If you’re lucky enough to be spending Easter in Dublin, you’ll be wondering what great Easter activities you can enjoy here. While Easter isn’t as big a holiday as St Patrick’s Day, there is still a lot to do for couples, groups, families and solo travelers. Here are some of our recommendations on how to spend your Easter in Dublin.
Before you start to explore Dublin and enjoying the Easter fun, you’ll need to make sure you have comfortable, affordable accommodation to come back to! That’s where we come in. Aspect Hotel Park West offers you warm and friendly service, comfortable bedrooms and great value room rates. Our additional facilities include our bar and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and high-speed wi-fi is available throughout. We are also easily reachable by public transport but if you’d prefer to drive, there is free car parking available for guests for the duration of their stay.
Easter in Ireland
The countdown to Easter begins on Shrove Tuesday, better known as Pancake Tuesday. Lent – 40 days (give or take) – counts down to Easter weekend. Easter Sunday is the main event and is usually celebrated in Ireland by spending time with family and friends, eating a traditional Sunday dinner – usually including roast lamb – and eating Easter eggs! In Dublin in particular there are events across the city aimed at families as schools are on mid-term break. Many family-friendly locations have Easter egg hunts, kids’ events and even a street party and Cadbury Easteregg hunt as Merrion Square.
If you’re travelling without family, there are many ways to spend few days here enjoying the freedom of the long weekend. Why not take a trip to Dublin Zoo, just 20-minutes’ drive from Aspect Hotel Park West. You could spend a whole day exploring the vast grounds of the zoo, wandering through the various enclosures and exhibits and hopefully catching a glimpse of some of the exotic and wonderful animals living here. They have some great breeding programmes and if you time it well, you can watch the fascinating feeding time of some of these magnificent beasts. The zoo is an excellent day out for everyone and especially good as an alternative date. Dublin Zoo is set inside the Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest walled park, which has many great attractions of its own including Aras an Uachtarain, the Phoenix Monument, a prehistoric Burial Chamber, Farmleigh House and the herds of wild deer.
Did you know that Dublin has its very own chocolate factory? It may not be as exciting as Willy Wonkas, but Butlers Chocolate Experience is a great day out and a great way to learn how this tasty treat is made. Its a bit of a drive (40-minutes from our Dublin hotel) but what better what to spend your Easter than in the home of chocolate in Dublin! Here you can watch a chocolate movie, enjoy the aroma in the chocolate gallery, watch a chocolate demonstration and design and decorate your very own Easter bunny to take home! Best of all, there are plenty of samples to enjoy along the way. The tour lasts about an hour and a half and is a great way to get you into an Easter mood.
The Easter Rising was a tragic and fascinating time in Ireland’s relatively recent history. On Easter Monday 1916 a group of Irish nationalists staged a rebellion against the British government in Ireland along with approximately 1,600 followers. The rebels seized many important buildings in Dublin and clashed with British troops resulting in many deaths and destruction of these beautiful buildings. You can spend your Easter break in Dublin learning about these brave rebels and the resulting establishment of the Irish Republic when you visit the notable GPO building in the heart of the city. They have self-guided tours throughout the day and there are staff and tour guides along the way to answer any questions you may have.
If you’d love to spend Easter in Dublin but can’t justify the price of a central Dublin hotel, why not look a little outside the city limits for a great value break. Aspect Hotel Park West offers an affordable, comfortable alternative to overpriced central hotels and is still easily accessible by road or public transport. Contact our friendly team or book directly on our website today for more information.