The Greater Dublin Region
County Dublin is ideally situated on the east coast of Ireland and just a 20 minute journey will bring the visitor from the bustling city to the charming coastal towns and villages which dot the rugged coastline. A visit to Dublin’s picturesque seaside towns will provide boundless opportunities for craft shopping, water sports, seafood dining and scenic walks against the spectacular backdrop of Dublin Bay.
Throughout Dublin city and county you will find an abundance of visitor attractions to discover and explore, from the most majestic museums to more modern centres of entertainment. Whether your interest is sport, history, art or literature, whether you want to follow a heritage trail, visit a zoo, eat in a castle or follow in the footsteps of Dublin’s many musical greats, there’s something for everyone in Dublin and a story at every glance.
Below you will find some highlights to guide you on your visit to Dublin for ICDRA 2018. More detailed information and events happening in Dublin can be found at the Visit Dublin website.
The Dublin Pass
The Dublin Pass is a sightseeing city card which allows visitors to experience everything Dublin has to offer whilst saving both time and money. For more information on ticket pricing options and attractions visit the website on: DublinPass.com
Museums & Historical Sites
Visit some of Dublin’s most historic sites, including:
The General Post Office – is a key landmark of Dublin city. The GPO was the main stronghold of the Irish Volunteers in the 1916 Rising which was the initial rebellion against the British, and which triggered a number of events leading to Irish independence.
Dublina - is history brought to life in an exciting way for all to engage, learn and share. With four exciting exhibitions, you can visit Viking and Medieval Dublin, see Archaeology as a History Hunter and climb the medieval St Michael’s Tower.
The National Gallery of Ireland - holds more than 15,000 collections of Irish and European Art. An exhibition displaying Masterpiece collections is available to view at the Gallery 7 days a week, with late openings on Thursdays.
The National Museum of Ireland – is home to the greatest collection of Irish Heritage, culture and natural history material in the world and first opened its doors in 1857. Admission is free of charge.
Irish Literary & Music
Enjoy foot tapping, hand clapping, traditional Irish music and dance at a selection of bars at various locations and times listed on the Dublin Sessions website: DublinSessions.ie
Dublin’s illustrious literary tradition dates back over a thousand years and in 2010, Dublin was designated a UNESCO City of Literature. Birthplace of James Joyce and Nobel Prize for Literature winners including William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett, and home of The Book of Kells, Dublin is a truly inspirational city.
Golf - There are a number of world class golf courses in Dublin and the near surrounding areas including the K Club, home of the Ryder Cup 2006
Sailing - Enjoy Ireland’s coast line beaches and harbours and get out to the water for a day’s activities of sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and more.
Gaelic Games - Visit Croke Park and the GAA museum to learn more about Ireland’s unique sporting history in Gaelic Games.
Hill Walking - Brush off the boots and get walking among the trails and walk ways along the Dublin coast and nearby Wicklow Mountains for some stunning scenery and fresh air.
Shopping & Other City Activities
Enjoy the delights of shopping around the designer stores on Grafton Street and the Powerscourt Centre.
Take time out for some pampering at one of Dublin’s top Spas.
Food & Drink
Savour a pint of “the black stuff” (Guinness) while enjoying 360 degree views of the city in the Gravity Bar in the Guinness Storehouse.
Taste your way around Dublin with the fabulous food trail which showcases Irish handmade foods and artisan producers.
Take part in the Literary Pub Crawl around Dublin’s pubs.
It is no secret that the Irish love a good party. Dublin’s unique spirit of fun and entertainment is evident in the many festivals and events organised throughout the year. There are a large number bars and clubs with live music throughout the city.