Best Bar: Containing a huge bar, a restaurant, a night club, a beer garden, and live traditional Irish music all inside a massive church building, The Church is a Dublin favourite for a reason.
Best Restaurant: A much loved Dublin establishment, 101 Talbot serves up delicious and unique Middle East and Mediterranean-influenced cuisine – we recommend the roast lamb rump!
Best Kept Secret: Find a quiet corner of reflection in Dublin’s Garden of Remembrance, a beautiful hideaway on Parnell Square.
Established in 1928, the Gate Theatre introduced Dublin to modern and classic theatre from across America and Europe as well as celebrating classics from Ireland’s own playwrights. It’s since become a major hub in the Irish cultural scene, helping launch the careers of acting greats like Orson Welles and Michael Gambon. With previous shows like ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’ and ‘A View From The Bridge’ amongst other renowned productions, Dublin’s Gate Theatre promises an evening of world-class entertainment.
The building itself is noticeable for its beautiful exterior architecture and stylishly decorated auditorium, creating a warm and intimate atmosphere perfect for theatre. While you’re here you can grab a pre- or post-production meal at one of the 6 specially selected restaurants in the venue, and if you want to get involved you can drop into the Gate Lab for pre-show talks, interviews, readings, and more. The Gate Theatre is located just a 3 minute walk from our Parnell Street hotel.
The Laughter Lounge is one of Dublin’s most popular comedy clubs, attracting comedy fans from all over the city for its regularly hilarious line ups and relaxed, friendly environment. With plenty of seating in close proximity to the stage and a selection of MCs who are almost as funny as the comedians, you’ll be immersed in laughter from start to finish.
Complete the experience with one of the many cocktails on offer at the bar, including a free drink before 7:30pm, and stick around afterwards as the venue transforms into a club where you can dance the night away and rub shoulders with future comedy legends! Tickets for The Laughter Lounge cost €26 and the doors open at 7pm – you can find it just a ten minute walk from Jurys Inn Parnell Street.
The Grand Social
One of Dublin’s prime social spots, The Grand Social has 4 venues in its building suited for a range of purposes – a cosy front bar, a larger bar perfect for parties, a large upstairs room, and a rooftop garden. The combination has been so successful that the venue was voted Irish Music Rights Organisation Dublin Venue of the Year in 2012, and nominated for National Venue of the Year for four years running.
You’ll find live music at The Grand Social most nights, as well as dance classes, club nights, and the Ha’Penny Flea Market every Saturday from 12pm to 6pm – be sure to drop in and have a look at the range of stalls selling vintage clothes, music, and accessories! You can find this hub of entertainment and culture just an 8 minute walk from the Jurys Inn Parnell Street hotel.
Old Jameson Distillery
At the Old Jameson Distillery you can indulge in the ultimate whiskey experience and learn what makes the drink so special. The distillery offers a guided tour where you can take a lesson in the history of Irish whiskey, including how the legendary spirit is crafted and how best to enjoy it, as well as a tasting session and the award of the official Jameson Whiskey Tasting Certificate.
Whiskey fanatics can also sign up for the Jameson Tasting Experience or the Jameson Whiskey Masterclass, which includes a private Jameson tutorial and a free gift, and you can even bottle your own select reserve cask strength black barrel whiskey, complete with a personalised label! It makes for a must-experience day out for whiskey lovers and fans of Ireland’s unique history, and you can find it just a 16 minute walk from our hotel on Parnell Street. The distillery is open 7 days a week from 9am-6pm Monday-Saturday, opening 10am on Sundays, and tickets for the guided tour cost €16.
James Joyce Walking Tours – James Joyce Centre
James Joyce is one of the many literary legends hailing from Ireland, and he took inspiration for much of his work from the streets of Dublin themselves. With the James Joyce Walking Tours you have the opportunity to relive the steps he took and visit locations featured in his works, for example The Gresham Hotel from ‘The Dead’ or Middle Abbey Street from ‘Ulysses’.
The James Joyce Centre also holds a number of exhibitions dedicated to Joyce’s life and work where you can learn more about the celebrated author, and you can round off the day with a trip to the gift shop for a few souvenirs, from copies of his classic texts to gifts like clothing and stationary. The James Joyce Centre is just a 6 minute walk from Jurys Inn Parnell Street, open from 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm-5pm on Sundays with tickets costing €5 for adults.
National Leprechaun Museum
The first tourist attraction dedicated to Ireland’s mythology, Dublin’s National Leprechaun Museum lets you dive right into the nation’s charming folklore. You’ll be guided by an expert story teller through the magic of the leprechaun, including a journey to a leprechaun-sized world and a trip to the end of the rainbow – will you find the elusive pot of gold?
For a darker version of events come for the adult-only night time tour and hear some of the more twisted tales of Irish folklore! Afterwards you can visit the gift shop and take home goodies like the collected stories of Eamon Kelly or poems by WB Yeats, graphic novels based on 11th century Ireland, and t-shirts or hoodies with classic Irish designs. All of this can be found just a 7 minute walk from Jurys Inn Parnell Street, with tours every day from 10am-6:30pm costing €14 for adults.
National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History
Part of the National Museum of Ireland, the Decorative Arts and History museum gives visitors the chance to explore the unique history and heritage of Irish decorative art, from clothing and jewellery to furniture and ceramics. Standing out amongst the displays is the Irish Silver Collection, one of the largest collections in the world with items dating from the early 17th century.
The museum also caters to history buffs with exhibitions on the history of the Irish military at home and abroad, from 1550 to today, while budding sketchers and artists are encouraged to test their skills on a range of artefacts! The Decorative Arts and History part of the National Museum of Ireland is free to enter, opening from 10am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday and at 2pm on Sundays. Find it just a 10 minute drive or a 25 minute walk from Jurys Inn on Parnell Street.
Dublin Writer’s Museum
Housed in a stunning 18th century mansion, the Dublin Writer’s Museum is a treat for literature buffs wanting to explore and celebrate the rich literary heritage of the Irish capital. Browse the various displays and learn in depth about legendary Dubliners like Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, and Bram Stoker.
You’ll see objects and memorabilia that give you an insight into their personal and professional lives, like Samuel Beckett’s very own phone and one of the first editions of Stoker’s renowned ‘Dracula’, while you can also attend special readings and lunchtime theatre productions that bring their great literary works to life. The Dublin Writer’s Museum is open from 9:45am-4:45pm Monday to Saturday, and from 11am-4:30pm on Sundays, with admission for adults costing €7.50. You can find this treasure hove just a 5 minute walk from our hotel on Parnell Street.
Located on the bank of the River Liffey, the Custom House is one of Dublin’s landmark buildings and a must-see spot for visitors and locals alike. The building dates back to 1791 when it was designed by English architect James Gandon, and on the exterior you’ll be able to spot several sculptures symbolising the culture and heritage of Ireland.
You can learn about the history of the architectural masterpiece from the Custom House Visitor Centre exhibition, outlining the building’s fascinating history including its construction, its involvement in the Easter Rising, and the infamous fire of 1921. Admission to the exhibit is free, and it’s open from 10am to 4:30pm – you can find the Custom House a 12 minute walk from our hotel on Parnell Street.
Known for being the oldest and largest department store in Ireland, Arnotts is the destination of choice if you’re looking for a day of food, fun, and most importantly, retail therapy. Over 300,000 square feet, the store is home to all you could need in the way of fashion, jewellery, homeware, electrical goods and more.
After a long day of shopping, there’s a place to rest your feet and let your taste buds do the work with restaurants and cafes like Clodagh’s Kitchen, Bewley’s, and Homemade at Arnotts – we suggest sampling the full Irish breakfast before hitting the stores as it’s sure to give you enough energy for endless shopping! You can find Arnotts just a 4 minute walk from our hotel on Parnell Street.