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Alternative Ways to Enjoy Dublin

By Visit Dublin

7th April 2020

Human beings are naturally social and curious, but as the global COVID-19 situation continues to unfold and we're mindful of keeping ourselves and others safe, we need to find the best ways to exercise not just our bodies... but also our imaginations.

We’ve found some of the best ways to sharpen minds and raise spirits – all while remaining socially responsible!


Go on a virtual tour

Closed doors needn’t mean you miss out on some of Dublin’s most loved tourist attractions. Thanks to virtual tours, you can still get your history fix at EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum, Glasnevin Museum, National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology and Dublinia. Alternatively, find your favourite work of art at the National Gallery of Ireland, or enjoy a wonderland of priceless manuscripts and books at the Chester Beatty. Learn about the 'little people' with a Facebook tour of the Leprechaun Museum or find out about the history of Kilmainham Gaol thanks to a behind-the-scenes look on Facebook.


Enjoy a digital exhibition

With the galleries not currently open to the public, many exhibitions have moved online. Trinity College Library, IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) and the National Gallery are all offering talks with artists and curators or exhibitions. The MoLI (Museum of Irish Literature) has launched RadioMoLI featuring 24/7 broadcasting of newly commissioned writing, discussion interviews, radio plays and documentary.

James Joyce actor gazing through window

Read a good book

If we’re staying away from the hustle and bustle of the city, it’s time to use our imaginations – and sometimes that needs a little creative prompting. What better way to ‘live’ the streets of Dublin than through the pages of our finest authors’ novels? Dublin will come alive for you in the vividly descriptive passages to be found in James Joyce’s Ulysses, Flann O’Brien’s At Swim Two Birds, and other classics. Read about five novels set in Dublin.

Herd of elephants at Dublin Zoo

Watch the Dublin Zoo webcams

Tune into the live animal cams at Dublin Zoo to see penguins enjoy their lunch, swim and play; watch the giraffes, rhinos, ostrich and zebras peacefully roam the African Savanna; and see the noble herd of Asian elephants in the Kaziranga Forest Trail. This activity is a fun learning experience that's suitable for all ages.


See the sights from home 

Check out Dublin’s most instagrammed landmarks and follow the #LoveDublin hashtag on Instagram to see how a multitude of talented photographers have captured the essential beauty of our capital. And why not bookmark the images to create a bucket list for when we’re all out and about again? Now is a unique opportunity to thoroughly plan future jaunts around the city!

While you’re at it, see some of Dublin’s most famous statues come alive online in 3D: Molly Malone, George Bernard Shaw and James Joyce.

Close up of child writing with coloured pencils

Inspire the kids

It can be difficult to keep little ones entertained at home, and the Museum of Literature Ireland website has just the activity for entertaining your bright sparks. There’s a daily 'Creativity Hour' providing writing prompts and tips – perfect for the budding authors in your household.

Man behind window admiring old ivory artefact at the National Museum of Ireland

Become a history buff online

For those with an archivist's soul, images and information about the National Museum of Ireland's Historical Collections are available online. This virtual treasure trove of objects provides hours' worth of fascination, and features Ireland's Historical, Military and Easter Week Collections.

We're all in this together, and staying in is the best way to stay safe. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy some of Dublin's best-loved sights from home! We look forward to being able to get out and about, but in the meantime don't forget to keep an eye on the latest developments and government announcements on COVID-19, keep practising physical distancing, and of course – wash your hands!

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