The name Dublin comes from the Gaelic dubh linn or “black pool” - where the Poddle stream met the River Liffey to form a deep pool at Dublin Castle.

5 Day Itinerary

Day 1

Keep it local – Dublin and the must do Temple Bar experience

Sip & Savour – Tantalising Temple Bar has it all

The cobbled streets and original architecture date to the 17th Century and still remain.

Take a walk out of the hotel entrance into the start of Temple Bar, enjoy some drinks and the atmosphere around this historic Cultural Quarter. Soak up the atmosphere, listen to local artists performing on the side steps and visit landmark Irish bars like the Palace for a pint of Guinness, the Quays bar, or the Temple bar for some live music and sample of the 450 different kinds of rare whiskeys (Ireland’s largest collection). It’s not all about the night life in the Temple Bar District, you can also experience the Irish photography centre, The Temple Bar Gallery and the Project Art Centre.

Once done making your way through the cobble stone streets of Temple Bar, take a stroll around and experience some of its local attractions, Dublin Castle, Christ Church & Trinity college.

Trinity College & Book of Kells

Trinity College was the set for the 1983 film Educating Rita starring Julie Waters & Michael Caine.

Take a short walk to the Westmoreland exit of Temple Bar and stop off at the famous Trinity College. It was founded in 1592, is one of the best colleges in the world as well as Ireland's oldest college and is home to the stunning Book of Kells.

Dinner at Café 1920

At the end of a fun-filled day, return to Café 1920 on Westmoreland Street, enjoy the best of Irish and European cuisine packed with fresh local produce and ingredients. The Atlantic Seafood Chowder and the Beef & Guinness Pie are highly recommended.

DAY 2

Explore and Experience a world of Irish history and the great outdoors – all on your doorstep.

Dublin’s Ha’Penny Bridge is thus called because pedestrians had to pay a half penny toll to walk over it.

Prepare for your day of adventure with a full Irish breakfast before heading out to explore and taste more of Dublin’s main attractions. Walk for 2 minutes along the quays to the famous Ha’Penny Bridge.

GPO /O’Connell Street

Dublin’s O’Connell Bridge was originally made of rope and could only carry one man and a donkey at a time.

Take a 5 minute walk back down to O’Connell Street, the most historical street in the Capital and home of the GPO constructed in 1814. It is one of Ireland’s most symbolic buildings and has witnessed almost 2 centuries of Irish History. In 1916 several revolutionaries wrote the Proclamation of Independence and chose this strategic city building as a focal point of the 1916 Rebellion.

Guinness Storehouse

The Dublin Guinness factory brews 2.5 million pints of Guinness every day and 1.5 million pints of other beers and stout.

Take a 15 minute stroll along the quays up to the Guinness Storehouse to experience the perfect pint of the black stuff. The Guinness Storehouse is located in the St. James's Gate Brewery, it is housed in a seven-storey historic building. The Guinness experience takes you through the company's history and role in the Irish culture. The tour is very informative, engaging and finishes with a complimentary Guinness in the Sky Bar which has a stunning panoramic view of the city.

Phoenix Park & Dublin Zoo

Once you have completed your visit to the Guinness Storehouse you can take a 15 minute walk down to the Phoenix Park, the entrance location is near Heuston Station.

The Phoenix Park covers 1,750 acres and is enclosed by a 11km long wall, it is one of Europe's largest enclosed parks and is home to the residences of the President of Ireland and the US Ambassador. The vast green lung of Dublin holds many different areas and attractions. There are free tours on Saturdays and tickets can be obtained from the Visitor Centre. Dublin Zoo is one of the most popular attractions in the park. It is one of the oldest zoos in the world and has been maintained and renewed recreating the animal's natural habitats and providing exciting ways of encountering the animals.

Dinner in the Temple Bar Quarter

At the end of a busy adventurous day, return to the Templar Bar for Dinner and traditional music. Enjoy traditional Irish cuisine at Gallagher’s Boxty’s House followed by some Irish trad music at the Quays Bar.

DAY 3

A Taste of History

Kilmainham Gaol

Get the #25A Bus on Aston Quay, around the corner from the Hotel and go to Kilmainham Gaol. Steeped in history, this must visit attraction was the site of several major events in Ireland's history up until the 1920’s. Many of the leaders of the Irish rebellion were held here and executed here. The Gaol was constructed in 1796 and was the site of public hangings until the 1820s.

Guinness Storehouse

The Dublin Guinness factory brews 2.5 million pints of Guinness every day and 1.5 million pints of other beers and stout.

Take a 10-minute stroll up to the Guinness Storehouse to experience the perfect pint of the black stuff. The Guinness Storehouse is located in the St. James's Gate Brewery, it is housed in a seven-storey historic building. The Guinness experience takes you through the company's history and role in the Irish culture. The tour is very informative, engaging and finishes with a complimentary Guinness in the Sky Bar which has a stunning panoramic view of the city.

Roe & Co Distillery

Once you have completed the Guinness Factory visit, you can walk across the road and experience the Roe &Coe Distillery which is part of the Guinness family.

Roe & Co distillery is the home of cocktail exploration and modern Irish whiskey. Nestled in the heart of the Liberties new energy surges through the former Guinness Power Station, where fun and flavor come to life through a truly immersive experience. This is Irish Whiskey reimagined.

Pearse Lyons Distillery

When finished here and heading back towards the city centre you will also come across the Pearse Lyons distillery and it just would not be right to compare what they have to offer. You can embark on a guided tour of the graveyard and history of St. James Church, Tour of the distillery try the three samples of the Pearse Irish Whiskey range.

To Finish the Day

The Brazen Head- it is Ireland’s oldest pub dating back to 1198! Here you can experience some homemade Irish food while listening to some traditional Irish music.

DAY 4

Wicklow Mountains & Glendalough

Nature and history at its best

The monastery at Glendalough dates back to the 6th century and the most famous. The most famous of all the landmarks in Glendalough is the ancient Round Tower which stands 33 meters above the ground.

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Dublin City and escape to a tour of beauty, scenery and tranquility in Wicklow and Glendalough. Take a luxury coach from the Molly Malone statue Suffolk street at 08.30 (Please arrive 10 minutes before departure time) and take a day trip to the top sights in Wicklow Mountain National Park and Glendalough’s medieval monastic settlement.

Dinner in The Temple Quarter

Why not try one of the many local restaurants Temple bar has to offer - Elephant & Castle, Cleaver East, Oliver St John’s to name just a few.

DAY 5

Malahide Castle & Howth Cliffs

On border with the City

It is understandable that many Dublin visitors are pressed for time and are on the lookout for the top sights to see. The Best of Dublin will always depend on individual tastes and the amount of time you have to spend in the Irish capital, but there is a good case for getting out of the main part of the city in order to discover everything that Dublin has to offer. Jump on the Dart at Pearse Street and go out to Howth, a nearby seaside town, which has beautiful scenery including an easy cliff walk with breath taking views of Dublin bay. Enjoy a seafood lunch - Try some quality fresh Mussels and a pint of Guinness in the Wright Café, or the classic fish and chips in the Bloody Stream.

Dinner in Bar 1920

Returning to The Fleet, our Head Chef will provide you with a delicious menu packed with local produce and ingredients. Complete your day by enjoying some beautiful cocktails or a fine Irish whiskey in our relaxing lobby or Café 1920.

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