Here at Dublin Underground we’re more interested in the alternative ways to see the city, but still, there are certain sights you just can’t go home without seeing….
Dublin is a city full of history & culture. But let’s face it, you’re probably here to drink a proper Guinness and pass out in Temple Bar. So hop on the bus, tick off the sights and learn something to tell your mother when you get home. Sure it’s touristy but the thing is even though Dublin’s not a big city, the bus network is a pain in the arse. This hop on hop off tour is actually a great way to tick off excellent sights like Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Gaol and Trinity College and still get back to town before first orders.
Your ticket for the hop on hop off tour now covers a new Docklands Tour too. One of Dublin’s oldest areas, the Docklands have recently had a complete overhaul. The tour takes in the U2 graffiti wall at Windmill Lane & the famine museum aboard the Jeanie Johnston boat. It doesn’t have the mass appeal of Dublin Castle or the Guinness Storehouse but if you’re after something edgier & less touristy this is a good option.
Also included in the price of the bus tour is free entry to Pat Liddy’s walking tour of Dublin. The compact size of the city makes it ideal for walking around. If you take up all 3 tours that’s pretty exceptional value for €18.
You’ll be thirsty after all that history & culture so make this the last stop on your bus tour and settle in for a few pints of the black stuff. Yes, it’s touristy but there’s a reason why this is Ireland’s number one tourist attraction. The Queen stopped off here on her visit in 2012, and if it’s good enough for her…..
The Dublin Pass is a brand new offering from Fáilte Ireland. It’s pretty much a direct rip off of the hugely popular New York City Pass, but if you’re serious about sightseeing you can make some big savings. Entry is included to all the major sights, plus you’ll be entitles to some extra discounts & offers.
It’s billed as Dublin’s cultural & creative corner. In fact it’s become deeply unfashionable for Dubliners to like Temple Bar. It’s more famous for expensive pubs, stag weekends & pools of vomit but the tides are changing in relation to this much maligned area. A regeneration has seen the emergence of some interesting pop up shops, restaurants & creative spaces. Try Dux & Co for food, Jam Art Factory for quirky art & great presents to bring back home and the Project Arts Centre for some thought provoking shows. Watch out for rip off bars & tourist traps and you might just be pleasantly surprised by this colourful area.
The Skyline opened in 2012 giving visitors the chance to experience the best views of Dublin from the roof of the iconic Croke Park Stadium. It’s the sort of slightly nail biting attraction that Dublin has badly needed for a long time. Admission includes entry to the GAA museum where you can learn a little something about Ireland’s hugely popular national sports.
Grafton Street & Henry Street the two main shopping streets in the city centre. Of the two Grafton Street is the more charming option, not to mention safer. Plus it links South William Street & Baggot Street, the two areas we’ve picked out for their reliable range of bars & restaurants.
South William St area
New York has the West Village, London has Soho. They’re trendy, affordable and full of funky restaurants & bars. Head to the South William Street area to see what Dublin has to offer. In post boom Ireland it has emerged as a little hotspot of tredy bars and eateries. Try Clement & Pekoe or Cheesecake for a coffee break or EDEN or the Port House for a €10 lunch. Damson Diner has great tunes, cocktails & the best ribs in town & go to Bear for a steak. It’s Grogans is for old school pints and Dakota for swanky drinks. Hell, head anywhere you want on this street, you can’t really go wrong.
Baggot St area
For more of the same, but less hipsters head to the Baggot St area, it’s South William Street’s big brother. Here the restaurants are a little swankier and the bars a bit more grown up. But fear not, if it gets messy there’s the Xico for a boogie.