Finding touristic attractions in a capital is something pretty easy, especially with internet and blogs such as ours. But the off the beaten tracks places and activities can be trickier to find. And trust us, Dublin treasures so many things to do! It is easy to stick with the main attractions, but lucky you, we are going to uncover some of Dublin’s hidden gems.
If you have children this first place is for you. The Ark is a dedicated cultural centre for children. Children are invited to discover art through engaging exhibitions and creative workshops. The Ark works with some of the best Irish and International artists! They also often organise themed weeks such as Science Week or Space Week. It is located in the heart of Temple bar, in an award-winning building. It has an innovative and contemporary design incorporating the carefully restored front façade of a church. One of the Ark highlights is it’s the Children-sized theatre. Check out the program here.
The National Concert Hall
The National Concert Hall is Ireland’s most prestigious music venue and considered as an important venue on the international performing circuit. It is home to the National Symphony Orchestra which performs throughout the seasons. Very often the National Concert Hall host performances by the RTE Concert Orchestra. We highly recommend you to attend to one of these shows. On the second hand, if you are coming to Dublin during Winter, the NCH is home to amazing Christmas shows.
You’ve probably heard about the Guinness Storehouse but what about the Jameson Distillery? The Jameson Distillery is situated in the original Bow St. Distillery buildings. Going on a tour is the unique opportunity to taste the original whisky straight from the barrel! They offer four different guided tours called the Bow St. Experience, The Whiskey Makers, The Whiskey Shakers and The Whiskey Tasters. The Mont Clare hotel is doing a special offer including a Jameson Whiskey Experience. An opportunity if you are planning to stay in the town centre!
The Science Gallery
You can always expect amazing and eccentric exhibition at the Science Gallery. There are no permanent exhibitions but it is home to some of the greatest international exhibitions about science, the future, robots, nanotechnology…and more. The look of their website says it all… If an exhibition is on when visiting Dublin, don’t miss this opportunity, it is free!
Dubh Linn Gardens
The Dubh Linn Gardens is the hidden garden of Dublin Castle. No need to pay your entrance at Dublin Castle to step inside. Most tourists don’t know about this garden. It is beautifully enclosed with medieval style walls, its treasure some great pieces of art specially commissioned for the occasion and the circular lawn features a Celtic Knot.