5 Hour Activities


DUBLIN ZOO
Phoenix Park
+353-(0)1-474-8900
dublinzoo.ie

PHOENIX PARK TEA ROOMS
Phoenix Park

PHOENIX PARK BIKES
phoenixparkbikes.com

IRISH DESIGN SHOP
41 Drury St.
+353-(0)1-679-8871
irishdesignshop.com

BOND WITH THE ANIMALS

  • Take little animal lovers to bond with a baby giraffe and a baby gorilla at one of the oldest zoos in the world
  • Rent bikes or a segway to visit each and every one of the 400 animals
  • Have your cake and eat it too in a Victorian era tea parlor

In the lovely leafy surroundings of Phoenix Park, a short bus ride from the city center, Dublin Zoo is home to more than 400 animals (including a Rothschild giraffe and Asian lion cub which were born in the last year). First opened in 1831, this is one of the oldest zoos in the world, but in recent years it has had a complete revamp and now covers 70 acres of parkland, gardens, lakes, and natural habitats for all those creatures. Visit its information-packed website to get a lay of the land and to buy your tickets before you arrive so you can skip the queues. It’s also worth planning your visit around the daily talks and feeding times (also on the website), so you and your little animal lovers will get to chat with the chimps, encounter an elephant, and see the sea lion splash. Afterward, take the kids for tea and cake or some crowd-pleasing coconut and white-chocolate cookies at Phoenix Park Tea Rooms, housed in a black-and-white Victorian building nearby. There’s a large terrace shaded by trees for sunny days, and a walled kitchen garden next door. Next hop on the Phoenix Park Choo Choo road train (it doesn’t run all year round, so check beforehand on phoenixpark.ie) to spot real-life Bambis among the herds of wild deer. Alternatively, rent bikes inside the main entrance and explore the park under your own steam. Any teenagers in tow might prefer to take a Segway tour and zoom around the sights. After all the daytime activity, a good bedtime story for younger kids is A Dublin Fairytale by illustrator Nicola Colton (stocked in the Irish Design Shop on Drury Street). This beautifully drawn book follows a little girl called Fiona who travels through the city to get to her grandma’s house and meets a gang of colorful characters along the way, including a clever fox and a fire-breathing dragon.

Dublin Zoo is on the edge of Phoenix Park, in the west of the city. You’ll also find the Phoenix Park Tea rooms there, and Phoenix Park Bike rental. The Phoenix Park Segway tour area is nearby. The Irish Design Shop is on Drury Street in the center of the city.

DUBLIN ZOO
Phoenix Park
+353-(0)1-474-8900
dublinzoo.ie

PHOENIX PARK TEA ROOMS

Phoenix Park

PHOENIX PARK BIKES
phoenixparkbikes.com

IRISH DESIGN SHOP
41 Drury St.
+353-(0)1-679-8871
irishdesignshop.com

HEAD TO THE COAST

  • Get some fresh air along Dublin Bay/li>
  • The dramatic vistas on the scenic four-mile hike are worth the trip
  • Finish off with a delicious vegetarian, organic, seasonal feast

The Dart train, the suburban rail line that runs along Dublin Bay, is a perfect way to get to the coastal villages just outside the city. The nearest station to the hotel is Grand Canal Dock, a short cab ride or 20-minute walk northeast along the edge of St. Stephen’s Green and through Merrion Square. Catch the 40-minute train south to Bray to do the cliff walk, which starts at the bandstand on the promenade, for knockout views of the bay (the tourist office on Main Street should have a map of the route). The four-mile walk takes about two hours and winds along the hillside, passing spots with an interesting history such as the Brandy Hole, which was notorious for smugglers, and a medieval church. On a clear day you can even see the mountain peaks of Wales across the Irish Sea from Bray Head. Look out for the wild roses, heather, and honeysuckle that grow in the rocky soil, and you might spot dolphins and basking sharks in the deep-blue water. The route ends in the harbor of Greystones village, with its colorful houses and sandy beach, where you can keep the healthy buzz going with lunch at the vegetarian café The Happy Pear. Run by identical-twin brothers, this bright and homey place is widely known for its organic, seasonal, and superfood-packed dishes (pumpkin, bean, and coconut stew; raw-chocolate bars; smoothies and juices; Happy Pear house roasted coffee). To plug into their natural lifestyle for yourself, sign up for one of their healthy-living courses, which include cooking demonstrations. Catch the Dart back to the city from Greystones station.

The Cliff Walk is 40 minutes south of Dublin, in Bray. You can get the Dart train from Tara Street Station in the center of town. You’ll find the Happy Pear in Greystones, at the end of the Cliff Walk.

CLIFF WALK
bray.ie/cliff-walk-bray

THE HAPPY PEAR
Church Rd.
+353-(0)1-287-3655
thehappypear.ie

POWERSCOURT ESTATE
Enniskerry
+353-(0)1-204-6000
powerscourt.com

GLENDALOUGH
Wicklow Mountains National Park
glendalough.ie

AVOCA
Kilmacanogue
+353-(0)1-274-6900
avoca.com

FERN HOUSE CAFÉ
Kilmacanogue
+353-(0)1-274-6990
avoca.com

SPEND A DAY IN THE COUNTRY

  • Explore a country estate with 47 acres of parkland and the highest waterfall in Ireland
  • Snap a photo in front of a fountain based on Rome’s stunning Fontana del Tritone
  • Pick up an chunky Irish wool sweater, a tartan lambs wool throw, or an adorable baby blanket woven in the Irish countryside

The beautifully verdant gardens of the Powerscourt Estate in Enniskerry, a 20-minute drive from Dublin, make it a verdant spot to unwind away from the city. A car is really the best way to explore outside the city (there is a Hertz rental office on Haddington Road, a 15-minute walk from Conrad Dublin). However, urban adventurers can also get to Powerscourt by taking the No. 44 bus from near the hotel to the village of Enniskerry (it takes approximately 50 minutes), and then walking to the entrance of Powerscourt. The grand country estate was laid out in the 1730s and, with 47 acres of rolling parkland, views of the sweetly named Sugarloaf Mountain, the highest waterfall in the country, and a fountain modeled on one in the Piazza Barberini in Rome, it is a neat example of why County Wicklow is known as the Garden of Ireland. Keen golfers can tee off on one of the two championship courses on the estate. Even deeper in the countryside, the mist-shrouded, otherworldly monastic settlement of Glendalough is a 30-minute drive away in Wicklow Mountains National Park and is worth a visit for its lovely lakes and 10th-century round tower. On the way back into town, stop by Avoca, a wonderful food market and design shop in the village of Kilmacanogue. This is the place to get that chunky Irish sweater and big, colorful throws: the pure-wool designs, woven in Avoca’s mill in County Donegal, are particularly cozy. Fragrant lemon and orange trees fill the bright and buzzy Fern House Café, which serves delicious salads, seafood boards with crab and monkfish, and decadent cream-filled cakes.

Powerscourt Estate is a 50-minute bus ride away on the 44 bus. After that there is a short walk to the estate. Glendalough is a 30 minute drive away from the city. Avoca is in Kilmacognue, between the Wicklow Mountains Country Park and the city. The Fern House Café is in the same building.

POWERSCOURT ESTATE
Enniskerry
+353-(0)1-204-6000
powerscourt.com

GLENDALOUGH
Wicklow Mountains National Park
glendalough.ie

AVOCA
Kilmacanogue
+353-(0)1-274-6900
avoca.com

FERN HOUSE CAFÉ
Kilmacanogue
+353-(0)1-274-6990
avoca.com

ARTICLE
Powerscourt Townhouse, S. William St.
+353-(0)1-679-9268
articledublin.com
IRISH DESIGN SHOP
41 Drury St.
+353-(0)1-679-8871
https://irishdesignshop.com/

INDUSTRY
41 A/B Drury St.
+353-(0)1-613-9111
industryandco.com

KAPH
31 Drury St.
kaph.ie


COCOA ATELIER

30 Drury St.
+353-(0)1-675-3616

COSTUME
B10 Castle Market
+353-(0)1-679-4188
costumedublin.ie

OM DIVA
27 Drury St.
+353-(0)1-679-1211
omdivaboutique.com

DESIGNIST
68 S. Great George’s St.
+353-(0)1-475-8534
shop.designist.ie

NOWHERE
64 Aungier St.
+353-(0)1-475-9519
nowhere.ie

RHINESTONES
18 Andrew St.
353-(0)1-679-0759

GET YOUR SHOP ON

  • Channel your inner shopaholic in Dublin’s new Hipster Triangle
  • Stock up on one-of-a kind pieces from local artisans and designers
  • Get caffeinated with single-estate coffee
  • Browse concept boutiques stocked with big name designers and avant-garde Irish fashion, too

If you’re looking for the newly beating heart of Creative Dublin, look no further than the so-called Hipster Triangle (formally the Creative Quarter) around Drury Street and George’s Street Arcade. You can easily spend a whole afternoon wandering this patchwork of streets to get the up-to-the-minute pulse of modern Irish design. In the fine old bones of the Powerscourt Townhouse, Article has beautifully curated displays of contemporary tableware and cool, patterned linens. Pick up botanical-print collages and clean-lined illustrations of city landmarks by Fergus O’Neill at the Irish Design Shop, which runs jewelry-making workshops in the studios upstairs. Right next door, Industry stocks edgy homewares, eco-leather bags, and the ultimate hipster essential—beard cologne. There’s also a funky little café in the shop, perfect for refueling, or cross the street to Kaph, which serves smooth shots of single-estate coffee. Follow the insouciant crowd to the bench outside and watch the plaid-shirted locals walking down Drury Street. For a chocolate fix, drop by into Cocoa Atelier, a few doors along. Pyramids of pastel-colored macaroons draw you in to the shop where rows of exquisite handmade chocolates beg to be tasted. Long-established boutique Costume stocks coveted brands such as Isabel Marant, Roland Mouret, and Antonio Berardi, while Om Diva displays avant-garde Irish fashion, alongside a good collection of vintage frocks. Walk through red-brick-fronted George’s Street Arcade, passing funky record shops and antiquarian bookstores, to Designist, where you can pick up quirky souvenirs such as an Irelandopedia. Next, head south on Aungier Street to Nowhere, one of the coolest menswear stores in Dublin, which stocks everything from APC to Marni. Finally, it’s time for a loop back toward the city center to Rhinestones, a treasure trove for antique and modern costume jewelry.

You’ll find Article in the Powerscourt Townhouse shopping center on South William Street. The Irish Design Shop is on Drury St. You’ll find the grey fronted exterior close to where it meets Exchequer Street.  Industry is just across the road. Kaph has a dark blue storefront further up the road, and Cocoa Atelier Is just next door. Costume is further down the street, on the corner where it meets Castle Market. Om Diva Is slightly further on, with a baby pink storefront, and Designist is further up Drury St towards the Dame Street end of town. Nowhere is on Aungier Street, close to where it meets Longford Street Lower. Rhinestones is on St. Andrew Street, close to where it splits into Trinity Street.

ARTICLE
Powerscourt Townhouse, S. William St.
+353-(0)1-679-9268
articledublin.com

IRISH DESIGN SHOP
41 Drury St.
+353-(0)1-679-8871
https://irishdesignshop.com/

INDUSTRY
41 A/B Drury St.
+353-(0)1-613-9111
industryandco.com

KAPH
31 Drury St.
kaph.ie

COCOA ATELIER
30 Drury St.
+353-(0)1-675-3616

COSTUME
B10 Castle Market
+353-(0)1-679-4188
costumedublin.ie

OM DIVA
27 Drury St.
+353-(0)1-679-1211
omdivaboutique.com

DESIGNIST
68 S. Great George’s St.
+353-(0)1-475-8534
shop.designist.ie

NOWHERE
64 Aungier St.
+353-(0)1-475-9519
nowhere.ie

RHINESTONES
18 Andrew St.
353-(0)1-679-0759