Taste of Dublin Festival, Iveagh Gardens 16 – 18 June

For four days during the summer you will be able to sample some of the finest and most innovative cuisine from around Ireland and the world at the Taste of Dublin Festival in the heart of the city. Featuring stalls, tents, demonstrations and tasting sessions with some of the world’s best chefs your taste buds are sure to be tingling with the aromas and atmosphere of this festival of culinary delights.

See here for more details about this wonderful exposition of food and drink in the summer sun.

Longitude Festival, Marlay Park, 15 – 17 July

Get your festival gear on and join some of the biggest international names in music for the annual Longitude Festival in Marlay Park this summer. Headlined by huge stars like Kendrick Lamar and The National, there’s always a great feel-good atmosphere around the city as revellers enjoy the music and lush surroundings of Dublin’s biggest music festival. Get your sunglasses out and your dancing shoes on and prepare to seize the day (and night!) at Longitude in Dublin this summer.

Find out more about the festival here.


Dublinia Centre and the Viking Splash Tour


Explore the exciting and intriguing history of Dublin city through its Viking origins and Medieval lore. First see the city through the prism of the four great exhibitions at the Dublinia Centre which focuses on the foundation and early history of Dublin. Then rove across land and sea like a true Viking in the amphibious tour craft of the Viking Splash Tour. Guaranteeing fun for all the family, with horned helmets optional, but recommended, the tour is one of Dublin’s favourites and a must-do for any trip to the city.

See more about the Dublinia Centre here and the Viking Splash Tour here.

Bloomsday Festival, 11 – 16 June and the Dublin Writers Museum

Dublin is renowned as one of the literary capitals of the world and this history is most aptly celebrated at the annual Bloomsday Festival, giving participants the opportunity to view Dublin and the many sights and costumes contemporary to James Joyce’s great classic, Ulysses. The pinnacle is Bloomsday, 16 June, the single day on which the novel takes place, named after it’s unwilling hero, Leopold Bloom. While in a literary mood why not also take in the Dublin Writers Museum, a collection of books, letters, portraits and personal items from Ireland’s literary giants, housed in a beautiful 18th century mention on Parnell St. in the north inner city.

Find out the full Bloomsday programme here and read more about the Writers Museum here.

Collins Barracks 1916 Exhibition and Kilmainham Gaol

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of Ireland’s 1916 Rising against the British Empire. Focused around Dublin on Easter weekend the Rising was short-lived but set in motion events which would lead to Ireland’s independence a few years later. Considering the importance of the celebrations there is understandably a wide variety of events and exhibitions commemorating this turning point in Irish history. As part of your trip to Dublin why not go to see the in-depth “Proclaiming a Republic” exhibition at Collins Barracks which displays many intimate details about the lead up to, and main protagonists of the Rising, and also its effect on Dublin and Ireland in general. You can also tour Kilmainham Gaol, site of the executions of the leaders of the Rising and one of Dublin’s most popular sights.

Find out more information about Proclaiming a Republic here and tours of Kilmainham Gaol here.

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