Jarkko on Sports & the Outdoors
Ok, so you can’t depend on the weather in Dublin but there’s still lots of things you can do if you are into sports and the outdoors. It seems there are always big soccer, rugby, hurling and Gaelic football games on in the city – usually internationals but sometimes inter-county or European club competitions.
If you like to run, there are mini and full marathons, triathlons and assault courses. If you want to get wet, we have surf schools, paddle boarding, sea kayaks, rafting and Ireland’s first cable wakeboard park. If you’d rather take things a little slower we can organise a trek for you in the city or in the gorgeous Wicklow mountains nearby. If golf is your thing, you’re spoilt for choice with some of Europe’s best courses within easy reach, including the world famous courses at the K Club, Druid’s Glen, the European and Portmarnock. If you like horse racing, the great Leopardstown, the Currough and Fairyhouse are all at hand but if you prefer sailing, you’re well covered there too.
Patrick on Music, Arts & Culture
Dublin is one of the world’s greatest cultural cities and you are completely spoilt for choice when it comes to music, the arts and theatre. Let’s start with music: The really big acts always include Dublin on their tours and you will also see one-off performances here that you won’t see anywhere else. Walk down any street in the city and you’ll hear live music spilling onto the street from bars and clubs, many of which are impromptu “sessions” where traditional musicians come together.
There are festivals nearly every week, it seems, celebrating everything from food to music to theatre. Our world famous indigenous theatres like the Gaiety and the Abbey tend to put on Irish plays while the bigger theatres like the 3 Arena and the Bord Gáis Energy theatre which host Broadway-style shows. There are lots and lots of smaller theatres too which are fascinating. Like food? Ask us anytime and we’ll recommend some quite unbelievable restaurants for you to enjoy. Oh and lots of pubs, naturally.
Tony on Family Attractions
If you’re here with the family, you’re all going to have a great time in Dublin, I promise. Let’s start with the obvious: The National Museum, the Natural Museum and the National Gallery are all just around the corner from the hotel. My favourite museum is Collins Barracks, home to the National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts and History. There are markets to explore but also more energetic activities like the Sea Safari around Dublin Bay in a jet boat or the Little Museum of Dublin which is across the road from us.
Hop on a bus and you’ll get to Dublin’s theme park, Tayto Park which has the biggest rollercoaster of its kind in Europe. Or get on a tram and go to the Trampoline Park. So, yes, there are lots you can do with the whole family but the best thing to do is to come and talk to me. We’ll tell you what’s going on during your visit and help you to plan and even book everything. All you have to do is ask!