Restaurants & bars (serving outside), gyms, swimming pools, leisures centres, cinemas and theatres are the latest additions to Dublin’s reopening. They join accommodation providers, retail businesses, museums, galleries, attractions, libraries and personal services in re-opening. To cater for increased demand, Dublin City Council has installed an additional 150 portaloos, 54 large bins and 13 barrel bins at high footfall areas across the city.
Here’s our FAQs for getting the most out of a trip to town:
Can I take public transport to the city?
Yes, but capacity is limited to 50% and a face covering is required. In that context, please travel off peak if possible. If you can, please consider walking or cycling. If you need to bring the car, live data for car parks is available here.
We should social distance and wear face coverings?
Yep, we all know the drill at this stage, please social distance and wear a face covering whilst you’re in shops and shopping centres. Businesses have put a lot of money into ensuring they’ve created a safe environment for customers, so please assist them by using hand sanitizer stations and listening to staff.
Are pubs and restaurants open yet?
Yes! Pubs and restaurants serving outdoors have re-opened. See the Irish Times’ Q&A on hospitality re-opening.
Should I decide where I’m going in advance?
You don’t need to, but it might help avoid queues. Certain businesses are now appointment only, so it’s best to check in with them in advance (ie. personal services like hairdressers).
Which galleries, museums and visitor attractions are open?
- Chester Beatty, Dublin Castle
- EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, chq Building on Custom House Quay
- Little Museum of Dublin, St Stephens’ Green
- National Leprechaun Museum, Jervis Street (Booking advised)
- Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), St. Stephen’s Green (Booking required)
- National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare Street (Booking required)
- National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks
- National Print Museum, Beggars Bush (Booking advised)
- National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street (Booking required)
- Pearse Museum, St. Enda’s Park (Booking advised)
- Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square
- Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Kilmainham (Booking advised)
- National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square
- RHA Gallery, Ely Place (Booking required)
- Airfield Estate, Dundrum (Booking required)
- Book of Kells, Trinity College Dublin (Booking required)
- Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8 (Booking required)
- Croke Park GAA Museum & Tours, Jones’ Road (Booking required)
- Dublin Castle, Dame Street
- Dublinia Viking Museum, Christ Church (Booking advised)
- GPO Museum – Witness History, O’Connell Street (Booking advised)
- Malahide Castle and Gardens, Co. Dublin (Booking advised for tours)
- Marsh’s Library, St. Patrick’s Close
- National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
- Rathfarnham Castle, Rathfarnham (Booking advised)
- St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin 8
- Teeling Whiskey Distillery, Newmarket Square (Open Thurs-Sun and booking advised)
- Wax Museum Plus, Westmoreland Street
We’ll update this list regularly. Last updated: 2nd June.
Where’s the jacks (public toilets)?
- Wolfe Tone Square (Additional toilets from 4th June)
- O’Connell Street – Central median
- Smithfield – South end
- Royal Canal
- Mountjoy Square
- Diamond Park
- Ilac Shopping Centre
- Arnotts, Henry Street
- Jervis Shopping Centre
- Grafton Street, near Stephens Green
- City Hall, Barnardo Square
- St. Patrick’s Park
- Sycamore Street
- Temple Bar Square
- Chatham Row
- South King Street
- Coppinger Row
- Dame Court
- Dame Lane
- Merrion Square
- Brown Thomas, Grafton Street
- Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre
- Powerscourt Townhouse Centre