Fancy a nice summer break in the city? Well we have just the thing for you. The Gibson Hotel are celebrating their 4th birthday and you too can share in the celebrations. We are giving away two nights bed and breakfast in this gorgeous city centre hotel
The gibson hotel, one of Dublin’s most accessible hotels served by the red Luas line, and just off the M50 via the port tunnel, is offering some great value deals for those looking to make the most of a city break this summer and to sample some of the delights the city has to offer.
To celebrate these great value deals, the gibson has compiled a list of 10 quirky attractions in Dublin you can visit during your stay. When we think of tourism in Dublin’s fair city, we tend to picture the packed, claustrophobic streets of Temple Bar and conjure up images of hectic shopping on Henry Street or Grafton street, of the Spire and Stephen’s Green – all the typical tourist things – and we say yeah, been there done that.
From unusual restaurants to unique bars, interesting museums to memorable city tours, Dublin city is alive with hidden treasures and everyone from couples to families will be able to find something that tickles their fancy this summer.
For couples, stay in a double or twin room this July and August for just €60 B&B per person sharing. There are also some great value family deals, with €165 B&B for two adults and two children, with free passes to the Viking Splash Tour or to Dublin Zoo, as well as a fabulous ‘kids stay free’ offer of €100 per person sharing dinner bed & breakfast for a double/ twin or family room (€200 for a family of four for dinner bed and breakfast).
To be in with a chance of winning, just leave a comment in the comment box and make sure to like our facebook page here .
The winner of the competition will be chosen randomly from the pool of entries received. Draw will take place on the 27th of July, 2014
So whatever piques your interest, rediscover Dublin this summer and take advantage of the great breaks the gibson has to offer. To book your break, visit www.gibsonhotel.ie or tel. 01 681 5000.
10 quirky attractions in Dublin
Trinity College – Science Gallery
Described by Shane Hegarty of the Irish Times as “the most creative, innovative and artistic venue in Ireland” this uniquely interactive exhibition, housed in the world famous Trinity College, offers visitors a chance to get hands on with its exhibits and gives you the opportunity to join in the debate and voice opinions on its events and shows. Unlike most galleries, the Science Gallery does not have a permanent collection so there is always something new to see and do. For more information or for opening and event times, visit their website.
Marsh’s Library – Ireland’s First public library
Founded in 1701 and dating from the fascinating Enlightenment era of history, Marsh’s Library allows visitors to step back in time as they marvel at the architecture and décor that has remained largely unchanged for over three centuries. Founded by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh, the library is located beside St Patrick’s Cathedral and its original oak bookcases are home to more than 25,000 rare and fascinating books, including originals from writers such as James Joyce. It also houses many exhibitions and events, so for more information about what’s on visit www.marshlibrary.ie.
Irish Film Institute – Dublin’s only art-house cinema located in Temple Bar
This 17th Century building, located in the heart of Temple Bar and featuring two screens, is so much more than just a cinema. It provides audiences of all ages with the opportunity to learn about and engage with contemporary cinema as well as preserving historical Irish cinema. Its theatre is dedicated to showing the best in Irish and international contemporary, independent and classic cinema, including pieces that would not otherwise have been aired. There is also an exquisite café bar on the premises where you can enjoy pre/post show food and drink. For more information and for current showings visit www.ifi.ie
Le Cool Dublin Experience
A walking tour with a difference, the Le Cool Dublin Experience is a tour de force of contemporary Dublin culture. The hip weekly magazine aims to incorporate into their tours “elements of the city which have become staples of le cool content such as pop-ups, new collectives and initiatives.” Get your walking boots on and discover Dublin’s vibrant underground, including DIY culture, street art, fashion, emerging music and literature, artists, hidden historical gems and the latest trends. The tour is constantly evolving, so you will never take the same trip twice. For more information you can visit their website or check out their Tumblr.
Brazen Head – Irelands Oldest Pub
Step through the door and be transported back in time as you enjoy an authentic Irish experience – along with some great food and drink to boot. Dating back to 1198, the Brazen Head is officially Ireland’s oldest pub. With its antique setting and historical pictures and artefacts, the establishment has retained its charm and the characteristics of its past, and boasts an impressive list of historical clientele, including James Joyce, Jonathan Swift, Daniel O’Connell and Michael Collins. There is also live music every night so you can enjoy a bit of craic agus ceol! For more information and for upcoming gigs, check out www.brazenhead.com
Kehoe’s – South Anne Street
Possibly one of Dublin city’s best kept secrets on the pub scene, this little treasure is often overlooked. Nestled in a corner just off busy Grafton Street, the historical pub was first licensed in 1803 and its décor is very reflective of the Victorian era. As you cosy up with a pint you can enjoy the stained glass mahogany doors, old Irish snugs, partitions and the general homely feel throughout the pub. A mixture of locals and tourists drink here, making for a vibrant and friendly atmosphere. Click here to read a little more about Kehoe’s traditional charm.
Brunch @Hemi Bar@thegibson
Brunch in Dublin is now the thing to do of a Sunday and the gibson has just launched its unique take on this with their Jazzy Sunday Brunch in the modern Hemi Bar, where you can chill, catch up with friends or loved ones and enjoy a hearty brunch. Located right up on the third floor and boasting a spectacular view of the urban landscape, hemi bar a great place to get away from the madness of the city and relax. You can Tuck into sumptuous brunch dishes such as iberico chorizo frittata, traditional eggs benedict, Belgian waffles or American style pancakes. Throughout the brunch you can enjoy the tunes of the Moon quartet, a popular young Irish jazz band who played at the launch of Dine in Dublin this year. To view the menu or to make a booking, visit www.thegibsonhotel.ie
This unusual exhibition is the only museum dedicated to Irish mythology, taking its name from possibly the most famous off all the Celtic mythical creatures – the Leprechaun. Based in the heart of Dublin, its exhibitions detail the famed Irish pastime of storytelling, giving us a refreshingly alternative view of Irish cultural identity and lore. The focus is on the history of the Leprechaun, from the first ever sighting back in the eighth century through to modern day representations of the leprechaun in film and popular culture, with plenty of adventure along the way! For ticket prices and opening times check out their website at www.leprechaunmuseum.ie
Dirty Fabulous – Wicklow Street
If you fancy a little shopping during your visit to the capital, visiting this fabulous vintage fashion emporium is an absolute must. This boutique specialises in occasion and bridal wear from 1920’s to 1960’s, so you can browse to find that perfect outfit for an upcoming event – you will be sure to turn heads with their unique pieces. The shop is family run by two sisters who are passionate about vintage fashion and are more than willing to help you pick out your dream outfit or perfect accessory. To book an appointment visit their website or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dublin Ghost Tour
Looking for something a bit more thrilling than the standard guided city tour? Not for the faint of heart, this two hour long spooky tour visits Dublin’s most haunted venues, where you will disembark and go on the hunt for ghouls and spirits. Unravel the mysteries of Dublin’s haunted cathedrals, take a terror inducing walk through St Kevin’s graveyard, and discover Dracula’s Dublin origins. Visit their website for more details and to book tickets… if you dare….
And when you’ve enjoyed the quirky delights of the city you can rest and relax at the gibson hotel with great summer in the city offers.
26th June, 2014