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A New Year in Dublin

By Visit Dublin

21st November 2018

Dublin City is alight with imagination and wonder for New Year’s Festival Dublin, hosting a series of spectacular events that annually grow more ambitious. As well as the festivities, what else can you experience? We’ve got tons of ideas.

New Year’s Festival Dublin

Dublin’s New Year festival brings the city to life, kicking off by offering memorable experiences for families earlier on in the evening and going right through to the early hours for night owls looking for great food, music and dancing. Whether it’s the Midnight Matinee event bringing new year to life in the early evening for families – or the Midnight Moment and Countdown Concert with live music from Gavin James, Hudson Taylor, Wild Youth and Inhaler – there’s something for everyone. 

For additional information on NYF Dublin, visit www.NYFDublin.com. Keep up to date with news about all upcoming events by using the hashtag #NYFDublin and following @NYFDublin on Twitter and Instagram.

And that’s just the beginning – the beauty of a place as thrilling, fun, unexpected and charming as Dublin is that there’s something memorable to do here all year round. Stay a while with us, because Dublin is magical at this time of year. Watch our video below and check out our tips on what to do while you’re here… 

Eating out

Dublin’s restaurant and café scene has never been as vibrant and as varied as it is now. There’s sophisticated dining at Forest Avenue, cool seafood in casual surrounds at Klaw Poke and tempting street food options at The Eatyard market (just beside the hip Bernard Shaw pub). How about superb single-origin coffee at Meet Me in the Morning, authentic Hong Kong duck at Duck or sushi and karaoke at Ukiyo? There’s fabulous fish and chips at Beshoff’s in Howth, hunger-sating cures at Wowburger and a myriad of cuisines to savour at one of the city’s newer additions, Dollard & Co

On the town

Dublin is justifiably legendary for its nightlife – whether you’re after a quick pint and catch-up, a traditional seisiún (music session) or some late-night dancing. John Kavanagh (aka The Gravediggers) located next door to Glasnevin Cemetery, is one of the city’s great watering holes – and has featured in several films. The Cobblestone is a Smithfield institution, famed for its traditional Irish music nights, while just up the road Token (a restaurant, bar, retro arcade and pinball parlour) is fast becoming a favourite in its own right. 

A good night is guaranteed at The Dean and its penthouse bar/restaurant, Sophie’s, affords superb city views. There’s always fun and games at PantiBar and if it’s a late night you’re after, The Liquor Rooms will see you through to the early hours. 

Entertain me!

Dublin has plenty of cinemas to tempt big-screen lovers, but the remarkable reinvention of The Stella in Rathmines makes this a film-going experience to rival the best anywhere in the world. Rathmines is also home to Abner Browns: it’s a barbershop, but also a gig venue quite unlike any other – have a haircut and watch a performance from one of the up-and-coming acts on the city’s lively music scene. 

And as Dublin is a UNESCO World City of Literature it’s hardly a surprise that its theatre offerings are internationally renowned. The Gate is one of several theatres showing keenly-priced performances of plays old and new.

Cultural kicks

Culture lovers are always in for a treat in Dublin. The Natural History Museum has been cherished by generations of the city’s children for more than a century – but its charms will not be lost on grown-ups, either. A short walk away, a more recent addition, The Little Museum of Dublin, offers an intriguing snapshot of city life over the past 100 years or so. Even Dublin’s statues have a story to tell – whether it’s that of Oscar Wilde at Merrion Square Park or Cú Chulainn at the GPO: just download the Talking Statues app, and scan the QR code on each of the 10 featured statues to hear their tales.

Not far from Oscar Wilde’s childhood home, you’ll find Sweny’s. This former chemist was immortalised in James Joyce’s Ulysses – and it hosts a number of Joyce-themed events throughout the year. 

Out and about

If you need to stretch the legs and blow away a few cobwebs during your stay, head for Sandymount Strand – a popular playground for walkers, runners and skaters all year round with its candy-striped Poolbeg chimneys providing a much-loved backdrop. Or stroll over the harp-shaped Samuel Beckett Bridge, one of the newer ones that span the Liffey. 

Elsewhere, Kilmainham boasts several historically important buildings, including the Royal Hospital Kilmainham and Kilmainham Gaol – consistently the top-reviewed Dublin attraction on TripAdvisor. It’s easily accessible by Luas, especially now that the Cross City project linking the Red and Green lines has been completed. And the vast expanse of the Phoenix Park remains as beloved now as it was when the Earl of Chesterfield opened its gates to all in 1745. 

This city’s got heart. This city’s got soul. This city’s got love.


The above is merely a minute taste of what Dublin has to offer! To help plan the rest of your itinerary, take a look at the abundant festivals, events and exhibitions happening in Dublin.

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