Abbey Theatre26/27 Lower Abbey StPhone: +353 1 878-7222Ireland's national theatre. This is a particularly good venue for presentations of Irish plays. The Abbey also shows classic and contemporary theatre from around the world. Gaiety TheatreSouth King St, Dublin 2Phone: +353 1 677-1717Price: Admission prices vary.The oldest continually operating theatre in Dublin hosts popular musical shows, opera, ballet, dance and drama. Guinness StorehouseSt James's Gate, Dublin 8Phone: +353 1 408-4800Hours: Daily 09:30-17:00 (open until 19:00 in Jul & Aug). Closed Good Friday and Dec 24-26Price: Adults 15 (10% discount for booking online), students and seniors 11, children 6-12 5Retells the story of Dublin's most famous drink. The exhibition is interesting and is self-guided. Price of entry includes a pint at the seventh floor Gravity Bar, which has great views over Dublin and forms the head of the giant pint of Guinness formed by the atrium. Outside, tourists will encounter horse drawn carriages for hire. Beware as they charge 30 for the short walkable 2km (1 mi) ride back to the city centre.
Traditional games at Croke Park StadiumJones Rd, Dublin 3Catch a hurling or Gaelic football game at this 82,500 seat, state-of-the-art stadium. These sports are uniquely Irish. Hurling is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest field sport, with the ball (called a sliotar) reaching speeds above 130 kph. Gaelic football can best be described as a combination of soccer and rugby. To keep the sports "pure," it maintains an amateur status, with each parish in Ireland having a team the inter-county games are generally extremely well-supported, so you may have difficulty getting tickets for the bigger matches. Tours of the GAA museum and the stadium are also available, including a chance to try your hand at the sports themselves. You can also walk across the roof of one of the biggest stadiums in Europe, which provides great views of the city's skyline.
International Dublin Gay Theatre FestivalThe International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is an annual event held in May, celebrating the contribution of gay people to theatre, past and present. The Festival was founded in 2004 to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Oscar Wilde, in his native city. With an emphasis on new or recent International and Irish works with a broadly gay theme or relevance, the Festival has grown to become the largest event of its type in the world. 2013 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Festival, which runs from May 6th-19th (2013).
League of Ireland Football Watch a Shamrock Rovers F.C. soccer match during the FAI League of Ireland season from March to November. Tallaght Stadium is located south of the city centre located in Tallaght, on Whitestown Way, the stadium is easily accessible by public transport. The stadium is just a few minutes walk from the Red Luas line terminal at The Square Shopping Centre and numerous bus stops. Home matches take place on Friday nights at 7:45PM. Tickets cost: €15 (Adult), €7 (U-16′s/OAPs).
Catch a Leinster Rugby game at the RDS Arena, located on Anglesea Rd in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Occasional home games are played at Aviva Stadium, the replacement for Lansdowne Road that opened in May 2010. Unlike Gaelic games, rugby union is professional. Leinster (known commonly as the Lady boys), one of Europe's sides, won the Europe-wide Heineken Cup in 2009, 2011 and 2012, and supplied many players for the Ireland national team. Domestically, they play in the RaboDirect Pro12 (non-sponsored name: Celtic League), which since 2010–11 includes teams from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Italy. Or be wise and get a train/bus/taxi/plane to Limerick and see the real men (Munster Rugby).
Leopardstown RacecourseLeopardstown, Dublin 18Email: email@example.comPhone: +353 1 289 0500Fax: +353 1 289 2634Price: 12.55, with reductions for students and OAPsLocated in the southern suburb of Leopardstown/Foxrock, there are regular meetings throughout the year. There is a "Pay as you Play" golf course within the racecourse grounds, as well as bars, restaurants and a nightclub (Club 92). Old Jameson DistilleryBow Street Distillery, Smithfield, Dublin 7Phone: +353 1 8072355Hours: Daily 9:30AM-6PM. Last tour at 5:30. Closed Good Friday and Christmas holidaysPrice: Adult 12.50, students and seniors 10, families 25This ex-distillery hasn't produced whiskey in a while, and if you are expecting to see whiskey making, you will not find it here. However, there is a tour and recreation of the process, and whiskey tasting afterwards. After the video, make sure you raise your hand because they pick four people to volunteer for taste testing later in the tour! Walking ToursDublin city is famous for its characters. A great way to experience and live the city is by learning about it from people who are characters themselves - Dublin Tour Guides. Tours can vary from 1-hour to 4-hour in length and include, as well as the standard sightseeing tour, tours on topics like the paranormal and ghosts, music and song, literature, historical, 1916 Rising, and even Irish mythology. There are various walking tour companies and freelance tour guides available in Dublin. Anyone interested in geeky history should try the Ingenious Dublin tours, that cover history of medicine, Irish inventions (yes, there are lots!), great Irish scientists (lots of those too). They have walking tours and self-guided MP3 tours. Dublin Literary Pub Crawl'The Duke Pub', 9 Duke St, Dublin 2Hours: 2Price: 10-12This is the most ingenious crash course in Irish literature, history, architecture and pub bonhomie yet devised... It combines street theatre with the 'craic' that makes Dublin pubs the liveliest in Europe. It is a highly enjoyable evening that gives you the pleasant notion of replacing brain cells as you drown them. The tour is a kind of rough guide to the cultural, religious and political life of the city. Performances by professional actors are central to the experience, not forgetting a fun-filled quiz with prizes for the winners. Can be a bit formal at times but this one's been going a long time and is well worth the experience for such an unusual tour. There's just enough time to stop in each pub for a pint as well.
Pick up a copy of The Thirsty Travellers pub map guide/discount card and follow all the suggested experiences. The map guide lists 24 top pubs in Dublin and makes it really easy to find them. The pubs include the oldest pub in Ireland, the smallest pub in Dublin, where to find the best traditional music, Guinness, Irish coffee, whiskeys and pub food. They're spread out across the city and get's you out of the tourist trap that is Temple Bar and gives you a taste of real Dublin pub culture, literally and figuratively. Special offers have been arranged in each pub and they are all different with the aim of giving you varied and interesting experiences. The discount card is €5 and if it's not in your hotel or hostel you can pick one up in the Tourist Information Office on College Green.
Conradh na Gaeilge6, Harcourt St.An Irish language centre on Harcourt St, where you can hear Irish being spoken as a first language and also enjoy a beverage with friends.