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City Guide to Blackrock

Just a short journey to the south of Dublin city centre, the suburb of Blackrock is a perfect place to stay while visiting the Irish capital. As well as easy access to all the city centre attractions, Blackrock has more than enough museums, sporting arenas, bars and restaurants of its own for anyone wanting to savour the local culture.

How to get to Blackrock

Blackrock is just a 15 minute trip on the DART, the local suburban rail system, from the centre of Dublin and there are many buses that serve the area. There’s also an airport bus that stops in Blackrock so getting in and out of the town is simple - in fact, there’s even a ferry port just further along the coast with routes to Wales and the Isle of Man.

Shopping in Blackrock

The bustling shopping area is centred on Main Street, near to the DART station, with the Blackrock Shopping Centre close by. For something more traditional you could savour the lively atmosphere and unique character of Blackrock Market in the centre of town. Independent traders sell anything from antiques to candles and there’s a mouth-watering variety of food available too. Plan your visit here though as the main market is only open on weekends and bank holidays.

Sport in Blackrock

Ireland is well known as a sport loving nation and Blackrock provides plenty of opportunities for you to get involved. Situated near Dublin Bay, water sports are well catered for in Blackrock and, just north of the town, is the stunning Aviva Stadium, a 50,000 capacity sporting arena that plays host to rugby and football internationals as well as world class concerts.

Relaxing in Blackrock

For a relaxing afternoon, Blackrock Park is perfect for the whole family. Located to the north of the town this picturesque green area boasts a children’s play area, cycling paths and stunning views of the coastline. The tranquillity and natural beauty of the park is the perfect way to wind down after enjoying some of the city’s more lively charms.

Museums and Learning in Blackrock

Children will love Imaginosity in nearby Sandyford. It is Dublin’s only museum specifically aimed at toddlers and youngsters and they can get a real hands-on learning experience while discovering the creative side of the scientific world.

For lovers of literature, the James Joyce Tower and Museum is just down the coast at Sandycove. Overlooking the bay, it houses memorabilia from the celebrated writer’s life and the tower is a star in its own right, as the setting for the opening scene of Ulysses.

Irish Art in Blackrock

There are a number of galleries in Blackrock showcasing the very best in Irish art. From contemporary 20th century paintings to ceramics, Ireland has a rich cultural history and many of its finest artists are exhibited at the Waldock Gallery in town.

For those wanting to delve deeper into Irish culture, the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann on Belgrave Square showcases the very best in Irish music and dance. There are live performances every night but the highlight has to be the weekly ceilidh (group Irish dance) on a Friday.

Visit Blackrock

Blackrock promises a warm welcome to all. With the bars, museums and green spaces it has to offer, and Dublin just a short hop away, it is sure to become a real favourite for anyone who pays a visit.


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Brookville Guest House

Brookville Guest House

28 Brookville Park, Dublin
4.1
of 5, from 9 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Blackrock, this townhouse accommodation is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from National Rehabilitation Hospital and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from James Joyce Tower. Beacon Hospital is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

£90
Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport

Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport

Stockhole Lane, Dublin
4.1
of 5, from 1,718 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport places guests a 7-minute drive or shuttle ride from the terminals. It's a 20 minute cab journey to visit the delights of Dublin's city center or famous coastal villages of Howth and Malahide.

£79
Ballsbridge Hotel

Ballsbridge Hotel

Pembroke Road, Dublin
3.7
of 5, from 405 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Ballsbridge Hotel is located in a business district just an 8-minute walk from Aviva Stadium, and 15 minutes from RDS Arena. Guests can stroll 20 minutes to the National Gallery of Ireland and Trinity College. Guinness Storehouse and the Old Jameson Distillery are both within a 20-minute cab ride of the hotel.

£100
Citywest Hotel

Citywest Hotel

Garters Lane, Saggart
4.0
of 5, from 309 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Citywest Hotel is 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) from Citywest Business Campus, 5 miles (8 kilometers) from Grange Castle Business Park, and 10.5 miles (17 kilometers) from Dublin. Dublin Airport is 19 miles (30 kilometers) away.

£64
The Holyhead Hostel

The Holyhead Hostel

42 Gardiner Street Lower, Dublin
2.5
of 5, from 4 reviews
1.5 out of 5.0

Located in International Financial Services Centre, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Abbey Theatre, Custom House, and General Post Office. O'Connell Bridge and The Spire are also within 10 minutes.

Bearna Rua Lodge

Bearna Rua Lodge

Redgap, Rathcoole
4.8
of 5, from 4 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Rathcoole, this bed & breakfast is 5.6 mi (9 km) from Tallaght Stadium and within 12 mi (20 km) of Guinness Storehouse and Christ Church Cathedral. Dublin Castle and St. Patrick's Cathedral are also within 12 mi (20 km).

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