Dublin is known for its lively nightlife. As soon as it gets dark the streets and squares around the many bars, pubs, clubs and discos in the city centre begin to fill and everyone tries to get into in the most famous places. Not to be missed are also the multitude of cinemas and also theatrical events, which regularly bring the hearts of those who are interested in culture. The Irish capital Dublin offers its guests a great variety of leisure activities. From historical sights and cultural experiences to evening entertainment, visitors can create an interesting programme for their leisure time.
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Historical places and (drinking) culture
A guided tour through the historical old town gives you a good insight into Irish history. As many of the city’s major attractions are within walking distance, visitors can visit cultural highlights such as Trinity College, Dublin Castle, City Hall and the old Irish Parliament House. A visit to Kilmainham Gaol, which is located outside of the old town, is also highly recommended, as this old prison played an important role in the Irish rebellion against the British. If you want to spend your free time with shopping, the Grafton Street is the place for you.
This street, which runs through the old town, offers a myriad of shops and is considered as Dublin’s main shopping street. Here is also the statue of Molly Malone, the main figure of a well-known Irish folk song. However, Ireland is also known worldwide for its stout and Irish whiskey, which is why many guests have a trip to the Guinness Storehouse or the Old Jameson Distillery. Both houses run their own visitor centres in Dublin and offer guided tours detailing their long history, production methods and historical significance for the city. In addition, there is nothing quite like the subsequent tasting of both drinks.
Every visitor should make a trip to the “Ha’penny Bridge” pedestrian bridge at least once. The bridge dates from 1816 and connects the Bachelor’s Walk with the Temple Bar district. The Samuel Beckett Bridge is modern and avant-garde, designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava in 2003. Dublin Castle is located in the middle of Old Town on Dame Street. The castle’s representative rooms are still used today for official events.
There are even seven casinos in Dublin. All casinos offer the classic game of roulette, blackjack, baccarat and poker. Nearly all gambling houses have state-of-the-art game machines, some have jackpot machines. Visitors should be at least 18 years old and a passport or valid photo ID must be provided. The guests of the Dublin game banks are neat and elegantly dressed through a necktie or a jacket is not required. If you don’t want to go out, you can even feel like Vegas in your hotel room on your PC or mobile device.
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For night owls, the countless Irish Pubs in Dublin’s Temple Bar district are an ideal opportunity to drink a pint of Guinness or a glass of cider. Pub tours are a good way to get an insight into the drinking culture of Ireland and to enjoy traditional Irish music. For those who want to be a bit more active in the culture of the emerald isle, some pubs also offer an introduction to Reel, the Irish folk dance, where dance enthusiasts can try their own steps.
Take a step into the interesting culture of Ireland and explore the spirit of Dublin.