Explore Dublin at Night

Dublin City offers an array of attractions to see during the day but don’t think your trip in Dublin is over once the sun goes down! The city comes alive after hours whether you’re looking for a restaurant, an atmospheric pub or something a little bit different for your night in Dublin city you’ll be sure to find something that appeals! Read on to see our list of night time activities in Dublin!

1. Outdoor Cinema

Dublin has iconic attractions to visit throughout the day for people of all ages and if you’re not quite ready to head back to Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane for the night why not head over to Retro Drive in Movies.

Retro Drive-In, offers bespoke Drive-In Events and show some classics movies and recent blockbusters that everyone remembers, the perfect way to enjoy a different side to Dublin at night.

2. Hooley Show at Johnnie Fox’s Pub

Where do we start with Johnnie Fox’s pub, it’s one of the best know traditional Irish pub & restaurants in Ireland. Loved by locals and visitors alike it offers traditional music each night but if you happen to be in town for one of the infamous Hooley Night events you won’t want to miss out, it’s a great night time activity in Dublin!

The Hooley Show at Johnnie Fox’s consists of an appetizing 4-course meal followed by some traditional Irish folk music, Irish dancing and more. Johnnie Fox’s is open to children as young as six so it is an exciting night out for all groups, of all ages!

3. Dublin Ghost Tours

The history and folklore of Dublin city is the home of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula and Dublin has lots of ghosts walking its streets and plenty of night tours on offer to try and find them! Give yourself a scare one night time in Dublin with Dublin Ghost Bus!

Dublin Ghost Bus is one of the most well-known tours in the city, it gives you a glimpse of Dublin’s underbelly, the darker side to Dublin’s Fair City that you never knew existed. Departing from O’Connell Street every night, the tour guides are all professional actors and actresses who will keep you on your toes and captivated for the entirety of the tour and offers the perfect balance of comedy and horror by telling tales from Dublin’s historic tales.

The Ghostbus Tour is currently closed until further notice.

4. Visit the Theatre

Dublin is the home of Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett so it’s no real surprise that the theatre plays such a big part of life in Dublin’s fair city.

Abbey Theatre is one of the most well-known theatres in Ireland and is also the national theatre of Ireland. Opened in 1904 by W.B. Yeats, you will find a schedule full of homegrown talents in The Abbey. It is a must visit on your staycation in Irelands capital and an entertaining way to spend night time in Dublin.

No matter when you are in town and whatever genre you prefer be sure to check out the schedules of Dublin’s theatres as there will be something for everyone!

5. Enjoy Dublin’s Music Scene

Irish pubs are renowned worldwide for their lively atmosphere, with traditional Irish music attracting visitors from both home and abroad.

From the fiddle, bagpipes, flutes and other stringed instruments you can immerse yourself in the history and culture of Dublin city’s music scene. You will be able to find live music 10 minutes from Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane. Temple Bar is a great location to catch live music any time of the night in Dublin or if you take a stroll through either of the main shopping streets in Grafton or Henry Street, you’ll likely catch talented street performers! Dublin at night in Temple Bar is not to be missed!

6. National Gallery

The National Gallery of Ireland is home to the national collection of Irish and European art. Admission is free, however you must book in advance. The gallery is open 6 days a week; Monday-Saturday. The Gallery can get busy during the daytime so there is a secret way to see everything the Gallery has to offer, visit on Thursday evenings!

The museum keeps its doors open until 8:30pm on Thursdays and 5.30pm on all other days, so you can view the large collection of Irish and International art at your leisure. Often there will be a local musician or DJ playing in the courtyard.

Please refer to the National Gallery’s website for updated information regarding your visit.


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