Saturday, 27, May 2017

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How to spend the Bank Holiday in Dublin

What to do in the capital

Things to do this June Bank Holiday in June 2017, from events in the city and out in the local area.

Everyone loves a Bank Holiday. When the three-day weekend rolls around, everyone is in great spirits, making plans to get the most out of the minibreak. And there’s plenty to keep you occupied in Dublin on this June Bank Holiday. Here are five things you can do this weekend (whatever the weather!)

The best activities in Dublin this June bank holiday 2017, for families and children in the city.

Dublin Port River Fest

From Saturday to Monday, the Dublin Port River Fest will be taking over the River Liffey, from the Sean O’Casey bridge, along North Wall Quay right through to Dublin Port and into Dublin Bay. What will you find? Exhilerating watersports from ThunderCat racing, boat tours, and classes in Stand Up Paddleboarding, kayaking and sailing. If you’d rather stay dry, take it all in from the shore (or wander around the open air food market).

Details: 3rd – 5th June


The biggest garden festival in Ireland, Bloom takes place in the Phoenix Park, Dublin’s very own garden. You’ll find amazing creations from top garden designers, floral displays and plenty of inspiration for those with green fingers. There’s also a great selection of stalls and fresh, local food for sale. Keep an eye for Bloom Fringe events in the city, too.

Details: 1st – 5th June

International Harbour Food Festival

Out in Dun Laoghaire, this two day foodie extravaganza is a celebration of world cuisine. This free event will feature over 24 different food stalls, and there’ll even be historical reinactments taking place. If the sun is shining, it’ll be a beautiful spot to be.

Details: 4th and 5th June

Take the Viking Challenge Trail at the National Museum Archaeology

If, however, the sun isn’t shining and you want to head inside, the National Museum on Kildare Street is always a safe bet. And if you have kids to entertain, they’ll love the Viking Challenge Trail taking place on the Saturday. Kids will learn more about the Vikings by taking part in this guided activity sheet trail, and you can stick around afterwards to explore the rest of the museum.

Details: 3rd June

Take a tour of Croke Park

Are you a GAA fan? This behind the scenes, all access tour of the iconic stadium will be a dream come true. You’ll visit the team dressing rooms, warm up areas, media centre, VIP area, and even go pitch-side via the players' tunnel. The tour includes access to the GAA Museum, too. If you’re really brave, you can take the Etihad Skyline tour, for amazing views over the city.

Details: Available throughout the year