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Enjoying the Dublin Tech Summit

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As the capital gears up for the Dublin Tech Summit, thousands of delegates from across the globe are already preparing to attend. If you’re one of them, you’re in for a treat — as one of the digital hubs of Europe, Dublin’s tech credentials are fast becoming legendary.

It’s not all work and no play though — you’ll find there's just as much to learn and experience outside of the conference rooms on the streets of the historic city. Let Visit Dublin be your guide with this collection of insider tips, great events and things to do… and prepare to be surprised.

Enjoying the Dublin Tech Summit

A vibrant atmosphere and modern infrastructure makes Ireland's capital city the perfect place for a world-renowned event like the Dublin Tech Summit, which will see over 10,000 ticketholders descend on Convention Centre Dublin on 15 and 16 February. Squeeze the most out of your pass by immersing yourself in the world of Dublin during your down time, and sample its wealth of surprising adventures and attractions. You’ll find plenty of events, experiences and locals ready with a warm welcome — Dubliners are famously happy to chat and their wry perspective on life should make your trip a memorable one.

  • Win an all-expenses-paid trip back to Dublin by posting a picture you have taken of Dublin using #lovedublin and #DTS. Terms and conditions below. Competition closes at 10am February 16th with winners announced at 2pm at stand B4.

1. Get the edge with some insider tips

The Dublin Tech Summit will bring thousands to Dublin to celebrate all things digital, but you can get the edge with some insider information. From urban design to ancient culture, Dublin is a vibrant city with plenty to discover. This list of little-known facts about Dublin will help you make the most of your spare hours in the city.

Find out what to pack to make sure you're ready to tackle everything from mountain strolls to spontaneous city cycles if you're extending your stay. If you only have a couple of days, cut to the chase with this hitlist of Dublin's top attractions, or learn from the experts with this round-up of recommendations from three of Dublin’s top concierges.

Enjoying the Dublin Tech Summit
Enjoying the Dublin Tech Summit

2. Re-fuel in style

With all the stimulating talks and discussions in store, you’ll need plenty of fuel after your day at the Dublin Tech Summit — and Dublin’s food scene will satisfy every possible craving. Use this illustrated food map as your gastronomic guide, plan a Saturday midday meet-up with new conference contacts with this list of the best brunch spots in town, and use local info to hunt out great food experiences and find the places serving up some of the most innovative fare in the country. You’ll find amazing food and friendly service at every turn.

3. Get caffeinated in the capital

There’s no better way to network than over a hot brew; luckily Dublin’s coffee scene is ready to facilitate you. The caffeine rush from Dublin’s coffee boom has lead to an explosion in new cafes that are revitalising empty buildings and becoming hubs of creativity. For one of Dublin’s finest cups of coffee pay a visit to 3FE or Roasted Brown, grab some exotic tea in Wall & Keogh or pair your cuppa with delicious food at The FumballyGet the low down on the best Dublin coffee and stimulate your stay in the city.

Enjoying the Dublin Tech Summit

4. Make time for a gig (or three) 

Dublin’s music scene is a feast for the soul; with top class venues and a rich musical heritage, it’s the perfect way to let off some steam after a day of networking. First, get your bearings on the Dublin Music Tour, then pencil the following dates into your diary for the week of the Dublin Tech Summit.

5. Unwind in a Dublin pub

What better way to relax after a day of presentations and debate than by pulling up a bar stool at one of Dublin's famous watering hole? Get to know new friends better over a pint; from toe-tapping live music and craic, to the cosiest of snugs, all Dublin pubs have something special to offer. Browse this list of landmark pubs, identify the best spots for a flavourful craft beer or take in the atmosphere of a match day experience at one of the city's most popular sports bars. Not everyone’s idea of a good time is going to the pub but if you aren’t big into drinking, there’s no reason why your experience in Dublin has to be less fun. Sit back, pour yourself a mocktail and enjoy our top picks of the best drink-free days out that are anything but dry.

Enjoying the Dublin Tech Summit
Enjoying the Dublin Tech Summit

6. Dublin after dark

Dublin's nightlife is legendary, so once the conference closing remarks have concluded, it's time to experience the city after dark. It's a great place to eat, drink and be merry year-round, and you'll find some amazing spots for food and cocktails. A steady stream of performers come to the capital — don't miss Billy Connolly on Friday 17 February in the Point Village's 3Arena, just a stroll away from the Convention Centre Dublin.

7. ​Find an adventure

Dublin is an amazing location for anyone that likes to combine urban pleasures with outdoor adventure. If you're extending your stay in the city, why not sign up for Gaelforce Dublin, a fitness event encompassing running, cycling and kayaking challenges that takes place on Saturday 18 February?  

If you're booked in for the weekend, an adventure with City Kayaking on the River Liffey is a great way to explore the city from a totally different angle. To the south, the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains provide rugged landscapes and wilderness, while the glittering expanse of Dublin Bay offers vast open skies and great lungfuls of fresh air. After two days of stimulating debate at the Dublin Tech Summit, make the most of the weekend in the city's coastal towns or follow a mountain trail to get a new sense of perspectiveTake to two wheels with a cycling adventure (Dublin's cycling scene is thriving and suitable for all abilities) and if you'd rather slow the pace, get to know the highways and byways of this Viking settlement on a city walking trail.

Enjoying the Dublin Tech Summit
Enjoying the Dublin Tech Summit

8. ​Explore the Tech Quarter

You’re here for the Tech Summit so it’s safe to assume you’re eager to see what the noise about Dublin’s digital revolution is all about. Otherwise known as “Silicon Docks”, Dublin’s Tech Quarter can be found in the Grand Canal Dock area (just across the river, in each reach of the Convention Centre Dublin) and with global giants sharing space with Irish tech companies, this area is a veritable who’s who of the digital age. A once run-down part of the city, it’s been revitalised with the development of offices, apartments and great places to eat and socialise. This once quiet spot is now buzzing with hard-working, hard-playing people enjoying Dublin’s reign as Europe’s tech headquarters, as this illustrated map will show.

Stunning buildings, modern art and the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre make this a place for everyone to see. If you fancy a stylish cocktail, take the lift to the rooftop bar in The Marker Hotel and enjoy stunning views while sipping on a Watermelon Martini, or alternatively, grab a quick lunch at nearby KC Peaches and watch the world go by.

DTS Photo Competition: Terms & Conditions
  • The entrant(s) must be aged 18 or over.

  • The competition is open to all delegates of Dublin Tech Summit excluding employees of Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and their immediate families, agents or anyone professionally connected with the promotion. A delegate badge must be presented by the winners.

  • Written proof of identity and age may be required.

  • Use of a false name or address will result in disqualification.

  • The prizes are as stated, are not transferable to another individual and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. Unless otherwise stated where multiple prizes are on offer in a single competition only one win per household will be allowed.