New and Surprising
Ring the Bells and Visit the ‘Cat & the Rat’ at Christ Church Cathedral
Join the bell tower tour and you will get the chance to ring the magnificent bells at Christ Church Cathedral. Also don’t forget to check out the mummified cat & rat in the crypt of the Cathedral, These were even mentioned by James Joyce in Finnegans wake, they are known locally as ‘Tom & Jerry!
Have you ever heard of boxty?
Do you want to try your hand at making your own version of this traditional Irish potato pancake? Well you can at Gallaghers Boxty House in Temple Bar during the Tradfest.
Why not sample some contemporary Dublin culture…
This street art tour is provided by a well - known Dublin Graffitti Artist, Will St. Leger from a company called Urban Productions. It takes participants through Temple Bar and Georges Street. The tour also provides graffiti workshops where participants will receive a live demonstration by a street artist followed by some DIY with a lesson in lettering, stencilling and can control. For more details see www.urbanproductions.ie .
In and around The Creative Quarter (South William Street & Drury Street to Georges Street) you will find a variety of interesting, quirky and unique shops and exhibitions. Some of them include:
OM Diva & Atelier 27 - Perfectly nestled in the Creative Quarter, Om Diva & Atelier 27 is all about Irish Fashion. From funky outfits to vintage pieces, this shop is every fashionista’s treasure trove. It is a unique forum for talented young designers to showcase and sell their creations.
Project 51, a new Irish design collective, based in a wonderful Georgian Building in the creative Quarter. 15 designers, fashion, jewellery and furniture all under one roof with a great boutique, studio space and an amazing exhibition area.
Afternoon Tea with a difference
You have to try the ‘Hendricks High Tea experience’, a gin & cucumber cocktail served in a teapot and tea cups at The Exchequer or Art Tea at The Merrion where miniature cakes inspired by the work of J.B Yeats, William Scott and Louis Le Brocquy can be enjoyed in the Merrion’s Drawing Rooms.
Cake with a difference
The award winning Cake Cafe can be accessed through the Daintree paper shop. The Daintree Building is one of a kind. Inspired by the rainforest in Australia after which it is named, Daintree meets some of its own energy, material, food and water needs.
Explore the Dublin Markets
Some of the more unusual include The Ha’penny Flea and The Brocante Market & Retro Furniture Market.
Don’t miss The Dublin Flea Market, which sells everything from vintage clothes to furniture to random knick knacks, the popular market also plays host to a mix of DJs and live bands to keep punters entertained as they sift through the trinkets on offer.
On Sunday there's a chance to spend your afternoon leafing through other people’s once-prized possessions whilst eating deliciously fresh falafel and meeting some interesting people. You can be lucky with great vintage finds, unusual art or interesting books, but even if you just soak up the atmosphere it’s a great way to spend your Sunday afternoon.
For some tasty bites in one of The Dubline’s key attractions
Visit The Silk Road Café in the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle with a view over the Castle garden. Here you can sample some middle eastern treats based on the countries represented in the museum.