Saintly: Picnic at Malahide Castle
A northbound Dart from Dublin city centre will have you out to the picturesque, coastal village of Malahide in just 27 minutes. There, you’ll find the magnificent Malahide Castle, built in the 12th century and positively steeped in history. Guided tours run regularly, which will tell the fascinating – and sometimes spooky! – history of the castle, and there’s a brand new interactive exhibition on the ground floor.
The 22-acre ornamental gardens of the castle are stunning too; Lord Talbot, who designed them, was a major plant enthusiast, and so the grounds are home to a staggering 5,000 species and variety of plant. Once you’ve explored the castle and its grounds, we recommend you stroll down to the village’s coast to really experience all lovely Malahide has to offer. Why not pack an uber wholesome picnic and spend the day there? Your parents would be proud!
Sinner: Pizza and beer at the Bernard Shaw
One of the coolest hangout spots in the city, the Bernard Shaw (named after the iconic Irish playwright) is run by Dublin dance collective Bodytonic and hosts weekly nights celebrating reggae, electro, dub, jazz, and everything in between! The bar’s exterior is regularly given visually-striking makeovers by renowned Dublin street artist Maser, and what’s more, there’s a double-decker bus out the back serving pizza. Sold!