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Conceirge Tips

Here at the Morrison, we have an enthusiastic team of dedicated guest service agents and concierge who are continually looking for the best things to do in Dublin. Our team really care about delivering the highest levels of customer service and are here to help plan and maximise your time in Dublin. Our concierge has put together a list of things to do, that our team have personally tried and tested. If you do have any other recommendations or any feedback about what to do in Dublin – please let our team know.

A week in Dublin squeezed into a day

Breakfast
Halo @ The Morrison, a DoubleTree by Hilton - The Buffet to end all Breakfast Buffets, from setting to choice complemented by excellent service – this will have you coming back for more, and some more and then some more.
www.themorrisonhotel.ie

Queen of Tarts – Devoured by Dubliners and envied by Tourists this slice of home baking heaven run by twin sisters  has never been short of bums and full tums on seats.  They cater from the most adventurous to the most selective and they all leave wanting to know their secret.
www.queenoftarts.ie

 
Honest to Goodness – Simply put as they say themselves... Their food philosophy:
"At HONEST we’re very clear about food -  with a few totally natural ingredients & without preservatives we, can make bread that is simply delicious - and baked right here all day!
We want to give you good food that tastes great in a place you can enjoy.  We want you leaving HONEST feeling well fed and happy, this means being generous not just in portions but in the way we treat people".
www.honesttogoodness.ie

 
For Geeks

The Science Hub – don’t dismiss this subject because of old school nightmares – this museum on the grounds of Trinity College is a fab way to end a tour of the historic centre of learning in the heart of College Green.  The museum actively challenges visitors to question, change and interactively think about what we take for granted every day from the technical to the natural, the gigantic to the miniscule, the tangible and the intangible.
www.sciencegallery.com

The Leprechaun Museum – for the Dorothy in all of us who believer there’s more at the end of the rainbow than The Land of Oz – see Irish myth and legend told in a funny and humorous way.
www.leprechaunmuseum.ie

Dublin Ghost Tour – Rome isn’t the only town with catacombs and you don’t have to go to Egypt to find mummies, all aboard for Dublin after Dark….not for those of a nervous disposition.  But nothing a hot whiskey wont calm you down afterwards back among the living.
www.dublinsightseeing.ie/ghostbus/index.aspx

The Story of The Irish Jig – As the title suggests – A history of Irish Dancing but with a twist – the audience can also learn how to dance if they so wish – they can watch and view, studay the story of our national dance in the museum or even take classes and learn a few steps to take with them on a night our in TempleBar – puts the fun back into learning history.
www.jig.ie


For Chic

Secret Shopping Surprise –Don’t get trapped by the designer labels or boxed in by The High Street Brigade – hidden among Temple Bars lanes and Drury/Castle Market Sector one will find vintage and second hand retro stores with everything from clothing to textiles.  Try out Siopaella or Dirty Fabulous, Harlequins and Jenny Vander’s to find a unique piece that shows off your own individual personality.  Set the trends, don’t follow them.

www.siopaella.com
www.dublintown.ie/stories/aoife-smyth-the-harlequin/
www.rte.ie/lifestyle/fashion/best-of-irish/2011/1128/139051-jenny-vander/
www.dirtyfabulous.com/

The Central Dairy – Run by two of Irelands leading Fashionistas – this store caters with  a little something special for everyone from one off creations to setting a trend not following it – keep up to date with their fashion advise tweets online and may be book a consultation or browse their flag store in the city centre.
www.lennoncourtney.com


Temple Bar Weekend Markets- Every Saturday without fail, hail, rain or shine – Dubliners and tourists flock to Meeting House Square and  Cows Lane to taste the local produce on show and sale and take with them some Irish textiles as a momento of their day out and time away – a perfect way to meander about for the afternoon with The Gallery of Photogrpahy and the National Photography Archive right its door step too for an impromtu history lesson.
www.templebar.ie
www.galleryofphotography.ie
www.nli.ie/en/national-photographic-archive.aspx

 
Lunch

Afternoon Tea @ Quay 14
If the Pannacotta & berry compote doesn’t finish you off then try the new Afternoon Tea at the bar with a glass of sparkling wine.  No better way to sit back and people watch along the quays of The Liffey.
www.morrisonhotel.ie/en/quay-14.html

Crackbird/Skinflint or Jo Burger  -The Triplets of the same owner these pop up restaurants in various nooks and crannies of Dublin side  streets offer something different, fresh and funky affordable
www.joburger.ie/crackbird
www.joburger.ie/skinflint
www.joburger.ie

Cornucopia – On the city scene since the 1980s this little gem is ever changing and over the decades Dubliners and Visitors alike cannot get enough of this vegetarian oasis , that meat-eaters substitute to get their fill.
www.cornucopia.ie


For Brains

National Library, National Museum & National Gallery
The 3 Nationals are situated in a triangle around Nassau & Kildare Street & Merrion Square they throw up the history of Ireland in 3 very different engaging ways, from tracing family history (we all know everyone’s got a bit of Irish in them somewhere along the line) at The Library, to the grotesque yet captivating Bog Bodies at the museum (keep telling yourself they’re just antique Louis Vuitton Handbags with arms and legs attached) to the hidden treasures of the Irish Art Collection – from the famous Caravaggio to Jack Yeats sketch books.
National Library - www.nli.ie
National Museum - www.museum.ie
National Gallery – www.nationalgallery.ie

Museum of Modern Art (IMMA),  Kilmainham Gaol & Collins Barracks – Situated in a triangle up at The Hueston Quarter on the both sides of the river close to The Phoenix Park – these three wonders of Dublin display Irelands Legacy from Art in The Contemporary World, Irish Fights for Freedom and Irish Designers leading with the way at the turn of the century in interior design and architecture as well as International Collections of the decorative arts.
www.imma.ie
www.heritageireland.ie/en/dublin/kilmainhamgaol/
www.museum.ie

 
The Hills Are Alive For That Outdoor Enthusiast
The Botanic Gardens – Established in 1795 this Oasis on the Northside lives by its motto –
‘Conservation, Education, Science, Demonstration & Recreation’ – amongst its Flora and
Fauna Fancies one will find the National Herbarium and some classic examples of wrought
Iron glass houses and hot houses from Georgian times gone by.
www.botanicgardens.ie

 
Powerscourt Gardens & Waterfall-20 minutes south of Dublin on the outskirts of the idiyllic
Village of Enniskerry lies the 13th Century Palladian Mansion overlooking 47 acres of pure
Horicultural and natrual ecstacy from the Italian Gardens, Tower Vally to the Pet Cemetary
And Japanese Gardens to discover at ones leisure not to mention Irelands highest waterfall
A short distance from this splendor.
www.powerscourt.com

 
Howth Harbour & It’s Cliff Walks – located on the north coast of Dublin a village marina and
Pier specialising in fresh seafood and outdoor cliff walks, this small gem on the sea is steeped in historical stories, traditional music and contemporary eateries.  Get your walking shoes on and try out one of three cliff walks around Howth Head – the view is truly breathtaking.
www.howthismagic.com

Dublin Zoo & Farmleigh House – Both located in Europe’s largest National Park – The Phoenix Park  - Dublin Zoo will have both the kids and parents enthralled with The African Plains and feeding times with the sea lions and penguins to the newly opened Kaziranga  Forest Trail – this 180year old 40 hectares of wonder boasts a Hollywood Secret – The infamous MGM Lion, Cairbre, the studios mascot was born here in 1927. Farmleigh House originally  part The Guinness Dynasty  now opened to the public this Geogian Haven boasts tours and markets on it’s grounds which include The Fountain Lawn, Dutch –Style Sunken Gardens, Walled Garden , Clock Tower and Boat House and then go inside and explore Farmleighs Ballroom, Conservatory, The Nobel Room and The Blue Drawing Room – inside or out Farmleigh will dazzle and impress and make you want to come back for its infamous Christmas Fairs on its grounds every year.
www.dublinzoo.ie
www.farmleigh.ie

 
Dinner & Post Dining Watering Holes

The Morrison Grill – Not exclusive to steaks, this one of its kind Josper Grill will turn vegetables and fish into a culinary  explosion of tantalising tastes and flavours in Dublin’s newest trendy and cosmopolitan surroundings. And to continue that cosmo & metropolitan feeling – knock gently on Dublins Vintage Cocktail Club Door – reservations are advised at this secluded and hidden treasure of mixological temptations, hidden behind a very unassuming Iron Door in TempleBar.
www.morrisonhotel.ie/en/morrison-grill.html
www.vintagecockatilclub.com

 
Odessa – This funky retro dining experience with a floor for all seasons has been on the go from some years, but their stylised approach to décor and menu suggestions keep this vintage accessory well in season.  And afterwards wash it down with a pint at The Stage Heads across the road, like a real Dub.
www.Odessa.ie
www.stagshead.ie

 
Fade Street Social – The Odessa of The New Age – a creation of bistro and bar longue and tapas by Dublin’s enfant terrible, Dylan McGrath.  For after dinner drinks stay in their covered outdoor terrace or just hop next door to Dublins Worst Kept Best Secret – to The Bar with No Name (over Hogans) here is Dublins local social gathering in old revamped contemporary old Georgian Dublin Setting (a Mouthful just like the pubs name).
www.fadestreetsocial.com
www.kellysdublin.com/food-and-drink/


Super Miss Sue – Dublin Fish & Chips – Gourmet Style has finally arrived in the shape of this newly opened marine delicacies and fishy delight, including an oyster bar, right in the heart of the Creative Quarter and then take yourself back into a time wrap to an old Irish dinning room 1940 style  surrounded by a hermorage of local art works and sink a pint of the black stuff in Grogans, a local haunt with a devoted but acquired following.
www.supermisssue.com
www.groganspub.ie

 
For Craic agus Ceol

Dublin Literary Pub Crawl – what better way to learn quotes and facts and figures of Dublin’s Literary Geniuses than from pub to pub regaling their trial and triumphs and local watering hole.
www.dublinpubcrawl.com

The Brazen Head Folklore Night – sit around a candle lit dinner table over Ireland oldest pub and hear from the mouths of local historians Ireland Myth and Legends- some of whom can be found having a quiet pint in the pub below…we swear.
www.brazenhead.com

The Workingmans Club &Co – The old Buildings of The Dublin’s Working Mens Club now home to Dublin independent and now scene of live music to the spoken word.
www.theworkmansclub.com

Johnnie Foxes- What better way to experience a traditional ‘Irish Hooley’ Night (more commonly known as a Shin-Dig, A Night on The Tiles or plainly put Good Night out with Irish Dancing and Music) – than in Irelands Highest Pub situated snuggly up in the Dublin/Wicklow Mountains – here you will become part of the celebrations of all things aurally Irish after being fed an Irish dinner like no other – (booking is recommended both for the Hooley night and transport there).
www.jfp.ie

The Cobble Stone @ Smithfield –Simply put, a mecca of Irish musicians and ceoltoiri in this no frills pub, sitting proudly and lopsided at the top of Smithfield Market – Its as Irish as Irish can be – where locals will put the fear of God into you (joking) with stories of folklore and shenanigans – a great alternative to TempleBar and her pubs.
www.cobblestonepub.ie


Happy Exploring
From- The Grumpy Concierge

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