Maldron Hotel Smithfield offers easy access to many Dublin city centre attractions. With many of the best attractions Dublin has to offer within walking distance and the Luas stop just minutes from our door the hotel is the ideal base for exploring Dublin.
There is a lot to do and see in Dublin and our front office team are at your disposal to help you arrange your day!
The Old Jameson Distillery
Located on the doorstep of the Maldron Hotel Smithfield is the Old Jameson Distillery which sums up the essence of Ireland. This museum illustrates the history of Irish whiskey, known in Irish as uisce beatha (the water of life) and the expert guides will answer any questions whiskey lovers might have. Visitors can partake in a whiskey tasting in the bar after their tour and sample different Irish, Scotch and American whiskeys.
The most popular visit in town, located only 15 minutes walk from the Maldron Hotel Smithfield, the Guinness Storehouse is the beer-lover's Disneyland, a multimedia homage to the country's most famous export and the city's most enduring symbol. Shaped like a giant pint of Guinness, it rises seven impressive storey’s high around a stunning central atrium. At the top is the head, represented by the Gravity Bar, with a stunning panoramic view of Dublin.
Dublin Zoo is much more than just a fun-filled, stimulating day out for all the family... it’s a place to learn about wild animals, especially those which are endangered. Located in the Phoenix Park in the heart of Dublin city, Dublin Zoo is Ireland’s most popular family attraction. As one of the world’s oldest, yet modern zoos, the 28 hectare park in the heart of Dublin is home to some 400 animals in a safe environment where education and conservation combine for an exciting and unforgettable experience!
The Phoenix Park at 707 hectares (1752 acres) is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city. The Phoenix Park was established in 1662 as a Royal deer park. The Phoenix Park is a sanctuary for many mammals and birds and a wide range of wildlife habitats are to be found in the park. One such area is the Furry Glen, which is managed as a conservation area.
Áras an Uachtaráin, the residence of the President of Ireland dates from 1750 and is located in the centre of the park adjacent to the United States Ambassador's residence, which was built in 1774. Many other historic buildings and monuments are located in the Park.
The Victorian People's Flower Gardens located close to the Parkgate Street entrance, is an area of 9 hectares (22 acres) which was re-opened in 1864. These gardens were initially established in 1840 as the Promenade Grounds. They provide an opportunity to display Victorian horticulture at its best. Ornamental lakes, children's playground, picnic area and Victorian bedding schemes are just some of the attractions.
Ashtown Demesne has numerous attractions for young and not so young alike. Those include Ashtown Castle, a two and a half acre Victorian Kitchen Walled Garden (under restoration), Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Phoenix Cafe, woodland walks, picnic area and a new universal access playground.
Irish Museum of Modern Art
Within minutes from the Maldron Hotel Smithfield, the Irish Museum of Modern Art is Ireland's leading national institution for the collection and presentation of modern and contemporary art. The Museum presents a wide variety of art in a dynamic programme of exhibitions, which regularly includes bodies of work from its own collection and its award-winning Education and Community Department. It also creates more widespread access to art and artists through its studio and national programmes.
Temple bar is on the south bank of the River Liffey in central Dublin. Unlike the areas surrounding it, Temple Bar has preserved its medieval street pattern, with many narrow cobbled streets. It is promoted as "Dublin's cultural quarter" and has a lively nightlife that is popular with tourists. Temple bar is less than a 15 minute walk from the Maldron Hotel Smithfield
Built in 1796, Kilmainham Gaol has been host to some of the most memorable events in Irelands past, giving visitors a true sense of our rich and varied history. A visit to this former prison is an absolute must see for any visitors to Dublin who wish to understand the true history of Ireland.
St Audoen's Church
St Audoen’s Church has the distinction of being the only medieval parish church, retaining any original features, still in use within the city of Dublin. Situated on the north side of High Street, the principal street of medieval Dublin, the church is dedicated to St. Audoen or, in the French version, Ouen, the 7th-century bishop of Rouen and patron saint of Normandy
Irish National War Memorial Park
Designed by Edward Lutyens, the gardens and park were laid out in the 1930s to commemorate the 49,500 Irish soldiers who died in the First World War. The Irish soldiers of the Second World War are also now remembered here annually each November on the anniversary of the Armistice of 1918. The proposed block will be visible from the Park.
Located 20 minutes walk from the Maldron Hotel Smithfield, in the heart of Dublin City Centre, the delightful grounds of Irelands most prestigious college is a masterpiece of architecture and landscaping. It is also home to one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful books – The Book of Kells.
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