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city break explore dublin city

if you’re looking for inspiration to make the most of your city break in dublin, we’ve been busy doing the ground work, so you get to see the best bits while you’re here.  we have loads of ideas on our blog, with a few sample itineraries thrown in to give you that city break experience.

the gibson hotel is in a prime location to explore dublin, with the luas red line on our doorstep it couldn’t be easier!

if you’re thinking of heading to Dublin for a city break and you’re looking for some inspiration for things to do, then the gibson guides have put together some of “our favourites” to get you into the right frame of mind.   these are just a selection of places to go in and around Dublin city, some are free and some have an entrance fees.  check out our suggestions of local walks and sample itineraries to help you get excited about exploring Dublin.


Jameson Distillery Bow Street

Located in historic Smithfield is a great place to visit with a few friends.  its on the Red Luas Line so you can just hop off at Smithfield and your right there.  they have several tasting experiences which you can book.  our favourite is the Whiskey Cocktail Making Class.  so not only do you get to make the cocktails, you also get to drink them! what’s not to love about this!

The Science Gallery

Located off Pearse Street (nearest DART is  Pearse Street Station) is an amazing place to visit, especially if you have curious minds to keep engaged.  it’s part of Trinity College Dublin so they have fantastic resources at their fingertips.  they have various exhibitions running and even have some of these available online with engaging podcasts available.  even if you don’t get a chance to get inside it’s still worth walking by the Science Gallery to have a look at their window as they tend to put some exhibitions in the window.

The Vintage Tea Trips

This is a quirky addition to Dublin Tours.  ok, we know, this is a bit of a girlie activity so its perfect if you’re escaping the domestic shackles for a night or two and want to catch-up and chat with your besties.  all you have to do is hop on the vintage bus and get waited on hand and foot while seeing some of the sights of Dublin. It takes about 2 hours, so plenty of time to relax and take it easy!

Iveagh Gardens

This is like a secret park in Dublin and definitely on our hit list to check-out.  located on Clonmel Street just off Harcourt Street it’s close to St Stephens Green and is one of those hidden gems that need to be explored.  it has hosted several live music events over the years and is surrounded by buildings, making it a bit secluded from the city buzz.  it’s a great spot to wander around and see some of Georgian Dublin.

George’s Street Arcade

is one of those busy spots that ooze ambience and is worth investigating, if you want to get off the main shopping drag in Dublin.   it’s an enclosed Victorian market and is one of Europe’s oldest city markets. it’s home to a selection of quirky independent boutique shops and artisan eateries and this whole area around George’s Street is alive with quirkiness.


Pat Liddy’s Walking Tours of Dublin

Sometimes it is worth getting onboard with an expert!  Pat Liddy is definitely the man in the know when it comes to getting under the bonnet and seeing some hidden parts of Dublin that are just a bit off the beaten track.  Most of his tours are 2 hours and its a great way to spend a morning or afternoon.  We love the Dublin Highlights & Hidden Corners, but have a look at his website to see the options.

get into the groove with our inspired packages

if you’re planning a romantic city break, check out our best packages and blog for ideas of things to do.

or if its a girlie escape you’re planning,  have a look at our packages and top tips of things to do in dublin city. 

planning a family city break with teenagers, have a look at our teenage kicks package and check out our best of dublin with great info on a selection of activities to engage the whole family to enjoy!



bookings and information

make the most of your trip! Look at our different offerings for accommodation.  if you’re not sure where to eat when you arrive, book our onsite restaurant, coda eatery.  should you have any additional questions,  please contact us team via phone +353 1 681 5054 or email