Visiting Ireland soon? We’ve rounded up ten top things to do this month in Dublin’s fair city, so if you’ve booked your next timeshare break there soon, earmark these – you’ll be busy!
Walking tour of Trinity College
Ireland’s oldest university is set in the centre of the city on vast, picturesque grounds. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1, this is where Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett studied and it’s home to the famous medieval manuscript, the precious Book of Kells. Take a slow walk around the grounds in the early afternoon, absorbing the impressive history and magnificence of the elegant buildings and serene gardens before finding the perfect spot for a warm cup tea and a thick slice of fruit cake.
Rustic charm and a homemade brew at the Porterhouse
You can’t really be in Dublin and not sample some of the exceptional brew at Dublin’s oldest Microbrewery, the Porterhouse. A glass of something hearty with a steaming bowl of Irish stew, one of many old favourites on their fantastic pub menu, is a perfect way to while away a chilly winter’s afternoon! Alongside their own beers, the Porterhouse offers a great selection of lagers, ales and stouts.
Stroll through Temple Bar
Definitely one of the coolest hangouts in Dublin. Temple Bar is a hove of artistic magic….splendid architecture, vintage clothes stores, funky cafes and a generous scattering of art galleries. Wrap up warm, throw your scarf on and set off down the narrow cobblestone streets without a plan to see what delights you stumble across. This part of town is also home to the Irish Film Institute’s art-house cinema and the Gallery of Photography to name but a few of the cultural riches located here.
Cosy lunch on the harbour at Aqua restaurant
Located 20 mins from Dublin’s city centre Aqua restaurant is definitely worth the journey. Given its proximity to the ocean, the seafood is of course excellent, but so too is the rest of their menu which is all sourced locally, including the veg which is grown in the restaurant’s own garden. A bowl of seafood chowder, a glass of wine and the exceptional panoramic view of the harbour equals no better way to spend a winter’s day.
Traditional Irish music at The Cobblestone
Ireland is known for its rich musical history and nowhere is this better emulated than in the Cobblestone bar. Traditional Irish music sessions are held seven nights a week alongside other bluegrass, country, folk and singer songwriter nights. A real Irish bar with a genuine love of music.
A play at the Abbey Theatre
Founded in 1904 by W.B Yeats and Lady Gregory, the Abbey Theatre remains committed to investing in Irish artists and developing new writing for theatre. It has an exceptional rotation of both new Irish plays and world class theatre and remains on its original grounds, albeit with a 15 year break and a new building on account of a fire between 1951 and 1966. Keep an eye on the schedule for early 2016 which has some truly exceptional offerings.
Explore the Science Gallery Dublin
It used to be a car park and is now an award-winning international initiative led by Dublin’s Trinity College. Ranked among the top ten free cultural attractions in Ireland, the Science Gallery’s collection changes throughout the year so it’s advisable to check their programme prior to visiting to ensure you don’t arrive mid exhibition change.
Bobo the burger master
Well it’s true. Nothing beats a good burger and the team at Bobo’s have the art of the burger down to a “T”! The gourmet burgers are all made from local Irish beef and other products are locally sourced too. Their menu features a great selection sure to keep kids and adults alike happy. Simple good eating at a very affordable Price.
One-off finds for your wardrobe at Loft Market
The Loft has been providing a unique space to independent art, fashion and jewellery makers since 2006. A fantastic melting pot of some of Dublin’s most talented creatives it’s definitely worth a potter. Whether it’s a vintage jacket or some exquisite handcrafted earrings, you are sure to walk away with a treasure or three
A coffee hit at the Bald Barista
After all the shopping, art galleries and food, a stiff espresso at the Bald Barista is just what is needed to recharge the batteries before heading home in the crisp evening air! Owned and run by Buzz Fendall, the man who made it his mission to bring amazing coffee to Dublin, the Bald Barista is a buzzing little hot spot and certainly meets its mission on the quality coffee front; all the beans are sourced from individual farmers directly and there is a great selection of other snacks and drinks.