Dublin is the perfect place to enjoy a sunny day, from our stunning beaches to our hidden gems… there’s plenty to see and do in the sun. Check out our guide of the top 20 things to do on a sunny day in the city.
1. Enjoy lunch in St Stephen’s Green
Discover Dublin’s beautiful parks and gardens. Pack up and picnic or get your lunch to go and enjoy it in the beautiful surroundings of St Stephens Green, located just off Grafton Street. Get there early… this is a popular spot with both locals and tourists when the sun shines.
2. Cruise along the Liffey
Make the most of the clear blue skies in the city with a relaxing cruise along the Liffey, a wonderful way to see the city. This unique experience gives the visitor an intriguing insight into Dublin folklore and history. Glide under Dublin's historic bridges and gaze at iconic buildings from a unique vantage point while our expert guide describes highlights of Irish history.
3. Bike ride in Phoenix Park
Explore one of Europe’s largest parks by bike, the Phoenix Park is a perfect place to spend a sunny day with bike hire available in the park and plenty of open green space to soak up the sun. While you’re there… why not stop off at the famous tea rooms for a spot of lunch or a sweet treat!
4. Ice Cream at Teddy’s
The best thing about sunshine… an excuse to have ice-cream and no one does it better than Teddy’s in Dun Laoghaire.
5. City Kayaking
Add a bit of adventure to your summer visit to Dublin with a City Kayaking trip on the Liffey. This unique activity gives you an exclusive view of the city from a very different angle. Explore the Liffey and underneath some of Dublin’s most famous bridges. See some of the most famous landmarks from the wonderful surrounds of the river.
6. Relax on board the Cill Airne
If you fancy just putting your feet up and enjoying the view, take a stroll along the Docklands and climb onboard the Cill Airne for a lazy lunch or summer cocktail. There’s plenty of outdoor seating on board, where you can enjoy views of the Liffey.
7. Comedy in the Iveagh Gardens
Love a laugh? Enjoy some summer sun and a spot of comedy in the Iveagh Gardens this year as the Vodafone Comedy Festival returns from the 24th – 27th July. The festival boasts a top line-up with a fantastic mix of local and international comedians and all in the magical surroundings of one of Dublin’s finest gardens.
8. Dublin Bay Cruise
With five trips between City Centre, Dún Laoghaire and Howth departing each day, Dublin Bay Cruises offer the optimum way to experience Dublin’s coastline. The 75 minute cruise takes in a variety of landmarks along the way, including the James Joyce Tower, a Martello tower where James Joyce once spent six nights, and the idyllic Dalkey island, which is home to, among other things, colonies of adorable grey seals.
9. Dive right in
No summer in Dublin is complete without a trip to the Forty Foot, located on the southern tip of Dublin Bay in Sandycove. The Forty Foot is a promontory from which people have been swimming in the Irish Sea all year round for some 250 years and is one of the most popular swimming spots in Dublin… go on take a dip!
10. Howth Coastal Walk
How about a picturesque coastal walk? Enjoy stunning panoramic views which can go as far North to County Down’s Mountains of Mourne, south to the lush green Wicklow Mountains, and straight ahead for the expanse of Dublin city and its bay in between.
11. For music lovers
This summer in Dublin boasts some top gigs and festivals and is the perfect way to enjoy a sunny day. Check out the line-up at this year’s Longitude Festival located in the picturesque Marlay Park. Headliners include Discloser, Ben Howard, Haim, Hoizer and many more!
12. A day in Dublin Zoo
Summer is the perfect time to visit Ireland’s No. 1 visitor attraction. Located in the Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo is home to some 600 animals in an environment where education and conservation combine for an exciting and unforgettable experience.
13. Cocktails in the Marker Hotel
Cool off with a cocktail in fabulous Roof top bar at the 5* Marker Hotel in the heart of Dublin’s tech centre.
14. Go green at the National Botanic Gardens
Founded by the Royal Dublin Society in 1795, the National Botanic Gardens are an oasis of calm and beauty, and entry is free. Visitors can enjoy guided tours of the gardens, meet the experts or attend one of the many events taking place in the gardens throughout the summer.
15. Explore our foodie markets
Here’s one for the foodies… visit Meeting House Square on a Saturday and sample some delicious food at the weekly market. Meeting House Square is the perfect summer setting, finish off your Saturday with a stroll around buzzing Temple Bar where you can enjoy plenty of on street entertainment!
16. Make a splash
And one for all the family… take a lively tour of Dublin on the Viking Splash Tour. Tours are an educational way of seeing all that Dublin has to offer, by land and by water! The climax of the tour sees our Viking DUKWs splash into the water at the newly developed Grand Canal Docklands.
17. Visit Ireland’s Eye
Get out on the water and discover more of our beautiful coast with a visit to Ireland’s Eye. Located just a mile from the coast directly north of Howth Harbour, Ireland's Eye is a small uninhabited Island which is easily reached by regular tourist boats.The only signs of previous habitation on the island are the ruins of Martello Tower and an 8th Century Church.
18. Croke Park Skyline Tour
Make the most of summer in Dublin with a skyline tour of one of our most famous landmarks. Experience Croke Park from a whole new level on the Etihad Skyline Tour and take in stunning views of Dublin city.
19. Discover our Beaches
Dublin has many beaches dotted along the coastline. Not many capitals can boast the sandy stretches Dublin enjoys and from a brisk walk, to swimming to kite surfing there's a beach to suit all ages and interests! For walks and views try Killiney, for kite surfing it's Dollymount Strand, for families try Skerries and for ice creams it's Sandycove!
20. Visit Johnnie Fox's
Situated in Glencullen on top of the Dublin mountains, Johnnie Fox's is one of Ireland's oldest and most famous traditional Irish pubs - and is are also famed as the highest pub in the country. Johnnie Fox’s is the perfect place to spend a sunny day out.
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