Leisure Activities in Dublin

August 9, 2011 · Posted in Europe, Travel 

In recent years Dublin has become a very popular destination for shoppers, party-goers and revellers because of its reputation as a fun location but there are numerous other interesting activities for visitors to Ireland’s Capital.

The leading visitor attraction in Dublin is The Guinness Storehouse which is also known as The Guinness Hopstore. From the early twentieth century this is where the hops were fermented and Guinness was brewed and this continued until recently when the building was converted to a visitor centre. Now visitors can see exhibitions of the brewing process, experience the tasting lab, view videos, make purchases of memorabilia and merchandise (T-shirts, caps etc), have a drink in the bar or eat in the restaurant.

Shelbourne Park and Harolds Cross are Dublin’s two Greyhound Racing stadiums. There is racing every night at either or both of these stadiums. Nowadays a night at the dogs is not just about greyhound racing. It usually involves drinks, dining and general fun and merriment as well as having a few bets.

Golfers have a huge range of golf courses to choose from when in Dublin. Golfers of all grades and handicaps will find a suitable course from a list of about 60 courses in the area. There are also numerous pitch and putt courses for the less energetic. The most famous golf courses in the Dublin area are probably Woodbrook, Portmarnock, Royal Dublin and The K-Club.

In the centre of Dublin city lies one of Ireland’s favourite treasures. The world-renowned Book of Kells is located in Trinity College and is viewed by thousands of visitors each year. It is a fine example of an eighth century illuminated and decorated manuscript. It was created by monks and is a calligraphic illustrated version of the Christian gospels written in Latin on vellum.

Gaelic Football and Hurling are Ireland’s national games and also the most popular. The year’s activity culminates in The All-Ireland Finals which are played every September in Croke Park in Dublin. Croke Park is Ireland’s premier GAA stadium and has a capacity of more than 80,000. Hurling is a bit like hockey but much faster and more robust and it is considered by many to be one of the most skillful games in the world. Tickets for the All-Ireland Finals are like gold dust and any visitor who can get one should not miss the chance.

The newly built Aviva Stadium is an ultra modern facility which was recently built on the Lansdowne Road grounds. This is now home to all of the Irish Rugby Team and Irish Soccer Team home International Matches. Other large scale events including music concerts are held there. In September Michael Buble performed to capacity crowds over two nights.

Many visitors to Dublin like to browse around Art Galleries and Museums. Many of the best galleries and museums in the city are free and they have a goo collection of paintings, sculpture and other artifacts. The National Gallery has a large collection of Irish and European masters and The Hugh Lane Gallery has an important collection of Impressionist Art and there is another impressive collection at The Irish Museum of Modern Art.

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