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From talking statues to the homes of famous literary figures and the chance to savour flavours of the world, the Irish capital has a something special for everyone
Dublin is a thriving city with a great deal to offer families, friends, couples and solo travellers. The buzzing atmosphere, friendly locals and rich culture are known to enthral guests, but the most-visited city in Ireland has much more than meets the eye.
Many a quirky activity and eye-catching attraction has popped up on the streets of late, making a trip to the Republic of Ireland’s capital a truly unique experience. Here are some for the books:
The most immersive of these are the talking historic statues across the city now opening up to guests to tell their stories. Using modern technology, the statues will talk guests through their namesake’s contributions to the country, their achievements and even offer additional unknown facts. When guests pass by a talking statue, they are invited to scan a barcode using their smartphones to receive a call from the likes of James Joyce (written by Roddy Doyle and voiced by Gabriel Byrne) and Oscar Wilde (written by John Banville and voiced by Andrew Scott) to tell them more about Dublin’s vibrant history.
Walk this way
Dublin’s Discover Trails gives visitors a sense of independence as they take to the streets of the city. Through downloading the app, travellers will be able to see the city in a way that most appeals to them. Each trail takes on a different theme, with options ranging from military history and following the course of an ancient highway to getting a glimpse of the real Dublin.
Poetry lovers will delight in the recently opened Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again exhibition, which takes them on a journey thought the life of the literary legend. The free exhibition features an extensive archive of Heaney’s original manuscripts as well as letters, unpublished works, diary entries, photographs, notebooks and multi-media recordings, which give guests a never-before-seen look into Heaney’s life.
Those with a hunger to explore the culinary side of the city will find solace at the Temple Bar Food Market, which also happens to be the best open-air market. Visitors can tickle their taste buds through the variety of cheeses, jams, meats and international-inspired flavours, all created using the freshest produce from across the island of Ireland.
Row your boat
City Kayak gives guests the chance to see the city from a whole new perspective, offered by the Liffey River. Spending an afternoon on the tranquil waters of the river will allow guests to paddle under the capital’s iconic O’Connell and Ha’penny bridges. With two options available, the High Tide tours, placing kayakers on par with the city, and the Low Tide tours, on which they will find themselves able to explore the docklands, a kayak trip makes for a memorable experience.
The vibrant sporting culture of Ireland can be viewed from the grounds of Croke Park. Recognised as the official Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) stadium, the field has held many fevered matches, drawing over 80,000 fans when Irish Football and Hurling Championships take place.
Song and dance
The famous Irish buskers can be found belting out their music on Grafton Street all day long. With many an internationally recognised singer having played these streets at the start of their career, it is a great spot to soak in some good music and Irish culture. Shopping for souvenirs is also possible, as visitors traverse the busy street to the tunes of the talented performers.
In addition, visitors can enjoy the sights and sounds of the city’s legendary landmarks: Dublin Castle, Ha’penny Bridge, St Stephen’s Green, and deer spotting at Phoenix Park. Known to engulf visitors in its vibrant culture, the city is sure to fill visitors’ hearts with Ireland.
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