When I arrived in Dublin 2 years ago, I was told that the number one place to visit is the Temple Bar. It’s been two trips around the sun, and I still haven’t popped into the pub for a pint, because I’ve been too engrossed exploring other gems around this beautiful city. Trust me, Dublin has something for everyone!

1) Howth Head and Killiney Hill Park

You can’t come to Dublin and miss aweing over the iridescent Dublin Bay. There are two spots which allow you to do exactly that – Howth Head, a gorgeous cliff walk, and Killiney Hill Park, which is composed of two adjacent, easily-scalable hills Dalkey and Killiney. Whichever you choose, you’ll be greeted with unforgettable views.

howth head kiliney.jpg
The lovely Howth Head and Killiney Hill Park

2) Blackrock Market

While George’s Street Arcade is Dublin’s most well-known traditional markets, my vote goes to Blackrock Market. Open on Friday’s and weekends, this vintage market on Blackrock Main Street boasts of shops selling vintage knick-knacks and homemade snacks, designers selling adorable accessories and even an award-winning Indian restaurant! Bonus – there’s a fortune teller who runs her business here.

blackrock market.jpg
Blackrock Market

3) National Gallery of Ireland

Who doesn’t love galleries? The National Gallery of Ireland, right in Dublin city centre, boasts a fabulous collection of artistic installations, from paintings to themed exhibitions. Admission is free, just walk in and spend a peaceful afternoon exploring the collections that resonate most with you.     

art gallery.jpg
National Gallery of Ireland

Dublin is always buzzing with events, and here are a couple of upcoming ones:

4) Dublin Theatre Festival (26 September – 13 October)

If you’re nuts about theatre like me, this is a dream. This festival will showcase stunning performances by local artists that add to the cultural and artistic flair of the city. It will be held at various locations and you can find ticketing information on their website.

5) Dublin VegFest 2019 (28-29 September)

Current reports state that livestock farming for meat consumption is one of the biggest causes of global warming. Simultaneously, a booming trend of vegetarianism/veganism has been observed globally. Come attend Dublin VegFest to learn how colourful, delicious and meaningful a plant-based diet is! It will be held at Griffith College. Check out their website to get tickets in advance!

6) Great Dublin Bike Ride 2019 (29 September)

Prefer something sporty? The Great Dublin Bike Ride is a big event for cyclists of all abilities. You can opt for a shorter route (60km) or a longer one (100km). The routes will cover various landmarks around Dublin and will begin and end at Phoenix Park. What an exhilarating way to spend your Sunday! Sign up through their website today!

Dublin has enough to keep your weekends filled – take your time to explore this fascinating city!


Mallika Venkatramani – Arts & Lifestyle Editor