Its a new year & a new you! If you're looking to kick the year off in a healthy way and rid yourself of the indulgences of 2016 then here's some great things to do this January in Dublin which will keep you on the wagon and also keep you fit and Healthy.
next city tours
Everyday a fantastic tour of Dublin's fair city with the guys from NextCityTours. See all the highlights of Dublin City including:
- Dublin Castle
- Christchurch Cathedral
- Temple Bar
- Ha'Pennny bridge
- O'Connell Bridge
- Trinity College
NextCityTours has also just recently launched a new, Fables and Folklore Tour. This tour covers a bit more of Dublin and Irelands stories and myths. Even get an insight into the stories that have inspired: Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings. This tour has a bit for everybody and offers a bit more of our tongue in cheek history. City Tours Run everyday: 11am from the Central Bank of Ireland (There is also a pick-up from the hostel at 10.10am). The Fables and Folklore tour: Runs at 2.30 on Mon, Weds, Fri & Sat
Excercise you're face muscles with a comedy gig. There are three places I recommend for affordable and good comedy nights.
Ok this is a pub... but that doesn't mean you have to drink. Get an Irish Coffee, it doesn't count. The Stag's head was recently voted Dublin's best pub at the NHC awards this year. The Stag's Head well deserves it, and also does the one of the best Guinness' in Dublin (Gunniess also doesn't count). Anyway the Comedy Crunch happens in the Stags Head every Monday Night from 9-11. Bets of all, its free! If you feel like calling down a little bit early there is also beginner Ukelele lessons on upstairs for their Ukelele Holley which happens every Tuesday Night.
The International Bar is Dublin's longest running comedy club - so it has a bit of a reputation. If Monday in the Stags Head doesn't suit then the International has Comedy every night of the week. Monday - night is Improv night, Tuesday - host a panel talk show, Wednesday - Comedy Cellar. And the rest of the week is comedy from international acts. Prices Vary from €5 to €10
The Laughter Lounge is Dublin's largest comedy venue located in the heart of the city. This is the place for maybe higher profile acts. Dates of shows vary but so do the acts. I've been to a few shows here and I can tell you it will not disappoint. If you want a bit more variety this is a great spot to visit. Again, dates and prices vary but be sure to check out their website.
Getting healthy? Go for a walk. It doesn't matter your fitness level there are plenty of easy walks to do around Dublin. Two best ways to see a bit of the country is to start by train. Go either north or south both are good.
We'll start north - Howth
To the north side of Dublin bay you have the small fishing village of Howth. Get the DART (train) from Connolly station going towards Howth it's super easy because it's the last stop on the train line. Howth has plenty to see and do but for a nice winters walk I suggest doing the Howth Cliff walk. It will bring you all around Howth Head giving you spectacular views out into the Irish Sea. When you're finished if you're feeling a little too healthy then stop off and get some fish and chips in Beshoffs. Fresh fish straight from the bay.
Going South? - Bray to Greystones
Again, take the train from Connolly station, but this time head south taking either the Greystones train or the Bray train. Either way i recommend getting the train to Bray. Again a small seaside town close to Dublin city. From Bray to can keep walking south along the coast towards the small town of Greystones. Along this route you will get some amazing views of the Irish Sea and also you will be able to see into the Wicklow Mountains. at the end of your walk call into the Happy Pear Restaurant in Greystones. This is the main reason for starting in Bray, at the end of your walk you can stop off and have some amazing and very healthy food from this highly esteemed restaurant. - Both walks should take no longer than 2 hours.
So there you have it. Being healthy (somewhat) in January 2017. With a few pub visits in between.