5 Things to do in Dublin this Summer

Dublin is a vibrant and exciting city with a rich history and plenty of attractions to explore. The city offers a great deal of space for outdoor activities to do in summer. To make the most of your time in the city, see below for our top picks of what to see and do in the city this summer.

1. Live performance at 3Arena:

Dublin has a rich music scene, with a diverse variety of the world’s top artists performing headline live music, theatre and comedy acts at the stunning 3Arena. The venue has played host to many world-renowned performers and is one of the leading concert venues in Europe. Situated at the heart of Dublin’s docklands, the venue comes alive at night, bringing music and entertainment fans to the area. The Samuel is the ideal choice for concert-goers looking to grab a few pints before and after a show in our vibrant bar.
If you need to book a night in a hotel near the 3Arena after your concert, The Samuel Hotel is located only an 8-minute walk or a 3-minute Luas ride away. To help make your decision easier we offer a Gig Night Package which includes:

  • Bottle of bubbly on arrival
  • Main course meal in The Samuel Grill & Bar (open all day)
  • Overnight stay in a Deluxe Room
  • Breakfast the following morning
  • Sign up to iSave@Samuel to receive a further reduction of €10 per night off your stay


2. Kayaking on the Liffey:

The serenely flowing river Liffey, which runs through Dublin’s centre, has served as the real inspiration for the city’s historical foundation. Kayaking its calm waters is just the best way to observe and comprehend the Irish capital. Several companies offer boat tours of the River Liffey, providing a unique perspective of the city from the water.

3. Explore the Temple Bar area:

A trip to Dublin can not be complete without visiting the Temple Bar district. Temple Bar is a bustling neighbourhood with narrow cobbled streets, lively pubs, buskers, and rich Irish culture. It’s a great place to experience Dublin’s famous nightlife. During the summer months, there are often outdoor concerts and events.

4. The Jeanie Johnston:

Sail onboard the Jeanie Johnston and take a tour back in time to witness the story of Irish ancestors on their perilous journey to a better life in North America. The tour starts with a stroll around the top deck, where you can see the beautiful sails, admire the craftsmanship, and hear about the ship’s history. Breathe deeply and go to the lower decks to see the tiny cabins where up to 250 travellers spend the most of their time, with only a half-hour of fresh air each day.

5. Enjoy a picnic:

Whoever said that love is dead obviously hasn’t thought about going on a picnic in Dublin. The city is a playground for those who enjoy beautiful surroundings, making it a great site for a romantic picnic. Here are a few charming picnic spots to mesmerize.
Merrion Square Park: Located just a short walk from the Docklands, Merrion Square Park is a lovely spot to enjoy a picnic in the sun, surrounded by Georgian buildings and a statue of Oscar Wilde.
Phoenix Park: This large park is one of the largest enclosed urban parks in Europe and offers plenty of space for outdoor activities. Take a bike ride, have a picnic, or visit the Dublin Zoo, which is located within the park.
Grand Canal: In the summer and fall, people love to hang out along the Grand Canal, especially on warm evenings. Head out to Grand Canal Dock to escape the crowd and crack open a bottle of wine and indulge in your favourite snacks.

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