Located in the heart of Georgian Dublin, The Davenport is the perfect base from which to explore Dublin’s cultural attractions and historical institutions. The National Gallery of Ireland and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland’s oldest university with its Book Of Kells display, are all within a 5-minute walk of the hotel. For business travellers, The Davenport is ideally positioned within minutes of the city’s top business districts at Grand Canal Dock and the IFSC, right on the doorstep of Dublin City Centre.
Lonely Planet has included Dublin in its Top 10 Cities to visit in 2022 and staying at The Davenport means you’re right in the heart of cultural Dublin, within walking distance of the city’s top attractions and landmarks. Merrion Square, Trinity College, Grafton Street and Stephen’s Green are all on your doorstep, while Dublin Sightseeing buses stop right outside the hotel lobby connecting guests with iconic attractions further out of the city, including the Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery and Dublin Castle.
The hotel boasts a prime city centre location, meaning its ideal for business or leisure stays and is well serviced by public transport. Pearse Street train station is a 3-minute walk from the hotel, offering services across the Dublin and Irish rail network. The closest Luas stop is located 8-minutes from the hotel at Dawson Street, while a huge variety of city centre bus routes pass within a couple of minutes’ walk of the hotel
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Only a short stroll away from the iconic shopping streets of Grafton Street, Merrion Square is Dublin’s largest and grandest Georgian square, featuring the best examples of Georgian architecture anywhere in the city. Iconic features of Merrion Square include the red-brick Georgian townhouses surrounding the square, as well as the statute of Oscar Wilde at one corner of the park.
The Davenport is located within a 2-minute walk of Merrion Square, meaning guests can take in the best of Georgian Dublin on their doorstep before retreating back to the comfort of their hotel room.
The National Gallery
Founded in 1854, The National Gallery of Ireland houses the Irish national collection art. It is located right on Merrion Square within a 2-minute walk from The Davenport Hotel. Visitors can enjoy the gallery’s extensive collection of Irish paintings and its remarkable Italian baroque and Dutch masters’ paintings.
The Gallery is one of Dublin’s most historical institutions and is right on the hotel’s doorstep. After a day of exploring the gallery, unwind at the hotel’s intimate bar lounge, The 1863 Lounge, a perfect place for a relaxing evening meal or a drink of your choosing.
Dublin’s Distilleries & Breweries
Dublin is world-renowned for its distilleries and breweries so any visit to the Irish capital has to include a city distillery or brewery. Enjoy a little tipple at the world’s leading distillery tour, the Jameson Distillery here in Dublin. Discover the history and legacy of the Jameson family on a guided tour and learn whiskey is blended.
Why not also visit Ireland’s #1 tourist attraction, The Guinness Storehouse. Explore the tasting rooms and view the famous Guinness cycling fish while you are guided through the extraordinary history of Arthur Guinness, creator of the world-famous Guinness stout.
Grafton Street, Dublin’s premiere shopping district offers the best of international and local Irish brands, including Brown Thomas, Hugo Boss, Chanel and Ted Baker. Visitors can expect designer outlets housed in iconic, historic buildings as well as the city’s most iconic café, Bewleys: perfect for a coffee and a cake while taking a break from all the shopping and sightseeing.
The Davenport is the perfect distance from Grafton Street: close enough to allow direct access to the city’s best shopping within minutes’ walk but just outside the hustle and bustle of the city centre, meaning guests can retreat back to luxurious comfort their room at The Davenport after a busy day of experiencing the city.
Oscar Wild is a famous Irish writer and poet, known around the world for his famous play The Importance of Being Earnest and his poetry writing.
The Davenport is located on the same square as the famous writer’s childhood home, Merrion Square and there are a number of statues across Georgian Dublin in his memory, the most prominent of which is located at one of the corners of Merrion Square.
While visits to Oscar Wilde’s old childhood home are no longer running, it is well worth stopping by the house on Merrion Square as it is a perfect example of Dublin’s Georgian architecture.
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin is home to Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious university, Trinity College. Steeped in history, many of the college’s buildings date back to the 18th Century while the college houses the historic Book of Kells: one of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures and a must-see for any tourist visit to Dublin City.
Trinity College is within a short walking distance of the Davenport and offers visitors a chance to walk back in history to experience old-world Dublin. Tours can be booked via the Trinity College website.
Dublin’s Top Cultural Attractions
All of Dublin’s top cultural attractions, including its main arts and sporting spaces are all within easy access from The Davenport, including The 3 Arena, The Bord Gais Energy Theatre, The Gaiety Theatre, Aviva Stadium, RDS Main Area, Croke Park and many more.
The hotel’s prime city centre location means that all of Dublin is within access of a train, luas tram, bus or taxi. Pearse Street train station is a 3-minute walk, while the nearest luas stop is 8-minutes from the lobby. Several Dublin Bus routes pass within minutes of the hotel, while there is a taxi rank conveniently located directly in front of The Davenport.
The Davenport is the perfect base for day trips out of the city to visit Ireland’s top attractions, some of which are within an hour from the hotel lobby
Wicklow is a county of endless natural beauty and historic sites, right on Dublin’s doorstep. Within 45 minutes, guests can make it from the lobby of The Davenport right into the Wicklow Mountains, renowned for their beautiful landscapes, tranquil waterfalls and rolling hills.
Glendalough, one of Ireland’s most important monastic sites, dates back to the 10th Century and is nestled beside the Glendalough Lakes and their picturesque tracks and trails.
Powerscourt Waterfall, located near the quaint village of Enniskerry, is Ireland’s largest waterfall and makes for an excellent day trip from Dublin.
Wicklow’s coastal towns offer visitors an escape from the city, including the seaside town of Greystones, which is the usual finishing point of the Bray to Greystones Coastal Walk. This trail takes in some of the most beautiful scenery on the Irish sea coast, a must-visit during any visit to Wicklow. Visitors can take a train back to Dublin City Centre directly from Bray, taking in the views along the Wicklow and South Dublin seaside.
Located within easy reach of Dublin, Kildare is famous for its equestrian heritage, picturesque landscape, historic country homes & ornate gardens.
Horseracing runs in its blood, with two of the country’s main racecourses, The Curragh and Naas Racecourse both located in the county alongside the Irish National Stud. The renowned Japanese Gardens are located on the National Stud grounds, offering picturesque gardens to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Those wanting some retail therapy won’t be disappointed. Kildare Village offers a designer outlet shopping with over 100 retailers right in the heart of Kildare County, including the likes of Prada, Jimmy Choo & Marc Jacobs.
Known for its historic archaeological sites, Meath, also called the Royal County of Ireland, is within an hour’s travel from The Davenport.
The county’s most famous attraction, Newgrange, is a neolithic tomb that dates back to pre-historic times and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Boyne Valley, where Newgrange is located, is home to some of the best-preserved prehistoric sites in Ireland, tracing their origins back over 5,200 years, predating Egypt’s pyramids by six centuries.
Meath is also home to some of the best-preserved castles in Ireland, including Slane Castle & Trim Castle, which dates from the 1100s: well worth a trip to catch a glimpse of what life was like back in Anglo-Norman times.