There’s more than just Molly Malone to see in Dublin
If you’re planning a trip to Dublin over the weekend, or you’re a resident just looking for something different to do at the weekend, there are countless things to see across the city. Dublin’s Surprising Stories is an initiative with Fáilte Ireland to update and innovate key attractions across the capital. The idea is to highlight the rich culture and history behind each one, and make them bastions of Irish stories for both tourists and natives. Last week, we were scooped up by the charming Johnny Mac on a DoDublin open-air bus, and brought on a whistle-stop tour of some of the newest additions. Whether you’re planning a date, a day out or just a deep dive into Dublin’s surprising stories, these should definitely be on your list.
How many of us have walked past the imposing Custom House along the quays without wondering what’s inside? You’d be forgiven, since the visitor centre only opened to the public in late 2021. The tour tells of the fascinating history of the Custom House, its clientele and the Dublin it served. Not to mention the devastating fire that almost razed it to the ground. There’s a lot to take in, and the interior alone is breath taking. The tour staff are deservedly proud of the building, and know about every nook and cranny. It’s well worth a peruse of a weekend, and makes for an informative look at the city’s past. Entry from €6.
Whether you’re a season ticket holder or a newcomer to the sporting world, the Croke Park stadium tour is an exclusive look at the beating heart of GAA. Go behind the scenes in the changing rooms, walk the same hallways the teams do, and get up close and personal with the pitch – but not too close!! Make sure you leave yourself some time to stroll through the museum, which has moving insight into Bloody Sunday and the important role of GAA in Irish history. Tickets from €8.
Did you know that there are more people buried in Glasnevin than there are living in Dublin? It’s a shocking fact, but makes sense when you see the mammoth cemetery. Inside, there’s a lot to learn about the people buried there over the years, from Michael Collins to Daniel O’Connell. The newly opened section of the museum includes fascinating insight into the history of burials in the city. As well as the surprising stories of some people who repose there. The tour guides are bastions of knowledge with a genuine enthusiasm for all there is to see. There are a range of tour options available for a range of interests.
It’s no surprise that Dublin has a rich history of whiskey production (and appreciation!). Right in the heart of Dublin 8, the Teeling whiskey distillery is an urban hub for lovers of the spirit. There’s an undeniably cool vibe from the lobby to the tasting room. And the tour of the distillery is an insightful glance into a fascinating process. Try your hand at tasting notes or head to the café for a bite to eat. The staff are knowledgeable and passionate about the spirit, and will be able to answer any questions you might have. Tour and tasting from €17.
No tour of Dublin’s attractions would be complete without a visit to the EPIC museum. Back on the quays is the iconic museum that was voted as “Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction” at the 2019, 2020 and 2021 World Travel Awards. It’s a captivating exploration of Irish emigration, with loads of interactive aspects that make it an engaging visit from start to finish. The latest addition to the museum is a moving look at how movement to and from our little country has evolved. Tickets from €15.
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