The Best Things to See and Do in Stoneybatter, Dublin

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If Dublin has a hipster heartland, it’s a toss-up between Stoneybatter, an area to the east of popular Phoenix Park, and the fast-rising jungle of The Liberties and Newmarket. Stoneybatter isn’t just for those with a penchant for moustaches, kale smoothies and tiny boutique cottages, however; it’s a bustling cultural corner in its own right, a natural hub of the city’s creative types, and full of great design and enticing attractions.

You could go here just for the coffee and buns and spend quite a contented afternoon just consuming a whole lot of calories. Let’s put that aside, though, and go through what we really think you should check out.

1. St Michan's Church

Church

St Michans Church, Dublin
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Once the only church on the north side of Dublin for over half its life (and technically very slightly outside of Stoneybatter), St Michan’s dates back to 1095, and still contains a very similar interior to the one you would have found had you visited in Victorian times. The basement is the main draw for most visitors, however, containing the mummified remains of a number of notable local families who lived in Dublin between the 17th and 19th centuries. It’s well worth paying for a tour to get the full effect.

2. Phoenix Park

Park, Zoo

2. Phoenix Park
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An obvious but critical factor in Stoneybatter’s current popularity is its proximity to Phoenix Park, Dublin’s massive green lungs. A short stroll from the ‘Batter’s main street brings you in through the park gate not far from Dublin zoo. In the park itself you can stroll with a coffee, check out the Papal Cross or the President’s house, go looking for the ginormous herd of deer that freely leap through the grounds, or take in the visitor centre, where you’ll learn about the history of the place. How big is it? You could easily run a half marathon in the park without ever taking the same street twice. Idyllic.

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