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It’s the most wonderful time of year to explore Dublin, but it can be hectic. Between shopping, sorting Santa lists, and the mandatory brunching with friends, there’s so much to do. Tick off your Christmas list in style and comfort: FREE NOW can take you wherever you need to go – at the tap of a button. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite city centre places worth visiting and don’t forget, with FREE NOW you can pre-book up to four days in advance of your journey to avoid any last-minute stress. Whatever your plans, use Ireland’s number one taxi app to get you where you need to be this Christmas.
If your hands, hair and feet get frostbitten this December (likely), you’ll be in need of some luxurious R&R, and there’s no better place than The Spa at the iconic Shelbourne Hotel. Whether it’s a revitalising facial or soothing head massage, this oasis of calm has it all – and even features a swimming pool and thermal facilities. Think purifying body wraps, indulgent and intense body scrubs and more. You’ll feel like you’ve entered another world – in the best way.
Revamped last year, the two buildings at 39 and 40 Dawson Street that make up Dublin’s Café en Seine were transformed into a sleek, opulent space set over three storeys, reminiscent of a grand Parisian brasserie. Whether you want dinner with all the trimmings or a destination for a pre-Christmas party tipple, this is the place. Enjoy lazy lunches, delicious bar bites and indulgent cocktails imbued with festive spirit!
Why not take in a cultural exhibition as you sight-see around the city centre? Located on Stephen’s Green, The Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) is a new home for the world’s greatest storytellers. Think immersive exhibitions, viewing treasures from the National Library of Ireland, and relax amid the birdsong in the tranquil gardens and café. Trace the footsteps of James Joyce’s Dublin, and encounter rare gems from the National Library of Ireland, including ‘Copy No. 1’ of Ulysses.
Nothing beats a cold, crisp walk in the Phoenix Park and after you’ve admired the wildlife frolicking amongst the lush green surrounds, a stop at Dublin Zoo’s Wild Lights exhibition is essential. The spectacular night-time experience is a must-see with friends or family. There will be magical displays from well-known stories like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Peter Pan – all brought to life by over a thousand giant dazzling silk lanterns. You’ll have to see it to believe it.
This article was originally published in the November issue of Irish Tatler.