days out in Dublin

days out in east of ireland

The best days out in Dublin and in the East of the country.  Dublin has some of the country’s best days out including Ireland’s top paid Visitor Attraction – The Guinness Storehouse and also Ireland’s top free Visitor Attraction – The National Gallery of Ireland.

Check out Dublin tours and visitor attractions, or stay overnight in some of the Ireland’s best hotels.

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Did you know? Grafton Street in Dublin is undergoing major resurfacing over 18 months commencing June 2013 to November 2014. The repaving will be carried out in five phases and will cost an estimated €4 million!


Causey Farm in Meath is a great choice for kids with bog jumping, milking cows & play puppies. Also fun entertainment, tourism and educational programmes for Irish and international school and corporate groups. Hen parties at Causey are the stuff of legend!


Dublinia at Christchurch Cathedral in the heart of Dublin is a world renowned visitor centre and a medieval interactive village where visitors can wander through medieval streets and interact with live characters.


Go Kids Go is a renowned play centre located in Coolmine Industrial Estate in Dublin 15. The complex has numerous climbing and fun activities for toddlers and kids, indoor football and also LaserZone for the older kids. Great choice for parties!


Kilronan Equestrian Centre near Santry in Dublin provides livery stables, outdoor trekking, riding tuition and offers something different for family days out and kids birthday parties. Why not try Group lessons or choose Kilronan for your next school tour?


Kippure Estate and Adventure is a large private estate nestled in 240 acres of mature woodland in the Wicklow mountains. Superb accommodation, a unique party and wedding venue and exhilarating outdoor activities in a scenic setting.


The National Aquatic Centre is Ireland’s largest water based venue and has International Competition Pools, Aquazone and Leisure activities for families and groups and The ToneZone Gymnasium.


The Old Jameson Distillery is a superb treat for grown ups with an exhibition and tour of whiskey making. Learn about the origins of one of the world’s best known brands. There’s even a little sample at the end of the tour which will make your day! Now open in Tibradden woods in Dublin. A super day out in the trees, we’ve done this one and can highly recommend it. Zip lines and aerial obstacles, honestly the best fun you’ll have on your stag, hen, group, school or family outing!


Famous days out in East of Ireland

The Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s most popular visitor attraction with over 1 million visitors every year. Learn all about one for the worlds best known brands. A superb day out in Dublin. The views from the Gravity bar (pic opposite) will make your day!

The Book of Kells at Trinity College, Dublin is one of Ireland’s finest National treasures and contains 4 Gospels of the New testament created by Celtic monks circa 800. Renowned for its complex illustrations and ornamentation, simply stunnin

Dublin Zoo has undergone extensive upgrade in recent years with new exhibits like the Safari Plains, Gorilla Rainforest and Kaziranga Forest Trail. A great family day out.

The Long Library at Trinity College Dublin is a magnificent spectacle and the largest research library in Ireland. In an age before digital storage, Thomas Burgh really knew how to build them!



Accommodation choices for your days out in Dublin and the East region of Ireland

Clanard Court Hotel in Athy Kildare is a hidden gem and the ideal hotel to stay over if you’re thinking of popping into Kildare Retail Village for a day out shopping. Why not treat yourself and the girlies and make a night of it. You’ll be spoilt with great special offers,  discount card for the shopping and there’s even the Revive treatment room. Retail therapy + gift card + pampering = VERY HAPPY!

Royal Marine Hotel is a stunning Georgian hotel located in Dunlaoghaire (‘Dun Leary’) just south of Dublin city and overlooking Dublin Bay. Ferry terminal is close by and also Dart rail line makes it easy to pop into Dublin city which is about a 20 minute journey. The hotel has a beautiful exterior appearance as well as chic interior bars and restaurants.  Great location with Dublin just North and Wicklow (The Garden of Ireland) just South

Knightsbrook Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort in Meath is located west of Dublin and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. Superb 18 hole parkland golf course, River Spa, fab games room for kids. Super family deals which include access to the famous Tayto Park, makes this hotel a great choice for groups, couples and families.

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Top FREE Visitor attractions in Ireland, figures are based on 2011 from Failte Ireland.

1. National Gallery – 624,412 visitors
2. National Botanic Gardens – 501,000 visitors
3. National Museum of Archaeology – 402,582 visitors
4. Irish Museum of Modern Art – 362,000 visitors
5. Farmleigh – 315,464 visitors
6. National Museum of Decorative Arts (Collins Barracks) – 295,488 visitors
7. National Museum of Natural History – 289,172 visitors
8. Chester Beatty Library – 247,729 visitors
9. Science Gallery – 242,833 visitors
10. Holycross Abbey, Thurles – 240,000 visitors

Top PAID visitor attractions in Ireland

1. Guinness Storehouse – 1,025,677 visitors
2. Dublin Zoo – 1,000,000 visitors
3. National Aquatic Centre, Dublin – 825,049 visitors
4. Cliffs of Moher – 809,474 visitors
5. Book of Kells – 524,119 visitors
6. Fota Wildlife Park – 390,124 visitors
7. St Patrick’s Cathedral – 362,000 visitors
8. Blarney Castle – 325,000 visitors
9. Kilmainham Gaol – 294,095 visitors
10. Bunratty Castle – 275,986 visitors

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