Discover Dublin in Summer
Discover Dublin In Summer
Nestled in the heart of Dublin with all major attractions on our doorstep, The 4 star Temple Bar Hotel is the ideal base to discover Dublin.
If you are looking for a romantic break away to reconnect, a catch-up with friends, or a family activity break, we believe we have it all covered this year, with great Summer in Dublin value breaks.
The Temple Bar Hotel has something for everyone. If you enjoy live music, a beverage, or international cuisine, why not visit our onsite Buskers live music bar (www.buskersbar.com).
If drinks, lively company, and lots of screens sound like a good time, then be sure to visit Buskers On The Ball Sports and Games bar (www.buskersontheball.com). With Dublin's largest video wall, with over 40 flat screen T.V.'s it is the ideal venue to watch that sporting event, movie, or enjoy the electric atmosphere.
Maybe it is just some fun with the family and a game of pool, brushing up on your driving skills on one of our many interactive games, or ping pong – we have it all covered.
Step outside our doors to enjoy everything Dublin has to offer. Dublin in the summer is a versatile and fascinating vacation destination, from a city break to a trip to the beach. Dublin is packed with culturally and historically significant buildings, museums, and galleries to visit. On sunny days head to one of our many green spaces or parks or hop on a DART to one of our coastal villages and soak up the sun on their famous beaches. Dublin's coastal areas also have some beautiful cliff walks and promenades and plenty of opportunities to enjoy an ice cream and take in the sites.
Rediscover Dublin this Summer with some things you may have forgotten!
1. Park It
Dublin has some fantastic parks within easy walking distance, including St Stephan's Green, The Iveagh Gardens, and The Phoenix Park with many interesting points of interest, including Wellington Testimonial, Ashdown Castle, and Aras an Uachtarain, and of course the Zoo. If you prefer two wheels, we can arrange bike rentals.
Our picnic basket offer is the ideal accompaniment to a day spent in a park. Ask at the front desk for details.
2. Get out a bit
The DART railway provides easy access to some truly breathtaking seaside towns. Head north to visit Howth's quaint little fishing village, and a trip to one of their many seafood restaurants is a real treat. A bit further afield is Malahide village, where a trip to the Malahide Castle Gardens (www.malahidecastleandgardens.ie) can be finished off with dinner or a cocktail in a variety of food and beverage Emporiums.
3. Free Museums
As they are in Britain, Ireland's major museums and galleries are usually free to enter. A cultural highlight for many is the National Gallery of Ireland (www.nationalgallery.ie) which displays an unmatched collection of Irish art, alongside exceptional pieces from every major European school of painting.
From Christ Church, to St Patrick's and the St Mary's Pro Cathedral you will find places where history is alive, and tradition breathes, where lives are remembered and transformed, and where all are welcome to share in awe of the world-renowned architecture.
5. Trinity College
Located on our doorstep, the college houses the renowned Long Room Library with its barrel-vaulted roof, under which sits a treasure trove of Irish Literature. Trinity is home to an enormous collection of works, including a rare copy of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic and the Book Of Kells, a religious manuscript that dates back to 800 AD, and a 15th-century harp, which was the model for the emblem of Ireland.
6. Kilmainham Gaol
The weight of history hangs heavy in the air in Kilmainham Gaol, where many Irish revolutionaries. Including leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916 were imprisoned and executed. Nowadays, the jail houses a museum dedicated to Irish nationalism and an art gallery.
7. Have the Craic
Craic (Fun) is something that you will find in our wide variety of pubs and restaurants covering all tastes from new to old. Dublin is a city that doesn't take itself too seriously and is always ready to make you smile, be it from the live music, the ready wit of our pubs, or a street traders' charm.
8. Viking splash
Explore Dublin like never before across land and water, diving deeply into the city's beautiful culture and history. Viking splash tours offer an engaging, interactive, and fun experience for everyone. Hilarious local guides who will keep you entertained in specially designed land and water vehicles (www.citysplashtours.com).
9. Guinness Storehouse
Located in the heart of St. James's Gate, the Guinness Storehouse building was once the fermentation plant of the brewery. Arguably one of Dublin's most iconic attractions and is hugely popular with all ages, Guinness Storehouse is synonymous with Ireland, so when you're in Dublin, you can't leave without a visit (www.guinness-storehouse.com).
10. Liffey Boat Tours
Dublin's tour service on the River Liffey. The bright red, glass-roofed tour boat "Spirit of the Docklands" operates between the city centre and the Docklands, exploring the historical sites and landmarks along the River Liffey. A fun a relaxing way to see the city from a boat (www.dublindiscovered.ie).
11. The Leprechaun Museum
Explore the world of Irish folklore and mythology at The National Leprechaun Museum. Enjoy an oral storytelling experience taking you on a trip to the Otherworld, home of leprechauns and other mythical creatures. Take a break from your serious self and step into the Otherworld (www.leprechaunmuseum.ie).
12. EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum
Winner of Europe's leading tourist attraction 2019, the museum tells the wonderful, poignant, melancholy story of the emigration process that took place in Ireland. The museum's design allows for the interactive discovery of what it means to be Irish, telling stories far beyond the borders of Ireland and how Irish emigrants became scientists, politicians, poets, artists, and even outlaws all over the world. (www.epicchq.com)
13. The Wax Museum
Discover your favourite celebrities cast in wax, and learn a full history of the museum with a wide range of family-friendly and fun things to do, in an experience you will never forget (www.waxmuseumplus.ie).
14. The Zoo
Fun for all in Irelands largest Zoo, with exhibits from the African plains, to the Arctic and the Asian Forests, there is something for all (www.dublinzoo.ie).
Travel back in time to the heart of Viking and Medieval Dublin. Located in the old city at Christchurch. Walk where Vikings walked before, find out about Dublin's rich past and even climb an original Medieval tower (www.dublina.ie).
16. National Botanic Gardens
The National Botanic Gardens offers an oasis of calm and beauty for free. A premier scientific institution, the Gardens contain important collections of plant species and cultivars (www.botanicgardens.ie)
17. Croke Park Tours
Croke Park has been at the heart of Irish sporting life for over 100 years. With a capacity of 82,300, this magnificent stadium is actually the third largest in Europe and ranked as one of the best things to do in Dublin. Highlights include walking in the footsteps of Gaelic games legends as you go pitch side through the players tunnel (www.crokepark.ie).
18. The Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship
Step aboard and get a sense of the experience of the millions of people who crossed the Atlantic Ocean in tall ships, seeking survival and hope in the "New World" (www.jeaniejohnston.ie).
19. GPO Museum
Witness History in this highly interactive and spectacular visitor attraction, from the 1916 rising, the aftermath of the rebellion, and how Ireland has developed since. Experience the events from an eyewitness perspective of active participants on both sides and bystanders caught in the middle (www.gpowitnesshistory.ie).
20. Richmond Barracks
The Richmond Barracks were a key site for many significant events in Ireland's history and of particular significance to 1916. The Leaders of the 1916 Rising were interned and court-marshaled within the Barracks before being transferred to Kilmainham Gaol. It was also from here that soldiers, including the poet Francis Ledwidge, were transported to fight in World War 1 (www.richmondbarracks.ie).