Discover Dublin’s Most Unique Experiences

Find something fun to do in Dublin
Find something fun to do in Dublin | © Jon Sparks / Alamy Stock Photo
Culture Trip Travel Team

Dublin is the land of saints, scholars, and some very unusual activities. It may take more effort to step off the beaten track, but it’s always worth it – and Culture Trip’s curated list of tours and experiences makes it even easier to uncover the city’s quirkier side.

Ireland’s capital may be teeming with history, but that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing new to do in the city. Unusual activities abound in Dublin: you can walk in the footsteps of the Easter Rising rebels of 1916, discover lesser-known spots with a non-profit tour run by the homeless or embark on a kayak journey to get up close and personal with the city’s cutest wildlife. And if all these activities help you work up an appetite, you can settle in for an evening full of traditional Irish cuisine and entertainment in a truly original setting.

1. Dublin Bay Seal Kayaking Safari at Dalkey

Activities

Our stunning kayak tour has been voted as one of the best things to in Dublin by The Irish Times and is currently listed as the number-one thing to do in Dalkey on TripAdvisor. This kayak tour offers a unique opportunity to interact with wild seals in their natural environment without disturbing them. It’s also a chance to experience historic Dalkey Island and all a stone’s throw from the capital city.

2. 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour

Tours

The 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour was founded in 1996 by Lorcan Collins, author, historian and Dubliner. This two-hour walking tour meets daily at The International Bar, where participants receive a copy of the 1916 Proclamation and some explanatory literature. After a brief introduction to the build up to the Easter Rising of 1916, the tour then visits the sites of the revolutionary period, including the GPO, City Hall and Dublin Castle. The tour also covers the War of Independence when Michael Collins battled for Irish freedom from 1919-1921 and also includes a discussion on the Irish Civil War, 1922-1923. The tour is highly educational but also great fun and very interactive. Prior knowledge of events is not required.

3. Glasnevin Cemetery Tour in Dublin

Admission

Prepare to be captivated by storytelling designed to bring history to life at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum.Located 2.5km from the city centre, Glasnevin Cemetery is a peaceful oasis in bustling urban Dublin. The cemetery is one of monumental national importance encapsulating the history of Ireland and is the burial place of over 1.6 million people. Knowledgeable guides take you on a journey, visiting the graves of Daniel O’Connell, Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell, Elizabeth O’Farrell, Maud Gonne and Constance Markievicz, to name a few. This tour is a who’s who of Irish history and is filled with enjoyable anecdotes and wry stories that bring it to life! Hear stories of the rogues and the rebels, the famous and the infamous, the gravediggers and the grave robbers! A visit to Glasnevin is a must, offering visitors the quintessential Dublin experience and a window into 200 years of Irish history. You will leave informed, entertained and maybe even a little enlightened.

4. The Irish House Party Dinner and Show Dublin

Events

Welcome to the party! A traditional Irish house party is the perfect introduction to Dublin, with great entertainment and a warm and friendly atmosphere. You’ll enjoy good food, local musicians, storytellers and Irish dancing on an evening out that’s unlike any other you’ll experience in Dublin.

5. Howth Panoramic e-Bike Tour

Admission

Cycle to the most breathtaking views in Ireland without getting out of breath. Our e-bikes are great fun, easy and trusty on the tarmac or the trails. We mix the insider tracks and tales of this truly amazing peninsula while taking you to unrivalled panoramic views away from the crowds surrounded by nature and beauty.

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