Insider Tips

New Exciting Experiences this Summer in Dublin

By Visit Dublin

2nd July 2021

See Dublin in a whole new light this summer and rediscover the city all over again. Watch the sunset over Dublin Bay from a boat, create works of art with the family and set off on exciting tours here in the capital. Dublin has never looked so good.

Broken down into six enticing areas across the city, this is the ultimate guide to all the incredible things to do from the very chill to an exhilarating thrill.

The City Centre

The GPO on O'Connell Street

Dublin Photo Walks

​Get snap happy on a tour with Alternative Dublin and go behind the lens. You don’t have to be a pro to partake in this as no experience is necessary and it’s suitable for all types of photographers. Expert guides are on hand to teach you key techniques as you come across cool places in the city that are perfect for picturesque photo shoots.

Gentlemen’s Tea at The Morrison

Unique to The Morrison, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, book in for a Gentlemen’s Tea with a twist on the traditional. Head in with an empty stomach and be presented with a hearty feast of steak sandwiches, beer sliders, smoked rasher scones and whiskey chocolate truffles. Wash the meal down with a refreshing beer by Wicklow Wolf.

The Docklands

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

Music Under the Bridges

Head out on the water with City Kayaking and attend a live concert — as some of the best musicians and artists in town play for you beneath iconic bridges in the heart of Dublin City. With a kayak as your seat, great acoustics and the water shimmering below you, this will undoubtedly be a special experience.

Old Liffey Ferry No.11 Port Tour

Step aboard the Old Liffey Ferry No.11, once known as the Dockers Ferry. Back in the day this boat brought the hard-working people of Dublin to and from work across the River Liffey. Learn all about Dublin’s rich maritime history, heroic scenes — and even pirates — from passionate local guides.

EPIC Family Friendly Self-Guided Tour

Discover and uncover dramatic and inspiring stories of the Irish people who left Ireland at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. From music and literature to sport, politics, fashion and science, relive Irish peoples’ greatest achievements. The family trail will keep small ones entertained while the teens and tweens connect with exciting interactive galleries.

Docklands Tour

Join a memorable guided tour of the popular Docklands with Pat Liddy’s Walking Tours of Dublin. Listen to stories of the capital through the ages on this private walking tour by professional and truly knowledgeable guides.

Smithfield, Stoneybatter and The Liberties

Christ Church Cathedral

Audio Guided Tour at Christ Church Cathedral

Amble through Dublin’s 1,000-year-old Christ Church Cathedral accompanied by an audio-guide with dedicated themes including ‘Power and Politics’, ‘Christ Church and the City’, and ‘Music and Spirituality.’ The cathedral also has the famous 12th-century crypt which is one of the oldest and largest in Ireland.

Dublinia Self-Guided Tour and St Michael's Tower

Go back in time and step into medieval Dublin. Take a self-guided stroll and uncover the Viking and Medieval past of this 1,000-year-old city organised by Dublinia. Climb the original St. Michael’s Tower: take the 96 steps to the top and bask in spectacular views of the city.

Kilmainham and Inchicore

IMMA at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham

IMMA Garden Tour

As part of IMMA’s Outdoor Programme visitors learn about the museum’s unspoilt biodiversity, formal gardens, and wild meadows. Discover the magnificent flora and fauna on the grounds of the museum at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Plan a visit here for a pocket friendly day out in Dublin — the garden tour and workshop are free.

Art Workshop for Family

Also at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, book your family into an art workshop which takes place on Sunday afternoons and during the week. Spend time with the kids and create some colourful masterpieces. Art materials are provided by the museum.

The South Coast

Dalkey Village

Dublin Bay Sail

Travel in a traditional sailing boat, the Brian Ború with Dublin Under Sail in Dún Laoghaire. Learn the ropes and get to grips with steering and navigating this sturdy boat — all while taking in the stunning sights of Howth, Sutton to the north and Dalkey Island to the south.

Maeve Binchy and Irish Writers Guided Walk

Tour the Writers’ Gallery at Dalkey Castle and learn about the formidable  Maeve Binchy (from July 5th onwards). Then take to the streets and explore the late author’s favourite haunts including Finnegan’s Pub where she had her own alcove table on a standing reservation for lunch. This fascinating literary walk culminates with readings in the beautiful Maeve Binchy Memorial Garden at Dalkey Library.

Guided Tour of Dalkey's Mornington Garden

Head to this private garden and tour organised by Dalkey Garden School. Run by Annmarie Bowring, get top gardening tips from this prize-winning designer and environmentalist and learn about the secrets of creating a welcoming green space.

The North Coast

The Hidden Howth Experience tour

Garden Creators Tour  

Relax in an oasis of calm on a tour at Ardán Garden close to Howth village. This private garden is the culmination of dedicated work on a rugged Irish mountainside — created by two impressive gardeners, Nuala Doherty and Conall O’Caoimh, this is an ever-evolving and eclectic landscape.  

Howth Safari Hiking Tour

Go on an exhilarating hike through the diverse habitats of north County Dublin with Shane’s Howth Adventures. Visit the grounds of Howth Castle, see an ancient dolmen stone and breathe in the cool, fresh air accompanied by enthusiastic guides.

Howth Cliff Cruise

With breathtaking views of Dublin Bay, the Bailey Lighthouse, and Ireland's Eye, cruise along the cliffs aboard Howth’s largest and fastest ferry. Book in for a spectacular experience with live commentary organised by Island Ferries.

Ancient Village Adventure

Join Mark McHale and his adorable dog Missy of Hidden Howth Experiences on a relaxing journey through the beautiful coastal village of Howth. Visit spots where only the locals go as you make time for scenic photographs with seabirds overhead. You may even meet the local colony of seals.

It doesn’t matter if you’re on a solo trip or are out exploring with friends and family — now is the time to head off on an exciting experience in the capital. For even more incredible things to do in Dublin, check out our Insider Tips and get ready for an unforgettable summer.

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