Local Tourist Attractions & Other Activities
Several other activities will be available for booking on the online registration form, more information will available here in February 2014:
- Guinness Storehouse: located in the heart of St James’s Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse is Irelands No.1 tourist attraction www.guinness-storehouse.com
- Ethiad Skyline Croke Park: Enjoy the best views of Dublin from the roof of the iconic Croke Park Stadium on the exciting skyline tour. www.skylinecrokepark.ie
- The Literary Pub Crawl: Irish writers are often associated with specific Dublin pubs: two actors take your party around some pubs, declaiming/singing at each one. Of course, you are allowed to imbibe at the same time. www.dublinpubcrawl.com
- Viking Splash: A fun way to explore Dublin on land and on water. Suitable for families with young (and not so young) children. www.vikingsplash.com
- Glasnevin Cemetery Tour: Confounding your notions of what qualifies as a fun and informative activity, this will appeal to those interested in Irish History and in tracing their family tree. http://www.glasnevintrust.ie
- The Theatre: Dublin is rightly renowned for its powerful and affecting theatre culture with 5-6 productions always running and featuring writing, directing, staging and acting superstars. Check entertainment.ie theatre nearer the Conference date.
- Museum & Jail: Combine a Gaol (Jail) and a Modern Art Museum in one Tour. Kilmainham Gaol traces Ireland’s path to nationhood and lies at one end of a lovely parkland stroll to the Museum of Modern Art. www.heritageireland.ie/en/dublin/kilmainhamgaol and www.imma.ie
- The Dead Zoo: actually called the Natural History Museum – itself a Museum of a Museum, it is a fascinating unchanged Victorian display of dead and preserved animals, www.museum.ie
- Hill Walking: the Dublin and Wicklow Hills provide excellent walks near to the Conference venue at all levels of difficulty from Djouce (a Boardwalk) to Lugnaquilla (not for the faint-hearted).
- Dublin Castle and Chester Beatty Library: The latter has one of the most significant collections of Islamic and Far Eastern artefacts in the world and demonstrates heritage (artistic, religious and secular) from about 2700 BC to the present century. www.dublincastle.ie and www.cbl.ie
- Georgian Dublin: The centre of the city has some of the best preserved 18th Century architecture in the world (some people come just to see the doors). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgian Dublin
- Boat Tours of the Liffey and Dublin Bay: Several of these are available ranging from the sedate St Bridget www.dublinbaycruises.com to the “fun-filled” RIBs of Sea Safari www.seasafari.ie
- Dollymount Strand & Bird Watching: Bull Island in Dublin Bay, (5 km x 0.8 km) was designated a national nature reserve in 1988. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bull_Island, www.bullislandbirds.com.
- The Book of Kells: The Old Library and the Book of Kells Exhibition is a “must see” on the itinerary of all visitors to Dublin. It is a 9th century gospel manuscript famous throughout the world. Address: Old Library, Trinity College, www.tcd.ie/library/bookofkells
- Dublinia: Dublinia and The Viking world is a heritage centre with exciting exhibitions containing life sized reconstructions which will take you back to the Viking and Medieval Dublin with a variety of sights, sounds and smells. Address: St Michaels Hill, Christchurch www.dublinia.ie/
Independent Exploration of Dublin
As well as organised activities, Dublin provides a host of other possibilities to explore:
- Music: Dublin has a rich variety of venues and music styles from classical through jazz to traditional Irish e.g. National Concert Hall, Whelans, The O2, Vicar Street, the Cobblestone.
- Dublin Pubs: Centuries-Old Pubs, Ultra-Modern Pubs, Traditional Music Pubs, Artists Pubs, Rock Music Pubs, Wine-Bars.
- Old Jameson Distillery: There is no other whiskey quite like triple distilled, twice as smooth Jameson Irish Whiskey. This tour brings you on a journey through the remarkable story of Jameson Irish Whiskey as it unfolds before your very eyes. Address: Bow Street, Smithfield, www.jamesonwhiskey.com/en/agegate
- Guinness Storehouse: Ireland’s number one visitor attraction, providing an unforgettable welcome and a magical journey deep into the heart of the world famous GUINNESS brand and company. Address: St James’ Gate, www.guinness-storehouse.com
- Sport: All interests available, some spectacular venues. If at all possible, try to see Gaelic Football or Hurling/Camogie (the world’s fastest field game).
- Food: As expected in capital city, there is a wide variety of restaurants of many styles and budgets, as well as Trip Advisor, check e.g. www.fabfoodtrails.ie. Taste of Dublin is an annual celebration in June of the food scene in Ireland. www.tasteofdublin.ie
- Walk around the City Centre: Stroll in Temple Bar, perhaps look in on the Photography museum or the Irish Film Institute, express an interest in things and someone will speak to you (usually in a friendly way). Then maybe a walk through Trinity College to the National Gallery of Ireland, or along the Liffey Boardwalk or the other direction to feed the ducks in St. Stephens Green.