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Alternative Ways to See Dublin During a Short Break

Dublin City Hall

Dublin City Hall (credit Flickr user: infomatique)

Dublin is a vibrant city that packs in a lot of culture and history. Therefore it only makes sense to do justice to the city when you are visiting. That means shunning the traditional tourist tips of heading to the same bars and taverns, or spending a whole afternoon having a tour of the Guinness Storehouse. Instead, it is time to get alternative.

By this I mean seeing Dublin in a completely unique way – something that not every visitor here would do. It will leave you with wonderful memories and photographs, so it is well worth picking one or more of these tour ideas for your upcoming visit to the city. Here are my own top suggestions, but with a bit of research you may discover something else worth giving a go…

Join a walking tour

There are some excellent ghost tours in Dublin, Ireland; are you brave enough to take one on? As long as you aren’t a scaredy cat you will absolutely love the chilling and spooky stories that you will hear as you make your way through the historic parts of the city. For an even more exhilarating experience, sign up for the Hellfire Club tour that will take you into the quiet Dublin Mountains; you will be spooked to the core!

Get on the bus

For those who don’t trust their legs as much as they used to, one of the city’s bus tours could be more appropriate. There are some that will offer tour goers the chance to hear local snippets in many languages, but the best of the bunch might be Dublin Bus Sightseeing tours to the Docklands. You will be able to see the U2 graffiti wall, the Diving Bell, and spectacular architecture. As it is a ‘hop-on hop-off’ bus, you can choose what you want to take a closer look at.

Go kayaking

If you are a brave soul, get yourself to Dublin Bay to experience sea kayaking. This will provide you with the opportunity to see the area outside of the city; it is pretty special. This activity can even be done by those who have never been in a kayak before as there are professionals who will show you how it is done! Get up close with the sea birds, seals and dolphins for a truly special trip to Dublin.

Cycle the city

Join up with a group of cyclists to see the city on two wheels; it is fun, easy paced and very eco-friendly. Local guides will show you the best sights, and it will be a chance for you to get a little bit of exercise during your stay in the city. Tours will be around 7.5km long, but you won’t be expected to get around the whole city in an hour! Most will offer you snacks and drinks included in the price, as well as the hire of the bike. You could also look into a tour by Segway if you want to do something else on two wheels – these are available in the city centre.

This post was kindly provided by, and sponsored by, the folks at Hidden Dublin Walks