Thursday, February 22, 2018

Autumn is the perfect time to discover or even rediscover Dublin. First, there is an undeniable beauty that descends – it’s whenimage004 the parks, gardens and tree-lined Georgian avenues turn to red, brown and golden hues.

Second, it’s festival time. The final quarter of the year is officially Dublin Festival Season, when

the city is taken over by an array of exciting arts and culture events, all playing host to festivals of music, fashion, theatre, architecture, spoken word and more.

Another highlight is the Bram Stoker Festival (27–30 October), when Halloween takes on a whole new meaning in tribute to the much-celebrated son of Dublin who wrote the story of Dracula.

Find big names at somewhere like the Samhain Festival (29 October), where Liam Gallagher will headline, or for a more tranquil musical experience, mix with the capital’s culture crowd at a classical concert.

Or have a wander and explore the exploding arts scene during the Dublin Gallery Weekend (23–26 November), when all of Dublin’s art establishments will be buzzing with free events and exhibitions.

But even Dublin Festival Season is not all. Dublin offers a huge variation in moods, beats and genres for live music, and it’s never better than in the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.

Music in Dublin is more than just entertainment, it’s a way of life. It’s where you can endlessly explore a music scene renowned for its host of home-grown musical heroes, its buzzing atmosphere and top sounds, staging and diversity.

Nestled between mountains and the Irish Sea, Dublin breathes excitement everywhere – historic landmarks, fascinating museums, exquisite eateries, creative hotspots and more.

Pace yourself exploring the heart of the city centre with a walk around the Creative Quarter – have a browse and a bite in its best artisan boutiques, design studios, cafés and bars.

Explore everything from the history of whiskeys and Guinness, to the stories of the Irish people who have travelled the world in Epic HQ.

Visit St Valentine’s remains at the Whitefriar Street Church, rock out to more than U2 at the Irish Rock and Roll Museum or try your hand at the Gaelic sport of hurling, also known as the fastest game on earth.

For a quiet interlude, visit The National Gallery, walk the cobblestones of Trinity College, or watch autumn come to Phoenix Park. The meandering, tree-lined avenues of one of Europe’s largest walled city parks is simply mesmerising in the autumn.

At night, continue your cultural journey through the UNESCO City of Literature city with a literary pub crawl. If a wilder night is called for, then Copper Face Jacks in Harcourt Street is just one of the not-to-be missed Dublin nightclubs.

Dublin is simply designed for autumn adventure. Wherever you go, whatever you do, it will always leave you wanting more.