Dublin has it all! The convenient city centre location of our hotel means you could have an action packed couple of days where you are within walking distance of soaking up a bit of culture in Trinity College, enjoying a pint of the black stuff in the Guinness Storehouse, taking in a gig in the Olympia Theatre, before hitting the shops on Grafton Street. Round off your day then people watching and relaxing in St. Stephens Green. Whatever your itinerary- our fantastic Boutique hotel is conveniently located for you to enjoy all Dublin has to offer.
Christchurch Cathedral was founded in 1028 and is often known as the spiritual heart of the city, due in part to its impressive architecture and fascinating history. Even for those who would not consider themselves to be especially religious, the Cathedral houses a number of interesting artefacts such as the tomb of Strongbow and the longest crypt in Britain and Ireland. As well as regular services, visitors can also take guided tours and even try their hand at bell ringing.
The Guinness Brewery has been producing the famous "black stuff" in its current St. James' Gate location since 1759, and the Storehouse is a great way for visitors to get an insight into this most famous Irish export. Based over 7 floors, visitors are treated to a full explanation of the brewing process- with interactive sections for younger tourists- as well as the chance to pull your own pint (and receive the coveted Guinness certificate). The Storehouse tour culminates in a pint of creamy Dublin Guinness in the Gravity Bar at the very top of the building, boasting some of the most impressive views of Dublin to be found in the area. Just a 20 minute walk from the Drury Court Hotel through the old Viking area of Dublin, the Guinness Storehouse is easily accessible and provides audio guides in over 15 languages, making it easy to see why it is one of Dublin's ultimate tourist attractions.
St Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Park is a large and beautifully maintained park dating back to Victorian times and provides an oasis of calm in the heart of Dublin's City Centre. The 22 acre/ 9 hectare park is a must-visit location and really does have something for everyone. As well as the central lake (with many different birds waiting to be fed whatever the weather), the gardens also boast impressive water features, a rock worth, a garden for the visually impaired and a number of historic statues. There is a children's play area to keep young visitors entertained, as well as plenty of nooks and crannies to provide shelter during inclement weather. Be sure to check the concert schedule during Summer months, as the park provides the perfect backdrop for these
Trinity College Dublin
Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College Dublin is Dublin's most centrally located (just a five minute walk from the Drury Court Hotel), oldest and arguably most prestigious university. The compact design of the college ensures that it maintains an aura of calm, despite being right in the centre of the city, and seamlessly blends a number of architectural styles. The Front Square buildings and Campanile are a real must see for any visitors to the city. Similarly, the impressive Library on campus houses one of Dublin's most visited Tourist Attractions- the Book of Kells- with a recently updated exhibition to provide a comprehensive guide to the whole history of the book. There are full tours of the campus, given by current students of the University, all year round that leave from the Front Arch for anyone looking to delve a little deeper into the fascinating history of the University.
Old Jameson Distillery
A must-visit for any whiskey enthusiasts, the Jameson Distillery takes visitors through the fascinating history and production methods of this world famous brand, from its foundation by John Jameson and Sons in Dublin in 1780. Discover how three very simple ingredients- water, yeast and barley- are transformed into the beloved golden spirit that is synonymous with Irish culture. All visitors to the Distillery receive a small taste of Jameson, an official Tasting Certificate, as well as the opportunity to pick up some genuine Jameson souvenirs in the onsite gift shop.
The Phoenix Park
The beautiful 707 hectares of grassland and tree lined avenues make up Phoenix Park- one of the largest walled parks in Europe, and certainly one of the most centrally located- being just a few minutes' walk from the city centre. There are a number of attractions to see within the park itself, most famously Dublin Zoo as well as some less known but equally interesting sites, for example the Magazine Fort, People's Gardens and Deerfield Residence. The official residence of the President of Ireland, Áras an Uachtaráin, is also located within the park's walls. Being only a short walk or bus journey from the Drury Court Hotel, the Phoenix Park is ideal for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
A hop-on hop-off bus tour is a must do when visiting any large city and Dublin is no different. The double-decker open top bus stops at all of Dublin’s most famous and best attractions. With live commentary throughout, as well as a multilingual option, the city tour offers a great way to see and experience Dublin. The bus tour operates every 10-15 minutes from 9:00am, and stops at over 30 locations ideally situated around Dublin City. With two routes included on the tour, you will really see the best that the city has to offer. The tour is ideal for those with a limited time in the city, as you can stay on the bus for the entire route which takes 1 hour 30 minutes. The Dockland’s Route, which takes 35 minutes, is a great way to see a new side to Dublin also. Alternatively, you can take your time and go at a leisurely pace as your ticket is valid for two days. All guides on the green bus tour are accredited by Fáilte Ireland, Ireland’s official tourism body. On these tours, you will experience the best of Dublin- friendly guides who love their city, and who will share with you their story of Dublin, which is guaranteed to be both funny and informative! Dublin Sightseeing also offer a great range of half day tours and night-time entertainment tours. The North Coast & Castle, and the South Coast & Gardens Tours, are a fantastic way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre for a few hours. The famous Dublin Ghostbus Tour is available at night-time and is a theatrical insight into Dublin’s dark, grim and haunted past! Visit www.dublinsightseeing.ie for ticket prices and information.
Temple Bar should definitely be at or near the top of any visitor's list to Dublin- if not for a pint of Guinness or to sing along to the traditional tunes in one of the many pubs in the area, then at least to soak up some of the great culture on offer (much of it free of charge). The Temple Bar Area is home to the Project Arts Centre, the New Theatre, the Irish Photography Centre and the Irish Film Institute, to name but a few places offering a varied and enthralling mix of cultural events and exhibitions. Visitors to the area should also be sure to wander through the Saturday Food Market in the covered Meeting House Square to sample some of the freshest and most delicious foodstuffs from all over the country.
The Jeanie Johnston famine ship provides a stark insight into a difficult period in Irish history, and is one of the few remaining examples of such a ship that allows visitors on board for a tour. This Jeanie Johnston is an exact replica of the original that made 16 journeys back and forth to America during the 19th Century, carrying over 2500 passengers in total. The tour is one of the best in the city for anyone interested in this section of Irish history, and being able to physically board the ship really brings the history alive - for older and younger tourists alike. There are a number of tours each day, lasting about 50 minutes each, and the walk to the Jeanie Johnston from the Drury Court Hotel takes you along the scenic boardwalk by the Liffey.
Dublin Zoo's ethos for conservation and its impressive display of animals in comfortable surroundings merits its status as the most visited tourist attraction in Ireland. Set over 78 hectares in Dublin's Phoenix Park, exotic animals from all over the globe are represented- including penguins, orangutans, lions and red pandas. The relaxed atmosphere and ample space help to make this a truly enjoyable day out for the whole family.
One of Dublin city centre's best kept secrets, the Iveagh Gardens are nestled in a side road off Harcourt Street, behind the National Concert Hall. This public park was originally commissioned by Benjamin Guinness and designed by Ninian Niven in 1865; to this day it still retains all of the original landscape features of this time, including the beautiful rockeries, rosarium and fountain centre pieces. Its secluded location makes this the ideal place to relax on a sunny day, especially during Summer months, and the park is open all year round at the following times: Mon-Sat: 08.00 Sunday and Bank Holidays: 10.00 Gardens Closing times: December - January: 15.30 February and November: 16.00 March - October: 18.00 There are also a number of concerts scheduled over the summer in this stunning location; please see the Ticketmaster site for further details. The Iveagh Gardens are well within walking distance of the Drury Court Hotel, and our reception staff will be delighted to provide you with any further information.
The Aviva Stadium was built in 2007 on the site of the former Lansdowne Road stadium and is the home stadium for both the national Irish rugby team as well as the national Irish football team. The impressive architectural structure is quite unique, with a bowl-like shape, and can hold up to 51,000 people for most sporting events, or up to 65,000 for music concerts (for example both Rihanna and Lady Gaga have both played this venue). The Aviva stadium has hosted some of the most exciting sporting events in recent history and this looks set to continue this year.
Convention Centre Dublin
A popular location for conferences, the Convention Centre was part of the rejuvenation of the Dublin Docklands and was completed in September 2010. The design of the building was undertaken by the Irish-American architect Kevin Roche and its modern style has led the Convention Centre to become one of the most prominent sights along the Liffey, especially when lit up at night. The Drury Court Hotel is well within walking distance of the Convention Centre, as well as the surrounding financial district with its multitude of restaurants and bars.
Croke Park Stadium
The Croke Park Stadium is located on the North Side of Dublin and is the home of the GAA sports- both Gaelic football and hurling. Following a large redevelopment programme in the late 1990s, the capacity of the stadium increased to over 82,000 people, and this has been reached for both sporting events and concerts. The Croke Park Stadium is definitely worth a visit, even for those without an overt interest in sport, to experience the Etihad walkway tour; this tour takes you out on a walkway that is 44 metres off the ground that offers breathtaking views of the stadium and the surrounding Dublin area.
The 3 Arena (formerly the O2 Arena/ the Point) is one of Dublin's largest concert venues, with a capacity of just under 15,000 people and the option of retractable seating- making it a very flexible venue for everything from music acts to acrobatics. There is always an impressive programme of acts scheduled to play the Arena, so it is well worth looking at the 3Arena site before a trip to Dublin. The proximity of the 3Arena to the Red Line Luas also means that it is very accessible from the Drury Court Hotel.
Located just a stone's throw away from the Drury Court Hotel, the Gaiety Theatre is one of Ireland's oldest theatres, founded in 1871. It has played host to a number of cultural events over the years- everything from the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest, to Riverdance and culminating each year in the famous Gaiety Theatre pantomime. Just in front of the theatre, visitors can see the bronzed handprints of many of the Gaiety's most renowned stars- including Luciano Pavarotti, John B. Keane and Brian Friel. Please see the Gaiety Theatre website for full details of upcoming shows and ticket prices.
Bord Gais Energy Theatre
The most recently opened large theatre in Dublin, the Bord Gais Energy Theatre has a capacity of over 2,100 seats, and as such attracts some of the very best touring productions of plays, musicals and one-off concerts. Designed by the internationally renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, the theatre is in the heart of the Grand Canal docklands, one of the areas to benefit from council funding, meaning that it is surrounded by lovely cafes, bars and restaurants. Similarly the modern design of the theatre's interior ensures that audiences have a fantastic view and audio experience from all sections of the theatre- which would certainly be more unusual in older theatres. The Bord Gais is certainly within walking distance or a short walk from the Drury Court Hotel, making it an ideal location for a cultural night out in Dublin.
National Concert Hall
Located just a few minutes' walk from the Drury Court Hotel, the National Concert Hall is the main venue for classical music concerts in Ireland and has been host to some of the biggest names in classical music in the last years. The RTE National Symphony Orchestra is the resident orchestra, providing a beautiful backing to the visiting musicians and special events, such as film screenings. The interior style of the concert hall is reminiscent of the 1890s, when the hall was originally built, making any visit to the National Concert Hall a truly memorable occasion.
Originally opened as a music hall, the Olympia Theatre has been providing quality entertainment since 1879 and its city centre location makes it a great choice for anyone staying at the Drury Court Hotel. The theatre is host to a number of musical and theatrical acts, and has seen names such as Adele, Billy Connolly, The Script and the Gleeson family perform in recent years. Its capacity is approximately 1,500 people, meaning that visitors are guaranteed a truly intimate show when they visit.
One of the more intimate venues in Dublin, Vicar Street has a fantastic reputation for providing consistently high quality music and comedy gigs. Stars such as Tommy Tiernan, Dara O'Briain and Lana Del Rey have all performed here in truly memorable shows, and the upcoming calendar looks equally promising. Located just around the corner from Christchurch Cathedral, the venue is easily accessed from our city centre location.
The Abbey Theatre is Ireland's National Theatre, established in 1904 with the aim of promoting and nurturing theatrical talent- especially homegrown talent. Since this date the Abbey has hosted a huge number of incredibly successful performances from playwrights both traditional and modern, and some of the stars that began on the Abbey stage have gone on to international acclaim. For any guests with an interest in theatre, especially theatre designed to be thought provoking and exciting, then a visit to the Abbey should not be passed up.
If you are planning to visit Dublin, then a trip to Dublin Castle is a must. Located at the heart of the city centre, the former seat of power for the British Empire in Ireland is not a traditional castle, but throughout its history has functioned as a military fortress, a prison, treasury, court of law and the seat of English Administration in Ireland. Rebuilt in the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Dublin Castle is now used for important State receptions and Presidential Inaugurations. The State Apartments, Undercroft, Chapel Royal, Craft Shop, Heritage Centre and Restaurant are open to visitors. Here at the Drury Court Hotel we would highly recommend visiting Dublin Castle as it is only a 2 Minute walk away from the Hotel and is open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 4:45pm. Tours are also available at reasonable prices for adults, with discounts for children.
Kilmainham jail was once referred to as the County of Dublin Gaol and was built in 1796. The jail was originally run by the Grand Jury for County Dublin, and its sole purpose (as with any other prison) was to hold criminals. However, during the rebellions against the British rule the nature of the prison altered drastically, as many of the leaders of the rebellions, if caught, were imprisoned in the jail and often killed by firing squad. For this reason, Kilmainham Gaol has become a real symbol of the struggles that took place against the occupying forces during this period of history. The doors were shut on the prison in 1924, but it has recently been opened as an important historical attraction, giving visitors a fantastic insight into the events of the time. It is certainly one of the most informative and eye-opening tours available in Dublin, and can be easily reached by bus from the Drury Court Hotel.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral was built between the years of 1191 and 1270, on the site where St. Patrick is said to have baptized converts to Christianity. Also known as Árd Eaglais Naomh Pádraig, St. Patrick’s is the largest church in Ireland. Bell ringing is a traditional skill that forms a large part of St. Patrick’s Cathedral’s history – visitors to Dublin can hear the bell ringers practicing on Tuesday evenings from 18:30 to 19:30. Bell Ringing also takes place each Sunday at 10:30 and at 14:30. Anyone visiting the Cathedral will have the opportunity to experience the long history of the St. Patrick's. Including the building itself there is also a range of historical items, stories, monuments and more on display to educate and inform members of the public about the history and importance of the site. Amongst the long list of former Deans of St. Patricks is writer and author of Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift. He served as Dean of the Cathedral from 1713 until 1745- just one of the many fascinating facts that will form part of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral tour.