8 Non-touristy Things To Do In Dublin - Updated 2021

Non-touristy Things To Do In Dublin

Located on Ireland’s east coast, by the River Liffey, Dublin is a spectacular city with historic buildings, imposing architecture, great beer, and scenic landscape. One of the most popular attractions is the Phoenix Park, a large urban park, which also includes the Dublin Zoo. Other must-see spots are the Phoenix Monument, the Papal Cross, the Dublin Castle, and much more. A trip to Dublin should include a visit to the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the tallest and largest church in Ireland. If you’re looking to discover some of the city’s hidden gems too, here are some of the non-touristy things to do in Dublin, Ireland:

1. Paddle your way through Dublin (from USD 43.0)

The Liffey River is one of Dublin’s main attractions, but what if you could get up close and personal with it and explore it in a unique way? This two-hour tour will offer you that possibility. You will meet your guide at Dublin City Moorings, and then start exploring Dublin and its main landmarks from a different perspective. You will paddle your way through the heart of the city, on a kayak. You will, most likely, get wet during the tour, so bring a towel or a set of clothes and shoes with you. This tour is great for families and friends.

2-Hour Liffey River Kayaking Adventure in Dublin

Duration: 2 hours

3 reviews

2. Sway along the music at an Irish dance party (from USD 24.0)

Irish people are famous for knowing how to have fun. What would you say if you would have the chance of experiencing this fun up close? While visiting Dublin’s many landmarks is quite exciting, we guarantee you will not regret joining this Irish dance party. This two-hour tour will offer you a fun afternoon with dancing and laughing. You will get to see choreographed dance performances, learn some Irish dance moves, practice them, listen to live music and hear great stories about Irish dance and music history. During the Irish dance party you will have a reserved table at Dublin’s Celt Bar, and while food and drinks are not included in the price of the ticket, a full bar and food menu is available for purchase. Children can attend, but they must come with an adult. The activity is also wheelchair accessible.

The Irish Dance Party in Dublin

Duration: 2 hours

6 reviews

3. Take a tour of Croke Park Stadium (from USD 19.0)

Here is another epic experience for sports lovers. Attendees will get to enjoy a two-hour guided tour of Ireland’s biggest and most famous stadium, the Croke Park Stadium. The tour includes learning about Gaelic games, discovering the headquarters of GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association), and practicing hurling and playing Gaelic football in the GAA interactive museum. The stadium tour also includes a sneak peek inside the VIP area and the teams’ dressing rooms. Sports fans and kids will absolutely love this experience. Children, however, should be accompanied by an adult.

Croke Park Tour and GAA Museum Visit

Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes

3 reviews

4. Take a horse riding trip to the beautiful Wicklow County (from USD 115.0)

If you’re thinking of trading the big city life for a day in the heart of beautiful, wild landscape, this tour is for you. Head south of Dublin for a day of horseback riding through the Wicklow Mountains National Park. The tour also includes lunch in the village of Enniskerry, at the participants’ expense, and visiting a sixth-century monastery in Glendalough. The village is also known as the place where popular movies “Leap Year” and “P.S. I Love You”were filmed. The tour starts early in the morning in Dublin, where participants will be picked up, and ends in the evening, as you’ll make your way back to Dublin through scenic landscape.

Dublin to Wicklow: Horseback Riding and Glendalough Day Tour

Duration: 8 hours

10 reviews

5. Enjoy Gaelic football — an Irish traditional sports (from USD 43.0)

If you’re into sports, you like spending time outdoors, or you’re always up for something, this is a great choice for you! This three-hour game experience will get anyone into the spirit of Irish traditional sports. The tour starts with a round of instructions on how to play Gaelic football, handball, and hurling, and continues on the field, where everyone will get to test their skills. This tour is great for any age and experience level. You can participate with your entire family, with your friends, or by yourself. Water, coffee, and tea will also be available throughout the three-hour experience.

Dublin Gaelic Games Small-Group Experience

Duration: 3 hours

5 reviews

6. General Post Office tour (from USD 15.0)

general post office tour

The General Post Office is one of Dublin’s iconic buildings, located on O’Connell Street. This tour will allow you to see the office from inside for two hours. Visitors can explore the events related to the 1916 Easter Rising and the Easter Week through stories and historical artifacts, use the Morse code and interactive maps. This entire experience will offer visitors an authentic feel of the events back then. The tour is suitable for all ages.

Dublin: General Post Office Entrance Ticket

Duration: 2 hour

8 reviews

7. Enjoy a good laugh at an Irish comedy show (from USD 13.0)

If you are looking for a quick, fun tour, this is a great choice. For 50 minutes, you’ll get to enjoy listening to a hilarious guide talk about the history of Ireland and its culture in comedy sketches. You will get to laugh and make fun of the Irish weather, and much more. The tour is great for families and includes meeting in a traditional Irish pub, and seating in a unique theater space. Guests should note that even though they will be in a pub, drinks are not included in the price of the tour.

Ireland: A Survivor's Guide - Comedy Sketch Show

8. Hike along the Dublin coastline (from USD 21.0)

hike along the dublin coastline

The Dublin Bay 15k coastal hike spreads from Dublin’s O’Connell Street, passes through the Dublin Docks, across the Liffey River, and East Link Bridge, and ends in Dun Laoghaire. Anyone can participate in this hike but a reasonable fitness level is needed. Participants also need appropriate footwear. Everyone must be over the age of 18, but solo travelers are welcome. The journey is full of scenic landscape and there are many restaurants on the way, so upon reaching the destinations, travelers can enjoy a hearty meal and a glass of wine.

Dublin Bay 15k Coastal Hike Trek-GPO Dublin City to Dun Loaghaire

Duration: 10.00 to 14.00 hrs

Exploring Dublin behind the scenes

One of Ireland’s most precious gems, Dublin is a must-visit destination. Whether you are a sports enthusiast, a beer aficionado, or you are into culture and history, the city has something for everyone. While the main landmarks have their charm and should not be missed, exploring the city in a different way, through unique tours, is quite the experience. From dancing Irish dances or playing Gaelic football to kayaking in the Liffey River and peeking inside the Croke Park VIP area and team dressing rooms, these non-touristy things to do in Dublin are worth every penny.

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