Here are 9 things to do in Dublin without setting foot in a pub
Dublin is known for the friendly people and the mighty craic, but what if you just want to take it easy? Despite initial assumptions, there are many things to do in Ireland’s capital that don’t involve having a pint. Here are some great things to do in Dublin without alcohol.
1. Take a Walking Tour
The best way to see any city is on foot, and Dublin is particularly walkable. Anything you’d like to see on your first or second visit to Dublin is all within a 30 minute walk. If you’re looking for something interesting and affordable, sign up for one of Dublin’s many walking tours. Are you local to Dublin? Then I bet you don’t know half the things you’d learn on a walking tour. Try one out!
2. Enjoy a Coffee at 3FE
Hipster coffee at its finest! 3FE is known for great coffee and a buzzing environment. If you’re a coffee connoisseur and want to take a break to watch the world go by, grab yourself a window seat.
3. Go Stand up Paddle Boarding on the Liffey
If you want to get up close and personal with Dublin, get on the river! There are many companies that will take you stand up paddle boarding on the River Liffey or in nearby Grand Canal Dock. You’ll be wearing a wetsuit to help with the cold and the germs, but try not to fall in!
4. Visit the Dublin Zoo
I’m not a massive fan of zoos myself, but I have a lot of friends who seem to love them, and they tell me that Dublin Zoo is top notch. It’s nicely situated in Phoenix Park, so you can make a full day out of seeing the deer in the park, visiting the zoo, and finishing off at the quaint Phoenix Park Tea Rooms.
5. Visit the National Gallery of Ireland
This one made my list of 11 things to do in Dublin on a Sunday, but it can really be done any day of the week! I love visiting the National Gallery in Dublin, I find wandering through rooms full of paintings so relaxing. Check out their website to see what special exhibitions may be on before you go.
6. Go Shopping in Dublin
No matter how many times you say you don’t want to spend money on things you don’t need, you’ll inevitably find yourself popping in to a new shop you haven’t seen before or grabbing a few local souvenirs. Dublin’s fashion scene is growing and there are plenty of trendy shops for you to visit. Whether you’ve got extra time or are just hiding away from unexpected rain, shopping in Dublin is always a good idea. Start on Grafton Street and make your way through the city’s Creative Quarter.
7. Walk up Killiney Hill
Killiney Hill is located in South Dublin City and can be reached by car or DART, the local commuter train. It’s a definite uphill climb, but the paths are well marked and all fitness levels are welcome. It feels like you’re in a completely different ecosystem when you get lost half way up, there are tons of trees and and hills to make you quickly forget how close you are to the city.
8. Have Brunch in Portobello
Bibi’s Cafe is hidden along a residential street in Dublin’s Portobello district. It has insta-worthy coffee, gluten free options, and the food is to die for. Arrive early on the weekend to beat the brunch goers.
9. Hike the Sugar Loaf
If you’re feeling like a bit more of a challenge, drive out to the Sugar Loaf for a longer climb. I still haven’t done it (it’s on my list!) but I’ve been told it’s easily doable in running shoes and doesn’t take more than an hour or so. It’s a great easy hike for a sunny morning!
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