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Some very special things to do and see while visiting Dublin …..

Lots of our visitors are adventurous and curious.  They like to avoid “made for” tourist destinations and discover the real Dublin. When visiting Dublin lots of our visitors want to seek out those places where they meet more locals than visitors!

If you, like us, want to get to know local favourites when you travel,  we’ve listed some of our personal favourite places to visit locally.  They’re all within a short walk from our Dublin base – they range from a hidden gem of a local pub that appears in the Lonely Planets Top 50 European secret destinations to our beautiful and entrance free National Botanical Gardens, a locals late bar and night club and our iconic National Gaelic stadium where you can walk on the rooftop …. and then some more ….. whichever you choose we hope you enjoy our Dubliners Dublin……

Croke Park

Distance from Experience Gaelic Games: (20 min walk)

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Spiritual home of the Gael – where Irish hearts turn to each September – Croke Park – it’s part of what makes us different!

If you are coming to Experience Gaelic Games why not take a tour of our National Gaelic Stadium. Croke Park was built in 1913 and has been home to the Gaelic Athletic Association ever since. As Ireland’s most iconic stadium, it has been host to a slew of momentous events while continuing to hold the All-Ireland Final in Hurling and Gaelic Football since its establishment. With a capacity of over 82,000 people, Croke Park Stadium is the third largest stadium in Europe and is well worth the visit. You can even go walking on the roof ……!!

Check out http://www.crokepark.ie

 

National Botanic Gardens

Distance from Experience Gaelic Games: (3 min walk)

A great thing to do in Dublin visit the National Botanical Gardens

A great thing to do in Dublin visit the National Botanical Gardens

Just a three minute walk away, going to see the National Botanic Gardens is the perfect post Experience Gaelic Games activity.  The Gardens are renowned for their wonderful and historic “Turner” glasshouses, recipients of the Euorpa Nostra award for Excellence in conservation architecture.

Visitors can also enjoy such features as the Herbaceous borders, Rose Gardens, the Alpine Yard, the Pond Area, Rock Gardens, and the Arboretum.  The Botanic Gardens are also home to over 300 endangered plant species and six species which are already extinct in the wild.  Entrance into the Gardens is free, but the guided tours are well worth the small fee as the tour guides bring the National Botanic Gardens to life with a plethora of interesting facts and stories to add context to the plantlife.

http://www.botanicgardens.ie/

Glasnevin Cemetery

Distance from Experience Gaelic Games: (10 min walk via the Botanic Gardens)

The tour of Glasnevin Cemetery is as entertaining as it is revealing don't miss it!

The tour of Glasnevin Cemetery is as entertaining as it is revealing don’t miss it!

Glasnevin Cemetery was opened in 1832 as a place where both Catholics and Protestants could perform their various burial rituals without interference or discrimination.  The Cemetery is currently 124 acres large and holds the resting place of many of Ireland’s most prominent national figures.  So treat yourself to a tour and learn about the men & Women who made Ireland what it is today.  Afterwards, you will be able to walk around the streets of Dublin and look up at the street signs of O’Connell Street, Parnell Street, Griffith Avenue, and many more, and know just a little bit more about who those people were and what they did. It’s no surprise that it’s a top ranked on Trip Advisor just like Experience Gaelic Games

http://www.glasnevintrust.ie/visit-glasnevin/tours-of-glasnevin/

McMahon’s Cafe

Distance from Experience Gaelic Games: (3 min walk)

Real quality freshly prepared local food - Café small in size -BIG in quality!

Real quality freshly prepared local food – Mc Mahons Café small in size -BIG in quality!

Located just down the road, McMahon’s cafe is a tiny gem in the neighborhood of Glasnevin. With fresh ingredients, great staff, and a great location, it is the perfect place to grab lunch after a session with Experience Gaelic Games. It’s where you’ll likely find us over coffee!!

Alternatively, Experience Gaelic Games also regularly organises lunches/dinners for groups. If this is something you are interested in talk to us, we’re happy to help.

 

http://mcmahonsofbotanic.com/

 

Anderson’s Food Hall & Cafe

Andersons - Difficult to locate - more difficult to vacate!

Andersons – Difficult to locate – more difficult to vacate!

Distance from Experience Gaelic Games: (8 min walk)

A bit of wine and cheese and you’ll be grand.  Andersons Food Hall & Cafe is a Continental Style Cafe/Wine Bar encompassing a Gourmet Food Store and Wine Shop. With a full Breakfast Menu, a gourmet deli stocked with farmhouse Cheeses, Charcuterie, and speciality breads, along with a wine selection of over 100 bottles, you can’t afford to miss Anderson’s Food Hall & Cafe.  Whether you are looking for a hearty breakfast, a nice brunch, a delightful lunch, a leisurely cup of tea, or a pleasant dinner- Anderson’s is the place to go.

http://www.andersons.ie/

 

John Kavanagh “The Gravediggers”

Distance from Experience Gaelic Games: (15 min walk)

Our afterclub favourite....no wonder it's a lonely planet recommend!

Our afterclub favourite….no wonder it’s a lonely planet recommend!

If you are looking for an old, authentic, family run pub, “The Gravediggers” or Kavanagh’s, is our recommendation.  Located right beside Glasnevin Cemetery, it is said that “The Gravediggers” pour the best Guinness in town.  With a bar area that hasn’t changed much since the 1800s the place breathes history.  Well worth it to stop in for some lunch and pint after a tour of Glasnevin Cemetery. The bar area is for drinking and talking only, whilst wonderful tapas food is served in the lounge. (Lunch and early evening only)

That’s why it appears as number 46 of 50 top secret European locations to visit according to Lonely Planet!!

https://www.facebook.com/JohnKavanaghTheGravediggers

Griffith Park

Rest and relax in our local public park - site of a great battle in 1014 - now a bit quieter!

Rest and relax in our local public park – site of a great battle in 1014 – now a bit quieter!

Distance from Experience Gaelic Games:  (1 min walk)

There’s nothing better than grabbing some take-away and heading to Griffith Park for a picnic.  Situated on the Tolka River between Glasnevin and Drumcondra and just downstream from the National Botanic Gardens, the park reaches just around 7.5 hectares.  With a pedestrian bridge, a beautiful flower garden, a wide selection of trees, and a popular playground, Griffith Park is a great place to be on a sunny day.

http://www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-recreation-culture-dublin-city-parks-visit-park/griffith-park

Porterhouse North

No internationally owned porter promoted here - just pure Irish local brew!

No internationally owned porter promoted here – just pure Irish local brew!

Distance from Experience Gaelic Games: (15 min walk)

Ahhh the Porter House.  Home of the award winning, World’s Best stout: “The Plain Porter.”  The Porterhouse chain made history when they opened in Temple Bar in 1996, as Ireland’s first ever brew pub. Just two years later, they expanded to Glasnevin and have since opened another four locations around the world including London and New York.  The Porterhouse prides itself on its Irish handcrafted beers, brewed in small batches, for a truly wonderful taste. So while you are in Glasnevin, be sure to stop by the Porterhouse North for a pint with your friends.

http://www.porterhousebrewco.com/index.php

 

McGowan’s

For late night entertainment this is where you'll find the locals dancing and drinking - Tell Ian you were playing Gaelic Games!!

For late night entertainment this is where you’ll find the locals dancing and drinking – Tell Ian you were playing Gaelic Games!!

Distance from Experience Gaelic Games:  (27 min walk)

As they say, McGowan’s is Dublin’s best known, worst kept secret for a fun night out with friends.  Four generations of McGowans have made their mark on this Phibsboro landmark pub turning it into one of Dublin’s most fun filled nightlife attractions. Whether you are looking for a good place to eat or a fun place to have a few pints, McGowan’s has our recommendation! Just make sure and leave before sunrise :-))!!

http://www.mcgowans.ie/