The charm of the Irish people, breathtaking coastal scenery, great literary history and wonderful music and atmosphere in the city make Dublin a place that visitors fall in love with and yearn to return one day.

With a busy schedule of open-air entertainment and a good chance of sunny skies, Dublin is at its best during the summer months. To make the most of your time in the city, see below for our top picks of what to see and do in the city this summer.

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Dublin, a city of summer festivals and events

The Longitude festival at Marlay Park, which is just south of Dublin city, rocks with the sounds of the hottest international and Irish bands and DJs, and is set amongst pretty woodlands and ponds. This year, the hip hop and electronic festival takes place from 5-7 July and is headlined by A$AP ROCKY, Stormzy, Cardi B and Future.

The Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular in Dublin’s Merrion Square happening on July 12 – 14 and Cork’s Fitzgerald Park on July 20 & 21  integrates the old and the new, with festival favourites that everyone knows and loves, and a new mix of exciting programming to elevate Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular to a whole new level. Street performers gather for a fiesta of fire-eating, juggling and tightrope walking, centred on Merrion Square. Meanwhile, kids will love the workshops and science shows.

Dublin Horse Show, famous for its world-class showjumpers and well-dressed patrons, the Horse Show is an institution amongst horse lovers. It is considered as one of Ireland’s largest events, a highlight of the summer, and each year it welcomes tens of thousands of people from Ireland and all over the world. This year it takes place from 7-11 August. 

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Take a road trip outside Dublin 

While Dublin itself is a great European city, some of the best things about visiting Dublin is all the scenic beauty on the city’s doorstep. And you happen to  have the time and want to see some more of our beautiful country, there are numerous day tours available from Dublin. And there’s no better time to do these trips than on a dry Irish summer day. We recommend Glendalough in Wicklow with Kilkenny, the Giants causeway with Belfast  and the Cliffs of Moher/ Galway.

The beauty of any trip to Ireland is the sheer variety packed into this tiny green dot in the Atlantic! Perhaps the best way to see as much as possible is by renting a car or letting us give you a lift with one of our taxis: take in the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge on the Causeway Coastal Route; fall in love with 5,000 years of history among the castles and characters of Ireland’s Ancient East; or explore all 2,500km of the world’s longest defined coastal touring route on the Wild Atlantic Way. And when you meet the friendly locals from each village, you’d feel like you’re coming home.

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Grab a bite at the food markets on the canal

One of the perks of a sunny day is being able to have your lunch outside and where better to grab a bite to eat than alongside one of the canals? Conveniently there are food markets on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in and around the Grand Canal, so if you live or work around there you’ll be spoilt for choice. 

or have a picnic in Stephen’s Green

St. Stephen’s Green, conveniently located at the top of Dublin’s busy shopping area, Grafton Street, is a sanctuary on crowded days. While the park itself is the most popular in Dublin and gets crowded itself, it’s beautiful for a stroll, people watching or having a picnic. We recommend takeaway boxes from nearby Yum Thai and sitting in the park on a nice day. For a less crowded experience, Iveagh Gardens is close by and often less crowded if there isn’t a festival going on. 

dublin canals at night

And last, but not least…

Soak in culture in one of the many galleries in Dublin. The recently opened Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again exhibition is every poet lover delight and takes you on a journey through the life of the literary legend. The free to enter exhibition displays a big archive of Heaney’s original manuscripts as well as letters, unpublished works, diary entries, photographs, note books, and multimedia recordings, which gives you a never-before-seen look into the life of Heaney.