Whether you’re looking for a relaxing few days in Dublin or a jam packed trip to the city while enjoying your stay here at Stauntons on the Green, we’ve all you need to pick and choose from in our blog below, with our favourite parks, a little bite of culture and heritage, places to just relax and perfect spots for some food.
Our Favourite Parks:
St Stephen’s Green
Located with St Stephen’s Green on our doorstep, the park is something you must enjoy while staying here. Take a walk through the park and explore all the important sculptural monuments to which are dedicated to Irish history. Dublin was the birthplace of Oscar Wilde, and his sculpture is one of the most visited sculptures in St Stephen’s Green.
The park is also home to many different birds and plantlife, keep an eye open to see how many you can spot. There is also a playground and a garden for the visually impaired situated in the park.
Dublin has one of Europe’s largest walled city parks, Phoenix Park. With 1,752 acres to explore it might take some time to find the herd of deer that live and roam the park. You can rent Dublin Bikes to tour the park, which are situated at the entrance of the park.
In the Phoenix Park you can also find Áras an Uachataráin (home of our President), Dublin Zoo, playgrounds and tea rooms.
Culture & Heritage:
Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI)
The Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) is a new landmark cultural institution, perfectly situated right next door to us here at Stauntons on the Southside of St Stephens Green. MoLI draws inspiration from the work of Ireland’s most famous writer James Joyce. It celebrates culture and heritage from Ireland’s past and present to inspire the next generation to create, read and write.Museum of Literature Ireland has amazing tours, research facilities, priceless artefacts and a cafe set in the tranquil gardens. See more HERE.
Dublin Castle houses a lot of history, built in the early 13th century, it served for many years as the headquarters for the British government. It now has famous gardens on the South side of the Chapel Royal, the garden shows the history of the Castle from the outside. It is a very popular spot for tourists and locals. You’ll find a garden that displays all four seasons and unique sculptures throughout.
Places to just sit back and relax:
National Botanical Gardens of Ireland
National Botanical Gardens of Ireland is a must see for all nature and plant lovers. Take a bus ride over to the Gardens for the day, located in Glasnevin. The Gardens contain a collection of plant species and cultivars from all over the world in the famous restored historic glasshouses. The glasshouses are lockdown reliant at the moment, but there are still loads in the outdoor gardens to see which are open.
Our very own secluded garden
We have our own secret tranquil garden out the back of the hotel open for guests. Savour a drink, read a book or just soak up the Irish sun, when it decides to shine. Take a seat on the outdoor courtyard and take in the surroundings of the beautifully sculpted garden alongside the hotel’s original Georgian red-brick facade and wrought iron railings.
The Iveagh Gardens
The path within Stauntons garden leads you out though a back gate into the stunning Iveagh Gardens. Built in 1865, the gardens today still have a lot of the original features. Including the yew maze, the rosarium, and the fountains. A little piece of Ireland's rich past for you to enjoy.
Where to Eat:
Bestseller Cafe & Wine Bar
You’ll find this quaint cafe and wine bar on Dawson Street, just the far side of St Stephen’s Green. It’s a bit of a treasure trove with a great nod to its previous life as a bible store. Their daily specials are so tasty and coffee is sure to put a pep in your step when out and about exploring. See our Instagram HERE.
The Bakery by The Cupcake Bloke
If you’re looking for a sweet treat or loved the Irish Tea Brack you enjoyed with your breakfast at Stauntons, you have to visit The Cupcake Bloke to try some more of his delicious treats, with a gorgeous collection of both sweet and savoury, baked daily. You’ll find his market stall on Coppinger Row (beside Powerscourt Townhouse in Dublin 2) every Thursday, Friday and Saturday or his store in Rialto. See our Instagram HERE.
Spencer Dock Lunchtime Food Market
Out and about in the city and wondering where to eat? Check out Spencer Dock Lunchtime Food Market, opened Wednesdays from 11:30 to 2pm. All the vendors specialise in street food from various countries. Check out what vendors will be there HERE. With lots of outdoor seating, it's the perfect place to have your midweek lunch date.
Merrion Square, just a 12 minute walk from Stauntons, has a food market that runs every Thursday from 12 to 2pm. Perfect for when you want to try something new for lunch, choose from a huge variety of food options. From Seoul Korean food, Taiwanese Street Food, Falafel or Fiesta Paella. Also you can see some classics such as Fish and chips, pulled pork and burgers. You can expect some coffee and smoothie drink stands too. While you're there why not take a stroll through the Square and enjoy the fresh air before or after your lunch.
Super Natural Food Market
If the other two markets aren't what you fancy or you didn’t book your stay midweek, not to worry!! Super Natural Food Market is open every Saturday from 9am to 3pm. Serving organic and artisan produce markets in the heart of the city. Situated in the heart of the city, just 22 minutes from Stuantons. Farmers, Butchers, Fishmongers and more! They also have an online shop which is open all week. View their webiste HERE. It’s something to add on your list of to-dos when you come and stay with us.
Picnic in the Garden
Sit back and relax in our secluded garden with picnic packed with tasty treats. Choose to enjoy it on a blanket on the lawn or in our courtyard, weather dependent of course. Add some bubbly or champagne.