As we say goodbye to the festive season and now 2017 is well under way, it's time to get ready for a fantastic 2017 in Dublin. Our island's capital is one of the most entertaining places in europe. From inspiring historical occasions to authentic Dublin experiences, we'll whet your appetite for new adventures in Ireland's fair city. We've lined up a few things to keep you busy in 2017, as if you needed more reasons to come and visit us. In no particular order
Dive in at the forty foot
Not too far from Dublin you will find Dublin's most iconic experiences. Not for the weak of body and mind though, you'll be jumping into the icy Irish sea. Shake off the cobwebs and dive into the stunning Dublin Bay at Sandycove Beach, where the legendary Forty Foot bathing place has been attracting swimmers for centuries. The coastal village of Sandycove is well worth a warming wander afterwards; located around a pleasant harbour, it has a famous Martello Tower where the writer James Joyce once stayed. Enjoy the fresh sea air, and one of Dublin's most beautiful residential areas.
Step up to the challenge
From the Great Dublin Bike Ride in September to the Dublin Marathon in October, we know how to host some legendary mass-participation events. There's no better way to feel truly part of the capital than lining out with thousands of fellow adventurists for a gruelling physical challenge against the backdrop of Dublin's streetscape. So get your running shoes or cycling jersey on and start training now for your great Dublin adventure in 2017. If you don't feel up for a massive challenge, there are plenty of smaller challenges and fundraisers that will keep you panting all the way to McDonalds after, if you are that way inclined!
A taste of Hollywood...right here!
Coming in on its 16th year in existence, the Audi Dublin International Film Festival (ADIFF) is a firmly established calendar standout for all film buffs and movie nerds. For ten days in the spring, the city is awash with premieres, previews and Q&A's, attended by a host of international and homegrown talent. A highlight is a secret screening which gives an audience the chance to see an upcoming feature well in advance of its scheduled release date; though you'll want to move fast as tickets go quick. If you are more of a cult classic kind of person, you will find plenty of pop up cinema club classics all over town every week. We love film and are one of the biggest spenders on going to the cinema in Europe.
Celebrate St Patrick's legacy
St Patrick's Day is celebrated in cities all over the world, but its true spiritual home is Dublin. A national celebration of identity, arts and culture, the St Patrick's Festival highlights the very best of local and international talent with a whole host of fun festivities. This year St Patrick's Day falls on Friday 17 March; the perfect reason to plan a long weekend in Dublin. The 2017 festival is set to be the best yet, so make sure you're at the heart of it. Our hostel is packed up pretty early so if you haven't booked, get your beds in now! More information available on the official website!
Like most modern cities, Dublin can be divided up into various sectors or quarters, helping you to find the things that interest you with ease. The Medieval Quarter is the oldest part of the city, encompassing the area around Dublin Castle, Christ Church and St Patrick's Cathedral. Dublin's Antique Quarter is right next door and has an abundance of antique, art and collectibles, offering hours of browsing. Running from St Stephen's Green and Trinity College to the canal, the Georgian Quarter is the epitome of gentrification, while Dublin's trendy Tech Quarter can be found in the Grand Canal Dock area of the city. The city of Diublin has sprawled in all directions meaning that different trends and designs can be seen throughout! A unique form of architecture, social demographics and design!
Taste the goods...
Dublin is about more than just the Book of Kells – under the surface of the capital city lies a wealth of authentic food experiences waiting to be enjoyed. Visit John Kavanagh's Gravediggers traditional pub in Glasnevin for a classic serving of coddle (made with potatoes, bacon and sausage) and an unbeatable pint of Guinness to wash it down. Follow your lunch with a visit to the historic Glasnevin Cemetery, location of the graves of some of the heroes of the 1916 Easter Rising. Don't forget Irish Stew and a few other household favourites.
Dublin from above
Dublin is a fantastic cycling city and one of the highlights is the Three Rock cycle loop in the Dublin Mountains. This route will have you leaving the city behind and climbing up to an excellent vantage point to see Dublin in all its glory. The view is particularly spectacular at dawn and dusk but can be enjoyed at any time of day & a worthy reward after the tough climb. Make a little trip to Jonnie Foxes Traditional Irish Pub, the highest pub in Ireland.
Walk in the shoes of our literary greats
Dublin has been the inspiration behind countless poems, plays and books throughout the years; it's also a place that some of the world's most acclaimed writers have called home. Explore the most beloved Dublin haunts of esteemed Irish writers like Beckett, Yeats and Wilde, as well as visiting scribes like Kipling and Greene. Our tour takes you over bridges, back stage through theatres, and into cosy pubs. Check out our blog here where we show you our top 5 Irish literary greats...
Dublin is a city simply bristling with art, culture and history, so much so that it's hard to know where to start. Make it simple for yourself: plan your visit to Dublin around the cultural highlight of next year, Culture Night 2016. Hundreds of events take place across the city and everyone gets involved, so it's a chance to truly experience the authentic arts scene of Dublin. Arts and cultural organisations open their door until late with a range of free events, talks and performances for you to enjoy. You can expect raves in a Georgian basement all the way to dining in the dark experineces. Be sure to check out www.culturenight.ie for all the information you will need to get stuck in!
World Famous Entertainment
As Dublin venues go, they don't come much more iconic than Vicar street. This hallowed space has seen some legendary gigs over the years, including names like The Flaming Lips and Christy Moore. It's a great place to see acts on the way up, before they hit the larger stages of the capital. There's a fantastic mix of music across every genre, along with some of the best comedians working today.
So there you have it! We hope we've tempted you enough to hop on a boat, plane or bus to visit Dublin's cobbled streets for yourself!