There’s a number of reasons why Dublin has become one of the hottest destinations in Europe and the best pint of Guinness you’ll ever taste is just one of them. This is an article about the unseen Dublin, the parts and cultural experiences that you won’t find on your average trip to Ireland’s capital.
There are plenty of things to do and see whatever your preference, but to truly experience Dublin, you have to get under the skin of this vibrant city.
Here are three things no trip to Dublin can do without.
1. Enjoy the rugby at Croke Park
With the Six Nations Rugby tournament almost upon us, what better way to get to know the city of Dublin than with a rugby test match at Croke Park. The Dublin Stephens Green Travelodge is a little over 10 minutes drive to the ground so you’ll have plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere and sink a few pints before heading into the electric atmosphere. When Ireland play the whole city comes alive, so be sure to wear something green and get into the spirit of things!
2. Take a trip to the zoo
Dublin Zoo is a fantastic destination for visitors both young and old. With a wide range of exotic animals, fascinating talks and tours and a number of different areas, the zoo will keep you and your family occupied for hours. Just a short trip from the Travelodge Dublin Phoenix Park Hotel you can be there in time for feeding time at the penguin enclosure and across to see the lions before you know it.
3. Listen to some traditional Irish tunes
The musicians’ corner downstairs at The Cobblestone is a haven for those who like a bit of a dance and a sing. There’s rarely anything other than a foot-stomping, head-shaking range of acts and their mix of traditional Irish folk and more contemporary local music is a joy to behold. It’s cosy and a genuinely authentic Dublin pub so if there’s one place you should try your first Guinness, it’s here.