An update on Dublin visitor attractions, tours & activities.
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Dublin is one of the most exciting cities in the world and has plenty to offer your clients. Backed by mountains and on the edge of the Irish Sea, Dublin is a place that makes the most of its striking location. Below you'll find some new and exciting developments that will help your clients make the most of any visit to Dublin.
Take a step back in time with Vintage Tea Tours and experience Dublin in a unique way. Climb on board a double decker bus fondly named "Pauline", snuggle up and allow them to treat you to a little bit of nostalgia. Enjoy their renowned Afternoon Tea delicacies, good conversation and tap along to some fabulous 1950's jazz. This is an afternoon tea with a difference! There are three tours a day Wednesday through Sunday at 11am, 1.15pm and 3.30pm and each tour takes approximately 1.5 hours. The route takes you on a trip through the city taking in the Phoenix Park, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christ Church, Wood Quay, O'Connell Street, Trinity College, Georgian Dublin, St. Stephens Green and more.
For more information visit www.vintageteatours.ie
This new tour of Glasnevin Cemetery will give an alternative view of the varied heritage that Ireland's largest cemetery holds and the history within its walls. Visitors will learn of its sculpture, symbolism, architecture, natural life and much more. They will visit the graves and hear the stories of little known figures such as Maria Higgins, a woman who died once yet was buried twice in Glasnevin; an Irish chaplain who witnessed the liberation of Bergen Belsen concentration camp; the last Iirsh winner of Wimbledon.......and many more.
For more information visit www.glasnevinmuseum.ie.
Unlock the treasures and stories of Ireland's capital city with the Dublin Discovery Trails, a new series of free, self-guided walking trails. Let magical tales of the city's colourful past weave their spell as you wander from trail to trail, each one accessible when you download the Dublin Discvoery Trails app. There are eight discovery trails available to download: Rebellion; Story of Dublin; Echoes of War; Empire; The "Real" Dublin trail; The Dubline and two new trails focused on the northside of Dublin.
For more information visit www.dublindiscoverytrails.com/.
The historic St. James' Churcy opened in August 2017 as the Pearse Lyons Distillery, a boutique whiskey distillery. The rennovation of the church and adjoining buildings has been ongoing since 2014 and this new, unique development showcases the rich history of distilling in Dublin's Liberties (one of Dublin's most historic working-class neighbourhoods). Visitors will have the opportunity to feel, taste, see, smell and learn about the process of distilling Irish whiskey and take home some of their very own to share the story.
For further information visit: www.pearselyonsdistillery.com
Delicious Dublin Tours have launched a new Howth Seafood Tour. This walking and tasting tour of Howth village will bring visitors on a tasty journey of Irish seafood discovery. The tour will introduce groups to some of the freshest, highest quality seafood available, while also telling food history of this coastal village. Visitors will learn about Irish seafood history, taste the best products from the sea, visit food producers and enjoy seafood dishes at local seafood restaurants.
For more information visit: www.deliciousdublintours.com/food-tours
Enjoy a visit to EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum at the CHQ building in Dublin's docklands. A new state of the art visitor experience that showcases the unique journey of the Irish nation, where stories of old are told through the technology of now. The museum spreads itself across 21 galleries of vibrant Irish life, as it illuminates the stories of Ireland's communities overseas - past, present and future.
For more information visit www.epicchq.com.
After more than six years of redevelopment, the Historic Wings of the National Gallery of Ireland re-opened to the public in June 2017. The Gallery has created new spaces, uncovered original elements, brought these wings back to their original beauty and innovated for the future.
The National Gallery is currently hosting a special exhibition "Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry". This exhibition brings together some 60 paintings from around the world. Ten works by Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) are included in the exhibition, which represents almost a third of Vermeer's surviving oeuvre and the third highest number of works by the artist ever assembled in the world. The exhibition runs from June 17th - September 17th 2017.
A visit to the National Gallery of Ireland is free. Since 1854, when it opened its doors for the first time, the National Gallery of Ireland has always believed that the National Collection is the nation’s collection and as such is available for your pleasure almost all year round. For 361 days a year the National Gallery of Ireland will inspire, delight and entertain your clients with tours, workshops, lectures and concerts and all for free.
For more information about the National Gallery and upcoming events and exhibitions visit www.nationalgallery.ie.
"George Bernard Shaw bequeathed the royalties of his play "Pygmalion" - better known world-wide as the musical "My Fair Lady" - to the National Gallery of Ireland. He is also the only person in the world to have a Nobel Prize and an Oscar, both of which he received for Pygmalion".
Journey through 1000 years of Irish whiskey; hear tales of ancient monks, backyard stills, modern alchemists and everything in between. In just two hours you will be given the skills to know the difference between single malt, single grain, and Irish pot still whiskey. Dublin Whiskey Tours offer two-hour tours, with three tours to choose from - "Tasting Tour", "Premium Tour" and "Deluxe Tour".
For more information visit www.dublinwhiskeytours.com.
Take a tour of one of Dublin's newest visitor attractions, GPO Witness History. Housed in the iconic and historical GPO building on O'Connell Street, this is an interactive and immersive exhibition which focuses on the 1916 rising. During your tour you will experience the events from an eyewitness perspective of those who were present during the rising.
For more information visit www.gpowitnesshistory.ie
The Little Museum of Dublin has three new tours: on Wednesday mornings at 10am Sarah Costigan celebrates some of the great women in Irish history with "The Women's History of Ireland". On Thursday mornings at 10am Kathryn McCance charts the story of "The Writers of Dublin" from Oscar Wilde to Roddy Doyle. Finally on Fridays at 3pm join Justine Murphy as she sings you through the story of "The Songs of Dublin".
Celebrating 200 years of the Licensed Vitners Association, The Little Museum has launched a new exhibition, "A Little History of the Dublin Pub" which tells the remarkable story of Dublin's public houses. With photographs and artifacts from some of Dublin's finest pubs, as well as an authentic snug built into the exhibition space, it's an exhibition not to be missed. The show runs until September 24th 2017.
For more information visit www.littlemuseum.ie
A new series of neighbourhood walks brought to you by Fab Food Trails. Starting with one a month, each in a different part of Dublin, all wihtin a stone's throw of Dublin's city centre. Expect lots of tastings and lots of meetings as you stroll the city's small and very local neighbourhoods. You never know where you might go, what you might eat or who you might meet!
Those familiar with Dublin city will be amazed to discover food outlets and tasty surprises they never knew existed while visitors will leave with an insider knowledge of the best of what is happening in Ireland's food scene. Fab Food Trails keep their groups small, 12-14 people max, and guides are all local, experienced and know the city well. The company also offers private walks any day of the week except Sundays, and can cater for dietary requirements.
For more information visit www.fabfoodtrails.ie.