We have some amazing alternative guide books to Dublin at the moment, so with another lovely long weekend coming up, we decided to put together an inspirational list of things to over the bank holiday!
Dublin strolls is a beautiful book that helps you explore all of Dublin's architectural hidden gems.
It's a handy guide full of easy-to-follow routes around the city, from the Marino Casino to the Smock Alley Theatre.
We recommend heading towards the Phoenix Park – Europe's largest city park, if you didn't know – for a nature fix!
Dublin Strolls outlines 10 different spots in 'The Pheno' starting at the People's Park and looping up around Farmleigh to finish back at the Zoo. The Magazine Fort, which was built in 1738, has recently been reopened and is offering free guided tours on Fridays and Sundays at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 3.30pm.
(Contact the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre for more information)
20 Things to do in Dublin (Before You Go For a Feckin' Pint)
Granted, we have amazing pubs in Dublin, and everyone knows pints taste better on a Bank Holiday weekend, but there are a load of other amazing things to do in town. This book gives you 20 attractions that don't involve drinking!
Well... Some of them don't. The Guinness Storehouse tour is not only informative but also loads of fun. You begin the tour on the ground floor, looking at the 9000 year lease that Arthur Guinness himself signed, and work your way up, learning about the Guinness brewing process on the way. Before you get to the top you also pass through a tasting session and get the chance to pour your very own pint! To top it all off, the Gravity bar on the top floor boasts some of the best views of the city you'll find.
(Tours start every 15 minutes but we do recommend booking online.)
The Considered Guide covers all the coolest haunts in Dublin from historical sights, museums, and pubs, to restaurants, cafes and markets.
Here are some of our favourite places to get fed and watered.
1- Brother Hubbard
Brother Hubbard – which has locations on both the north and south side - is an ideal spot for a bank holiday brunch, everything on the menu is amazing – give the Brother Hubbard's Avo & Eggs a shot!
Their simple yet effective menu is presented on a business card, which means you can't waste any time deciding what you want! (Disclaimer; you won't find any veggie friendly options here)
Sunday's at 777 are an alternative to your regular brunch menu with all the dishes and cocktails dropping in price to €7.77. Bargain!
4 – La Hacienda
La Hacienda is a beautiful bar off Capel Street. To gain entry you must ring the doorbell of this unassuming Spanish country house, before Shay, the owner, decides whether you meet his approval or not. Generally open from 8pm onwards, you're best off getting there early to get a good spot!
5- No Name
No Name is one of our favourites, it's on Fade Street, above L'Gueuleton restaurant (dangerously close to our shop!), keep an eye out for the snail hanging above the door! No Name is a lovely bar with lots of comfy sofas and a large, covered outdoor terrace with heaters!
Secret Dublin: An Unusual Guide
The Unusual guide to Dublin is perfect for anyone who thinks they know the ins and outs of Dublin. From Napoleon's toothbrush to George the IV's footprints, this guide has all the attractions you never even knew about.
Like Marsh's Library - named after Archbishop Narcissus Marsh! Nestled away on St Patrick's Close, Marsh's library was Ireland's first ever public library and hosts a collection of over 25,000 books and manuscripts dating back to the 16thC.
The library - along with everything in it - is incredibly beautiful and they often have small exhibitions based on the themes of the manuscripts such as “An Anatomical Account of The Elephant Accidentally Burned to Death in Dublin on Friday, June 17 in The Year 1681” intrigued? Us too.
And, while you're up around the area you can visit St Patrick's Well, which lies in St Patrick's park and in which he's said to have baptised the first Christians in Ireland.
Have a fab weekend!
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