Dublin has plenty to offer visitors and locals, alike. Keep busy with some of these activities, which are all taking place in the Irish capital this month.
Beat the heat with some gelato from a new dessert parlour
Scoop Ranelagh recently opened in south Dublin on Sanford Road, and it’s well worth a visit. The cute blue, white and red exterior is only topped by the delicious gelato inside, where flavours include pistachio, salted caramel and Oreo. If you’re not in the mood for gelato, crepes, milkshakes and coffee are also available.
Book a free visit to see drawings by Leonardo da Vinci
It’s not every day you get the chance to see the work of Leonardo da Vinci in person. But, for a limited time, you can do just that at the National Gallery of Ireland, which is featuring 10 drawings by da Vinci that were picked from the Royal Collection. The exhibit started in May and ends July 17, so don’t miss your window to see these pieces for free (pre-booking is recommended).
Celebrate James Joyce on Bloomsday
If you’ve read James Joyce’s famed novel Ulysses, you know that the story takes place on June 16, 1904, and has a character named Leopold Bloom. Today, people around the world celebrate the Irish writer and his work on June 16 with Bloomsday. Dublin goes all out with a Bloomsday Festival (June 11 to 16) featuring events throughout the city. Be sure to head to The James Joyce Centre to listen to readings of his work and take in the Ulysses exhibit on June 16.
Check out art, music and movies at Interlude Festival
Get your fill of Dublin’s arts scene at the second Interlude festival, held at the RHA Gallery from June 24 to 26. Five rooms and an outdoor courtyard will be filled with art installations and music from almost 30 artists and DJs, including Lisa Hannigan and Dimitri From Paris. You can also hit up the food garden, cinema, record store and craft beer and cocktail bar.
Drink a pint of “the black stuff” at the Guinness Storehouse
No respectable beer-lover would leave Dublin without visiting the Guinness Storehouse in St. James’s Gate Brewery. The popular spot offers tasting experiences, an 18th- and 19th-century-inspired dining hall and a Guinness Academy where you can learn to pour the perfect pint. End your visit with a pint in the Gravity Bar at the top of the building, which boasts a 360-degree view of the city.
Fill your stomach at a food festival
For those who don’t have a lot of time to explore Dublin’s many amazing restaurants, Taste of Dublin will give you a good idea of what this city’s food scene is all about. Head to the Iveagh Gardens from June 16 to 19 to sample delicious food like lobster rolls from local crab shack Klaw or cannelloni from the newly open Farrier & Draper.
Fly a kite on North Bull Island
The sky over North Bull Island in Dublin Bay will be dotted with colourful kites during the annual Dublin Kite Festival. Take a car, transit or free shuttle on June 12 to either watch or participate in the fun with a kite of your own. There will be free entertainment and activities throughout the day for the whole family.
Follow the umbrellas to a new bar
You’ll know when you’ve reached Zozimus Bar—this trendy spot, which opened in March, has marked its presence on Anne’s Lane (just off of Anne Street South) by stringing red, white, blue, pink and purple umbrellas above the street. Inside, Zozimus offers a range of small-bite options and an extensive wine and cocktail list.
Kayak down the middle of Dublin’s city centre
Explore Dublin from the water during a kayak trip down River Liffey. City Kayaking offers two- and three-hour kayaking trips during the daytime, as well as evening trips that last an hour and a half. As you paddle through city centre, take a moment to appreciate the arched bridges and the buildings flanking you on either side.
Take a guided tour of a famous Irish prison
Kilmainham Gaol was opened in 1796 and has housed everyone from Irish political prisoners and rebellion leaders to those accused of minor crimes. It closed in 1924, but visitors can take a one-hour guided tour (pre-booking is recommended) of the prison-turned-museum to see the facility first-hand. Visit the Catholic chapel, west and east wings and the Stonebreakers’ Yard.
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