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​10 Reasons to Visit Dublin in 2017

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As we look forward to the festive season, it’s time to get ready for a fantastic 2017 in Dublin. If you’ve haven't planned your list of New Year’s resolutions, don't be too hard on yourself: put on a pot of tea and have a look through a list of a different kind, our guide to the top 10 reasons for visiting Dublin in 2017.

From inspiring historical occasions to authentic Dublin experiences, we’ll whet your appetite for new adventures in Ireland’s fair city...


​10 Reasons to Visit Dublin in 2017

Dive in at the Forty Foot 

Start your year as you mean to go on with one of Dublin’s most iconic (and not for the faint-hearted) experiences. Shake off the cobwebs and dive into the icy waters of stunning Dublin Bay at Sandycove Beach, where the legendary Forty Foot bathing place has been attracting swimmers for centuries. The coastal village of Sandycove is well worth a warming wander afterwards – located around a pleasant harbour, it has a famous Martello Tower where the writer James Joyce once stayed.

Raise the tempo on a Dublin adventure 

From the Great Dublin Bike Ride in September to the Dublin Marathon in October, Dubliners know how to stage some legendary mass-participation events. There’s no better way to feel truly part of the capital than lining out with thousands of fellow adventurists for a grueling physical challenge against the backdrop of Dublin’s streetscape. So get your running shoes or cycling jersey on and start training now for your great Dublin adventure in 2017. 

​10 Reasons to Visit Dublin in 2017
​10 Reasons to Visit Dublin in 2017

Walk the red carpet 

Closing in on its 16th year, the Audi Dublin International Film Festival (ADIFF) is a firmly established calendar standout for all film buffs and movie nerds. For ten days in the spring, the city is awash with premieres, previews and Q&As, attended by a host of international and homegrown talent. A highlight is a secret screening which gives an audience the chance to see an upcoming feature well in advance of its scheduled release date – though you'll want to move fast as tickets go quick! 

Celebrate the St Patrick’s Festival 

St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in cities all over the world, but its true spiritual home is Dublin. A national celebration of identity, arts and culture, the St Patrick’s Festival highlights the very best of local and international talent with a whole host of fun festivities. Next year St Patrick’s Day falls on Friday 17 March – the perfect reason to plan a long weekend in Dublin. The 2017 festival is set to be the best yet, so make sure you’re at the heart of it. 

​10 Reasons to Visit Dublin in 2017
​10 Reasons to Visit Dublin in 2017

Dublin's quarters

Like most modern cities, Dublin can be divided up into various sectors or quarters, helping you to find the things that interest you with ease. The Medieval Quarter is the oldest part of the city, encompassing the area around Dublin Castle, Christ Church and St Patrick’s Cathedral. Dublin’s Antique Quarter is right next door and has an abundance of antique, art and collectibles, offering hours of browsing. Running from St Stephen’s Green and Trinity College to the canal, the Georgian Quarter is the epitome of gentrification, while Dublin’s trendy Tech Quarter can be found in the Grand Canal Dock area of the city.

​Sample some authentic Dublin grub 

Dublin is about more than just the Book of Kells – under the surface of the capital city lies a wealth of authentic food experiences waiting to be enjoyed. Visit John Kavanagh’s Gravediggers traditional pub in Glasnevin for a classic serving of coddle (made with potatoes, bacon and sausage) and an unbeatable pint of Guinness to wash it down. Follow your lunch with a visit to the historic Glasnevin Cemetery, location of the graves of some of the heroes of the 1916 Easter Rising.

​10 Reasons to Visit Dublin in 2017
​10 Reasons to Visit Dublin in 2017

See Dublin from a higher perspective

Dublin is a fantastic cycling city and one of the highlights is the Three Rock cycle loop in the Dublin Mountains. This route will have you leaving the city behind and climbing up to an excellent vantage point to see Dublin in all its glory. The view is particularly spectacular at dawn and dusk but can be enjoyed at any time of day – a worthy reward after the tough climb. 

Dublin's writer haunts

Dublin has been the inspiration behind countless poems, plays and books throughout the years; it’s also a place that some of the world’s most acclaimed writers have called home. Explore the most beloved Dublin haunts of esteemed Irish writers like Beckett, Yeats and Wilde, as well as visiting scribes like Kipling and Greene. Our tour takes you over bridges, back stage through theatres, and into cosy pubs.

​10 Reasons to Visit Dublin in 2017
​10 Reasons to Visit Dublin in 2017

Culture Night 

Dublin is a city simply bristling with art, culture and history, so much so that it’s hard to know where to start. Make it simple for yourself: plan your visit to Dublin around the cultural highlight of next year, Culture Night 2016. Hundreds of events take place across the city and everyone gets involved, so it’s a chance to truly experience the authentic arts scene of Dublin. Arts and cultural organisations open their door until late with a range of free events, talks and performances for you to enjoy. 

Experience world-class entertainment in an intimate setting 

As Dublin venues go, they don't come much more iconic than Vicar street. This hallowed space has seen some legendary gigs over the years, including names like The Flaming Lips and Christy Moore. It's a great place to see acts on the way up, before they hit the larger stages of the capital. There’s a fantastic mix of music across every genre, along with some of the best comedians working today. 

​10 Reasons to Visit Dublin in 2017