Things to do in Dublin
Built in 1818, the GPO became a symbol of the 1916 Easter Rising. Inside the building is a sculpture of the legendary Irish warrior Cuchulainn, dedicated to those who died for their part in the Easter Rising. This vital piece of Irish history is less than a minute away from the hotel situated halfway down O’ Connell Street.
Located in Ireland’s premier sports stadium, Croke Park situated within a 10-minute walk from the Academy Plaza, this museum plots the history and culture of the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) since its establishment. It is a must for anyone interested in Irish culture or sport.
The Dublinia exhibition in Christ Church Cathedral covers the formative period of Dublin’s history from the arrival of the Anglo-Normans in 1170 to the closure of the monasteries in the 1540s. There are many exhibits which include videos, models and reconstructions, and some historical repairs. All in all, Dublinia is an exciting and enjoyable experience is for any tourist.
Built in 1792, it is Ireland’s most famous disused prison. Throughout the years the prison held many prominent Nationalists and Republicans. The leaders of the 1916 Ester Rising were executed here. The prison was closed in 1924 and tours now run in the building give a good insight into the history of Irish Republicanism. Kilmainham Gaol Museum is open all year round, except for 24th, 25th and 26th December.
This complex represented some of the oldest surviving architecture in the city and was the centre of English power in Ireland for over seven centuries until it was taken over by the Irish Free State in 1922. Highlights include the 13th-century record tower and the State Apartments, once the residence of English viceroys, including the inauguration of Ireland’s presidents. The castle is only a 13-minute walk from the hotel and is the perfect way to experience some of Dublin’s heritage. Plan your visit here.
Located at the top end of Grafton Street, take a stroll through this oasis of calm and tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of Dublin city. Enjoy a break by the lake and watch the swans and ducks swim.
Attracting half a million visitors every year this is one of Ireland’s leading historical sites. The university is Ireland’s oldest and located on 40 acres of rich architecture and open green space. The Book of Kells is a 9th century manuscript of the gospels and is on display here. Trinity College is only a five-minute walk for guests at the Academy Plaza hotel.
St. James Gate, Dublin 8 - The home of Guinness. It is Ireland’s number one visitor attraction. Follow the history of Guinness and experience the process first hand. Then relax with a complimentary pint of the black in Gravity Bar – the highest bar in Dublin, with 360-degree views over the city. The Guinness Storehouse is easily accessible by bus from the hotel.
Only a short journey away from Academy Plaza on the LUAS, the Jameson Distillery Bow St is set in the heart of the capital, captures the imagination and spirit of Ireland. Expert guides lead visitors through the fascinating story of Jameson, the world’s preferred quality whiskey. The tour includes following the path of the different stages in the distilling process and concludes with a whiskey tasting in the Jameson bar.
Phoenix Park is the largest municipal park within a city’s limits in the world. A beautiful place to visit full of flora and fauna and home to wild deer. Set amid the park is Dublin Zoo – established in 1830, this is the third-oldest zoo in the world. This 12-hectare (30 acres) zoo provides a naturally landscaped habitat for more than 235 species of wild animals and tropical birds. Highlights for youngsters include the Children’s Pets’ Corner and a train ride around the zoo.