Thinking of visiting Dublin? Here are some things to do in Dublin that are a stone’s throw from Grafton Street.
Irish Whiskey Museum
I would recommend visiting this museum if you are wondering about things to do in Dublin. Opposite the front gates of Trinity College, The Irish Whiskey Museum is a one of a kind type of whiskey attraction. Why? You might ask, well unlike the other whiskey distilleries in Dublin, they tell an unbiased story of the history of Irish whiskey. Learn about the humble beginnings of uisce beatha, the highs and lows it went through and where it stands today. Tours are an hour long and go every half hour so there’s time to grab an Irish coffee at the bar.
If you’re looking for something to do in the evening then try the new Whiskey Blending Experience which lets you try your hand at blending your own unique Irish whiskey.
Located at the end of Grafton Street, St Stephens Green is one of the great parks around Dublin. Take in the environment as you stroll through the park or if that’s not your thing, the park is also home to many statues of Ireland’s historical figures such as James Joyce, Wolfe Tone and Constance Markievicz. After a long day of walking around Dublin, why not pick up some food and have a picnic in the park (if the weather’s good).
Fans of Thin Lizzy will be interested to know that a life size statue of the lead singer, songwriter and bassist Phil Lynott was established in 2005. The statue could not be in a more appropriate place as it is located on Harry Street, outside of Bruxelles pub which Phil was a frequent guest.
The song “In Dublin’s Fair City” talks about a fictional, young woman who was a fishmonger and died of a fever. There are rumours that mussels and cockles weren’t the only thing that Molly sold hence the nicknames Dubliners have given the statue such as “The Tart with a Cart”. Erected in 1988, the statue of Molly Malone was originally on Grafton Street, however due to construction of the new Luas lines it was removed and placed on Suffolk Street for the time being.
Don’t forget the statues in St Stephen’s Green; you can kill two birds with one stone (horrible idiom).
Little Museum of Dublin
Situated north of St Stephen’s Green, this museum caters to the history of Dublin and is unique in that most of the artefacts in the museum have been donated or loaned to the museum by the public. With exhibitions on the 1916 Rising, JFK’s visit to Ireland and the success of U2, you will find something that interests you. Be sure to check out their website to find out what’s on at the moment.
Almost forgot, check out Hatch and Sons below the Little Museum of Dublin as they do great food (get the double baked eggs!).
Georges Street Arcade
A five minute walk from Grafton Street, Georges St Arcade is home to an eclectic mix of shops and stalls. Set up in 1881, Georges St Arcade was the first Victorian shopping centre in Dublin. Have a walk through and you’ll find many interesting things to peruse. From boutique shops to gourmet food, fortune tellers and book shops, I think most people find something that piques their interest.