22 arce enclosed park, complete with flowerbeds, trees, lake, fountain, several statues and a band-stand. It is a tranquil oasis in the heart of a vibrant metropolis.
Its free and open during daylight hours.
- All of the free museums and galleries
- Walking around Howth Head to the summit
- Being entertained by the seals in Howth Harbour
- Alfresco sandwiches in College Park, Trinity
- Free movies in Meeting House Square on summer
- Seeing Dublin Bay from the southbound Dart
- Traditional sessions in Hughes Pub
- Fish and chips from Burdocks
- Browsing in the bookshops around Grafton and Dawson Streets
- Free concerts and events at Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park
Great idea for a thread.
Trinity college and Long Room Library (which has been used in films like 'attack of the clones' in more recent times :-)
Walking around Templebar.
Crossing Ha'penny Bridge.
Take a tour of Leinster House (must be arranged in advance) and sit in the visitors' gallery and listen in on a political debate - okay, not everyone's cup of tea!!!
Check out your family history at the national archives.
Visit the national gallery or natural history museum.
Visit the Botanic Gardens
A walk through the Trinity Campus is a must. For the Book of Kells exhibition and the Long Room, however, you must pay admission. In my opinion it's well worth while.
Get fish and chips from Burdock's (Werburgh St) and then, weather permitting, sit on the wall outside Christ Church Cathedral and munch away.
Browsing through the George's Street Arcade: enter from South Great George's St, have a look at the stalls and shops, then go out the other end, walk straight ahead and enter the Powerscourt Town House shopping centre through the back entrance on William St. There's some beautiful plaster work in the staircase and the building is quite interesting.
You could also walk all the way up O'Connell St and onto Parnell Square where you will find the Garden of Remembrance with a beautiful statue of the Children of Lir by Oisin Kelly. The Municipal Gallery is on the northside of the Square (admission free).
Go to the Stephen's Green shopping centre at the top of Grafton St and find the café on the top floor (Rotunda...?). Get yourselves a cup of coffee or tea and try to get a table by the window where you overlook St. Stephen's Green and the bustle of the street.
You could also have a baby in the Rotunda under the free medical scheme ;o)
In that case, bean, let's start a new thread "Best 10 Names for Babies born in the Rotunda"...
these are great! thanks!
Maybe a bit macabre for some but for those with more gothic tendancies......
- the 1916 Rising Leaders' grave/memorial at Arbour Hill Cemetery (I actually find this place quite moving)
- Glasnevin Cemetary - final destination for many historical and literary Irish figures (similar to Highgate in London)
- the bones of St. Valentine (he of the 14th February love-fest) in a casket in Whitefriar Street Church - apparently a present to Dublin from a nineteenth century Pope... I'd prefer chocolates or flowers myself!
- the mummies in the vaults of St. Michan's Church in Church Street (the remains of monks naturally preserved in the dry atmosphere)
- the Bram Stoker Dracula experience (located a stone's throw from Bram's old house at 15, Marino Crescent)
and a little further afield.......
- Oliver Plunkett's head on display in St.Peter's Church, Drogheda
Don't have nightmares!