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Things to do in Dublin During Covid-19

  1. Coastal Walk- One of the main and most beautiful features that Dublin boasts is its stunning coastlines. Why not take a drive out to Malahide and walk the coastline all the way to Portmarnock, or head on out to Howth on a sunny Sunday morning and take in the scenic views of Balscadden Bay. Or if you are looking for something similar on the south side of the city, Dun Laoghaire harbour is quite the sight to behold. The crystal water on a hot afternoon is tough to beat, and if its stunning views you are looking for, you’ll be sure to find it along the coastlines of Dublin.
  1. Drive-in Movie Theatre- With cinemas and theatres closed to the public during the pandemic, all of the new releases scheduled for 2020 have been put on hold. But never fear, you can still get your movie fix from the comfort of your own car at the Leopardstown Drive-in cinema. They screen classics such as Ferris Beuller’s Day Off and Back To The Future to name a couple. For more information and screen times, visit retrodrivein.ie, and for other drive- in events such as Bingo Loco, be sure to check out @Driveinevents on Instagram.
  1. Visit Dublin City Centre- With many people staying home and working from home due to Covid-19, the lack of usual traffic in the city means there has never been a better time to take a drive around the city of Dublin. A city etched in history from top to bottom, there are hundreds of historic landmarks to visit.

    Start at the top of the city and visit the home of the black stuff. The Guinness Storehouse in St. James Gate is the most visited tourist attraction in Dublin, but at the moment, a view of the factory from the exterior is the only option. Other historic landmarks like the Molly Malone Statue, Kilmainham Gaol, the Spire, Croke Park and Dublin Castle to name but a few, will take you all over this stunning city, and are sure to leave you wanting to come back for more when they eventually re-open their doors. Car rental is available at Dublin Airport. View our range of rental cars here.
  1. A drive through Phoenix Park- The largest public park in Ireland at 1750 acres, the Phoenix Park offers so much, even if you don’t leave your car. In these quieter times for the park, the resident deer have been more predominantly visible and approachable.

    You can view the large Papal Cross which is situated in the park. It was constructed for the papal visit to Ireland in 1979, and Pope John Paul II delivered a mass to over 1.25 million people. Another landmark in the park is Aras An Uachtarain, the home of the sitting President of Ireland. A gorgeous white building with stunning gardens at the front is a must see if you find yourself driving through the park.
  1. Golf Courses- For all the golfers out there, you’re in luck! Golf courses re-opened in Dublin just a number of weeks ago, and there are a number of internationally recognised golf courses for you to choose from to test your game.

    If Links golf is your preference, The Island golf club in Donabate is one of the most trying of links courses. Other courses of the same ilk include Portmarnock Links and Royal Dublin Society. Some other Golf courses worth playing in Dublin include Malahide Golf Club, Hermitage Golf Club, Luttrellstown Golf Course and Resort and Sutton Golf Club. All of these renowned courses are open to the public and are sure to bring your game to the next level. If you need to rent a car, have a look at our range of mini vans for hire here.
  1. Food- Dublin offers a wide variety of different international food options. Wherever you go in the capital, you will be spoilt for choice in whatever cuisine you desire. All restaurants are currently closed until June 29th at the earliest due to Covid, but most restaurants are opening and operating a take away service.

    If you fancy a traditional fish and chips, be sure to check out Leo Burdocks fish and chip shop at Christchurch Cathedral. They offer the best Fish and Chips in town, along with their famous ‘Crispy Batter Bits’. It’s also the oldest chipper in Ireland and contains a long list of celebrities who have sampled the tastiest fish in Dublin. Take your meal and sit in the grounds of Christchurch Cathedral, you won’t be disappointed.
  1. A Stroll Through St. Stephens Green and Shopping District- Situated at the epicentre of the city is the Stephens Green shopping district and public park. With all shops now back open, take a walk up Grafton Street, have a look around the wide variety of shops as you stroll up one of the most famous and well known streets on the island.

    Once at the top of Grafton Street, take a walk through St. Stephens Green Public Park. Known for its colourful flowers and trees, the park is a popular spots for tourists to relax with and ice cream or a coffee and take in the beautiful surroundings the St. Stephens Green has to offer.
  1. The Dublin Hellfire Club- One of the best views of Dublin City and Bay is a hike up to the Dublin Hellfire Club. Situated on Montpellier Hill on the South side of the city, the hike that takes approximately 20 minutes from the car park will bring you to the ruins of one of the most haunted sites in Ireland.

    On a clear day, the views are absolutely spectacular, and if you are brave enough to venture up at night, you would witness a beautifully lit Dublin City from a superb vantage point.
  1. Castles- There are many historic castles and parks to take a walk through in Dublin and nearby. On the North Side, you have Malahide Castle and Demesne, Newbridge Demesne and Ardgillan Castle and Demesne being the most popular. While on the South Side of the city, you’ve got Killiney Castle, Rathfarnham Castle and Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre.

    No matter which of these castles you visit, you’ll be sure to be blown away by the natural beauty contained within their grounds. A perfect activity if you are looking to take a drive out of the city and take in what the suburban areas of Dublin have to offer. Why not take a trip across the county and take in what the different Dublin Castles have to offer. If you are looking to rent a car, take a look at our wide range of cars here.