Known for its cobbled streets and classic pubs, Dublin has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. A big chunk of Ireland’s overall tourism comes from the capital city. In fact, more hotels are needed in Dublin to cope up with the expected increase in visitors, which will generate a foreign earnings of €400 million. There are plenty of exciting things to do in the city, but one needs to plan out their vacation to make the most of their stay in Dublin. Read on below to find out some of the must-try uncommon activities you should never miss out in the capital city of Ireland.
1. Experience Gaelic Games
If there’s anything that will define Ireland that is their strong passion for the Gaelic Games, which features two main games, football and hurling. It is organized by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) that hosts most of the Gaelic Games in the country. The Irish are very fond of this particular sport as it has been part of their long running history. In fact, it’s common to experience Gaelic Games at hen and stag parties, as well as other group events. Seasoned travellers have tried playing these games with the locals. It might help to learn more about Gaelic Games by visiting the GAA website. Today, it remains to be the most popular games in Ireland, where even an economic downturn didn’t affect the number of attendees at GAA events (11% increase from 2008 to 2009).
2. Try Zipit Forest Adventures
A few minutes away from Dundrum Town Centre, you will see the Zipi Tibradden where you get to explore nature while embarking on exciting adventures in the area. It is situated on a sloping site in a forest filled with beautiful pine trees in the Dublin Mountains. You will initially have to cross the walking trail that offers a great panoramic view of Howth and Dublin Bay. There’s an option to climb, swing, surf, and zip line from tree to tree. Admission starts from €15 to €29.
3. Play Gay Bingo at The George
A unique bingo experience for all travellers, trying your luck at The George will make your trip to Dublin complete. Anyone can try Gay Bingo here, which runs every Sunday night that feature the main drag queen star Shirley Temple Bar. This long running show that started In 1997 features many drag queens who makes each bingo game more entertaining. As Vanity Fair said, “You haven’t played bingo unless you’ve played with Shirley Temple Bar.” Compared to other bingo centres, playing here allows you to win good prizes while having a great time laughing the whole night. It has become an institution in Dublin that you must visit on your trip.
4. Check out the mysterious Dodder River Rhino
Being in the city proper, it’s impossible to see any Rhinos in Dublin, but there’s one with two horns lost at the River Dodder. It’s not a real one, of course, but this Bronze-made statue is erected in the middle of the river without anything around it but water. The active river is home to fishes, otters and odd birds that you can only see in the area. One of the mysteries around the life-size statue was that it was installed overnight back in 2002, although many assumed that it’s part of the local pub ‘Dropping Well’ in Churchtown as it has become one of its greatest attractions. The reason why a Rhino statue was installed there has become a closely guarded secret that even the staff at the pub won’t give you a straight answer.
5. Visiting the site of Fr. Pat Noise
Another mystery in Dublin is the legend about Fr. Pat Noise, a Roman Catholic priest in the early 1900s that died in one of the most suspicious and mysterious circumstances. The carriage containing the priest plugged in the Liffey River that is now above the O’Connell Bridge. It was indeed a sad story, only if it was true. The Irish government has already revealed that the story was all a hoax, but the commemorative plaque marking is not helping the legend to die down. Plans of removing the plaque off the ground was already settled in 2006, but after locals placed flowers there, the government has decided not to take it out. It remains to confuse tourists up to this time and give locals quite a giggle.