Home to literary scholars, vibrant history, and charming locals just waiting to crack a welcoming smile, a weekend in Dublin is one to be remembered! And while a Saturday or Sunday afternoon spent meandering through the city’s winding streets would be time well spent, if you would prefer to experience the city like a local, there are plenty of weekend adventures that are simply a must.
Whether you want to embrace the great outdoors on a relaxing walk or you would prefer to enjoy a pint of the black stuff alongside some live music, this is Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge’s guide to things to do in Dublin on the weekend.
Tour the Aviva Stadium
15-minute walk from the hotel
Boasting well over 140 years of sporting history, a tour of the Aviva Stadium is the perfect weekend activity for sports and history enthusiasts alike. The guided stadium tour will give you a unique insight into the home of Irish rugby and football including a look at the dressing rooms, dugouts, and the spots where some of the most historical moments in Irish sports took place.
Picnic in St. Stephen’s Green
35-minute walk from the hotel, 11-minute drive
A true oasis of calm and scenic beauty in the heart of the city, St. Stephen’s Green boasts over 22 acres of greenery making it a local favourite for picnics, catch-ups, or simply a relaxing wander. Opt to pack your own picnic or grab takeaway lunch, hot drinks, and freshly baked snacks from Tang café which sits just outside the park. Roll out your blanket and enjoy an afternoon of perfect relaxation in this historic space!
Try out a Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour
One of the best ways to see all the city has to offer is with a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour! The full tour takes around 2 ½ hours and will take you on a journey through some of the most well-known attractions including the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Zoo, and Kilmainham Gaol. Get off and experience the sights up close or simply enjoy the views from the comfort of the open-top bus.
Tickets can be purchased online and the tour regularly stops outside the Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge.
Embrace the fresh air on the Great South Wall walk
12-minute walk from the hotel
The Great South Wall walk is one of the most popular walks enjoyed by locals at the weekend in Dublin. The scenic walk begins at the picture-perfect beach of Sandymount Strand and the guided trail takes you along towards Dublin Bay. The walk finishes when you reach the roaring red Poolbeg lighthouse where you will enjoy sweeping views of the coastline.
Check out the Howth market
6-minute walk to the Dart, 30-minute Dart to Howth
A visit to the charming fishing village of Howth is always a good idea! Hop on the Dart from Sandymount and enjoy a picturesque trip to this seaside town. Once you arrive, visit the Howth Market where you will be met with an array of organic produce, freshly baked goods, one-of-a-kind antiques, and of course, delightful local producers behind every stall. The town itself is full of history and beauty so make sure to explore before hopping on the Dart back!
Enjoy live music in Slattery’s pub
20-minute walk from the hotel
Ideally located just a short walk from Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Slattery’s Pub is a traditional Irish pub fit with the perfect outdoor area for those warmer days and a cosy front bar for those colder nights. After first opening its doors in the late 1980s the pub is a favourite amongst locals looking to watch the latest match, have a Guinness with friends or enjoy some live music.
After a day of experiencing some of the top things to do in Dublin on the weekend, put your feet up and relax with a drink at the Grandstand Bar at Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge before resting in our luxurious rooms! Check out our range of special offers here.