Dublin, the capital city of Ireland, is known for its vibrant nightlife, the green color that invades every corner, and the hospitality of its inhabitants. Less well known is the fact that Dublin is a great city for cycling – so why not explore Dublin by bike, and really get to know it? Locals do not hesitate to sit down with you in a pub to tell you some of the secrets of the city and some of the places that you cannot miss. With its rich history, culture, and tradition, Dublin has a lot for visitors to discover and explore. This post has some must-sees for you to visit when you try cycling in Dublin!
Dublin was once considered the third best city in Europe for cycling (just behind Amsterdam and Copenhagen). Dublin remains a truly “bike friendly” destination and is perfect to explore by bike. You don’t even have to bring your own bike; you can take a guided Dublin Bike Tour and really experience all the best this city as to offer.
There is a vibrant cycling culture in the Irish capital and a considerable percentage of the local population use a bicycle as a means of transport, so do not be surprised if you see several parked at the pub’s door! Although Dublin does not have bicycle lanes in the true sense of the word, the population is excellent at respecting cyclists. And there are no hills, so the pace is calm and relaxed.
Tour the city by bike, discovering the main thoroughfares, but also exploring the side streets where the tour buses can’t go, pausing at the famous places, and you will have an unforgettable introduction to Ireland’s capital city.
Here are some of Dublin gems that are definitely worth a visit:
- Dublin Castle, once the center of British rule in Ireland, which now houses a museum with a large collection of fine works.
- Trinity College and its famous Library, where the famous Book of Kells is housed. The college was founded by Queen Elizabeth of England in 1592. There are literary corridors and plenty of history. Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, and Samuel Beckett were among its best-known students.
- Guinness Store House. No trip to Dublin is complete if you do not visit the official home of Guinness, an impressive building in the shape of a giant beer glass with seven floors. Oh, and besides being able to drink Guinness, you will learn the whole history of beer. In fact, each floor has a history story to share. The most fun is the Gravity Bar on the terrace with a panoramic view over the city. The view alone is worth the visit.
- Phoenix Park, which is Europe’s largest public urban park and perfect for pedaling while enjoying the scenery. And don’t be surprised if you meet a deer on your way; in this park the deer coexist peacefully with their visitors.
- The Temple Bar, which is in the Temple Bar area – where Dublin’s most well-known bars and night spots are located. From the oldest and most traditional to the most modern spots, Temple Bar is the area where everyone goes to have a drink, listen to music (live in most of the spaces) and to hang out. Also, there are many restaurants and shops, making it a mandatory stop.
- St Patrick’s Cathedral. No trip to Dublin is complete without a visit to the cathedral dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland, one of the most popular attractions in the city. The building, dating from 1220 to 1260, was erected next to the place where the saint was believed to have been baptized. It is a beautiful place inside and out, full of history, relics, and the remains of various personalities. Dean of the church between 1713-1745, Jonathan Swift, the author of Gulliver’s Travels, is one of those buried in the church.
But there is more to Dublin than this, a lot more: the Christ Church Cathedral, the Henry Street area, Parnell Square and the Garden of Remembrance, The General Post Office, The Famine Memorial, Merrion Square and Government Buildings – to name a few.
The rich history, the folklore, the buildings, the great pubs and restaurants and the unique atmosphere of this city make Dublin the perfect destination for one of your next vacations. And if you can, bring your bike along – you won’t regret it!
Thanks to our Guest Poster, SeeDublinByBike
SeeDublinByBike is an Irish company that provides guided eco-friendly Dublin Tours through the city’s main sights uncovering all its charm, history and tradition.