We are truly spoilt for choice of things to do and see in Dublin. Some much history and culture is everywhere you turn. The city centre location of the hotel also means that you can easily access attractions slightly out of the City Centre such as the Phoenix Park and Dublin Zoo with an abundance of public transport links available.
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.
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.