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Things to Do in Dublin in April

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This post contains our top 10 list of fun things to do this April in Dublin, updated for 2020.

It includes free entertainment, after-dark activities, family-friendly things to do, concerts, festivals, and tours.

 

 


TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN DUBLIN IN APRIL

Below are our favorite 10 events and activities to do this April in Dublin. For more ideas, take a look at our post about things to do in Dublin at any time of year!

For more tips and things to do in Dublin, take a look at our other popular posts: 


1) See a Concert

Dublin is a city that loves music. Great artists and bands are playing year-round, and April is no exception. Find all the April concerts in the city here.

 

 

If you’re looking for a more classical concert experience, violinist and conductor Andre Rieu will be performing an April 17 concert and an April 18 concert at the 3Arena. 

Find more concerts in Dublin here.

If you're looking for more fun ways to spend an evening, check out our post on things to do at night.


2) Take a Day Trip to the Cliffs of Moher

April is the perfect time to start venturing out on day trips that revolve around Ireland’s beautiful natural features.

The Cliffs of Moher are famous the world over as well as being the country's most famous and popular attraction.

 

 

When you take a guided tour of the Cliffs, it will usually include 1.5 - 2 hours of time to explore the top of this natural wonder, with a gift shop and cafe nearby.


3) See the Great Ireland 10k Run

On Sunday, April 5, 2020, the annual Great Ireland Run returns to Phoenix Park. The park is a beautiful space to complete a run! 

 

 

If you’re not a runner, you can still explore Phoenix Park any day of the month!

While race day will have lots of excitement and a fun atmosphere, the green space is always a refreshing getaway if you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. 

It is the largest enclosed public park in any European capital city and is full of footpaths and roads to bike on, segway tours, wildlife, and playgrounds for the children.


4) See Planet Earth Live in Concert

If you’re a fan of the BBC Planet Earth documentaries, with their sweeping landscapes and amazing close-up shots of wildlife, then this is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the wonders of the natural world. 

 

 

The BAFTA and EMMY award-winning series will be displayed on huge arena screens, accompanied by a live orchestra with music by Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea, and Jasha Klebe. 

  • Date: April 1, 2020
  • Time: 20:00 (8:00 pm)
  • Location: 3Arena, Dublin
  • Find tickets here

5) Save Money With an Attraction Discount Pass

If you’re planning on visiting a lot of popular attractions while you’re in Dublin, you could save some money with a Dublin City Pass.

The biggest pass offered in this city is an All-Inclusive pass which includes entry to the most popular attractions in Dublin.

 

 

There is also a Travel Pass which makes utilizing public transportation easy and includes some other perks.

Here are some of the best locations and tours included with a Dublin tourist pass:

  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Distillery Tours
  • Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Croke Park Tour
  • Dublin Castle
  • Dublin Zoo

To see how much money a pass could save you, please read our post covering Dublin tourist passes.


6) Tour Croke Park

Dubliners love their sporting matches, usually football (soccer). You don't want to miss out on any games in the city.

However, not many people consider taking a tour of the biggest stadium in the area - Croke Park. Whether or not you can make it to a game, this stadium tour is a must for all sports fans.

 

 

You'll get to see where Dublin's rugby and football teams spend a lot of their time and get a peek behind the scenes of professional sport clubs on the tour!

A tour is included with the Dublin Pass.

Find sporting matches in Dublin here.

You can find more family-friendly activities in our full post.


7) Take a Sightseeing Tour

April brings with it a few more sunny days, which is the perfect time to start booking your spot in an open-topped bus tour. 

You can take advantage of Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tours to take you directly to the popular spots, with commentary as you go.

 

 

If springtime is inspiring you to put in a few more miles on foot, you can find plenty of pay-what-you-like walking tours.

Or keep to your own schedule with a self-guided tour that can be completed at any time of day. 

These tours are all great for kids as well! If you're looking for more family-friendly fun, check out our full post.


8) Take Your Kids to Make an Easter Bonnet

The Hugh Lane is a Dublin gallery of Irish art. Hugh Lane held the first exhibition of Irish Art in 1904, and that legacy still exists today. 

Admission is always free. In addition, the gallery regularly hosts free community events throughout the year. 

 

 

On April 11, 2020, from 14:00 - 15:30 (2:00 - 3:30 pm), you can bring your kids to a fun drop-in workshop to make their own Easter bonnets

A crafts leader will be there with supplies and guidance. They do not take reservations, but space is limited. If you want to take part and make a bonnet, you should arrive early. 

Other free April events include: 


9) Explore Dublin Castle

Taking a tour of Dublin Castle is a fun way to spend an afternoon! Best of all, it is right in the middle of town, so you can easily walk to it from most points of the city.

 

 

A nice little garden now sits where the dark pool of water was that gave Dublin its name. And there’s plenty more to see, from fully-furnished staterooms, to architecture and artwork.

Many of the areas are free to explore - it's easy to move about the outside of the building and gardens.

If you’d like to see inside the state apartments or the chapel, you’ll need to purchase a guided tour ticket.

Note: The paid sections of Dublin Castle are included for free with the purchase of multiple tourist discount passes.


10) Take a Food tour

If you want some help finding the best food in this city, you can take the Dublin Secret Food Tour.

The tour guides can show you all the best street food spots and restaurants - and who doesn't want to eat well on their travels?

 

 

This outing includes 6 stops and a variety of great dishes including Irish stew, whiskey, cheese, ice cream and more! 

You won't want to miss learning more about Irish culture through the best local foods you can find.

The expert guides also do a great job incorporating local history into their stories about how these dishes evolved in Dublin.

 


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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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