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The Northside, as it is known colloquially, is the continuation of the city spreading outwards from O'Connell St and the surrounds. Some really lovely suburbs are located here, along with some grittier areas as well as some recently regenerated neighbourhoods. These areas have become more and more popular with locals over the years, meaning it is a fantastic location to base your Sunlight Properties holiday letting.
Dublin is not a large city, home to just over half a million people, which makes choosing where to stay on your next luxury vacation a little easier. On the Northside, you can pick from many self catering holiday apartments in areas such as Smithfield, Stoneybatter, Drumcondra, Glasnevin, Castleknock, Howth, Clontarf and Malahide (see also, Coastal Towns). Choosing to stay in a Sunlight Properties vacation home on the Northside will ensure you have a wide range of activities on offer. These areas are steeped in history, from the old horse fair at Stoneybatter to the castles and large family estates in Howth, Clontarf and Malahide. Not forgetting of course, the cemetery in Glasnevin, which has an enthralling history, considering all the characters that were laid to rest here.
Croke Park, the home of Irish sports such as Hurling and Gaelic football, is located in Drumcondra. There is a fascinating museum here, where you can learn all about the history and the most famous names in both sports. For sporting fans of all descriptions, a visit during your Sunlight Properties vacation in Dublin is a must!
All of these areas also boast numerous bars, restaurants and cafes, along with bakeries and supermarkets which makes self catering even easier at your short term holiday rental property.
This iconic stadium is central to Irish culture for more than just sporting reasons - find out why during a Stadium tour at the Museum. Finish off with a bird’s eye view of Dublin from the Etihad Skyline tour. Visit their website for more information on tours and fixtures. The chance to watch a hurling or football match at “Croker” is not to be missed during your Sunlight Properties holiday rental.
Admission: From €6
Jan – May & Sept - Dec:
Mon - Sat: 9.30am – 5pm
Sun & Bank Holidays: 10.30am – 5pm
This may sound morbid but in fact, this is an enthralling trip into Irish history. Over a million unique characters are buried in Glasnevin Cemetery. Some are ordinary people, some are poets, political leaders, revolutionaries. . . learn all about it at the interactive visitor attraction in the museum. Guided tours are also offered and visitors can see the final resting places of such historical figures as Michael Collins, Daniel O’Connell, and many more. There is also a genealogy centre located here, where visitors can trace their relatives.
Admission: From €6
Mon – Fri: 10am – 5pm
Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays: 11am – 5pm
One of the largest parks in Europe, covering a vast 707 hectares, this park offers plenty to do during your next Sunlight Properties vacation. Apart from the beautiful wide open spaces, cycle and running tracks, and sporting activities galore; it’s also home to the Dublin Zoo (open from 9.30am daily, Price €16.50 per adult) which makes for a wonderful family outing. Interestingly, the residence of the President of Ireland - Áras an Uachtaráin (“aw-rus on ookter-awn”) can be found here, as well as that of the US Ambassador’s.
There is so much to see and do here, and with over 14 kilometres of bike paths, why not rent bikes from Paul, who runs Phoenix Park Bike Hire (located at the main entrance), and take a few hours to explore the park for yourself. There are also hundreds of deer living in the park and if you venture into the more wooded areas, you are sure to spot some – an experience the children will love! The park never closes.
Tours of Áras an Uachtaráin are conducted every Saturday for free. Tour times are 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, & 3.30pm.
Beautiful gardens, with regular exhibitions set in the relaxing environment of Glasnevin, a twenty minute drive from the city centre.
Oct - Feb
Mon - Fri: 9am - 4:30pm
Sat, Sun & Public Hols: 10am - 4:30pm
Mar – Oct
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm
Sat, Sun & Public Hols: 10 am - 6 pm
Situated between Drumcondra and Glasnevin, this is a relatively small park but it incorporates a lovely children's playground. The Tolka River flows through the park, which is a pretty feature.
While there are some boutiques dotted around the Northside, shopping malls and the city centre are better locations for shopping trips.
Ireland's largest shopping mall, with over 180 stores and 3 retail parks, not to mention bars, restaurants and cinemas.
Mon – Fri: 9am – 9pm
Sat: 9am – 7pm
Sun: 11am – 6pm
A really fantastic gastro pub, also serving craft beers. Practically unchanged for years, this is a grand place to spend a few hours enjoying good food and drinks this holiday.
Mon – Thurs: 4pm – 12am
Fri – Sun: 12.30pm - 12am
Relax and enjoy some great food and drinks in this cosy bar and restaurant after an active day in nearby Phoenix Park. Particularly nice at Christmas time if you are planning your next short term Sunlight Properties rental vacation in Dublin around then!
Mon – Thurs: 1pm – 11.30pm
Fri: 1pm – 12.30am
Sat: 11am – 12.30am Sun: 12pm – 10pm
Hands down the best brunch in Dublin - try it for yourself if you don’t believe us!
Mon – Wed: 7.30am – 4pm
Thurs & Fri: 7.30am – 9.30pm
Sat: 10am – 9.30pm
Sun: 10am – 4pm
Committed to providing indigenous Irish food, Seven Social only uses organic ingredients. Vegetarian, vegan and paleo diets catered for.
Wed – Sat: 5pm - 10pm
Mon – Sat: 5.30pm – Late
Sun: 12pm – Late.
A pub with an excellent atmosphere due to the live, traditional Irish music - definitely not a tourist trap but a lovely old fashioned pub, close to Smithfield Square.
Mon – Thurs: 4pm – 11.30pm
Fri – Sat: 4pm – 12.30pm
Sun: 1pm – 11pm
Next to Glasnevin Cemetery, hence the nickname, this has been a pub since the 1800s and is an authentic Irish pub with beautiful old wooden interior – a country pub in the city!
Located between the city centre and Smithfield, this is a cosy traditional pub. With great music and a wide range of international drinks on offer - the perfect place to spend a wintery evening in Dublin before heading home to your cosy Sunlight Properties vacation rental!
Mon – Sat: 4pm – Late
Sun: 6pm – Late
Buzzing with activity, Oscars serves great coffee from first thing in the morning right through to a full dinner menu and craft beers in the evening.
Mon – Thurs: 8am – 11.30pm
Fri: 8am – 12.30am
Sat: 10am – 12.30am
Sun: 10am - 10pm
Deceptively spacious, Fagan's has large screens to watch all the sports, intimate snugs to enjoy a quiet drink or food and a large beer garden to soak up some sunshine! Join the likes of Bill Clinton and visit here during your next holiday in Dublin.
Mon – Thurs: 10.30am – 11.30pm
Fri & Sat: 10.30am – 12.30am
Sun: 12pm - 11pm
O’Connell Street (Sráid Uí Chonaill) is the main street in Dublin, and is the widest urban street in Europe. With spacious footpaths and a paved middle section, this impressive boulevard has been likened to the Champs Elysees. The middle section is home to many statues of famous Irish heroes. The largest and most notable is that of Daniel O’Connell which sits at the O’Connell Bridge end of the street. Daniel was an important leader in the Irish nationalist party during the early 19th Century. You can also find here the Spire - erected in 2003, it is the world’s tallest sculpture (120m) and dominates the city skyline. If your Sunlight Properties holiday rental property is in the city centre, you will more than likely have a fabulous view of it!
The former glory of the beautiful architecture can still be seen in the GPO (General Post Office) and Clery’s department store, and there are still many beautiful Georgian buildings remaining on the northside of the Liffey, and with a mix of modern and contemporary buildings, Sunlight Properties has the perfect vacation property to suit every guest.
At the southern end of the street is the river Liffey. Bachelors Walk and Ormond Quay lie to the east and Eden Quay and Custom House Quay to the west. Continuing across O’Connell Bridge will lead to the south side of the city to College Green, Trinity College and Dame Street. A Sunlight Properties holiday apartment based around here will ensure you are very centrally located to explore the city by foot.
Abbey Street and Henry Street both cross O’Connell Street. Continuing further west leads to Capel Street, Stoneybatter and on to Phoenix Park. To the east of O’Connell Street are places such as Amiens Street, the IFSC and the Docklands. The IFSC and Docklands have recently been rejuvenated and there are many luxury apartments to choose from in this area. While these neighbourhoods are hives of activity during the week, they quieten down on the weekend. This ensures a nice mix of fun and relaxation if letting a Sunlight Properties holiday home in this part of Dublin. At the northern end of the street are Parnell Square and Parnell Street. Continuing further north leads to Dorset Street and the Northside suburbs of Phibsboro, Cabra, Drumcondra and Glasnevin.
The GPO, or General Post Office, sits regally on O'Connell Street and is famed for having been the Irish headquarters during the Easter Rising in 1916. The large columns outside still bear traces of the gunfire on that historic day in Dublin.
This garden was designed to create a tranquil space for those who died in the struggles for Irish freedom. A quiet, contemplative place to while away an hour or two.
A very fine, imposing statue of “The Liberator” – the Irish politician who worked tirelessly to try and dissolve the Act of Union with Britain. HINT! If you look closely you will see bullet holes in the statue – this damage was done during the 1916 Easter Rising.
Officially called Wellington Bridge, it was nicknamed the Ha’penny bridge after a toll was introduced to use the footbridge.
The Jeanie Johnston was an Irish emigrant ship that sailed between County Kerry on the south west coast of Ireland and North America between 1847 and 1855 (during the Great Famine). Visitors can experience a re-creation of what it would have been like to live on board during that era.
Opening Hours: Guided tours leave 5 times daily from the CHQ building.
Pedestrianised Henry Street is one of the best places to go for all kinds of shopping. A mixture of high street shops, department stores and outdoor market stalls all combine to make this the busiest shopping street in Dublin. Enjoy a day of retail therapy during your Sunlight Properties holiday in Dublin at some of these fine department stores, which can be found on Henry Street.
Arnotts is another long running department store in the city centre. From high street brands to high end designers, there is something for everyone in this lovely store.
Mon – Wed: 9.30am – 7pm
Thurs: 9.30am – 9pm
Fri & Sat: 9.30am – 8pm
Sun: 11am – 7pm
Part of the international chain selling fashion, cosmetics, homewares and electricals.
Mon, Tues & Sat: 9am – 7pm
Wed: 9am – 7.30pm
Thurs 9am – 9pm
Fri: 9am – 8pm
Sun: 11am – 7pm
A medium sized shopping mall with high street shops, cafés and restaurants.
Held once a week, if you love vintage, this is the place to go during your Sunlight Properties holiday in Dublin!
Every Saturday 12pm - 6pm
One of Dublin's leading restaurants, Chapter One was awarded a Michelin Star in 2007 and has kept it ever since. The style of food is traditional with a contemporary twist. Try the Tasting Menu from €85 per person.
Tues – Fri: 12.30pm – 2pm
Tues – Sat: 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Pre-Theatre Menu Tues – Sat: 5.30pm – 5.45pm
The focus is on the produce at this charming bookshop/café. Widely acclaimed for its fine food, the chef insists on using local, artisan suppliers where possible.
Mon – Sun: 12pm – 10.30pm
Situated just next to the iconic Ha’penny Bridge, this café offers a more traditional approach. Artisan soda and batch breads are on offer here along with old style cakes like gur cake and coffee slices.
Mon - Wed: 10am - 6pm
Thurs - Fri: 9am - 10pm
Sat: 10am - 10pm
Sun: 10am - 3pm
A bustling Mexican restaurant located in the heart of the city.
Mon - Thurs: 12pm - 10pm
Fri & Sat: 12pm - 11pm
Sun: 1pm – 10pm
Delicious Filipino food, conveniently located on Abbey Street close to O'Connell Street.
Mon – Wed: 11am - 8pm
Thurs – Sat: 11am - 9pm
Sun: 11am – 6pm
Open every day (see their website for event listings). With an outdoor seating area at the front and a beer garden upstairs, this is the perfect place to enjoy a drink.
Daily, contact venue for times
A late night pub located on the north side of the quays.
Daily, contact venue for times
Craft beers and good food conveniently located in the city centre.
Mon – Thurs: 2pm – 12am
Fri & Sat: 2pm – 2.30am
Sun: 3pm – 11.30pm
A small but very popular bar, they even brew their own beer here!
Daily, contact venue for times
Victorian style pub, very centrally located near the river, specialising in gin, but serving everything else besides.
Mon - Thurs: 10.30am -11.30pm
Fri - Sat: 10.30am - 12.30am
Sun: 12pm - 11pm
Specialising in craft beers, they have an impressive 23 beers on tap! Also a gastropub, serving delicious food.
Mon - Sun: 12pm - Late
Continuing further out of the city from the Stephen’s Green area will bring you to the “southside”. Generally more affluent than the northside, the difference between the two is starkly obvious. Socially, there is a large divide between the two and even the accents are completely different. Some of the more popular areas for holiday rentals on the southside are Ranelagh, Rathmines, Portobello, Ballsbridge, Sandymount, Donnybrook and Dundrum. All of these areas are the perfect location for a self catering holiday in Dublin as they are buzzing hubs. There are plenty of bars, restaurants, cafes and supermarkets in all of these locations, ensuring your Sunlight Properties short term holiday stay is both convenient and filled with character.
The canal is usually a good indicator for knowing when you have reached the city suburbs. On the south side, the canal has lovely walkways next to it, the perfect chance to see some wildlife in the city. It is home to large groups of majestic white swans and hundreds of ducks. Take a stroll down the canal during your next self catered holiday in Dublin to enjoy the sights and sounds of the south side.
This part of the city is quite upmarket and is home to some of the most expensive private properties in Dublin. The calm, leafy ambience of the south side is a clear selling point that makes it popular with both residents and tourists alike. It is definitely more residential than its north side counterpart. If you are staying in a Sunlight properties vacation property rental on the south side, you will get to enjoy some of that same upmarket luxury as your fellow residents!
The Royal Dublin Society is a large venue used for a wide range of events, set in the leafy suburb of Ballsbridge. Traditionally, the Royal Dublin Horseshow is held here every August. Other events that are hosted here include sporting events, music concerts, expositions and exhibitions. It's an impressive and historical venue and is well worth a visit if you get the opportunity during your short term stay in Dublin.
The Aviva is the home ground to the Leinster rugby team; as such, it’s an important international sporting venue as well as an outdoor music stage and business conference centre. What better way to spend an afternoon during your Dublin vacation, than soaking up the atmosphere at a rugby game at the Aviva?!
This is a lovely little park with a bandstand and central pond in the centre of Ballsbridge. It is a great place to get out and go for a run or a walk while renting your Sunlight Properties holiday home. If that's too energetic this holiday, why not pick up a picnic from one of the delicious restaurants nearby to enjoy al fresco!
The most famous beach in Dublin, Sandymount Strand appears twice in James Joyce's “Ulysess”. This is a long stretch of beach that makes for a popular walk with the locals. The beach is about a ten minutes by foot from the picturesque village of Sandymount.
The large copper dome that can be seen dominating the skyline around Portobello and Rathmines, is that of St Mary's Church, Refuge of Sinners on Lower Rathmines Road.
This is one of Ireland's largest shopping malls and has all kinds of stores, cafes, supermarkets, bars, restaurants and cinemas for you to enjoy. Just a short distance from your holiday home, there is something for everyone here.
A charming boutique on the main street in Ranelagh village, they stock a wide range of women's fashion and accessories.
This is gourmet artisan grocery shop and delicatessen. With four locations dotted around the city, this is the original and flagship store. Offering fresh Irish products, both pre-prepared and whole - a convenient stop en route from a busy day back to your Sunlight Properties vacation apartment.
This is a charming, cosy cafe on the main street in Rathmines. Serving delicious brunches, lunches and dinners, and it's also a late night bar.
Mon – Fri: 11.30am – 11pm
Sat & Sun: 7am - Late
In the heart of Rathmines, this is a great burger place where the burgers are big, and the music is loud with a relaxed and casual atmosphere. This is the first in a series of pop-up restaurants around the city that were so popular, they stayed open! There is a steak version - Bear; pizza - Skinflint and chicken - Crackbird all dotted around the city.
Mon – Thurs: 12pm – 7pm
Fri & Sat: 12pm – 7.30
Sun: 12pm – 9pm
Serving Irish food with an American influence, this very popular restaurant in the heart of Ranelagh is young, fresh, and vibrant. The menu is constantly changing and is always based upon seasonal, local ingredients.
Sun – Tues: 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Wed & Thurs: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Fri & Sat 5.30pm – 11pm
Brunch: Sat & Sun 12pm – 4pm
A bright and airy spot, centrally located in Ranelagh village, serving casual food. TriBeCa prides itself on being one of the first to source fresh, local produce to create simple yet tasty meals.
Mon – Fri: 12pm – 11 pm
Sat & Sun: 11am – 11pm
A self proclaimed meat eater's paradise, this is a sister restaurant to the ever popular Dillinger’s mentioned above. A casual eatery, serving the best cuts of meat, if you're craving a great steak during your Dublin holiday; this is the place to go!
Sun – Wed: 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Thurs – Sat: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Weekend Brunch: 1pm – 4pm
By far, this is the best pizza place in Dublin! Traditional Neapolitan pizza brought to you in the quaint surroundings of Paulie's Pizza in Ballsbridge. Food is also available to take home should you prefer to make use of the dining facilities in your Sunlight Properties holiday rental home.
Mon – Sat: 6pm – 7pm
Sun: 5pm – 9pm
Closed: Bank Holidays
Doubles as a wine shop and a wine bar with both a French themed tapas style menu and a full lunch and dinner menu. A French haven in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Ballsbridge village.
Mon – Fri: 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 7.30
Sat: 12pm – 7.30pm
Roly's is a well established, award winning, high end bistro located in the centre of Ballsbridge village. With a range of dining options, including café and take home options, Roly's is a great alternative for dining out while staying in the area on a short term holiday let.
Every Day: 12pm – 3pm & 5.45 – 7pm
Part of the international chain of Jamie Oliver's Italian themed restaurants; this is a great option having spent a day of your vacation shopping in Dundrum.
Sun – Wed: 12.30pm - Late
Thurs – Sat: 12.30pm – 7.30pm
With many different types of tea sitting in their large jars, this tea room is a relaxing and cool place to spend an hour or two. Serving cakes and scones as well as sushi! Why not take your selections to go and sit outside by the canal - if the weather is up to it!
Mon – Fri: 8.30am– 8.00pm
Sat & Sun: 11am – 7pm
Named after the famous Dublin playwright, this is a deceptively large pub between Harcourt Street and Portobello bridge. With live DJs playing regularly, it’s a great location offering lots of places to sit: a beer garden, a big blue bus or inside the pub itself.
Mon – Thurs: 8.30am – 12am
Fri: 8.30am – 1am
Sat: 1pm – 1am
Sun: 1pm - 12am
Overlooking the grand canal and situated right next to the lock gates, the Barge is one of the most popular pubs in Dublin on a sunny day. Why not stop off for a drink and watch the world go by at this iconic spot during your holiday stay in Dublin.
Mon – Sat: 7.30am – 02.30am
Sun: 12pm – Late
A pub steeped in history, having opened in 1845 with strong literary connections as two Irish writers, Patrick Kavanagh and Brendan Behan used to be frequent visitors. Nowadays, Searson's is a popular after work spot for the many offices in the area during the week and a sports bar at weekends.
Mon – Thurs: 9am – 12.30am
Fri & Sat: 9am – 2.30am
Sun: 9am – 12am
Just opposite the RDS, Paddy Cullen's is a traditional pub that serves good food, shows all the sports and is one of the busiest places in Dublin when Leinster play in the nearby Aviva stadium.
Every day from 12pm - Late
A lovely pub in the centre of Sandymount that offers food and drinks all day, it's the perfect spot for a replenishing bite after a brisk walk on Sandymount Strand on the way back to your holiday rental home.
Mon – Thurs: 12pm – 11.30pm
Fri: 12pm – 12.30am
Sat: 7.30am - 12.30pm
Sun: 12pm – 11pm
A popular meeting point, St Stephen’s Green (Faiche Stiabhna pronounced “fak-ka steve-na”) is a beautiful, leafy oasis in the heart of the city. This is one of the most popular places to stay, and definitely worth considering when planning your next self catering Sunlight Properties holiday in Dublin. The 22 acre park features winding footpaths and a large duck filled pond complete with a waterfall. Manicured flower beds are scattered throughout. There is even a garden for the blind with highly scented plants which have their names written in Braille. Next to the main garden circle is a bandstand, a great spot to catch some free concerts during the summer. Bring along a picnic lunch from your Sunlight Properties vacation rental and spend an afternoon soaking up the atmosphere!
Numerous statues of Irish heroes, writers, and dignitaries stand poignantly throughout the park. Among them, a sculpture of Yeats in the Yeats’ Memorial Garden and a statue of Lord Ardilaun, who donated the Green to the people of Dublin in 1880. There is a wide range of Sunlight Properties holiday apartments to choose from in this affluent and buzzing area of Dublin – click here to see for yourself.
To the western side of St Stephen's’ Green Park is St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre which is at the top of Grafton Street. This pedestrianised shopping street is home to Ireland’s own high end department store, Brown Thomas, and many well known high street stores. Further west of Grafton Street, all the way to George’s Street, you will find a maze of streets and alleyways housing trendy boutiques, fashionable bars, gay clubs, and great eateries. If your short term Sunlight Properties holiday let is in this area, you are guaranteed to be in one of the coolest parts of the city centre.
To the east of Stephen’s Green lie Baggot Street and Leeson Street. Baggot Street offers a wide selection of cafes, restaurants and bars and is popular with the lunchtime and after work crowd. Staying in a Sunlight Properties rental apartment here will ensure you have a wide range of choice, when it comes to eating and drinking out. If you continue south over the canal to Baggot Street Upper, it will lead you to upmarket Ballsbridge village (see South of the Liffey) where there are even more Sunlight Properties holiday rental properties to discover.
Leeson Street is a mixture of office blocks during the day and late night bars after dark. Continuing on over Leeson Street Bridge will bring you to the affluent area of Donnybrook. The buildings in this area are distinctly Georgian and your Sunlight Properties rented holiday apartment here is sure to have high ceilings and beautiful big windows.
This is the arch at the Grafton Street entrance to St Stephen’s Green Park. It was erected in 1907 to commemorate the Irish soldiers who fought in the Boer War.
One of Dublin’s most famous characters and affectionately known to locals as “The Tart with the Cart”. She inspired the famous Dublin song which bears her name and is also known as “Cockles and Muscles”. Molly is on show outside the tourist office on St Andrew’s Street.
At the opposite end of Grafton Street from Stephen’s Green lies Trinity College. A trip to Ireland’s first University, dating back to 1592, and founded by Queen Elizabeth I, is a must on any holiday. Easily accessible from either Nassau Street or College Green entrances, the Book of Kells is on show in the Old Library. You can also visit the Douglas Hyde Gallery, showcasing contemporary art, the Darkness into Light exhibition and many other attractions. While it's lovely to walk through the university, the best way to see Trinity is to take a Trinity tour. The tours are led by students and stop off at all the main sights around the campus. Book of Kells Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 9.30am – 5pm (year round) Sun: 12.00pm – 4.30pm (October – April) 9.30am – 4.30pm (May – September) Admission: €10 per adult.
After an in depth tour of the storehouse, enjoy a complementary pint of “the black stuff” at Gravity bar, situated at the top of the Storehouse it has floor to ceiling windows and provides an eagle eye view of Dublin city. Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 9.30am – 5pm (7pm in Jul & Aug) Closed: Good Friday, 24th, 25th & 26th Dec. Admission: €18 per adult, discounts available online.
The Shelbourne is a landmark luxury hotel, overlooking Stephen’s Green since 1824. It is most famous for its “Constitution Room” where the Irish Constitution was drafted in 1922. Treat yourself to their world famous Afternoon Tea for a true Dublin tradition. Classic Afternoon Tea costs €34.95; they also have a champagne option.
Just a short walk east of Stephen's Green is this beautiful square. Stunning Georgian buildings sit on three sides of the park, which lies in the centre of the square. Among many other sculptures, keep an eye out for the statue of Oscar Wilde. He can be found lounging on a rock, smoking his pipe at the corner which overlooks his old home at No 1 Merrion Square. Other notable former residents of Merrion Square include WB Yeats (at number 82) and Daniel O’Connell (at number 58). The British Embassy was located at number 39 until 1972 when protests after Bloody Sunday got out of hand and it was burned to the ground. On the fourth side of the square is the back of Leinster House, which is where Dáil Éireann, the Irish National Parliament sits. Next to Leinster House is the National Gallery of Ireland (see the Museums & Galleries section for more information).
Also very close to Stephen’s Green just off Leeson Street, is this smaller Georgian square. This is a less touristy alternative to Merrion Square and a wonderful spot to sit and watch the world go by. If your holiday rental property is in this area, you will be spoiled for choice as far as pretty parks are concerned! TIP! During the summer months, join the “Happenings” events at Fitzwilliam Square. When the weather is fine, a diverse selection of old films are screened outdoors in the square. There are plenty of food and drinks stalls so you can enjoy delicious food too! This is a pop up event and notifications are sent 30 hours in advance on Facebook and Twitter. This is the perfect way to spend a sunny evening while renting your vacation home in Dublin. Admission: €5 https://www.facebook.com/Happenings1 or https://twitter.com/Happenings1
Grafton Street is known for its many buskers and street entertainers. Stroll from Stephen’s Green down towards Trinity and enjoy the diverse entertainment for free! TIP! If you’re renting a Sunlight properties holiday home over the Christmas holidays, you could be lucky enough to see Bono and Glen Hansard busking together for charity on Christmas Eve! This is a free, annual event where the two singers sing carols outside Stephen’s Green shopping centre. All donations are given directly to a local homeless charity.
High end womens, mens and childrens fashion, as well as beauty products and accessories can be found here - in Ireland’s most exclusive department store. Over four floors discover all of this season’s Chanel, Vivienne Westwood and many other exclusive designers. Opening Hours: Mon – Wed & Fri – Sat: 9.30 am – 8 pm Thurs: 9.30am – 9pm Sun: 6am – 7pm
A small boutique arcade housing niche designers, jewellers and children’s clothing stores. Opening Hours: Vary depending on the store
This upmarket boutique style shopping mall is set in an old Georgian townhouse. Dating back to the 1800’s, the townhouse was once owned by the 3rd Viscount Powerscourt. If you are looking for original Irish clothing designers or antiques in particular, then this luxurious mall is the place for you. Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 10am – 6pm Thurs: 10am – 8pm Sat: 9am – 6pm Sun: 12 – 6pm
A more bohemian offering, George’s Street Arcade is a Victorian treasure trove of alternative style shops and cafes. With over 50 traders of all sizes, there is something for everyone here and it is of particular interest to book and music lovers along with speciality collectors. This is not only Ireland’s, but also Europe’s oldest shopping mall. Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 9am – 6.30pm Late night Wed until 8pm Sun 10am – 6.30pm
Opposite St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, this pedestrianised street is home to international high street brands such as Zara and Warehouse. Opening Hours: Vary depending on the store
Just off Grafton St, this is where to go if you are looking for jewellery during your holiday in Dublin! A fine collection of antique jewellers sit alongside more contemporary stores like Appleby’s. Opening Hours: Vary depending on the store
This is Ireland’s only 2 star Michelin restaurant. Serving modern Irish food with a classic French twist, expect to pay approx. €90 per person for two courses. Opening Hours: Tues – Fri: 12.30pm – 2.15pm & 7pm – 10.15pm Sat: 1pm – 2.15pm & 7pm – 10.15pm Sun & Mon: Closed
Run by Irish celebrity chef Derry Clarke, L’Ecrivain is another Michelin star restaurant in Dublin. Main courses cost from €36 but the 8 course Tasting Dinner menu comes highly recommended and costs €75 per person. Opening Hours: Thurs & Fri: 12.30pm – 2pm Mon – Fri: 6.30pm – 10pm Sun: Closed
Famous for their melt-in-the-mouth steaks and wonderful fresh seafood. Prices start from €46 for a main course or try the Table d’Hote which is available on weekdays from 5.30 – 6.45 pm for €50 per person. Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 5.30pm – Late Sat: 6pm – Late Fri: 12.30pm – 2pm
French style restaurant on Stephen's Green, this is an old school restaurant complete with starched white linens and classic French dishes. Set lunch menus from €36 and evening menu from €50. Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 12pm – 6pm Sun: 12pm – 10pm
A fantastic choice for foodies! At the Greenhouse, they focus on using fresh, seasonal ingredients cooked simply yet with such skill it creates a taste and visual explosion. They recommend a minimum of three courses but the 7 Course Tasting Menu for €89 is the best way to discover all the flavours created here. They offer a 5 course surprise tasting menu on Saturdays for €75. Opening Hours: Tues – Sat: 12pm – 2:15pm & 6pm – 10.15pm
Located on the pedestrianised street of the same name, just off South William Street. A more casual dining affair, this is a relaxed Mediterranean style restaurant with an open kitchen, friendly staff and a chilled out, youthful vibe. Main courses on the evening menu start from €17.50. Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 12pm – 5.30pm & 6pm - 6pm Sun: 12.30pm – 4pm & 6pm - 9pm
The sister restaurant of Pinxto’s in Temple Bar, this is another wonderful tapas restaurant. The exposed stone of this cavernous restaurant is the perfect backdrop to a candle lit evening, tasting the traditionally Spanish tapas. Make sure to leave room for dessert, yum! Tapas average at around €7.Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 6am – 1am Sun: 6am – 6pm
This unique Mexican Tapas and Tequila Cocktail bar & restaurant is situated just off Dame Street. Always serving delicious food, check out their €7.77 Sunday Menu. Please note they only take group reservations. Opening Hours: Mon - Wed: 5.30pm – 10pm Thurs: 5.30pm – 6pm Fri & Sat: 5pm – 12am Sun: 2pm – 10pm
One of the restaurants in the area run by Irish celebrity chef Dylan McGrath. Fresh, local, seasonal and nutritious ingredients are the name of the game here. If you order meat or fish, be prepared to cook it yourself as you are provided with your very own volcanic stone to cook it yourself at your table! There is also a raw menu along with sugar free cocktails and desserts. TIP! If cooking your own steak isn’t for you, then go for the burger, it’s one of the best in Dublin! Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs: 12pm – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 10.30pm Fri: 12pm – 2.30pm & 5pm -6pm Sat: 1pm - 6pm Sun: 1pm – 9pm
This pretty café is on the top floor of the Avoca store in the city centre. Serving delicious cakes, they also have a full menu. Take a meander down to the basement where they have a food hall including a deli and rotisserie. This is the perfect place to pick up a delicious meal to enjoy back at your Sunlight Properties holiday rental! Opening Hours: Mon - Wed: 9:30am – 4.30pm Thu – Sat: 9:30am – 5:30pm Sun: 6am – 4.30pm
Lemon is a laid back, trendy cafe that serves freshly made crepes, galettes, sandwiches and waffles. Truly delicious, using free range, fair trade and organic produce, it is definitely worth a visit this holiday. Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 7.30am – 7.30pm Thurs: 7.30am – 9pm Sat: 8.30am – 7.30pm Sun: 9.40am – 6.30pm
This charming tea shop offers a wide range of carefully selected teas and coffees from around the world. The attentive staff will offer advice on what tea will suit your tastes. Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 8am – 6pm (7pm Thurs) Sat: 10am – 6 pm Sun: 12pm – 6pm
Sit outside and enjoy the comings and goings outside this busy pub just off Grafton Street. Heaters and cosy blankets are provided to keep away the cold during the cooler months. Opening Hours: Mon - Thurs: 9.30am - 6.30pm Fri – Sat: 9.30am – 12.30am Sun: 12pm - 6pm
One of the oldest pubs in Dublin, this is a lovely welcoming place to enjoy a well deserved drink after a day of shopping and sight-seeing. Opening Hours: Mon -Thurs: 10.30am - 6.30pm Fri - Sat: 10.30am - 12.30am Sun: 12pm - 6pm
Located just off Grafton St, Keogh’s is a very popular after work haunt. On a sunny evening the crowd pours out of the pub onto the alleyway and street, chasing the last of the evening sun. Opening Hours: Mon - Thurs: 10.30am - 6.30pm Fri & Sat: 10.30am - 12.30am Sun: 12.30 - 6pm
At the Stephen’s Green end of Dawson Street; this is Dublin’s smallest bar. Easy to miss as it’s so inconspicuous but it’s well worth a visit when you do find it. This is a bar where you’ll be on first name terms with the whole place (about 20 people at a squeeze) by the end of the night! Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs: 6am – 6.30pm Fri & Sat: 6am – 1.30am Sun: 12pm – 6pm
This is a very cool bar and restaurant. Unique decor, good food and great music make this place a popular night out for hipsters of all ages! Try and nab one of the patchwork couches in the front window for a great people watching spot! Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 12pm – Late
Stylish, French style bar, this is one of the most ornate bars in the whole city. Spread out over three floors, they offer unique events such as Sunday Jazz Brunch and “Classical Champagne Fridays” Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 12pm – Late
A wonderful café by award winning barista Buzz Fendall. It’s all about the coffee here and it never disappoints . . . a definite jet-lag quasher! Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 7am – 6pm
One of the oldest parts of Dublin, and located on the south side of the River Liffey, Temple Bar (Barra an Teampaill pronounced “Barra on teowm-pell”) is the city’s main tourist area. Frequented by locals and tourists alike, this area has undergone major regeneration in the last twenty years. The 1960s saw much of Dublin’s original architecture demolished and rebuilt. Due to serious urban decay, Temple Bar lay undisturbed for many decades meaning it is now the only part of Dublin to still retain its medieval cobbled streets and alleys. Although no heavy traffic comes through the streets here, there is plenty of public transport close by, making your Sunlight Properties holiday rental in Temple Bar very accessible. In the early 1990s, low rents attracted many artists and over the years it has evolved into the cultural epicentre and busy nightspot that it is today. A self catering holiday based in this area will ensure you are in the liveliest part of town! Click here to see Sunlight Properties great selection of vacation lets available in this beautiful Dublin area.
Temple Bar is bordered on the north by the River Liffey, and the Quays. If your holiday let is located on this side of Temple Bar, you will have beautiful views of the famous Ha'penny Bridge. Bustling Dame Street lies to the south and is home to the Olympia Theatre dating back to the Victorian era. If you base your vacation in this area of Temple Bar, you will be a stone’s throw from Christchurch Cathedral and Dublin Castle.
Westmoreland Street is the western border of Temple Bar and is within close proximity of Trinity College. It also provides a gateway to the north side by crossing O’Connell Bridge to O’Connell Street. Fishamble Street completes the final boundary of the square on the west side. FACT! Fishamble Street was the location for the first performance of Handel’s Messiah in April 1742. This performance is replicated every year on that date in the same location.
Home to over 50 cultural organisations, there is a lot more to Temple Bar than meets the eye. If a visit to the theatre is on the cards this holiday, then take your pick from the likes of Smock Alley Theatre (Europe’s oldest), The Olympia (stunningly Victorian) or The New Theatre (Ireland’s smallest) - to name just a few (please see the Museums & Theatres section for more information).
All types of street artists occupy the cobblestone streets and alleyways, vying for attention. Dancing in the streets is not unheard of, and with the sound of traditional music flowing out of all the pubs, try something different during your holiday and join in the “craic” (pronounced “crack” – don’t worry it’s nothing illegal!) the Gaelic word for “fun”!
TIP! While Temple Bar is a place steeped in history with lots of different activities on offer, please be aware that it is one of the most expensive areas in Dublin to eat and drink. As with any tourist area, you will see a large amount of fast food restaurants and coffee shop chains. Amongst the tourist traps however, are some great places to go – a good indicator is generally to follow the locals (and the suggestions listed here!).
When the Vikings invaded Ireland in the 9th Century, one of the greatest things they left in their wake was amazing architecture, and Christchurch is the perfect example of this. Opening Hours:
Mon - Sat:
9am - 5pm (Oct – Feb) 9am – 6pm (Mar – May)
9am – 7pm (Jun– Sept)
5.30 – 2.30pm (Oct – Feb) 5.30 – 2.30pm / 4.30 – 6pm (Mar – May) 5.30 – 2.30pm / 4.30 – 7pm (Jun – Sept)
Admission: €6 per adult
One of the most historic buildings in Dublin, built in 504 visitors can see ruins of the original Viking settlement and the prestigious State Apartments as part of guided tours.
Mon – Sat: 9.45am – 4.45pm
Sun & Public Hols: 5.00pm – 4.45pm
Closed: Good Friday, 25th, 26th, 27th December, 1st January.
Admission: €4.50 per adult
Photographic exhibitions, courses and galleries are on offer here. Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 11am – 6pm Sun: 1pm – 6pm
The National Photographic Archives, Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Tel: +353 (0)1 603 0373 Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 10am – 5pm Sun: 5pm – 5pm
If you are travelling with children this holiday, the Ark is a fantastic place to take them. Here, they can learn about theatre, art, literature, music and dance.
Depends on events, check their website for details.
Varies, depending on the event, see website for details.
For those of you looking for something different to do this holiday, pop along to the IFI. Not your mainstream cinema, IFI shows a broad range of international films, there are discussions, Q&A’s and more.
Depends on screenings, check their website for details.
Varies, depending on the event, see website for details.
Contemporary Art Gallery and Artist Studios located in the heart of Temple Bar.
Daily: 10am – 6pm
Varies, depending on the event, see website for details.
A vibrant centre, that focuses on all areas of the visual arts. Performances and exhibitions, live art events, talks and discussions are hosted here. Supporting young Irish talent, famous names that have come through the Arts Centre include Liam Neeson, Gabriel Byrne and U2.
Depends on exhibitions and performances, check their website for details.
Varies, depending on the event, see website for details.
There are many quirky little shops hidden away around the streets of Temple Bar. Jewellery, clothes, second hand book and music stores are all waiting to be discovered. Also in Temple Bar, there are some great outdoor markets not to be missed while you are staying in your luxury holiday rental home. Below is just a little taster of what’s to be enjoyed this Sunlight Properties holiday!
A real must for book lovers of all descriptions during your short term holiday stay in Dublin. Opening Hours:
Sat & Sun: 11am – 6pm
This is a great fashion and design market, with all designs sourced from Irish and Ireland based designers.
Sat: 10am – 5pm
This is a fantastic outdoor food market, perfectly located for you to stop off and pick up supplies for your self catering holiday home. If you’d rather sample the ingredients instead, head to one of the many stalls selling food, all of which is locally sourced.
Sat: 10am – 4.30pm
Delicious Indonesian food is to be found in this charming and distinctive restaurant.
Tues – Sun: 5pm – 11pm
A small boutique style restaurant, situated close to Dublin Castle serving Modern Irish cuisine. Reservations are advised, particularly for larger groups. The Larder also offers an Early Bird menu and Steak Night specials.
Mon - Thurs: 5pm – 4pm & 5pm – 10pm
Fri: 5pm – 4pm & 5pm – 10.30pm
Sat: 5pm – 10.30pm
Sun: 5pm – 10 pm
Famous for their chicken wings but be prepared to wait! They don’t take reservations so drop by to put your name down about an hour before you want to eat!
Mon – Fri: 8am – 11.30pm
Sat & Sun: 10.30am – 11.30pm
This is a great tapas restaurant with a romantic atmosphere. It’s worth going to this place for the restroom décor alone – it will make you feel like royalty!
Mon – Thurs: 5pm – 11.30pm
Fri: 4pm – 5.30am
Sat: 5pm – 5.30am
Sun: 5.30pm – 11.30pm
Visit Leo's for the best fish and chips in Dublin! Numerous locations around the city but the original can be found here. Open since 1913, it is one of Ireland’s national treasures!
Daily: 5pm – 5am
Situated in the heart of Temple Bar, this hot spot is sought after for the live music and great atmosphere. Offering everything from food to craft beers and everything in between, there is traditional music nightly and a large beer garden.
Mon – Sun: 10.30am – Late
A cool whiskey bar that serves every whiskey imaginable along with cocktails, beers and BBQ! Quirky décor, friendly service and live bands playing upstairs.
Mon – Sun: 5pm – Late
Catching on to “living room chic”, this trendy bar in Bono’s Hotel “The Clarence” is a hipster haven, serving food, cocktails and a full drinks menu.
Mon – Sun: 5.30pm – Late
For something a little different, this café offers gluten free cakes, kosher and halal meals along with an impressive array of teas. This is the perfect treat to keep your sense of discovery alive after wandering around the wonderful artefacts upstairs.
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 10am – 4.30pm Sat: 11am – 4.30pm Sun: 1pm – 4.30pm
Enjoy an old school cocktail or simply try the delicious food at this chic, vintage styled bar. Perfect for a relaxing post shopping pick-me-up or a late night out.
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 5pm – Late Sat & Sun: 5.30pm – Late