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How to Stay Relaxed on Your Trip to Dublin

02 November 2017 · 3 min read

When you’re on a city break, sometimes you want to escape the noise and crowds to unwind for an hour or two. Dublin might be a thriving city that’s filled with a vibrant mix of people but that doesn’t mean there aren’t spots where you can go to relax throughout your trip. Locals and tourists alike head to these beautiful, peaceful areas or try these activities to collect their thoughts.

Stroll around one of the parks

Iveagh Gardens, dublin

Dublin has multiple parks that instantly take you away from the city and back to nature. Iveagh Gardens is a hidden gem that you’ll enjoy when you’re looking for something away from the usual tourist spots, as is Blessington Street Basin. The tree lined paths at St Stephen’s Green are perfect for an afternoon walk. During the warmer months relaxing on the green with a book is another option and you’ll be just a short walk from your room at the O’Callaghan Hotel Dublin.

Head to a bar

Magic Glasses Bar

When you think of an Irish bar, relaxation might not be what you think of. But there are some quieter places you can choose to enjoy a drink when you want to sit peacefully. Whether you want to read a book as you sip wine or people watch with a pint, The Bailey, Library Bar, or the Vintage Cocktail Club are places to consider in the city centre.

Take in the history of Trinity College

Trinity College of dublin

Being right in the city centre, Trinity College might not be the first spot that springs to mind when you think of calmness. But it’s a quiet spot right at the heart of Dublin and just a ten-minute walk from the Mont Clare Hotel. Home to the famous Book of Kells, the beautiful library at Trinity College means you don’t have to go too far to unwind. The college is steeped in history too, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to explore and learn something new.

Unwind at a spa

Spa at Mont Clare Hotel

Is there a better way to relax than a trip to the spa? Whether you’re looking for a relaxing back massage or a rejuvenating facial, there are plenty of spa options to choose from in Dublin. The Mont Clare Hotel puts you right at the centre of the city, giving you easy access to some of the best spa services available. The excellent Buff Day Spa is just a 15-minute walk from the hotel.

Try your hand at yoga


This one takes you to the outskirts of the city centre but gives you an opportunity to try something a bit different too. If you really want to relax, The Crown Centre offers the perfect place to practice yoga and meditation. There’s a huge range of classes to choose from, including trendy hot yoga and ‘peaceful start’ for those that just want to let go.

Visit the National Botanic Gardens

National Botanic Gardens, Dublin

If you love the outdoors and find nature peaceful, the National Botanic Gardens is the place to head. It’s easily accessible from the city centre and offers you an oasis of calm and tranquillity. You’ll be surrounded by beautiful sights and a free to wander at your own leisurely place. The attraction has a host of exhibitions, talks, workshops, and guided tours on offer too throughout the year.