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Discover Dublin - Three Day Itinerary

Plan your staycation at the Herbert Park Hotel and Park Residence

Whether you are looking for a relaxing or a very active stayaction in Dublin this summer, we have put together an itinerary of favorite things to do and see during your stay at the Herbert Park Hotel and Park Residence. We truly hope to inspire our guests and help to plan their upcoming trip to Dublin.

 

DAY 1 - THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
 

HERBERT PARK 
 

The best way to spend your time after arrival at the Herbert Park Hotel is to explore the wonderful surrounding area. Our hotel's unique position right next to the 48 acre stunning Herbert Park gives our guests an option to relax in the calm surroundings of nature. Take a rest with a tasty lunch from the Terrace Lounge and enjoy a walk around the picturesque park. Families can take advantage of the amazing playground, the family walking trail as well as endless greenery perfect for a picnic & play.
 

SANDYMOUNT STRAND AND VILLAGE
 

It takes only 6 minutes drive or 1 stop on the DART from Lansdowne Road to get to the Sandymount Strand. The beach at the Sandymount Strand features breath-taking views of Poolbeg Towers and Dublin Bay. The Sandymount Village is considered one of Dublin's prettiest villages with a choice of boutiques and delis where you can discover some of the local produce. 
 

WAKEDOCK
 

Wakedock is Ireland's first cable wakeboard park, uniquely located in the Grand Canal Dock just a short stroll from Dublin's city centre. The wakeboard cable replaces the boat and pulls the rider along an obstacle course. Wakedock offers wakeboard tuition for adults, teens and children. Ride the cable, book group sessions, kids' parties and kids' club, from age 8 and up. Wakedock's location in the Grand Canal Dock is easily accessible from Herbert Park Hotel by car, on foot or by DART (Grand Canal Dock stop).
 

Return to the Herbert Park Hotel and Park Residence for a delicious dinner at the Pavilion Restaurant and a nightcap in the Terrace Lounge before returning to your bedroom for a restful sleep.
 

DAY 2 - DUBLIN CITY
 

There is so much to see and do in Dublin City centre and we have put together a list of our favourite attractions for you to choose from.
 

DUBLIN MUSEUMS


We have narrowed down a list of the best traditional and eclectic museums and galleries in Dublin City, perfect to add a touch of culture to your stay:


EPIC The Irish Immigration Museum

Explore, engage and connect with Irish history and culture in 20 interactive galleries at EPIC. Go beyond the stereotypes to help you discover what it truly means to be Irish. Winner of Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the World Travel Awards 2019 and 2020.

Jeannie Johnston Tall Ship

This remarkable replica of a famine ship, tells the story of those caught in the potato famine and their desperate bid for a new life elsewhere. The dark history is treated with respect and sensitivity, but also with hope and humour, making for a fascinating and intriguing experience.

The Book of Kells

A visit to the Book of Kells at the Old Library in Trinity College Dublin is a journey through some of Ireland’s most iconic cultural heritage.

National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery contains over 12,000 pieces of art representing numerous artists including work by Jack B Yeats, Caravaggio, Vermeer, Rembrandt Turner & many more. It is conveniently located in Dublin City Centre, a short stroll from Trinity College and Merrion Square.

Science Gallery Dublin

Science Gallery is a venue where art and science meet to ignite creativity and discovery, providing experiences that allow visitors to participate and make social connections. It's one of the top free cultural attractions in Ireland and centrally located in Trinity College.

Dublinia

Dublinia, located at the crossroads of the Medieval city at Christchurch, is history brought to life in an exciting way for all to engage, learn and share. Explore Viking Dublin lifestyle, talk to costumed guides, and experience sights and sounds of Medieval Dublin. Learn about archaeology methods. Climb St. Michael's Tower for great views of the city.

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle is the heart of historic Dublin and is where the city gets its name from the Black Pool - 'Dubh Linn' - which was on the site of the present Castle gardens. The Castle houses the magnificent State Apartments, the Chapel Royal, a 13th century Tower and some of its Medieval structures.
 

GRAFTON STREET - A SHOPPING EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER
 

Grafton Street is a pedestrian shopping street which runs North-to-South from Trinity College to St. Stephen’s Green park. It still has the cache of being Dublin’s premier shopping street and manages to preserve a special atmosphere. Grafton Street looks its best on a sunny Summer’s day when Dubliners come out for a stroll or at Christmas, when the whole street sparkles with seasonal lights. There is a lot of interesting boutiques and specialist shops in the little side streets off Grafton Street which are well worth exploring. Take a short drive or use public transport for a shopping experience like no other. 
 

DUBLIN ZOO
 

Dublin Zoo, located in the Phoenix Park in the heart of Dublin city, is Ireland’s most popular family attraction and welcomed over one million visitors last year. Opened in 1831, it is one of the world’s oldest and most popular zoos, home to some 400+ animals on 70 acres. Animals at Dublin Zoo live enriched lives in natural social groups, they are fit and healthy, able to breed and raise their own young. They can be observed in naturalistic spaces with vegetation, substrate and water features that reflects their native habitat.
 

 DUBLIN DISTILLERIES & BREWERIES
 

Teeling Whiskey Distillery

Located in the heart of Dublin City Centre, Teeling Whiskey Distillery is the first new operational distillery to open in Dublin in 125 years and home of the Spirit of Dublin. Producing up to 500,000 litres of spirit each year, The Teeling Whiskey Distillery is Dublin’s newest destination for whiskey fans or for anyone with an interest in Dublin’s long, historical association with Irish whiskey.

Guinness Storehouse

Located in the heart of St. James’s Gate, the Guinness Storehouse building was once the fermentation plant of the brewery. Today it offers a Guinness experience. As you make your way through the space, explore the ingredients, history and culture that tell the Guinness story.
While taking in panoramic views of Dublin in the Gravity Bar, you can enjoy a pint of Guinness or one of the new experimental brews from the Guinness Open Gate Brewery, included in your ticket.

Jameson Distillery Bow Street

The Jameson Distillery Bow St. Dublin has been crowned the World's Leading Distillery Tour for a third successive year in a row to take home the prestigious award at the 2020 World Travel Awards. The awards acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence in global travel and tourism.
 

DAY 3 - COASTAL TOWNS AND VILLAGES
 

Take a day trip and wander around picturesque towns, discover secret beaches or enjoy breath-taking cliff walks. Whether you are looking for outdoor adventures, tasty seafood, quirky shops, historical castles or a magical shoreline – Dublin is surrounded by it all. The coastal towns and villages are easily accessible by car or by taking the DART, Dublin’s electric rail system.

THE FORTY FOOT AND SANDYCOVE

The Forty Foot is famous for its excellent bathing conditions. It was a men-only bathing place for nearly 200 years, but is now enjoyed by everyone, at all times of the year. Even at low tides, there is always plenty of water for swimming there. A Christmas Day swim occurs at the Forty Foot each year. Many people from the surrounding area participate in it. Families have long traditions of participating in the annual dip. Sandycove has a lovely sandy beach and is a very sheltered spot.

DUN LAOGHAIRE

Brightly painted villas, palm trees and townland parks greet visitors to Dún Laoghaire, an elegant port town just 13km from Dublin’s city centre. Popular with holiday makers since Victorian times, its appeal is timeless. Try your hand at sailing, take a dip in the sea, visit a museum, and top it all off with a 99 ice-cream cone on the pier.

BRAY 

Bray is the biggest town in County Wicklow. It is known as the Gateway to the Garden of Ireland and is the longest established seaside town in Ireland. There is a safe beach of sand and shingle to walk on and there is a spacious esplanade. The scene is dominated by Bray Head. The scenic Cliff Walk is on the eastern side of Bray Head continues along the cliff path towards Greystones offering walkers a feast of views on the way. The town boasts shops, restaurants and evening entertainment. Also available in the immediate locality are golf courses, tennis, fishing, sailing, and horse riding. Another feature of Bray is the variety of amusement centres and carnival attractions & bowling alley.

 Please note that, due to Covid-19 restrictions, access to some of the above attractions may be limited or not available at the time of your visit to Dublin. Most attractions require online pre-booking and have limited number of visitors allowed to ensure social distancing. We recommend to visit attraction websites or speak to a member of our team for advice prior to your visit. 

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