Things to do in Dublin: readers’ travel tips

April 3, 2016

If you like history and pubs, Dublin might just be your favourite city, but there’s more: great gardens, fashion, architecture, a superb cemetery and walks

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The famous Fagan’s Pub in Drumcondra is where the then taoiseach Bertie Ahern stopped the traffic to bring Bill Clinton for a jar on his visit to Dublin in 2000, and where the photos on the walls document all the famous customers as well as the rich local history. Start there then take a short walk down Millmount Avenue to Griffith Park and follow the Tolka river to the National Botanic Gardens (free entry). The Palm House is breathtaking – look for the plaque marking the spot where the great philosopher Wittgenstein, who lived in Dublin for a couple of years after the second world war, liked to sit. The gardens allows direct access to Glasnevin Cemetery (entry free) – Dublin’s Père Lachaise – and a focal point of the 1916 centenary commemorations. Exiting the cemetery at the south gate (not the main gate) you enter Prospect Square and can finish the walk with a pint in John Kavanagh’s pub, known locally as the Gravediggers. This is one of Dublin’s most atmospheric old pubs and a world away from the tourist trap that is the Temple Bar area.
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