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Ten Things To Do Around Dublin Today If You Don't Have A Car

By Jen

May 7, 2018 at 8:36am


Ireland is your oyster if you have a car, but for the perennial pedestrians among us who still walk, cycle or get the bus everywhere, some things are just out of our reach. 

With that in mind, here's a list of things you can do around Dublin that don't require a car. 

1. Francis Bacon Studio

Get insight into the mind of an artist and visit the studio of Francis Bacon in Hugh Lane Gallery. 

His studio in London was taken piece by piece, down to the cigarette buts and dust, and meticulously put back together.

Even better, admission is free. 

2.Sweny's Pharmacy

Immortalised by James Joyce in Ulysseus, Sweny's pharmacy is now a bookshop where you can enjoy daily reading of Joyce's works. 

A lot of their readings end up in the pub too. Just sayin'

3. Old Library at Trinity

If you feel like stepping back in time then you should check out the Old Library in Trinity. The magnificent Long Room houses 20,000 of the oldest books in Trinity's collection in oak bookcases. 

This 18th century library wouldn't look out of place in Hogwarts. That's the level of cool we're talking about here. 

You can also see the Book of Kells while you're there. Bonus.

4. Dart around Dublin

You may not have a car but that doesn't mean you're limited to the city centre. 

You can hop on and head south for an ice-cream in Dún Laoghaire or a dip at the forty foot. Killiney beach is pretty daycent too. 

Alternatively, you could head north and go cliff-walking in Howth. 

Not the excercising kind? There are gorgeous shops, cafés in restaurants in Howth village too.

If you've already been to Howth you could take stroll on Malahide beach or check out Malahide castle.

5. Food Trails

So you're starvin' marvin but you can't figure out where to go for good grub. 

Check out a food trail - it's a guided tour around different eateries and you get to sample about eight things on the way. 

6. Free Masons Hall

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A not so secretive bunch, the Irish Grand Lodge on Molesworth street is the second oldest in the world and open to the public.

Tours are held on weekdays from 2:30pm between June and August and private appointments can be made outside of these times.

7. The National Botanic Gardens

Just 3km from Dublin city centre, the gardens are an oasis of calm and beauty and entrance is FREE. You'll feel like you're miles out from the city centre. 

8. Picnics

This may be weather dependent but there are soo many places in Dublin that are perfect for a picnic.

We love the Iveagh Gardens, Grand Canal Bank, Killiney Hill, East Pier in Dún laoghaire or the Royal Canal.

9. Dublin Castle

You can do Dublin Castle two ways. 

There is a guided tour which is class or you can check out the castle and gardens by yourself for free, but some of the buildings will be off limits.

10. Kilmainham Gaol

The place where many Irish revolutionaries were imprisoned and killed, Kilmainham is a must see for everyone. 

So there, you really don't need a set of wheels at all. 

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