To make the most of your stay, here are a few suggestions how you can experience Dublin and some suggestions on Dublin attractions to visit while you are with us at the Mespil Hotel.
Want to see Dublin by bike?
Dublinbikes is a self-service bike rental system open to everyone from 14 years of age. As a visitor to Dublin, a 3 Day Ticket is your best choice for just €2 (the first half-hour of use is free; after that a service charge applies).
From the Mespil Hotel the closest Dublinbike station is located by Baggot Street Bridge, which is only 2-minute walk for the hotel. The closest Dublinbike station that is credit card enabled is located by Leeson Street Bridge, 5minutes walk from the hotel.
Or by Hop-on-Hop-off bus?
The Hop-on-Hop-off sightseeing buses have been designed to give visitors the freedom to explore and experience the history and culture of Dublin at their leisure. The Hop-on-Hop-off bus visit all the main Dublin attractions, the tour guides will show you the city as only a native can. Your 24-hour ticket allows you to hop on and off as often as you wish. You can join a tour from outside the hotel, please check with the Front Desk for pick up times.
Discover Dublin with a smartphone app?
If you have a smartphone (iPhone/Android) then you can download the Visit Dublin App for free.
With the Visit Dublin App visitors can virtually explore and research Dublin in advance of travelling. When you are in Dublin you use the Visit Dublin App simply by pointing your Smartphone (iPhone/Android) at the point of interest and retrieve information about it. The Visit Dublin App will also help you navigate Dublin as it can show you how to get to different places.
Discover Dublin with an iwalk?
If you prefer to discover the city for yourself, you can download an iWalk from Dublin Tourism to your MP3 player and take things at your own pace. There are 12 different themes covering different aspects of the region. The podcast are FREE audio guides that also come with a full colour brochure.
Dublin Tourist Attractions
Guinness Storehouse is Irelands no1 attraction, see how Guinness is made, learn about the history around it as well as sample the special brew.
The Old Jameson Distillery originally built in 1780; this Distillery was once considered one of the largest and finest Distilleries in the world. Complete the journey of whiskey making ending with whiskey tasting in the Jameson Bar.
Trinity College and the Book of Kells
A walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College Dublin will bring visitors back to the 18th century. The Book of Kells, a 9th-century gospel manuscript famous throughout the world is on display in the Old Library.
Dublin Zoo is recognised as one of the most modern zoos in Europe, playing an important part in European Zoo breeding programmes. But it's also a great day out for all! See elephants, tigers, gorillas, chimpanzees, and orang-utans, rare monkeys, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, and many more exotic and endangered species. A great day out that is not to be missed.
Dublinia & The Viking World
Dublinia & The Viking World is a heritage centre, located in central Dublin next to Christchurch, at the heart of the medieval city. At Dublinia there are Viking artefacts and you can learn about the way of life in Dublin over a thousand years ago. Christchurch is also the largest Cathedral in Dublin and is worth a visit for it's immensely stunning architecture.
Etihad Skyline - Croke Park Stadium
Ascent to a walkway 44 metres above the ground to take in panoramic views of Dublin and find out more about our key landmarks.
The skyline walk includes stops at five viewing platforms along Croke Park’s 0.6km rooftop walkway. Each stop gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the highlighted buildings and sites in their line of vision through multi-lingual audio guides.
Click here for more information about the Etihad Skyline Tour at Croke Park Stadium
Sample the Culture
The National Gallery of Ireland
The Gallery holds some of the best collections of art and is well worth a visit. Located by Merrion square, were you can see the statue of Oscar Wilde.
National Museum of Ireland - Natural History
Opened to the public for the first time in 1857, the Natural History has one of the world's finest and fullest collections' to be seen. The zoological museum has examples of wildlife from Ireland and the far corners of the globe.
Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum
Is a unique child-centred creative space for children up to 9 years of age, and their families. Imaginosity’s 2.5 floors of exhibits are educationally designed to inspire life-long learning through play, celebrating children’s imaginations on the journey from curiosity to discovery.
Traditional Irish Music
There are a few pubs in the local area that specialise in traditional Irish music, all within walking distance from the Mespil Hotel. For more information regarding pubs with live traditional music please contact the Front Desk.
If you would prefer an evening full of Irish Music, dancing and dinner then there are a few alternatives. One of these pubs that provide an Irish evening is the Merry Ploughboys, the evening consists of a dinner and show, which takes place at the pub for most parts of the year. The Merry Ploughboys has a return bus transfer service picks up directly from the Mespil Hotel. the bus transfer is on a request basis, so please contact the Front desk if you are wish to avail of the transfer, the price of the bus ticket is €5.50 return.
PhotoIreland Festival 2012 (1st - 31st July)
Ireland’s largest and most exciting international Festival of Photography and Image Culture, PhotoIreland Festival is celebrating its 3rd edition in 2012.
This 2012's festival will feature over 300 Irish and international artists with over 70 exhibitions in 50 venues around Dublin city. The programme offers a wide range of works by contemporary photographers, emerging talents and well-known classics. During the entire month of July you can enjoy exhibitions, events, talks, films and more, brought to your by Ireland’s innovative and unique Photography festival.
Shopping in Dublin
The Mespil Hotel is just a short walk from Grafton Street and St Stephen’s Green – Grafton Street provides the shopper with the best of Irish and international fashion to Irish gifts and craft ware. There are many streets and lanes off Grafton Street where you will discover some hidden shopping delights.
Across the river Liffey you will find Henry Street, which is the other main shopping street in Dublin. Henry Street offers the best choice in high street fashion and popular Irish chain stores.
Dundrum Town Centre
Once you leave the city centre you will find many suburban shopping centres, such as Dundrum Town Centre, where you find high-street favourites and specialty shops all under one roof. Dundrum Town Centre is easily reached by taking the Luas (light rail system), which is located close to the Mespil Hotel.
Dublin Activities / Adventure
Be a Viking for a day and let the Viking guides tell you about the city centre sights and they might even teach you the Viking Roar! See Dublin by land and water in reconditioned World War II vintage amphibious military vehicles. An adventure for whole the family.
The GhostBus Tour will introduce you to the dark romance of a city of gaslight ghosts and chilling legends. The bus itself is a unique attraction, it is a mobile theatre decorated in the gothic style and features a live storyteller who takes you on a spellbinding trip through Dublin.
Dublin Tour - North Coast & Castle
This tour takes in Dublin's northern coastline, visiting Malahide Castle and the town of Malahide, past magnificent coastal scenery to the picturesque fishing village of Howth, crossing the nearby summit of Howth Head where you will have a panoramic view of Dublin Bay.
Dublin Tour - South Coast & Gardens
Sweep along the Dublin Bay, past Dun Laoghaire's elegant promenade and yacht-filled harbour, to James Joyce's Tower at Sandycove, the sea views are unsurpassed. Turning inland, the tour climbs into the beautiful Wicklow Mountains and continues through the enchanting old-world village of Enniskerry to Powerscourt House & Gardens.
Discover the beauty of Wicklow’s Glencree Valley. View spectacular scenery of the Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough is one of the most important sites of monastic ruins in Ireland. Glendalough in the Wicklow mountains is a monastic settlement, one of the most historicaly significant villages in the whole of Ireland. It was also the home of St Brendan, debatably the first European to sail to what we now call North America.
For more information regarding tours of Wicklow please contact the Front Desk.
Family Activities in Dublin
Dublin has several attractions and endless events to keep children entertained.
Here are some suggestions from the Mespil Hotel on a few family fun things to do while you and your family are with us in Dublin.
Dublin Zoo is one of Ireland's top visitor attractions and is located in the Phoenix Park, Dublin 8.
Bus No 46a will take you and your family from Leeson Street, located 3-5 walk from the Mespil Hotel to Dublin Zoo. If you are travelling to Dublin Zoo, on a Dublin bus may we suggest getting the Ramble 1 Day Family ticket?
Dublin Zoo Family ticket is valid for 2 adults and 2 kids and is €43.50 per family ticket.
Rambler 1 Day Family Bus Ticket
The Rambler 1 Day Family Tickets gives you and your family the freedom to travel around Dublin on your own and discover all that Dublin has to offer. The Rambler 1 Day Family Ticket is valid for unlimited travel all Dublin Bus scheduled services. There are several different Dublin Bus services located within walking distance of the Mespil Hotel that will take you to your destination.
Rambler 1 Day Family ticket is valid for 2 adults and up to 4 kids and is €10.50 per family ticket.
See all of Dublin's tourist sights by going on the Dublin Tour Hop On - Hop Off Bus. The Hop-on-Hop-off tour has been designed to give visitors the freedom to explore and experience Dublin at their leisure. The Hop-on-Hop-off buses visit all the main Dublin attractions and guest can join the tour from outside the Mespil Hotel, please check with the front desk for pick up times. The ticket for the sightseeing bus ticket is valid for 24-hours and allows you and your family to hop on and off as often as you wish.
Dublin Sightseeing adult tickets are €16 per person and 2 kids (under 14) travel FREE with 1 paying adult.
Viking Splash Tours is a unique experience on land and water, taking in the sights of Dublin during a fun-filled and engaging guided city tour.
The Viking Splash Tour operates on a schedule; so all tours must be pre-booked. The first tour starts at 10am and the final tour departing at 5:30pm. Contact the front desk for assistance in making your arrangements.
Viking Splash Family ticket is valid for 2 adults and up to 3 kids and the ticket is €60 per family ticket.
National Leprechaun Museum
The National Leprechaun Museum is dedicated to Irish mythology and is full of fascinating folklore, mythology and enchanting stories that will take you and your family deep into Irish and Celtic culture to discover what really lies behind the well-known tales of Irish cultural icons - leprechauns, rainbows and pots of gold!
National Leprechaun Museum Family ticket is valid for 2 adults and 2 kids and the ticket is €27 per family ticket, with every family ticket you get a complimentary gift.
The National Wax Museum Plus
The National Wax Museum Plus is an exciting interactive visitor attraction located in the heart of Dublin's city centre Temple Bar district and just off Dame Street. The museum is housed over four floors.
The museum has been designed to deliver an interactive experience taking you on a journey through Irish cultural heritage, an enchanting children's zone of discovery, Ireland's only dedicated tribute to our top scientific inventors, a green screen video room, a fully functioning recording studio and all the exceptional life like wax work characters you can expect at the national wax museum.
The National Wax Museum Plus Family ticket is valid for 2 adults and 2 kids and is €30 per family ticket.
Family Tickets are sold at the front desk at the Mespil Hotel and when you book the Family Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Package, you can pre-buy the family tickets for one or more of your (and ours) favourite family activities.
The Mespil Gourmet Food Market
Located on the banks of the Grand Canal just opposite the Mespil Hotel.
The Mespil Market operates each and every Thursday from 11am - 2.30pm.
Baggot Street is located just around the corner from the Mespil Hotel. The street has a few pubs/bars, restaurants and shops. On Baggot Street a bank and the local post office is also located. On Baggot Street you can also find several ATMs.
The bus stop to the city centre is located on Baggot Street and the buses run every 10-15 minutes during the day or if you prefer to walk, then Baggot street will take you straight to St Stephens Green and Dublin city centre, its a lovely 15 minute walk though Georgian Dublin.