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Explore North Dublin City

2020 is the year of exploring everything that's on right our doorstep.

We're spoilt for choice here in Dublin as the city is bursting with things to do.

North Dublin City has everything you could want with large green spaces, rich history, art, sport and delicious food.

We've teamed up with VisitDublin.com to show you how to spend a fun day in North Dublin City.

GPO Witness history

This tour takes you right inside one of Dublin's most historic buildings that was at the centre of the 1916 rising.

This highly immersive and engaging exhibition takes you through the Rebels headquarters and shows you all sides of the conflict.

You can join in by making newspaper reports, learning morse code and examining the original copy of the proclomation.

Finish your tour in the rooftop Courtyard cafe which is well known to locals for great cakes and sandwiches.

GAA Museum and Croke Park Stadium

The GAA is such a huge part of Irish history, as is the most iconic grounds of Croke Park.

The 82,500 capacity stadium is actually the third largest in Europe, making it a must see for any sporting fan.

Hear about some of Ireland's most defining sports moments, see the dressing rooms and media centre.

Plus, learn why Croke Park's grass is always greener than anywhere else.

Hugh Lane Gallery

Dublin is home to what is thought to be one of the first modern art galleries in the world.

Opened in 1908, the Hugh Lane Gallery houses a huge collection of modern and contemporary Irish and international art.

Here you'll find artists such as Manet, Monet, Renoir and Degas.

They also have a display of the fully preserved studio of Francis Bacon, including unfinished pieces of his art.

Old Jameson Distillery

Jameson Distillery on Bow Street reopened in 2017 offering five different experiences for visitors.

Take a tour and taste, learn how to make your own whiskey or turn it into cocktails.

Plus, while you're there you can climb all 244 steps up the old Jameson Chimney Tower for some great views of Dublin.

National Botanic Gardens

Dublin is lucky to be full of many green spaces that make it easy to escape the rush of the city.

The National Botanic Gardens houses a collection of over 15,000 plant species that will make you feel lost in nature.

Visitors can also enjoy the rose garden, alpine yard, rock garden, exhibitions, workshops and tea rooms.

Shopping In Arnotts

Arnotts is Ireland's oldest department store and one that many will remember from childhood.

If you want to soak up the atmosphere of a true shopping day in Dublin, Arnotts and Henry Street is the place to do it.

Whatever it is you're looking for you're bound to find it across Arnott's 300,000 square feet of space which features homeware, fashion, electricals and so much more.

There's also plenty of places to grab a bite to eat from the bakery to chef Clodagh McKenna's restaurant.

Croke Park Skyline Tour

We may have already mentioned Croke Park but this is seeing Dublin in a whole different way!

The Croke Park Skyline Tour gives you panoramic views of the city from a rooftop walkway.

Hear the highlights of all the main landmarks and then prepare your self for the 17-storey high viewing platform suspended over Croke Park.

Talking Statues Tour

Have you ever wondered what James Joyce or Molly Malone might have to say?

Well 10 of Dublin's most famous statues can now tell you their own history.

Using location technology, drama and humour, Talking Statues will make you look at these iconic figures in a whole different way.

Simply bring your phone, scan the nearby plague and the statue will call you!

Happy Out Café

Happy Out Café is perched on the edge of Bull Island and made of two shipping containers.

Started by an uncle and nephew, this little spot has become well known for amazing coffee and toasties.

It's right beside the sea too, so the perfect spot to warm up after a dip in the ocean.

Phoenix Park

You could spend an entire day exploring Phoenix Park, the largest enclosed urban park in Europe.

From iconic monuments to 22 acre Victorian Gardens, to stately homes and Dublin Zoo.

The best way to see the park is to rent a bike at the Parkgate St entrance. Once you're done exploring you can refuel at the Boathouse Restaurant or Victorian Tea Rooms.

Keep an eye out for the park's resident deer and swing by the Áras to give a wave to Michael D.

 

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There's so much to see, do and explore in North Dublin City.

For more ideas of how you can spend a fun day in the city check out VisitDublin.com.

Or find our South Dublin City recommendations here.


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