Stroll into the City

Hop, skip and jump into Dublin's downtown:

None of the above should take more than 20 minutes walking.


Discover Delicious DiningHands holding knife and fork about to tuck into a cooked Irish breakfast, served in a frying pan

Find these outstanding food options on your Dublin doorstep:

  • Farmer Browns [map] - Irish soul food; brunch and lunch (5 minute walk)
  • The Old Spot [map] - refined gastro pub grub (5 minute walk)
  • Juniors [map] - order ahead for their lunch sandwiches or enjoy an Italian-influenced dinner menu (5 minute walk)
  • Etto [map] - Italian-influenced seasonal dining; Irish Restaurant of the Year 2018 (18 minute walk)
  • Musashi [map] - Dublin's small Japanese chain has good sushi and noodles (7 minute walk)

Best Pubs, Wine Bar, Coffee...A heart shape in foamed milk on top of a barista coffee

  • 3fe [map] - get your barista -brewed caffeine fix from this small Dublin chain (4 minute walk)
  • The Square Ball [map] - hip brew pub with Irish craft beers and liquor; award-winning chicken burger (7 minute walk)
  • O'Donoghue's [map] - famous traditional pub for Irish music; great Guinness; always busy (18 minute walk)
  • Ely Wine Bar [map] - quaff from a wine list 400-strong; good food too (18 minute walk)

Catch a Show

The Bord Gis Energy Theatre is Ireland's largest fixed-seat theatre.

Most big Broadway and West End hits land here. The Bord Gis is a 10 minute walk away [map].

Or for something more intimate...

Check the schedule of the Pepper Canister church for Irish traditional and folk gigs. Or if you just like historic churches!

Pepper Canister church on a Georgian street

The Pepper Canister Church is a 7 minute walk away [map].

...Or a Game!

Sports nut?

The 52,000 capacity Aviva Stadium is home turf to both Ireland's rugby and soccer teams.

Stadium tours are also available if a game isn't scheduled.

It's only 12 minutes walk [map] from the Grand Canal Hotel.

Visit a Battlefield

A few hundred feet away from the Grand Canal Hotel is the site of the Battle of Mount Street Bridge.

During the 1916 Rising, newly-arrived British forces were ambushed here. A handful of rebel snipers held two army battalions at bay for hours before heavy artillery arrived.

This expedition will take you 3 minutes! [map]

See Gorgeous Georgian Architecture

During its heydey in the 18th century Georgian era, Dublin saw elegant townhouses erected by the wealthy.

Red Georgian-style doors

The very finest examples lie a short stroll away from the Grand Canal Hotel.

See Oscar Wilde's former family home in Merrion Square (13 minute walk [map]).

Visit the Georgian House Museum in Fitzwilliam Square (11 minute walk [map]).

Hop on a DART

Grand Canal Dock train station [map] is a matter of footsteps from the front door of the Grand Canal Hotel.

A DART train makes its way along Killiney Bay with the Sugarloaf mountain in the background

Dublin's light rail system offers you delightful destinations, all within easy distance.

Hike or Bike the Grand Canal

Discover the canal that gave your hotel its name.

Barge on the Grand Canal in Dublin

These southside Dublin neighbourhoods are within easy reach along the towpath:

Dublin Bikes docking station on the River Liffey


Biker? Cut those journey times in half with the Dublin Bike Scheme. There's a Dublin Bike station only 3 minutes walk [map] from the Grand Canal Hotel. Youll need a credit card to sign up.

Alternatively, Bleeper Bikes can be found anywhere. Youll need to download their iOS app or Android app to get started.

Hit the beach at Sandymount

Can't wait to get off the beaten track?! You're never far from the sea in Dublin.

The surprisingly windswept Sandymount Strand is only a gentle 30 minute walk away [map] from the Grand Canal Hotel.

Found some other great things to do near Grand Canal Hotel? Let us know!





Get to Grand Canal Hotel from Dublin Airport by Aircoach

There's lots more detail about How to Get to Dublin City Centre from Dublin Airport in our dedicated blog.

But for now, here's a handy map showing how close the Grand Canal Hotel is to the Schoolhouse Hotel Aircoach stop.


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