Best Bar: Offering live music and a wide selection of drinks, Whelan’s has been a Dublin staple for over 25 years.
Best Restaurant: Temple Bar’s Elephant & Castle is one of the most popular choices in Dublin, made famous for their Elephantburger, chicken wings, and huge portions!
Temple Bar Sector
Temple Bar offers a taste of everything Dublin has to offer. From places to eat, drink, and shop to cultural venues like the Irish Film Institute and the National Wax Museum Plus, the cultural quarter of Dublin is alive with the history and heritage of Ireland. Found south of the River Liffey and just a six minute walk from our Christchurch Hotel, Temple Bar is the ideal place to go for a wander, a quiet meal, or an entertaining night out.
Johnnie Fox's Pub
Located in Glencullen in the Dublin Mountains, just a forty-minute drive from the city centre, Johnnie Fox’s Pub offers a true Irish pub experience. With traditional Irish music nightly and on weekend afternoons, the pub gives you the chance to immerse yourself in the local culture. Johnnie Fox’s award winning kitchen also serves up a variety of classic Irish grub, from Irish Lamb Stew to traditional bacon and cabbage, as well as plenty of craft beer and whiskey! One of the most famous and oldest pubs in Ireland, it’s definitely not to be missed!
Visit the Leinster Rugby website for more information on the dates, locations and prices of future rugby matches.
St Stephens Green
Find a place away from the crowds of Dublin’s city centre and take a walk around the lush urban oasis of St Stephen’s Green. Offering a haven of peace and quiet, the park offers a number of rambling routes where you can take in the greenery and scenery, like the picturesque Pulham rockwork and the beautiful waterfall on the lake. You can also get to know the heritage and culture of the area with a downloadable audio guide, letting you learn at your leisure! Find St Stephens Green a short 12-minute walk from Jurys Inn Christchurch.
A Dublin gem and a key part of Ireland’s heritage, The Guinness Storehouse is an experience not to be missed. You’ll go on an educational and inspiring journey through every aspect of the Guinness story, from the ingredients used in the ‘craft of brewing’ to how the legendary stout is advertised and transported, as well as a lesson on how to pour the perfect pint!
The Storehouse is also home the largest pint glass in the world – it spans the whole building and it can hold 14.3 million pints of Guinness! At the top you’ll find the famous Gravity Bar, where you can enjoy a pint of Guinness and savour a stunning 360 degree view of Dublin’s historic skyline. Tickets cost €16.20 for adults, €6.50 for children aged 6-12 and €12 for 12-18 year olds. The Guinness Storehouse is a short 15-minute walk from our Christchurch hotel.
Irish Museum of Modern Art
Housed in the magnificent architecture of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the Irish Museum of Modern Art is home to an engaging array of contemporary work. The museum showcases the world renowned talent of artists such as Carol Rama, Simon Fujiwara, and Ireland’s own post-war realist painter Patrick Hennessy, giving visitors a well-rounded experience of modern art from Ireland and the rest of the world.
You can take part in a number of tours on your visit, including a Touch Tour and one given in Irish language. The Irish Museum of Modern Art is open from 10am-5:30pm Tuesday to Saturday, and from noon-5:30pm on Sundays and holidays, with admission free for all. You can find the museum a 15- minute bus ride or a five minute drive from Jurys Inn Christchurch.
One of Dublin’s cultural gems, Marsh’s Library is the oldest public library in Ireland and a landmark of the country’s heritage. The library was founded in 1701 by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh, and is one of the few 18th century buildings still used for its original purpose. It has since built an impressive collection of books and manuscripts – many of which are displayed on antique oak bookcases, giving Marsh’s Library a grand and luxurious finish.
The library is open from 9:30am to 5pm on Mondays and from Wednesday to Friday, and from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays, with admission free for under 16s and €3 for adults. You can find Marsh’s Library just a seven-minute walk from our Christchurch hotel.
Christ Church Cathedral
If you’re looking for an insight into the cultural and historical legacy of Ireland, look no further than Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral. The architectural masterpiece and ‘spiritual heart of the city’, Christ Church Cathedral was founded c. 1028 and became the centre of Dublin in medieval times, giving it a number of relics and oddities from the time – keep an eye out for the heart of Dublin’s patron saint, St Laurence! You can also drop into the medieval crypt and have a look at the fascinating memorials within, including the ‘cat and the rat’, two unusual mummified inhabitants of the crypt known to the locals as Tom and Jerry.
Opening times vary throughout the year, but are roughly between 9am and 5-7pm, Monday to Friday. Adults can buy a visitor’s pass for €6 while it costs €2 for children. You can find Christ Church Cathedral sitting opposite Jurys Inn Christchurch.
Dublin City Hall
Built over 10 years at the end of the 18th century, Dublin City Hall has been used as a hub for Dublin’s trade for its early years, known as the Royal Exchange, before also being used as a hospital, and as a Garrison for the Irish Citizen Army. Now the building is a civic centre for the city, and houses a variety of historical objects such as statues of 4 famous Irishmen from Dublin’s history, a number of murals, and a mosaic Coat of Arms.
For history and culture fans there is a ‘Dublin’s City Hall: The Story of the Capital’ exhibition that tells you the story of Dublin’s civic history, with tickets costing €3.60 for adults and €1.50 for children. City Hall is open Monday to Saturday, 10am-5.15pm and is a brief three minute walk from our Christchurch hotel.
Found just off the River Liffey, Dublin’s Custom House is one of the city’s prized pieces of architecture. It was designed by English architect James Gandon, and the building has a number of statues and sculptures symbolising parts of the history, culture, and folklore of Ireland and the rest of the world.
A landmark of the city for over 2 centuries, the building’s history and cultural significance is revealed in an exhibition found in the Custom House Visitor’s Centre. It covers the development of scientific meteorology in Ireland, the story of the Custom House during the Easter Rising, the construction of the building, and the Custom House Fire of 1921. The Custom House Visitor Centre is open from 10am to 4:30pm with free admission, and you can find the Custom House just a 20 minute walk from our Christchurch Hotel.
With a reputation known worldwide, Dublin’s Grafton Street is the must-see destination for shopaholics and cultural enthusiasts visiting the city. The variety of retail outlets give you a ton of options, from department stores like Brown Thomas to shops such as Footlocker, Next, and Marks & Spencer.
After a day of shopping you might want to grab a bite to eat from one of the many fast food joints, restaurants, and cafes dotted around the area – or if you’re feeling lively, there are also a number of bars and clubs where you can get your night life on, and even a theatre where you can sample Dublin’s talented dramatists. You can find all this and more just a short 11-minute walk from Jurys Inn Christchurch.