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1. Posted by Natassia (Full Member 2 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

HI All

I am needing some help.

Can anyone please reccomend interesting things to do in Dublin that are off the beaten track, alternative, new, not the same old thing everysingle other tourist in Dublin does.

Maybe things arty are good, or places and things that are generally reserved or known only by the locals etc.

Also the top things you have to do if you are visiting Dublin in 1 day, despite being popluar or not.

Any suggestions are welcomed
Kind Regards

I look forward to hearing from you all


2. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Natassia

This first list lm gonna give you is most likely the popular tourist spots:

Trinity College - home to the famous book of Kells -it is also nice to hang out sit outside (if the weather is good!) have your lunch and watch the world go by - if you are there during summer months you may be lucky to see a game of cricket being played!
Guinness Brewery Tour St James Gate - home to the black stuff - wander the musuem then have a pint in the bar and see some excellent views of Dublin.
Phoenix Park - home to the President of Dublin Mary McAleese huge big park and it also houses Dublin Zoo which is a great way to spend the day
Kilmainhaim Gaol - old Dublin Gaol very famous during the civil war and Easter Rising - was home to some of the famous names of Irish History. Its still in very good condition and is at times used as a film set.
Temple Bar - every tourist heads to Temple Bar - check out Clarence Hotel & Octagon Bar (part of hotel owned by U2) Porterhouse another good pub; or Oliver St John O'Goharty (sp??) - over priced for the tourist market but has decent atmosphere and dont expect to meet any Irish people! Traditional music will be played here too.

Shopping - St Stephens Green Centre, Grafton St or check out new Dundrum Shopping centre (Luas electric tram will take you to it)

Now l will go and have a think about the off beat alternatives for you


3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hello Natassia

For anyone wanting to get off the beaten track, in any city, I recommend that they wander off the main streets and hang out at bars and cafes, where there are no tourists. In Dublin, make sure u do this during day light hours. Some places in Dublin are dangerous, at night. ;)


4. Posted by Natassia (Full Member 2 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Thanks for your tips,
I'd love to hear when you think of some neat alternatives as we are really looking for things turists usually wouldnt think of doing.


Quoting Purdy

Hi Natassia

This first list lm gonna give you is most likely the popular tourist spots:

Trinity College - home...

...Now l will go and have a think about the off beat alternatives for you


5. Posted by stephy (Full Member 51 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

i WOULD BE ALSO SO INTERESTED in alternative stuff to do inb Dublin (hope a year late someone responds ;) ). My boyfriend lives there and I ve already been there twice. Since he is working (and a portuguese who has no good hints about Dublin for me). I thought you guys could give me some great ideas where to go, what to do in dublin and near by- without a car.

All the bars i ve already been are so mainstream (temple bar) and kind of boring. Any interesting places???? Where they dont close around 2? I like more punk and ska and worldmusic and indie ... any recommendations would be great.

Can i catch a bus/train to get out? where is it nice for a day?

Is anything good happening around 17- 28 of Sept (i might catch these planes)???

I ve heard that SLigo should be wonderful- surfing (although a bit chilly) and nice landscape- i wanna go there on the weekend (as a hint for other people, searching for inspiration ;)

Would be great to hear your opinions,
Take care out there!

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hello Natassia:)

When I lived in Dublin, I used to regularly go to the Irish Film Centre to watch alternative movies.
It is on one of the streets off Temple Bar.
While u are there, pick up a free news paper, called the Event Guide. There are usually a stack of them just inside the door of the film centre. This newspaper will have lists of all kinds of things to do in Dublin.

The film centre serves good cafe food and has a bar, so a good place to spend half the day.


7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I'd also recommend a day trip up to Belfast (it's only about a 2-hour ride) - or, if you can fit it into a day (or 2), a ride up the Antrim Coast to Giant's Causeway. Lovely scenery along the way, and the place is gorgeous.

8. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi Natassia,

I lived in Dublin as a student for 7 years, so I had lots of spare time to explore the city.

The tourist things are definitely worth checking out and Purdy listed the best of them there.

Some things I would suggest that are not so touristy:

1. Go for a walk along the canal. Start at Baggot Street bridge, have breakfast or a coffee there, and follow the canal all the way along up to Portobello. It's a beautiful walk that takes you through Georgian Dublin. Along the way you can stop and see the statue of Patrick Kavanagh, one of Ireland's greatest poets. Obviously, do it on a day when the weather is fine. take a cruise up the canal on one of the barges (only in summer) or just go and feed the ducks. It's a pretty peaceful place and you'll be in a part of Dublin that is steeped in history. In Portobello there are lots of curious little antique shops and second hand bookstores. From there walk down along South Great George's Street and this will bring you back into the centre of town.

2. Check out the market at the bottom of South Great George's Street - vintage clothes shops, rare books, all sorts of weird and wonderful food stalls. If that floats your boat, head across the Liffey via the Ha'penny Bridge to the Epicurean Food Hall. Yum!!

3. Get on the dart and head south to see Ireland's "Riveria" (snort ) . Get off at Dunlaoghaire or Dalkey and watch the sailboats. You could also check out the Martello Tower in Dalkey.

4. One evening head out to Howth, a good bit outside the city on the North side. Climb Howth Hill (its a lovely walk) and watch the sun going down over Dublin City. Great views. Go back down to Howth and have some yummy fish and chips wrapped in newspaper :)

5. If you are of the literary persuasion, I would head up to Parnell Square on the north side one day and check out both the Irish Writers Musem and the James Joyce Museum. They are in close proximity. Both well worth a visit in my opinion.

6. Take a walk down along the docks in Dublin towards the Tall Chimneys (you can;t miss them - they are red and white). Spencer Dock is being regenerated and is starting to look really well. You'll pass the Customs House and the IFSC - a good example of Dublin's old and new architecture side by side. The walk along the docks is really nice and I always think a city's port or dockland area is where alot of the hustle and bustle takes place.

Anyway, there are plenty more ideas I could give you if you want them, but there's a few to get you started. :)

9. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Sorry just in relation to Point 3 there, I should explain that the DART is a light rail system in Dubiln, in case you were wondering what in the hell I was on about there....

10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

If u are there, on a Sunday, u could visit Mother Redcaps market.
It is down a land, opposite the Christ Chrurch Cathedral.
It is indoors, so the weather wont matter. Just about everything is sold there.
When I lived in Dublin, I used to buy second hand Wrangler and Levis jeans for a few pounds each there and also second hand books.