We all have those moments when we come to the weekend, and we realise we’ve run out of interesting things to do in Dublin. Ok, so we could hit the gym and it’s likely there’s a pile of washing building on the floor/chair, but sure, nobody can be bothered with that. To help you make the most of your free time we’ve put together this list of interesting things to do in Dublin this summer.
Lost Fashion History of Dublin Tours
Led by fashion historian, Ruth Griffin, these tours bring the history of Dublin to life. Each covers a different area, and looks at the textile industry through the ages. Whether it’s the silks and linens of The Liberties, or the Bohemians in Merrion Square, Ruth brings you on a fascinating journey through Dublin’s past. Best of all, she neatly links each with the present day, highlighting some of Dublin’s current gems and finishing with a drink to chat and unwind.
Private Pub Crawl with Publin
Publin have just announced they are going to start doing crawls, so we haven’t had time to test them but it sounds like a genius idea. These folks have all the inside knowledge you could need when it comes to the best that Dublin has to offer. So whether you are looking for the perfect snug, or that perfectly crafted cocktail they have you covered. There’s also talk of themed crawls so be sure to check them out.
Visit the Botanic Gardens
Although 3km from the heart of the city, the Botanic Gardens are definitely worth the spin – and don’t worry if you don’t have a car, as you can always grab the bus. With over 300 endangered species, and 6 species that are extinct in the wild, this spot is perfect for those who want a little peace and quiet. Not only can you learn about a wide range of flora, but best of all, it’s free!
Games Night at Token
Token is a relatively new kid on the block, but it’s already making waves. Part retro arcade – part pub – part up-market fast food joint, this spot is perfect for an after work catch up or to kickstart the weekend. Why not get a group together and battle it out over Street Fighter or Mario Kart? Winner stays on, loser buys a round, obvy. Don’t forget to nip downstairs for a quick go on the pinball machines too.
Sewing Course at Design House
For any budding designers out there, or for those who are looking to learn a new skill, these classes are perfect. Design House run a variety of classes covering everything from skirts, dresses, corsets, as well as tops/trousers. To cap it all off, excuse the pun, they also hold millinery classes. I did one recently, and it was great craic. With lunch and wine provided, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon.
Gigonoemtry at The Workman’s
This monthly event is an ideal way to find the hottest up and coming acts. Each event showcases four new acts, and with acts like BARQ, Hvmmingbyrd, Rosa Nutty, and Buffalo Sunn gracing the stage you’re always in for a treat. July’s event features Montauk Hotel, The Clockworks, Silent Interlude, and Davie Furey.
With over 3,000 pieces of contemporary and modern art, IMMA is an amazing experience. I’m not a huge fan of led tours, as I like to wander around at my leisure, but if you’d like to hear more you can book informal tours too. They are capped at a max of 20 people, so it’s a nice-sized group. Take a couple of hours, and some comfy shoes, and wander among the pieces. Once you’ve an appetite worked up stop into the cafe for a bite to eat and a coffee.
Going for dinner is one of my favourite things to do – although sadly, my bank balance doesn’t seem to enjoy it as much. Over the last couple of years Dublin has seen a boom in great restaurants and cafes, so I’d highly recommend taking some time to explore the best the city has to offer. I’m slowly making my way through a very extensive list. If you’d like to check out some of the finer restaurants, keep an eye on TheTaste.ie it’s the perfect place to pick up amazing offers. They do everything from VIP Dining Experiences at Rustic Stone to Poke bowls at Klaw, so there’s something for everyone. And best of all, to suit all budgets.
So there you have it, a super quick list of interesting things to do in Dublin – sure this is just the tip of the iceberg, but there 8 handy ones that won’t break the bank. And are ideal for a group outing or if you’re flying solo. Lots of these make perfect GirlCrew outings, so why not get the crew together and get an event up. If there’s any hidden gems you’ve come across, we’d love to hear them! What has been your best excursion in Dublin? Let us know in the comments. I’m always on the look out for my next jaunt.