The Neighbourhood

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The Neighbourhood

Hilton Dublin is located overlooking the Grand Canal in city centre Dublin with the vibrant Portobello and Camden Quarter of the city are right beside us, with an array of great restaurants, cool cafés, fun pubs and quirky shopping. From there, it’s a short stroll to Grafton Street and the bustling and colourful city centre.

As you probably know, Dublin is a very sociable place, and it is always a hive of activity, creativity, friendliness and chat. But it is also a very cultural place with a huge selection of museums, showcasing art, history, literature, the life of the city and so much more.

But this ancient gem by the sea also basks in natural beauty. From walks by the world-famous River Liffey to strolls around its many parks and squares, there is no better place to while away the hours on a relaxing afternoon.

You can also head out beyond the city. From walks on Sandymount Strand, the beach at Dollymount or along any of Dublin’s picturesque piers, you can savour the wonderful Unesco Biosphere of Dublin Bay with its fabulous views. There are also lots of coastal walks, little villages, wide sea views and rugged mountain backdrops.

The stunning Dublin and Wicklow mountains are also close by and perfect for a long walk or hike. You can also go rock-climbing in Dalkey Quarry, walk the cliff path at Howth or join the Dublin hardcore who sea-swim whatever the weather.

In Dublin, there really is an adventure around every corner!

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Grand Canal Walk & Cycle

Built amid the 18th-century canal fever that swept across Ireland, the 131km Grand Canal stretches across the country from Dublin to the Shannon.

From its historic origins, when horse-drawn barges originally travelled this water route, the canal today has emerged as a relaxing haven for anyone seeking a leisurely pace and secluded spots along its banks.

Two hundred and fifty years of history are waiting to be discovered along the banks of the Grand Canal. Much of it can be seen from the water, on foot or bike from the towpaths. The city canal stretches offer access to the museums, galleries, theatres, shopping and nightlife.

Canal Bike Ride

The Canal Way Cycle Route is a 3.6km route that works as an artery to the city, linking the Georgian elegance of Portobello (where we are located) to the modern tech hub of Spencer Dock and Grand Canal.

The scenic route passes Leeson Street Bridge where you can stop and soak up Dublin's café culture before taking in the modern vibe of Dublin’s Docklands. A very easy and short trip, it’s the perfect starting point for those who never usually cycle. We offer bikes here at the hotel.

Portobello & Camden Quarter

Portobello is regarded as one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in Dublin and is located on our doorstep. The Camden Quarter and Portobello allow you to experience local life.

This tangle of cute streets is surrounded by award-winning, pubs, bar, cafe as well as bookshops, speciality food stores, art gallery/spaces, a Michelin guide recommended restaurant and more brunch hangouts that are popular with the locals. The greenery along the Grand Canal provides a tranquil walkway in and out of the area too.

While Camden Quarter is legendary for its nightlife, it has undergone a rebirth of late with some of Dublin’s best restaurants and bars now in the area. Come summertime, the Grand Canal becomes a popular hangout for al fresco drinkers.

Where to eat and drink?

Among Portobello and the Camden Quarter’s landmarks are the beloved Bretzel Bakery which does incredible bread and sweet things.

Cafes and brunch spots are in abundance: try Meet me in the Morning, Brother Hubbard, The Cake Cafe or, for tea lovers, Wall & Keogh Superior Teas. Restaurants abound too and excellent options include our own Charlemont Bar & Bistro, The Richmond, Delahunt (Harry and Meghan dined here while visiting), Pickle, Hang Dai, Mister S, Tapas da Lola and Bunsen Burger. And there are many more!

Looking to soak up the local atmosphere? Try pubs like Cassidy’s and Devitt’s or for something more sophisticated with cocktails at The Sitting Room (upstairs from Delahunt).

Out and about

Our personal favourite outdoors spots to hang out in are Stephen’s Green, Merrion Square, the Grand Canal, Phoenix Park, Dublin Castle, Trinity College, the Liffey Boardwalk, the grounds at Imma/RHK, Kilmainham Gaol and Herbert Park.

Or Dublin’s very own secret garden: the Iveagh Gardens. Though obviously we can’t tell you where to find that!

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