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Think You Know Dublin? Rediscover The City This Summer

By Visit Dublin

27th July 2020

Have you ever tried to look at Dublin through the eyes of a visitor? When you take a moment to have a proper gander, you will truly appreciate the stunning Georgian architecture of our city. Embrace a day trip by exploring winding streets to soak up the culture and the history of one of the oldest, and (if we say so ourselves), coolest cities in Europe.

There are certain things you know in your bones about Dublin – its rich literary history or its ties with the arts – but it's always worth taking a stroll about to remind yourself what's truly special about the city. As the capital opens up once more, now is the ideal time for a city adventure.

Croke Park Stadium Tour and GAA Museum

We’re used to going to Croker and hearing the chants and roars supporting our own on All Ireland days, especially from the hill. But most of us have never experienced the silence of the stadium and the 100 years of sporting history contained in its seats.
Visit Croke Park Stadium Tour and GAA Museum and you'll get an access-all-areas look at the 82,300-capacity stadium which is the third-largest in Europe. Step behind the velvet rope into the VIP area and walk in the footsteps of legends as you take a stroll through the players' tunnel and onto the pitch. If you are looking for more of a thrill, take the 17-storey-high skyline tour on Dublin's highest open-viewing platform, the Croke Park Skyline Tour.

The GPO on O'Connell Street, Dublin

The GPO Museum

Situated in the heart of the city centre on O'Connell Street, The GPO is one of the most iconic buildings in Dublin and home to the GPO Museum. The headquarters of the 1916 Rising, it is so much more than just a General Post Office! The Museum invites you to witness history as you move through the multi-award-winning interactive exhibition focusing on modern Irish history. A must-visit for all the history buffs out there. 

One Society Café

There’s so many great restaurants and cafés in Dublin you’ll always find one you haven’t been to yet. Take a walk to one of the Northside's best kept secrets, One Society on Gardiner St. Enjoy excellent all-day brunch, an array of freshly baked goods and very good coffee and, from 4.30pm, Tuesday-Sunday, delicious pizza.

A little girl dances in front of an exhibit at EPIC

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

The story of Ireland can't be told without unlocking the tales of our very own diaspora, told in fantastic detail at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin's CHQ Building at Custom House Quay. Learn about your Irish ancestry, discover why 10 million people (and counting) have left Ireland and engage with the history of Irish emigration in 20 interactive galleries, all housed in a beautifully restored 200-year-old Georgian warehouse right on the banks of the Liffey.

Industry and Co.

Saunter over the river Liffey and towards Stephens Green via Drury St, where you'll find Industry and Co, one of the city's cosiest and most surprising gift store-cum-café combinations. You'll find loads of gift ideas from books to accessories and delightful décor pieces including Irish lambswool blankets as part of Industry and Co's own range. The storefront café has excellent coffee, a range of teas from Dublin's own Wall & Keogh tea shop and fresh-made salads and sandwiches. The roasted sweet potato with yoghurt, chili and coriander is only incredible.

A couple in the red room at the National Gallery of Ireland

National Gallery of Ireland

Discover ‘Who’s yer man?’ at one of Dublin’s best spots for a day out. Opened in 1864, the National Gallery of Ireland has more than 12,000 works of art from household names including Jack B Yeats, Vermeer and – for the month of January each year – stunning watercolours by J.M.W. Turner. The works were bequeathed to the gallery by English collector Henry Vaughan on the condition that they only be exhibited once a year during January, when the light is at its weakest. If you haven't been to the gallery since that one time at school, when you brought your sketchpad and tried to do justice to Caravaggio's 'The Taking of Christ', it's time to take a second look.

The Little Museum of Dublin

The Little Museum of Dublin, on St Stephen's Green (above Hatch & Sons, if you are peckish after your visit) is a museum like no other, its exhibitions feature items donated by members of the public. Each tour is a tour of things, each item tells its own tale along with the story of the city. Each tour is unique as the museum's guides select different items to discuss and highlight. You can even point out a piece you want to hear about and you can ask them ‘Is that for real?’. It's an excellent way to get to know the city you call home.

The big clock in St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre

Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre

While on the green, you may as well pop in to Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, a familiar Dublin city landmark. The shopping centre which opened in 1988, is designed in the style of a Victorian glasshouse, by architect James Toomey and built on the site of the former Dandelion Market, where U2 played some of their earlier gigs. It is a beautiful landmark in the heart of the city's southside shopping district.

Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI)

One of the newest additions to Dublin's cultural scene, the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) opened in late 2019. Dublin's rich literary history means a dedicated museum is easily filled to the brim. Immerse yourself in the history of Irish storytelling, with priceless artefacts on show including 'Copy No.1' of James Joyce's Ulysses and rotating literary exhibitions. For 2020, you'll find an exhibition examines the work of Dubliner Nuala O'Faolain. We recommend stopping by the Commons Cafe, which opens on to the museum's courtyard gardens, for a slice of cake and a cup of good coffee.

As you enjoy exploring the city, remember to look for the COVID-19 Safety Charter symbol - those businesses are following the necessary safety guidelines. Wherever you choose to explore in the centre of town, you're bound to learn something new about the place you call home. Enjoy Dublin’s rich history and culture, there’s tons of things to see and do.

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