Things to do in Dublin
The docklands has always been a major component of the Dublin’s history and development. Beginning with the Vikings and Norman settlers the docklands became quite a significant commerce and trading hub. Recently companies such as Google and Facebook have created tens of thousands of jobs and transformed the docklands into a bustling area. Only a short distance from the City Centre it has become home to numerous entertainment venues including music, theatre, opera, exhibitions and galleries. If you are feeling daring the docklands offers a variety of outdoor activities including kayaking and wake boarding. Dublin’s Docklands is sure to have something for everyone, why not make a day of it?
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Cultural attractions nearby
Address Custom House Quay, North Dock, Dublin 1
Phone (01) 888 2000
The magnificent Custom House houses the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. Destroyed on 25 May, 1921 during the Irish War of Independence it was fully restored to its former glory in 1928. Relax and enjoy the neoclassical architecture by visiting the free exhibition in the Visitor Centre. (5 min walk from EPIC)
Famine Memorial Sculptures
Address Custom House Quay, Dublin 1
Presented to the City of Dublin in 1997 the Famine Memorial Sculptures depict those who migrated during Ireland’s Great Famine from 1845 to 1852. The location of the sculptures is of particular importance since one of the first voyages of the Famine period departed from Custom House Quay in 1846. (2 min walk from EPIC)
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
Address Grand Canal Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2
The Bord Gais Theatre is a 2,111-capacity theatre in Dublin, Ireland. For evening entertainment you can find a diverse array of theatrical experiences here including ballets, musicals, family shows, drama, concerts, comedy, orchestral and opera. (7 min walk from EPIC)
Address The Naughton Institute, Pearse St, Dublin 2
Phone (01) 896 4091
The Science Gallery is a mix between a museum and a gallery where ideas and opinions are sure to collide. If you are interested in a diverse experience the Science Gallery offers visitors a combination of both art and science. There is also an onsite café and makeshop. (12 min walk from EPIC)
Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum
Address: Custom House Quay, Dublin 1
Phone: 01 473 0111
Over 1 million people left Ireland during the 1840s at the height of the Great Famine, fleeing starvation and hoping for a new life in America. Daily tours begin AT THE SHIP which is located on Custom House Quay just downriver from the International Financial Services Centre and across the road from the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel. (1 min walk from EPIC)
The Convention Centre Dublin
Address: Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1
Phone: 01 8560000
Designed by renowned Pritzker award-winning architect Kevin Roche, The CCD has become an iconic landmark building on Dublin’s skyline. With Roche’s signature Atrium integral to the design, The CCD offers six light-flooded foyers for networking and hospitality, offering stunning views of Dublin on the upper levels and the unique ability to light the building in your brand colours for your event! (6 min walk from EPIC)
Leisure activities nearby
Dublin City Kayaking
Address Custom House Quay, North Dock, Dublin
Phone 085 866 7787
Dublin City Kayaking offers guests a chance to explore Dublin in a unique way. Tours usually last 1.5 hours and are organized so that guests are kayaking with the tide along the River Liffey.
Dublin Bay Cruises
Address Quarry, Dublin
Phone (01) 901 1757
Cruises are operated between Dun Laoghaire, Dublin Port and Howth. Guests are able to enjoy the panoramic views and discover the wildlife reserves that line the bay from north to south.
Canal City Cycle Route
Address Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, North Wall
The Grand Canal Cycle Route offers a peaceful bike ride along the banks of the Grand Canal. The journey is 3.5 km and the starting point is the Samuel Beckett Bridge.
Wakedock and Surfdock
Address Grand Canal Dockyard, Ringsend, Dublin 4,
Phone (01) 668 3945
The Wakedock and Surdock offers everything from wake boarding to yoga on the water. It is also Dublin’s No 1 stockist of all things watersports. Wetsuites are also available for men, women and children.
The Dock Mile is great for tourists who want to explore the Docklands more. Along the walk one can admire the architecture and numerous vistas that the Grand Canal Dock has to offer.
Cafés and restaurants nearby
Harbourmaster Pub and Restaurant
Address Old Dock Offices, Custom House Dock, I.F.S.C., Dublin 1.
Phone (01) 670 1688
The Harbourmaster Pub and Restaurant offers a diverse and delicious menu. An extensive choice of starters, mains and side dishes will certainly please any pallet. Food is served in a converted brick walled harbourmaster’s office with feature glass and wood.
Address 1 Custom House Quay, North Dock, Dublin 1.
Phone (01) 673 6054
The CHQ building is a grade one listed former warehouse built in the 19th century. It was originally used to hold wine and tobacco with vaults beneath for storage. In 1856 it hosted the Crimean War Banquet in celebration of the returning 3,000 Irish soldiers. Today it contains a hub of cafes, delis and restaurants.
MV Cill Airne
Address Quay 16, North Wall Quay, North Dock, Dublin 1.
Phone (01) 817 8760
The MV Cill Airne is a renovated training vessel that holds a Modern European restaurant, maritime-style bar and deck seating. The restaurant is a great place to enjoy drinks on the water.
Address 35 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2.
Phone (01) 671 7053
The Ferryman Pub is a traditional docklands pub overlooking the River Liffey. The pub has an extensive whiskey and wine menu and is available to book for large groups of people. You can also experience a genuine Irish welcome from the locals.
Address The Malting Tower, Grand Canal Quay, Clanwilliam Terrace, Dublin 2.
Phone (01) 662 4199
Osteria Lucio is a contemporary pizzeria and restaurant with exposed brickwork and outdoor seating. The restaurant is perfect for families and those craving a mixture between Irish and Italian food. All of their wines come from smallholdings across Italy. You can also find some delicious Irish craft beers at Lucio’s.
The Art of Coffee
Address 1 Alto Vetro, Grand Canal Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2
Phone (01) 764 5740
The Art of Coffee is a bright and modern waterfront coffee house that offers gourmet drinks with an artistic finish. Customers can enjoy a quick coffee fix while watching the swans and canal barges pass by.
Address 9 Hanover Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2.
Phone (01) 675 3875
Brunch at Herb Street offers an alternative dining experience. The goal of this café is to minimize our carbon footprint and provide sustainable food and drink. Even the décor is designed to have a low impact on the environment. Enjoy food that is both healthy and environmentally friendly!
Address 32 Grand Canal Street Lower, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2.
Phone (01) 661 9329
3fe is a contemporary café with coffee tasting and brewing classes. The café also offers a delicious array of cakes, sandwiches, and soups. The brewing classes make it seem like a laboratory rather than a café. If you are interested in learning how to brew your own cup of coffee then this is the place to go.
Address: 6 Excise Walk, Clarion Quay, Dublin 1
Phone: 01 611 9012
This newly refurbished and spacious restaurant next to the river Liffey is situated in the heart of the Dublin Financial Services Centre. Milano Clarion Quay is the perfect spot for a business lunch during the week, and a great place to relax over the weekend. Situated only a short distance from the 3 Arena and the Convention Centre, you will find the perfect place to come for a pre-gig meal. Party bookings are welcome, please call for more details.
Address Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2.
Phone (01) 687 5100
The Marker Hotel offers guests a stunning view of Dublin from its rooftop terrace. The Brasserie serves award-winning food that is locally sourced. On Sunday from 2pm to 5pm guests can enjoy Le Drunch, which is a delicious combination of lunch and dinner.
The Gibson Hotel
Address: Point Square, Dublin 1
Phone: (0)1 681 5000
Adjacent to the 3Arena and a Luas light rail stop in the lively Dublin Docklands area, this trendy glass-clad hotel is 1 block from the River Liffey and 1.5 km east of the city centre.
The Spencer Hotel
Address: Excise Walk, IFSC, Dublin 1
Phone: 01 4338850
The Spencer Hotel is located in Dublin city centre overlooking the River Liffey, minutes’ walk from the shopping and entertainment hotspots of the City. East Restaurant offers an extensive Asian fusion menu served by our super friendly team. After dinner head into The Spencer Cocktail Bar where the signature cocktails created by the team of mixologists will quench any thirst!
Address: Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2
Phone: 01 643 9500
Located in the heart of the docklands, opposite Bord Gais Energy Theatre. The hotel is walking distance from Dublin city centre shopping and iconic venues including The CCD, 3Arena, Croke Park and Aviva Stadium.
Hilton Garden Inn
Address: 1 Custom House Quay
Phone: 353 1 8541500
Explore the city from our family-friendly Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House hotel, just a 10-minute walk from the city center. Dine on-site at Oly’s Bar & Restaurant. Food is served throughout the day until 10pm with options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kids enjoy a menu designed just for them. Relax with a pint of Guinness at the comfortable bar while watching sports on the large screen TVs.
Grand Canal Hotel
Address: Grand Canal Street Upper
Phone: 353 1 646 1000
The Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin City boasts 142 comfortable & beautifully decorated bedrooms. Our hotel is family owned and is situated across the road from The Canal Dock Rail Station. Whether you are looking for a relaxing break or want to explore all that the city of Dublin has to offer, come and stay with us.