Things to do near DCU

The following are some attractions close to DCU which we recommend.

Hampstead Park
The Park is a quiet, sheltered oasis on the busy Ballymun Road. It is 15 hectares in area. Ecological surveys carried out at the Park show that it is used by a variety of garden birds. Today, the Albert College Park is ideally situated for students, faculty and visitors to Dublin City University (DCU).

Glasnevin Cemetery Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11.

Glasnevin Cemetery has acted as Ireland’s National Cemetery and is the final resting place of those who have helped shape modern Ireland.
Glasnevin Museum offers Museum Only or combined Museum and Cemetery Tour options. The daily walking tours take just over one hour. The tours give a valuable insight to this unique burial place and into the final resting-place of the men and women who have helped shape Ireland's past and present.
Free tours of the cemetery are available. The walking tour lasts one and a half hours and takes the graves of Daniel O'Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell, Eamon DeValera, James Larkin, Maud Gonne MacBride, Countess Markievicz, Ann Devlin, Brendan Behan, Michael Collins and many other graves of interest.

  • Glasnevin Museum has won some very prestigious awards including: International Museum 2011 by Museum & Heritage Association, Outstanding Achievement in Visitor Attractions by the Themed Entertainment Association (US Based)and the Grand Prix at the Digital Media Awards 2011.

Bookings and further information can be obtained by contacting Glasnevin Museum by phone on 01 882 6550 or by emailing
Times: The tours take place every Wednesday and Friday at 2.30pm.
All enquiries and bookings can be made by e-mail or telephoning the Cemetery at: (01) 8301133.
Specialised tours may also be booked by arrangement with the tour guide.

National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin, Dublin 9.
These colourful gardens cover a total area of 19.5 hectares, part of which is the natural flood plain of the River Tolka. The gardens contain a large plant collection which includes approximately 20,000 species and cultivars. There are four ranges of glasshouses including the recently restored Curvilinear Range. Notable features include herbaceous displays, rose garden, rockery, vegetable garden, arboretum, extensive shrub borders and wall plants. Gardens are accessible for people with disabilities but there are some steep gradients.
The new Education & Visitor Centre, opened in 2000, is fully accessible for people with disabilities.


This tour is in the city centre (a 15 - 20 minute bus ride away from DCU) but recommend for a fun time.

Viking Splash Tour

Go for a fun and completely unique tour of Dublin by land and water in a reconditioned World War II vintage amphibious militaryvehicles called "Ducks". The costumed and colourful Viking Tour Captains will tell you all about the most exciting sights in Dublin: how the Vikings first settled the City over 1000 years ago and how Dublin has become a thriving, cosmopolitan European city. Finally, you’ll experience a real thrill as the Tour Captain drives the Duck into the waters of the historic Grand Canal Basin for the water portion of the tour. You may even be asked to give a Viking Splash Tours roar at passers by!
Departure Points
The regular departure point is St Stephens Green north, just opposite the junction of Dawson Street.
Tour Times
Approximately every half an hour from Stephens Green during high season. Please call on 01 707 6000 to check availability or to book your place on board.
Purchase tickets at the departure point, or call for credit card reservations on 01 707 6000. Bookings are advised on weekends and during the high season. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable to other tour times or dates.
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