great, you can hop back up on the board and off you go again. They are great for teaching you how to do it before you get in the water and after a few tries you will be up on that board in no time. It really is great fun. If you’re already a pro you can book a normal session and head out on the water and show off your skills using 2 ramps. Each session lasts for 15minutes and costs €25. To find out more click here.

2. City Kayaking

Another gem in Dublin. This is a 2 hour tour of Dublin from a kayak in the river Liffey. It is a truly unique experience, allowing you to watch the hustle and bustle of the city from a surreal perspective of the calm water. You don’t need to be an expert as the instructors will be with you all along the tour and the water is very calm. The team at City Kayaking gear you up with safety equipment, you hop into your kayak and off you go! You don’t even have to squeeze into a wet suit if you don’t want to as they recommend that you were comfortable clothing and old shoes (that you don’t mind getting wet in). The tour starts at Dublin City Moorings and it heads up the River Liffey through the heart of the city under some of Dublin’s most famous bridges and past well known landmarks. Whether you’re a local or a tourist to Dublin you’re bound to enjoy this unique and exclusive tour.

3. Big Style – Canal Dock

Now this sounds amazing – paddle board out to Dalkey Island and when you get there enjoy some food and a few beers and then paddle back. It does take an hour to do and tickets are normally priced at €50 each but it would be a unique experience. If Yoga is your thing, then have a go at SUP Yoga. I can imagine it would be very relaxing. For more information, click here. They also hold other events such as a Moonlight Paddle, which involves paddling down the Liffey at sunset. You can keep an eye on their events here: https://bigstyle.ie/adventures/

4. Pure Magic

Fancy trying to kite surf? Pure Magic is located in Clontarf, which is a 20 minute drive from Grand Canal Hotel. 

You can choose to get kite surfing lessons or give paddle boarding a try For more info click here

5. Surfdock

Interested in paddle boarding? Look no further than Surfdock on the Canal Dock.
Try their beginners paddle boarding class in the Grand Canal Dock, a sheltered space that is perfect for learning the basics. Find out more here

6. Awesome Walls

Awesome Walls Dublin is one of the largest indoor rock climbing centres in Europe. With over 2000 square metres of dedicated climbing surface, more than 1000 square meters of bouldering, 18m lead walls and with 250 climbing routes. There really is something fun and challenging for everybody to try. It’s quiet cheap too as prices start from €8.50 per day and you can spend as long as you want in there. To find out more click here.

Dublin is packed with fun things to do. Our hotel is the perfect base for your next adventure.  Head back to rest in the sublime comfort of our hotel rooms, with 24 hour room service and coffee machines in the rooms you needn't budge for the night!

Seek something different – stay in the Grand Canal Hotel, Dublin.