Free Walking Tour of Dublin
Just arrived at your hostel from Dublin airport and you don't yet know what "Sure look it" means exactly? Go for a free tour where a local guide will show you the essence of the city including key sites like Dublin City Hall, the Castle, Trinity College, and Christ Church Cathedral as well as learn about writer James Joyce and Irish Rock'N'Roll stars. The tour begins every day at 11am and at 2pm in English.
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Discover Ireland's History of Brewing & Beer
Dublin without a couple pints is like a bird without wings. NEXT runs the unique- and free- Brew Legacy Tour where one not only learns about brewing and beer's special place in Irish society but also gets a free beer sample! Unbelievable? Check it out for yourself. Reservations are recommended and the tour runs Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 3pm!
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Join Europe's Longest Run Pub Crawl
If a beer sample wasn't enough for the afternoon, head out in the evening for traditional Dublin pubs like O'Donoghues, The Long Haul or Stag's Head. Alternatively, Backpacker Pub Crawl takes you to the hottest pubs and clubs on the longest running pub crawl in Europe. The tour that hasn't stopped for one night since 2001 includes Guinness, shots, drinking games, cool guides and great company.
Delve into Irish History
Do you know what Vikings has to do with Dublin? When Ireland became independent? Why Northern Ireland is part of the UK but not the rest of the island? Or why the country's referred to as the Celtic Tiger? How could a traditionally poor, agricultural country become the one with best quality of life in the world (Economist, 2005)?
The best way to delve into the history is the Dublinia museum where you can get most of your quesitons answered. If you love churches, don't forget to pop in Christ Church and St. Patrick's for spectacular interiors. And if you can't have enough of Irish history, join our thematic tour 1916 Dublin Rising running on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2.30 pm.
Take a Hike
Do you know what the mountains of Dublin are called? You guessed it right: the Dublin Mountains! With its highest peak at 926m, the mountain is comprised of the largest continuous upland area in Ireland. If you feel like taking a long hike, the 42 km long trail along the mountain is made for you. For an easy and budget friendly escape to the mountains, take the 46A bus to Glencullen, the 161 to Rockbrook or start your hike in Saggart from bus 69.
Attend Music Festivals
It will be busy this month of July with a great list of musical artists performing around the city. On July 9th, Beyonce will perform in Croke park, while the Longitude Festival takes place in Marlay Park between July 15th-17th. It's going to be an excellent weekend of music with a line-up including Major Lazer, Jamie XX, Kendrick Lamar, The National and many others.
Enjoy the Summer Weather
Take it easy with some fresh air in Dublin's many, luscious parks like St. Stephen's Green. Join a football game with the locals, watch the birds, and have a picnic. But remember to not drink in public places as it's heavily penalized in Dublin. Best to keep the Guinness in a pub or at home.
Want more than Dublin?
While you may want to visit other cities like Belfast (160 km away) or Cork (270 km away), the most breathtaking natural beauty of the country is Cliffs of Moher, 260 km to the west on the Atlantic Ocean. If you plan to take a day trip, consider an organized tour or make a dozen new friendships while getting to know the Irish countryside on bus 300 and 350.
Keep these suggestions in mind for your lovely summer trip to Dublin and happy travels!