Six Nations – Dublin City Break
Take in the sights, try something new or
spoil yourself in Dublin this spring
If you’re planning on watching Ireland play in the Six Nations at home this spring, then we’ve got some great ideas for you to turn your trip into a truly memorable city-break. Whether you’re the adventurous type looking for some adrenaline or you just want to soak up the culture we’ve got some great ideas for you to make the most of your weekend away.
If the excitement of Ireland’s international matches leaves you weak at the knees then why not join a Liffey River Cruise and take in the sights while relaxing in the comfort of an all-weather vessel. This 45 minute trip is an excellent way to learn about the history of Dublin, from the Viking settlers to Oliver Cromwell’s 17th century invasion.
For those of you feeling a little more energetic then choose from one of eight Dublin Discovery Trails. By downloading their app you can ‘follow the ancient highway’, ‘explore Dublin’s military history’ or learn how Dublin fared under British rule on the ‘Empire Trail’. Each trail takes around two hours and a half hours – while the app will guide you along a route of hidden treasures and captivating stories of Ireland’s capital city. If you’ve only got the energy or time to embark on one of these trails then we highly recommend you try the ‘Dubline trail’ as it takes in some of Dublin’s best tourist attractions including the unmissable Guinness Store House, Trinity College (home to the Book of Kells), the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Kilmainham Gaol, City Hall and Dublin Castle.
- The Guinness Storehouse – located in the heart of the St James’s Gate Brewery, this enormous seven-storey building has been remodelled into the shape of a giant pint of Guinness! A visit will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about this world famous beer. Don’t miss the opportunity of visiting the Gravity Bar where you can enjoy breath-taking 360-degree views across Dublin.
- The Book of Kells– written around the year 800 AD this is one of the most beautifully illuminated manuscripts in the world. Its 680 pages of vellum contain the Latin texts of the Four Gospels. It is thought to have been written by monks living off the west coast of Scotland, who were forced to flee due to repeated raids from the Vikings. The manuscript was given to Trinity College in the seventeenth century and has been on display in the Old Library there since 1953.
- The Irish Museum of Modern Art – hosts a world class collection of modern and contemporary art. The stunning building is the former Royal Hospital and is arranged around a courtyard with long interior corridors running along a series of interlocking rooms. There will be three exhibitions running over the course of the Six Nations, the IMMA Collection: Coastlines, William Crozier’s ‘The Edge of the Landscape’ and Lennon’s ‘Porous Plane’.
- Dublin’s City Hall –originally known as the Royal Exchange this is a stunning example of the Georgian architecture for which Dublin is world-renowned. Here you will be treated to a view of the dramatic circular entrance hall and treasures of the city such as the great sword and mace of Dublin.
- Dublin Castle – Built in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle is located in central Dublin on Dame Street. The castle today is now a major tourist attraction where you can join a guided tour to see the stunning grounds or learn the story behind the Record Tower, the only remaining building from the original medieval structure. Other noteworthy areas include the Chester Beatty Library and the Dubhlinn Gardens.
- Kilmainham Gaol – gives visitors a dramatic and realistic insight into the harsh realities of life confined to gaol between 1796 when it opened and 1924 when it closed. It offers a disturbing but utterly fascinating view of the tradition of militant and constitutional nationalism in Ireland.