Dublin has so much to discover beyond Guinness and a vibrant nightlife, and with direct flights from Cornwall now operating for the rest of the year, it’s a great spot for a quick city break in 2016. Below we’ve taken some insider tips from VisitDublin.com to help you discover more of what this city has to offer.
Lose yourself in history and culture – for free!
Dublin has a whole host of interesting cultural activities available that won’t trouble your wallet. The Irish Museum of Modern Art on the grounds of the 17th century Royal Hospital Kilmainham contains magnificent sculptures, ancient chestnut trees and inviting avenues, while the National Gallery of Ireland near Trinity College is a great spot to appreciate fine art. You can also stop by the ‘Dead Zoo’, aka the National History Museum and marvel at the animal specimens on display – including a dodo skeleton. Remember, all are completely free!
Take a street art tour
The vibrant practice of outdoor art has exploded into brilliant life in recent years. You never have to look too far for some stunning artwork on Dublin’s walls – there are 900 individual pieces along the North Quays alone! Take a stroll and look out for some of Rachel Joynt’s permanent art installations. Temple Bar and the Italian Quarter also play host to some wonderful imagery. Elsewhere, native designer and street artist James Earley has created a striking tribute to Dublin on City Quay, worthy of a city that constantly embraces such creative vision.
Enjoy the spontaneous
Pop culture has become ‘Pop-Up’ culture in recent years with events centred around food, films, music and other fun activities dotted around the city. Mega-popular Dublin collective Happenings was set up by a group of fun-loving creative types and you’ll find them regularly whipping up a frisson of outdoor shenanigans across the city; enjoy classic movies at their outdoor cinema pop-ups, or get your zen on at a yoga class in the park. Elsewhere, Dublin Pop Up combine creative space with mouth-watering delights in bespoke dining experiences, while Ranelagh-based weekend-only dining experience Salt Lick offers themed food, plus it’s BYOB so it’s good on a budget.
Fly from Cornwall Airport Newquay to Dublin with Aer Lingus. Fares start at £29.99 one way.