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Dublin's Never Felt Bigger: 6 Unique Experiences for Summer 2020

By Visit Dublin

17th July 2020

After months of staying safe at home, it’s finally time to make a break for it and rediscover vibrant Dublin now that you can travel safely, organise a fun family day out or book a stay with friends to soak up the unique charm of Ireland’s colourful capital city. Dublin has never felt bigger, get out there and relish your new-found freedom.

Reclaim summer 2020 and make plans to discover these six incredible visitor experiences in Dublin...

14 Henrietta Street

Head to 14 Henrietta Street, a social history museum that weaves an intricate web, telling the 300-year-old story of this unassuming Dublin building. From a grand Georgian townhouse to tenement flats, take a guided tour and learn the deeply personal stories of the people who once lived here.

Explore this hidden gem in Dublin’s fair city and discover its rich and complex history. Hear about the local legends of days gone by and appreciate the authenticity of this emotive experience. The fascinating Teatime Talks podcast, inspired by former residents of 14 Henrietta Street, proved popular recently and it truly brings the experience to life. Find out more about how to book and what to expect from your visit.

Chester Beatty at Dublin Castle

One of Dublin’s best-kept secrets, visit the fascinating Chester Beatty Museum at Dublin Castle. Spend some time at the tranquil rooftop garden and catch a Qigong session. Experience this traditional form of Chinese training designed to improve posture and after, meditate in a peaceful oasis in the heart of the lively city.

Over the last few months, Chester Beatty have held online workshops encouraging creativity and provided family learning resources. A major hit with parents and children alike, now you can bring the kids to see this vibrant cultural hub. Wander around the creative exhibitions and you’ll soon understand why the museum is described as one of the best in Europe.

The National Gallery of Ireland 

When it comes to innovation, the National Gallery leads the way. During recent months, they hosted a series of incredible Other Voices concerts featuring amazing Irish talent such as Lisa Hannigan.

Now that this special national treasure is open once again, spend a day in its hallowed halls and admire the extensive collection of European art. Stop off at the Shaw Room, stroll around the Grand Gallery or take in the Moment in Time: A Legacy of Photographs exhibition, on show for the first time in Ireland.

A visit to the National Gallery is food for the soul and as travel is safe again, you can connect with its amazing works in person.

IMMA: Irish Museum of Modern Art

Plan a trip to the Irish Museum of Modern Art, a spectacular space set on 48 acres of glorious grounds filled with beautiful flowers and plants. IMMA is a hidden gem off the beaten track in the energetic city of Dublin. Soak up the serene atmosphere and take some time out to explore the incredible art exhibitions and displays. Art at IMMA is truly special, the diverse range of contemporary works challenge conventions and captivate all who visit. 

Book a guided tour and further your knowledge of art with tips from experienced guides and after, wander around the gorgeous gardens. IMMA regularly shares online talks and discussions but now that you can explore again, make time for this intriguing museum that’s bubbling over with cultural riches.

Dublin Zoo

One of Ireland’s most-loved visitor attractions, the summer isn’t complete without a visit to Dublin Zoo. The live webcams give viewers watching at home a peek at what the animals are up to, but now that travel is possible, you can plan a trip to experience the magic of the zoo.

Check out the Gorilla Rainforest, drop by the Sea Lion Cave, stroll along the Kaziranga Forest Trail to see the splendid elephants take a mud bath and don’t miss feeding time for the penguins. Social distancing guidelines are in place at the famous attraction so you can safely enjoy your visit. Just wait for the big grins and screams of delight when you tell your kids what’s on the agenda. Make sure to book in advance so you can avoid disappointed faces on arrival.

Airfield Estate

Explore the glorious grounds of Airfield Estate, the vast, open spaces are perfect for social distancing. Discover Overends Kitchen, their online events, market boxes and takeout meals were very popular over the last few months. Breathe in the fresh air and revel in the sheer joy of family days out after months of staying indoors.

Meet the Oxford sandy black pigs, Rhode Island hens and Jersey cows on the working farm and let the little ones play in the gorgeous gardens. Bring a friend for Afternoon Garden Tea, visit the farmers market on Saturdays and Sundays, or book the kids in for the Wild in Nature summer camps that take place over the summer.


Reclaim summer 2020 and make a break for it, starting with a trip to Dublin. Walk around the winding city streets, discover fascinating art exhibitions, relax on a roof top garden and head to the zoo.

Discover the incredible attractions on your doorstep or book a short break to the capital, the opportunities for exploration are endless. There’s so much to see and do in our capital once again, whether you’re planning a family day out or a weekend away.

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