The Best Things to See and Do in Phibsborough, Dublin

McGowans Pub, Phisboro, Dublin
McGowans Pub, Phisboro, Dublin | © William Murphy/ Flickr

Edgy, urban and far from most tourists’ expectations of Dublin, Phibsborough is an accessible, working-class glance at Ireland‘s capital. It probably won’t inspire you with its architecture or its tourist must-sees, but there’s plenty to take from absorbing another angle on the city, and taking in a different sense of what modern day Ireland is like for a lot of people. That, and Phibsborough can be a whole lot of fun.

Here are our top tips.

Walk the banks of the Royal Canal

One of the biggest Irish folk songs, ‘The Auld Triangle’, is all about the dubious but heartfelt romance of inner-city Dublin, with the Royal Canal at its core. The flawed wonder of the old locks leading up through Phibsborough via Croke Park and the modernity of the business-led IFSC are an essential stroll if you want a sense of Dublin away from the tourist heartlands. Explore the towpaths with their sporadic statues, grotty feel and prison-side walks and you’ve escaped glossy Dublin and soeaked up the gritty reality instead.

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