20 Jan 2020
Brilliantly diverse, Dublin is exciting for urban explorers, outdoor adventurers and all in search of something new.
Whether it’s the cityside highlights or the seaside adventures along the sweep of Dublin Bay, surprise and delight are a constant in Dublin. In this ever-evolving capital there is always something new, unexpected and unusual to discover under its skin.
For those who like to mirror the experiences of real Dubliners, more than a pint of the black stuff is on offer on a new walking tour of the famous Liberties area of the city.
In Our Shoes Tours take you right into the city’s heart – picture postcard Dublin as well as its honest, rougher-edged, authentic side. You’ll travel off the beaten track, through local history and folklore, passing landmarks famous and hidden, and along high streets and back lanes uncovering bizarre, hilarious and tragic local stories.
Another new tour will take you around the city sights in a vintage 1970s Volkswagen Kombi Bus, while you can spend a Supper Club evening with Fab Food Trail guide and culinary artist Erica Drum at her Dublin home. Just like the renowned Fab Food Trails around the city, the main focus of these new evening additions to the city’s menu will be on current Irish food trends and culture.
Or experience the Bewley’s coffee story first hand with a new in-depth tour of their much-loved landmark café. This family-owned Irish company has had a long and fascinating history and there is much to discover behind the new refurbished doors of 78–79 Grafton Street – art, craft, sculpture, stained glass windows and more.
Cliff Walk, Howth, Dublin Bay
There is also the chance to cross the River Liffey in a jiffy, thanks to the historic No.11 Liffey Ferry, a water taxi recently returned into service after a 35-year absence.
Once a feature of many Dubliners’ lives, this ferry was first granted a charter in 1665 by King Charles II. Eventually discontinued in 1984, it is now completely restored, and you can catch the Old Liffey Ferry from 7.00am to 7.00pm, running between the Cill Áirne pontoon, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay and the 3Arena pontoon, when it resumes in March after its winter break.
And don’t miss the Chester Beatty, described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe.
Take in the Sacred Traditions Gallery, exhibiting sacred texts, illuminated manuscripts and miniature paintings from the great religions and systems of belief – Christianity, Islam and Buddhism with smaller displays on Confucianism, Daoism, Sikhism and Jainism.
Otherwise, look out for Siam through the lens of John Thomson, 1865–66, a new upcoming exhibition (21 February – 17 May) introducing the sights and people of nineteenth-century Thailand, as witnessed by Thomson’s camera.
The Chester Beatty, Dublin City
Bewley's, Grafton Street, Dublin City
The River Liffey, Dublin City
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