Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin

Things to do in Dublin

Dublin is the lively capital of Ireland and a city break here will allow you a glimpse of true Irish culture –a culture that is unique unto itself. In this fun and fascinating destination, you will find a wealth of things to do.

To get a true feeling for the heritage of the city, start at the delightful Old Trinity Library, where you can view the Book of Kells, an integral part of Irish history. Other historic landmarks include Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol.

You can also admire the architecture of both Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral. If you want to hear spooky tales of the city’s legends, join a ghost tour, such as The Gravedigger Tour. Be careful though, you never know who or what might be lurking around the corner…

Tourist attractions in the Irish capital

There are many ways to get around Dublin, but the city centre is compact, so is easy to navigate on foot. Admire the beautiful architecture, fascinating museums, relaxing parks and great shopping in Grafton Street as you go.

The Irish love their sports, so there are several top sporting venues in the capital, including the Aviva Stadium and Croke Park. Nothing beats the atmosphere of a rugby match, or a game of hurling.

Art-lovers should pay a visit to the National Gallery of Ireland, which holds the national collection of European and Irish fine art. The National Museum of Ireland is full of exciting exhibits too, and admission is free.

If travelling with kids, there is plenty to entertain the family in Dublin. Enjoy a visit to Dublin Zoo in the beautiful Phoenix Park, take a boat ride on the River Liffey, or head to Dublinia for a glimpse into the city’s medieval past.

Ireland’s favourite drinks

Dublin is known for 2 famous tipples: Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey. You’ll have no problems sampling these at any pub in the city. However, to truly appreciate the process that goes into making these world-famous drinks, why not join a guided tour? The Guinness Storehouse tour includes a walk around the brewhouse, plus a pint of Guinness for adults. At the Old Jameson Distillery, the tour describes the crafts and traditions that are involved in making the world’s favourite Irish whiskey, and of course includes a taste.

Please note: The Old Jameson Distillery is closed for re-development until March 2017. You can find updates on the official Jameson website.

Dining and nightlife in Dublin

When evening hits, Dublin comes alive. There is no end to the selection of cafés, wine bars, pubs and restaurants on offer. Whether you fancy a coffee and cake, hearty pub grub or a sophisticated à la carte meal, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

If you’re not sure where to head first, one of the most popular stops is the electric atmosphere of Temple Bar. Enjoy a pint of the black stuff with locals while listening to traditional live music. For more formal concerts and performances, head to Vicar Street, or the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

There are plenty of options for eating out in Dublin, too. You can savour delicious local and French cuisine at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Dublin’s onsite V’nV Restaurant, which is open ‘til late. Or, speak to our front desk team, who’ll be happy to provide other restaurant recommendations.