A Walking Tour of Dublin – Day 2

As you recall from my last post, I will be giving you my daily itinerary of our trip to Ireland that is on permanent hold due to Covid-19.

In this blog we will escape to a Botanical Garden, Kayak on the River Liffey, visit the National Gallery and have dinner at our hotel.  This is a full day so get on your walking shoes and let’s go.

Dublin Walking Map 2

Leaving our hotel near St. Stephens green we take a cab to the National Botanical Gardens, at Glasnevin.  It will take about 30 minutes so enjoy the ride.  There are 2 gardens to visit but the one we are going to today is Glasnevin Gardens. http://botanicgardens.ie/glasnevin/

This will place will give you a peaceful start to your day and is a photographer’s dream.

Dublin Botanical Gardens – Photo Credit Botanical Gardens Dublin
Flowers in Dublin Botanical Gardens – Photo Credit William Murphy
Peace and Quiet in Dublin – Photo Credit Flickr

After our 2-hour visit to the gardens take a cab back to the River Liffey and ask the driver to drop you off  in the Temple Bar area where you can have lunch.  I have picked a pub called The Workshop Gastro Pub http://www.theworkshopgastropub.com/  located along the river for views and a traditional feel. TripAdvisor (my trusted website) gives it high reviews.

The Workshop Gastro Pub – Photo credit The Workshop Gastro Pub
The Workshop Gastro Pub – Photo Credit The Workshop Gastro Pub
Good Eats at the The Workshop Gastro Pub – Photo Credit the Workshop Gastro Pub

After lunch cross over the Ha’Penny Bridge and turn right, proceed along the river heading tward the open ocean to the Jenny Johnson boat replica docks.  Here you will meet your guide for a kayaking trip up and down the river Liffey. This is sure to be memory worth the effort!     https://citykayaking.com/

Kayak the River Liffey -Photo Credit Tripadvisor

Time for a rest! Why not consider the National Gallery?

For a bit of culture, but in a quiet setting for peaceful contemplation we head to the National Gallery of Dublin https://www.nationalgallery.ie/ 

Dublin National Gallery – Photo Credit Wiki Media
Dublin National Gallery – Photo credit dublintown.ie

The gallery is totally free and well worth the visit.  The gallery contains some big names in the art world: like Goya and Monet with impressive Irish works as well.


Since our next journey (Day 3) in Ireland requires us to get up early and head to Glendalough for hiking and exploration let’s head to our Hotel.  Iveagh Gardens Hotel is a lovely option for dinner.

Elle’s Bistro has a great menu and an upscale environment which will make your dining experience one to savor.


Elle’s Resturant – Photo credit The Iveagh Garden Hotel
Elle’s Bar Area – Photo credit Iveagh Gardens Hotel

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