City Guide to Blackrock
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.
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.