24 Hours in Dublin
24 Hours in Dublin
After a great night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast at The Spencer Hotel, it is time for your city adventure to begin.
From which top Dublin attractions to visit, to discovering new things to do in Dublin city, or how to keep your family entertained – we have got you covered!
Catch a show!
The Spencer Hotel is your first choice when attending a performance in the 3Arena or The Bord Gais Theatre, as both are only a 10-minute walk away. But despite the prime-location of The Spencer, we advise you to leave the hotel early when attending a concert, as there will be a large volume of people attending and we want you to have the best view possible. The Spencer is one of the best hotels near 3Arena.
All aboard the Jeannie Johnston
The Jeanie Johnson is famous for ferrying Irish emigrants across the Atlantic to escape the famine between 1848 and 1855. The ship made 16 journeys to North America during this time, bringing 2500 Irish emigrants to the land of opportunity. This is a great opportunity to get an interesting overview of the conditions on board.
Photo opportunity: as you walk along the quays, you can catch glimpses of the Samuel Beckett bridge, as well as the Jeannie Johnston ship, Custom House and O’Connell Bridge.
Trinity College and the Book of Kells
This is one of the most exciting attractions to visit in Dublin city centre – Trinity College is not only a prestigious institution, but its Old Library is actually one of the most visited sites in Ireland. Here visitors can see one of the oldest books in history, the Book of Kells, dating back to the 9th Century.
Lose yourself in the cobblestoned streets of Temple Bar, where there are plenty photo opportunities. From the famous red corner bar, to all of the colourful shops, art galleries, eateries, music venues, and even the street signs – Temple Bar is truly the heart of the city.
Did you know Dublin Castle has welcomed figures like Benjamin Franklin, John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II? Frequently used as a gala venue for state visits, Dublin Castle also has a hidden secret, the Castle Gardens. Perfect for a stroll on a sunny day.
Molly Malone Statue & Grafton Street shopping
If you are walking towards Grafton Street, don’t miss the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street – it makes a great photo opportunity. Indulge in some retail therapy along Grafton Street, whilst you clap along the many buskers and street performers that bring this famous street to life every day.
There is nothing better to finish the day than a stroll through St. Stephen’s Green park. Beautifully landscaped, this is one of the most iconic green spaces in Dublin city. Challenge yourself to discover all of the statues honoring Irish literary legends and marking characters in Irish history.
National Museum of Archaeology
On the same grounds as Leinster House, the Museum houses many different exhibitions including Ireland’s Gold, Viking Ireland, Ancient Egypt and prehistoric Ireland, to name a few. The building itself should also be taken in when visiting the museum, as it is an architectural landmark.
A classic stopover to admire manicured gardens, and of course, Oscar Wilde’s famous statue. Great photo opportunities all around.
After a busy day exploring Dublin, it is time to enjoy the 18 metre indoor swimming pool at the Spencer Hotel. Why not recharge with a delicious meal in the Lobby Lounge? Or better even, order some room service!