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Heritage Week 2017

By Visit Dublin

Delve deeper into Dublin's heritage during a week dedicated to celebrating all aspects of Irish heritage and culture. From nature to history and much more in-between, the capital city has a rich and varied heritage waiting to be explored. With so many free events, it's the perfect time to discover more about Dublin. Check out some fun and interesting things to do, with our guide to Heritage Week 2017.

Heritage Week 2017

Wonderful Waters

Dodder Walk: History of Mills
Take a gentle stroll (starting at Donnybrook Bus Station) along the Dodder River to discover the history of the former mills, old buildings and wildlife as you go. See the old girder bridge, the Wesleyan Church and the beaver hat factory as you walk towards the Dropping Well Pub to enjoy a coffee and a chat at Dodder Walk: History of Mills. This walk is not suitable for those under twelve.

Historic Water Wag Sailing
Watch Water Wag wooden dinghies in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, where they have been sailing since 1887, and catch them in action on 23rd August at the ballot race for The Pansy Trophy. All the boats are built to the same design, with the same rig to ensure a fair race. The Water Wags even got a mention in James Joyce’s Finnegan's Wake.

Whale Watch Ireland 2017
Celebrate All-Ireland Whale Watch day by going on a free, guided watch on one of Dublin’s headlands. Look out for the 25 different species of cetaceans (whales and dolphins) recorded in Irish waters with the help of your guide and you'll have a whale of a time.

Back to Nature

Explore Dublin's Phoenix Park
Discover the Phoenix Park with a fun, evening orienteering course, suitable for all the family. Choose from 3km and 6km chip-timed courses and use your specially drawn map to find the checkpoints (controls) along the way. A great way to get out and about in Europe’s largest fully enclosed park.

Ecosystems big and small: Connecting people with nature in an urban environment
Examine our role in the natural world from unique perspectives with the help of Global Action Plan as you explore the Ecosystems of Ireland at the North Bull Island Biosphere. With guided walks and nature discovery trails, get up close to some of our native creatures and learn about Ireland’s wildlife. Booking is required.

Heritage Week 2017
Heritage Week 2017

Breathtaking Buildings

Walking Through Time
Take a journey of discovery with Liliane Puthod to observe how nature has shaped architecture in Dublin. Explore the stunning Charlemont House to uncover discretely represented motifs, designs and details in the building that pay homage to our natural world.

Irish Landmark Trust Open House
Wander through a restored Georgian Mews or marvel at the grandeur of a Georgian Townhouse as you appreciate the conservation work of the Irish Landmark Trust. Both buildings will be opened up to the public as a self-guided tour with activity sheets, to allow you to enjoy the beauty of of Dublin’s greatest building era.

After Hours Photography Night
Soak up the atmosphere of one of Dublin’s most stunning landmarks as you take perfect pictures on a photography night tour of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Share your photographs of the famous Cathedral on social media and they will appear on the big screen for all to see. This tour has only 50 spaces available per time slot, so make sure you snap up your free ticket fast.

Historical Heritage

Heritage Week in the Pearse Museum and St. Enda's Park
Go back in time to the 1916 Easter Rising with a visit to the Pearse Museum. Examine rebel leader Padraig Pearse’s legacy, with an emphasis on creativity and his engagement with art and culture, through historical lectures and free children’s art workshops. Or enjoy a nature walk and a horticultural demonstration as you explore St. Enda’s Park.

The Green Mile
Learn about the history of one of Ireland’s most iconic squares, St. Stephen’s Green. Not only is the Green in the heart of the city, it has also been at the heart of some of Dublin’s most historic moments. Allow historian Donal Fallon to tell you its secrets and stories as you stroll through the beautiful city oasis on an hour-long tour. Booking is required.

Heritage Week 2017