Dublin Holidays Nightlife Activities Dublin

Dublin Holidays Literary Tours and Pub Crawls Nightlife

The city has such a strong reputation for literature and boozing it can make sense to plan your Dublin holidays around a theme. Whether you want to follow in the footsteps of Ireland's best writers or drinkers follow these itineraries to take in the most important hotspots in the city's hall of fame.

A literary tour of Dublin Dublin Writer Museum, James Joyce

For a crash course in Irish literary history you can plan a holiday route through Dublin to take in the most famous sights associated with Irish writers and a couple of the city's finest museums and libraries. Start off at Trinity College's Old Library where you can pore over the Book of Kells, an incredible 9th century illuminated manuscript. After a quick pick me up (seafood and a pint of the black stuff) in Davy Byrne's, one of Dublin's most celebrated literary pubs with close links to James Joyce, head for Marsh's Library behind St Patrick's Cathedral, where you can browse through some of the city's oldest books. From there it's off to the Dublin Writer's Museum, a treasure trove of manuscripts, letters, and portraits of Ireland's most famous deceased writers, while next door the Irish Writers' Centre focuses on the works of their living counterparts. Around the corner you'll find the James Joyce Cultural Centre, a must for any Joycean fan. Though for the best experience you'll need to visit on June 16th when the city celebrates Bloomsday, the date of Leopold Bloom's odyssey through Dublin in Joyce's most famous work Ulysses. Finish the evening off by taking in a play at the city's famous Abbey Theatre, where you can be wooed by the classic works by WB Yeats, JM Synge, Sean O'Casey, Brendan Behan or Samuel Beckett.

The ultimate Dublin Holiday pub crawl and guide

You'll certainly be in good company if you're planning Dublin holidays based around a pub crawl. There's a plethora of pubs for every taste from sticky carpeted haunts for the aging locals to a series of exotically themed 'super pubs'. Unfortunately, a history of raucous stag and hen weekends in Temple Bar, means the area is now off limits for large groups of women wielding L plates and plastic boobs, or men with rainbow coloured afro wigs and blow up dolls. For the ultimate Dublin pub crawl you should start off in Kehoes, a tiny traditional pub on South Anne Street, where the quality of the Guinness is just about the best in the city; swiftly move on to the slick Duke just round the corner where the first pints should be taking effect and you'll have the courage to chat up the bright young things holding up the bar; down the road at the Stag's Head, a glorious example of Victoriana, you can mingle with the brilliant, young minds from Trinity College before heading to The Globe around the corner, a hip, hangout for arty types and the uber trendy. You can finish up your night on Hogan's dance floor just up the road, or in the Long Hall, just opposite, if a drawn out debate on the state of the nation with a bunch of aging locals is more your thing. Closing time in Dublin pubs is 1.30am Thursday to Saturday.