Monday, April 7, 2014

Easter Weekend in Dublin City

Easter Weekend in Dublin’s fair city

Wondering what to get up to this Easter? Well we have listed 5 great events that are taking place this Easter weekend in the city. From kids chocolate feasts to a night at the theatre, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

1. Cadbury’s Easter Egg Trail at Croke Park Stadium

Date: Monday 14th April to Monday 21st April (excl.Friday 18th)
Time: Daily at 13.30

As part of the Croke Park Museum guided tour, there is an extra special tour for the little ones whereby they will follow clues to find tokens which they can then use to collect their Cadbury Easter Eggs.
The fun and interesting tours take place behind the scenes at Croke Park where visitors get the chance to access areas such the players’ lounge, the dressing rooms, warm-up area and pitch side. Then top it all off by enjoying a bird’s eye view of the stadium from the top tier.


Child €8.50 (under 5: Free)
Adult €12.50
Students/OAP €9.50
Family (based on 2 adults & 2 children): €34.00
Family (based on 2 adults & 3 children): €38.00
Easter Egg Hunt Tour prices (including a Cadbury Easter Egg for every participant)
Booking: Booking is essential as places are limited Tel.  +353 1 8192323

2. DL Kid’s Easter Party

Dates: 14th to 18th & 22nd to 25th April. David Lloyd Riverview.   

There are Easter camps available for kids of all ages;

  •  Mini Camp for children 3-4yrs, which runs from 9am to 1pm.  
  •  Holiday Active camp for children 5-11yrs who can choose from a full day (9am to 5pm) or half day (9am to 1pm).  

There are session plans in place each day to entertain your kids with an array of sports, and arts and crafts activities. Kids will have the opportunity to swim, play tennis and meet new friends plus lots more.
Non-members are welcome. From €24 for half day to €35 for full day.  (Non-members are €28 and €42 respectively). Lunch and snacks are also included.

3. The Viking Big Dig and Viking House!

Dates: Saturday the 12thof April to Sunday the 27th of April.
Times: 10.30/11.30/12.30pm and 2.30/3.30pm.

The Viking Big Dig and Viking House will celebrate the 1000 year anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf. At the Viking big dig, children will experience what it is like to be an archaeologist and find Viking treasures dating back over 1000 years. For the adults, there will also be a full size reconstruction of a Viking house within the Dublinia courtyard, showing how a Viking house was built, and you can even get involved in the build too.

Adult €8.50
Child €5.50
Student/OAP €7.50
Family €24 (2A +2C)

4. The Battle of Clontarf Festival  

Dates: 19th – 20th April  

Dublin City Council proposes to stage the largest Viking village and living history battle re-enactment ever produced in Ireland. The Viking village will contain static and interactive displays of Viking life and include demonstrations of Viking Skills and Crafts such as weapons displays , storytelling,  Blacksmith, Leather working, Pole Lathe, Coin Striking, Silversmith, Hnefatafl (Viking Chess), Archery Display and Viking Long Boat, Falconry Displays, Mounted Viking Displays.

Taking place at St. Anne's Park & Rose Gardens, Raheny, Dublin 5, this is a free event suitable for the whole family.

5.      War Horse

27th March – 27th April

War Horse is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War I. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in no man’s land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, War Horse features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage. 

Suitable for both adults and children.  Experience the emotional journey that charges through the battlefields of history straight to hearts of audiences around the world.

Make a night of it and get the Grand Canal Hotel Theatre Package

Looking for accommodation in Dublin city? Check out Grand Canal Hotel. Located in the picturesque location of Ballsbridge, Grand Canal Hotel is walking distance from Dublin City Centre, The Bord Gais Energy Thaetre, Aviva Stadium, The RDS, Dublin Convention Center & The o2. 

Easter Weekend At The Gasworks

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mother's Day 2014

Mother’s Day

Celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday March 30th at Grand Canal Hotel.

Enjoy a 3 Course Lunch in Epic Restaurant for just €25pps
12.30pm – 3.00pm

Carvery Served in the Gasworks
12.30 – 3.00pm

Live Music from 6.00pm
€5 Special Cocktails
Food Platters

Book now: 01-6461000

Enter our Mother's Day COMPETITION for a chance to win finger food & cocktails for two plus a night's accommodation with breakfast the next morning. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

St Patrick's Day 2014

St. Patrick Day in Dublin City

14th - 17th March 2014

Where better to celebrate St Patrick’s Day than Ireland’s capital city, Dublin? So what’s on offer for you and your friends and family? Well, St Patrick’s Festival has put together a range of stuff for you to do across the city over the entire weekend. Whether you are visiting Dublin for the first time, a frequent visitor or someone who has lived here their whole life, there is something for everyone.

Here are just a few of the great things on offer;

Fun times at the Funfair:

(Image via St Patricks Festival)

Remember what it was like being a little kid or bring your own kiddies to the funfair at Merrion Square, just a short stroll from Grand Canal Hotel. The fun fair will start on the Friday evening and will be there until Monday night so there is plenty of time to to have a go on your old favourite rides whether it’s a fast roller coaster, a fun carrousel or a sightseeing Ferris wheel.      

Friday 14th March: 6pm to 10pm
Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th March: 11am to 10pm
Monday 17th March: 11am to 9pm

Dublin City is going GREEN:

Many of the Dublin’s well known buildings all across the city will be turning green for Paddy’s weekend. Will your favourite be one of them?

Take a look at some of the buildings that went green last year -

See Dublin’s treasures and win prizes with a festive treasure hunt:

On Saturday 15th, explore Dublin’s famous landmarks and hidden treasure by solving clues and puzzles to win prizes. There will be entertainment throughout the day and all participants are encouraged to dress up as explorers for the hunt - prizes will be given for the best dressed so join in the fun and look the part.

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Registration & starting point on the day is at City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2
For full rules & details or to register your team now visit the St Patrick’s Festival website-

St Patrick’s Walking Tour:

Walk through picturesque & historical areas of Dublin led by well-known historian Pat Liddy.  View ancient sites and learn about Dublin’s pre- Viking history and St Patrick’s involvement in how the area came to be as well as everything that followed. There will be two walks a day from Thursday 13th – Tuesday 18th with the exception on Monday 17th when there will be just the one walk.

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For full information on times and prices or to book onto a walk visit the St Patricks website

The Big One: St Patrick’s Day Parade

The main event, the St Patrick’s Day Parade, will begin on Parnell Square 12pm on Monday the 17th.  This year’s theme is “Let’s Make History” and the millennium anniversary of the historic battle, the Battle of Clontarf 1014 will be celebrated in the Parade with an appearance from the legendary Brian Boru.

You can also expect all of usual colour and life from the Parade as well as bands from across the world including the USA, Germany, Estonia and Ireland to play the elevating pageant music.

Of course, all of the above is just a taster of what you can expect from the St Patrick’s Festival. For a full list of the weekend’s events visit the St Patrick’s Festival EVENT GUIDE on their website. 

Grand Canal Hotel is located in the picturesque area of Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Walking distance from the city centre and surrounded by Bord Gais Energy Theatre, the Aviva Stadium and the RDS as well as the CCD and the O2 being near by, it is the perfect location for whatever type of trip you are looking for.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Getting Around Dublin - What is The Best Form Of Transport For You?

Getting Around Dublin

There are many ways to get from the airport to our hotel and to get around the city during your stay here in Dublin. We have put together a small list and details on the different forms of transport so that you can decide what suits you best.

Dublin Bus

Dublin Bus has buses commuting all over Dublin and into parts of Wicklow & Kildare. No matter where you need to go you can get a bus either direct or with a change over along the way.  They also have express buses (marked with an X after the bus number), Airlink buses to and from the airport, Sightseeing buses and Nitelink buses which run from 00.00 – 4.00.

Most buses have realtime information at them so that you can see when the next bus is due but there is also a Dublin Bus App available for your phone which will give you all the information you need including bus times, routes and price.

When on Dublin Bus only coins can be accepted for payments and no cash change is given so have the exact fare at the ready when getting Dublin bus. Alternatively you can buy one of the many Dublin Bus cards. They have a card for everything from one hour travel right up to a year or you can get a leap card which is a prepay card that can be topped up and can also be used on other forms of transport around Dublin (Train & Luas).

 To get a bus from Dublin Airport to Grand Canal Hotel – Get a 16 or 41 bus to the city centre. Then from O’Connell Street you can get a 4, 7, 27x or a 120 to mount street (just after Love Lane).

To get a direct bus from the airport you can book the airport shuttle bus which will leave you at the door of the Hotel and is just €4 per person. Book your seat on the Paddywagon shuttle bus with us here on 01-6461000.


Our hotel is located just across from Grand Canal Dock Dart Station. From here you can get the train to any of the stations in Dublin or anywhere around Ireland should you wish to go further and explore what is on offer around the country.   

To get to the hotel by train from the airport, you need to get a bus/taxi to the city centre and then get a train from Connolly Station to Grand Canal Dock Station (3 Stops).


The Luas does not go by the Hotel directly but is only about 10/15 minutes walking distance to the nearest stop. It can be a very usual form of transport depending on where you want to go in Dublin. There are two Luas lines – The Green line and The Red Line (both walking distance to the hotel).

The red line would have the most tourist attractions on its route, going by National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, The Jameson Distillery and nearby the Guinness Store House and KIlmainham Gaol.


There are many taxis around Dublin. They can be hailed at the side of the road or you can go to a taxi rank. We are also happy to order a taxi for you from the front desk if you wish. 

To get a taxi from Dublin Airport to Grand Canal Hotel will cost you around €20/€25.  

Car Rental

If you will be doing a lot of travelling on your break or if you are visiting more other counties around Ireland as well as Dublin during your trip then car rental may be an option for you.

We have free car parking for all guests at the hotel so you can park your car on arrival and without worrying about high city centre parking fees.

If you are considering renting a car check out Sixt 

SIXT Num. Dublin Airport DUB

Terminal 1

  • Phone no. +353-1-8445691
  • Fax +353-1-2857016
Opening Hours
  • Mo. – Su. 06:00 – 23:00
  • Bank Holiday 06:00 – 23:00

Book your stay with Grand Canal Hotel on or call 00353-1-6461000

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Month of Christmas Cheer!

So, it’s December already. This year has just flown in. Time to start making plans for Christmas meet ups and family days out. Dublin has so many Christmas events taking place around the city this month so why not take in the Christmas atmosphere and see just why it’s the most wonderful time of the year.   

A Christmas day out with the Family

Santa's Playland
Santa’s Playland is a fantastic fun-filled experience for the kids which allows them to enter into a magical Christmas wonderland of playtime.  It is filled with Christmas treats, bouncy castles, slides and Christmas displays.

To top it all off the children are visited by Santa and get the chance to sit down with him to let him know what they are hoping for when he comes to visit on the 25th. They will also receive a gift from Santa on their visit.

Ambassador Theatre.
Monday to Friday - Doors open 12.00pm, last entrance 7.00pm 
Saturday and Sunday - Doors open 10.00am, last entrance at 7.00pm Tickets €10 Monday to Friday, Tickets €12 Saturdays and Sundays.

Christmas Wonderland
The one that all kids are waiting for, Christmas Wonderland, returns to the RDS on 6th December 2013. With Ice-Skating, Funderland and a Circus, there is something for everyone at Christmas Wonderland.

Ice-skating is a Christmas favourite for many. I-Skate is Ireland’s largest ice rink and with its penguin balancing aids and double-bladed skates it’s suitable for everyone aged 3 and upwards. There are special off-peak, group and family rates available.

This year Funderland celebrates its 40th anniversary and so it is no surprise that for many people around the country it is tradition that goes back many years at this stage. Even as an adult though you still get the same excitement that you did when you were brought there as a child. With all the different fast rides, the music, the games the arcade and the atmosphere around the place it is not hard to see why it is a family favourite. Opt to go with a pay-as-you go method or avail of the wristbands which give you 3 consecutive hours of unlimited rides (subject to the height & weight restrictions). Buy your wrist band online before you go and get an extra hour free.

Santa’s Christmas Circus:
Why not try something new this Christmas with the Magical World of Circus. Presented by the world famous Fossett family, Santa's Christmas Circus includes jugglers, acrobats, aerial daredevils and Circus Illusionists as well as Otto the clowns as he tries to help Santa make his way back to the North Pole.  Marion Fossett will also lead the circus artists and audience in a seasonal sing-a-long. Expect to be amazed and entertained.

The magic of the Nutcracker
Dublin Castle is giving you the chance every Saturday & Sunday in December to enter the magical world of the Nutcracker. This on definitely be a magical day out for the family. The State Apartments of Dublin Castle will be decorated in the Nutcracker theme as well as having Characters from the fairytale. There will be Drosselmeyer’s children’s magic show each Saturday (12pm – 3pm) and Children’s Storytelling with Clara every Sunday (12pm – 3pm). There will also be plenty of surprises for the little ones along the way including meeting Santa and posting their letter.  On top of all of this there will also be ballet performances in the ballroom and tasty treats from Christmas vendors.  

Price: Adult €4.50, Children €2.00, Senior Citizens/ Students €3.50

Christmas Shows for big and small kids alike.

Christmas Panto
Christmas Pantos is a firm favourite in many households around the country and is always huge hit with the kids. With different Pantos in a number of Theatres you will have your choice shows……..or you can go see more that one.  This year the Christmas Pantos are;
·         The Gaitey Theatre Panto: Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs
 - December 4th 2013 – 12th January 2014.
 - Previews commence December 1st  

·        The Olympia Theatre Panto: Beauty and the Beast starring Jedward  
Date:- 18 December  -  5 January

·        The Tivoli  Theatre: Cherios Jack and the Beanstalk
Date:- 11 December 2013  - 12 January 2014

The Snowman Christmas Special
Who doesn’t love the story of The Snowman? Such a beautiful film that has been watched at home Christmas after Christmas for years. Now following on from its on-going sell-out successes all over the world, The Snowman Movie makes its premiere this December in The O2 Dublin. This is your chance to watch it on an enormous 60 foot screen while Shay Byrne of RTÉ Radio tells the much loved story of James and the flying Snowman accompanied by the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra.

This really special event is on for one day only – December 8th. The 3pm show has sold out already but you still have a chance to get your tickets for the 6pm showing (limited seats available).

Christmas markets to get something a little extra special.....

Airtricity Dockland’s Christmas Festival

Now on its 9th Year and promising to be the best one yet, The Docklands Christmas Festival returns to fantastic surroundings of George’s Dock from December 12th – 23rd.  With an entertainment area, The Victorian Carnival, the fantastic artisan food and craft market and of course Santa's grotto, it will be impossible not to get that Christmas feeling when you are there.

Opening hours: 
- Monday - Friday 12.00pm-10.00pm
- Saturday - Sunday 10.00am - 10.00pm

Dublin Castle's Festive Market
If you are thinking of attending the The Magic of The Nutcracker at Dublin Castle in December and also considering a visit to a Christmas Market well then you’re in luck. You don’t even have to have to worry about trekking from one side of the city to the other trying to fit it all in. Make a day of it without even having to change venue. Each Saturday and Sunday in December Dublin Castle’s upper courtyard will be transformed into a traditional Christmas market. Take in the fabulous surrounding of Dublin Castle & listen to the choir performing under the tree from 1.30pm – 3.30pm while enjoying some treats from the Christmas vendors including mulled wine, hot chocolate, gingerbread cookies and traditional chimney cake.

On Sunday 15th December the craft fair will take place inside the Bedford Hall. Some of Ireland's best craftsmen, artists and designers will be displaying and selling their work, from pottery to hand knitted scarves and beautiful ceramics to Irish chocolates.

Dame District Christmas Market
With over 24 stalls selling handmade crafts, jewellery, toys, gormet food and drink, plus entertainment from top Irish music and comedy acts, it is one that will fill you with Christmas cheer and excitment. Each night a free concert takes place on the Christmas Stage as well as live Christmas entertainment on two other stages.You can visit this ever growing popular market at Dame Lane from December 13th – 22nd.

Grand Canal Hotel is located just 10 minutes walk from Grafton street and is next to Grand Canal Dart station as well as being serviced by numerous buses making it a great location wherever you need to go. We have a great Retail Therapy Package available from the December 15th - January 31st so whether you want to shop for Christmas gifts or get a bargain in the January sales, we have you covered! 

Book your say with Grand Canal Hotel

Looking for an extra spcial gift for you friends or loved ones? Why not treat them to lovely getaway with Grand Canal Hotel or Theatre Package Voucher

Friday, November 29, 2013

WICKED Dinner & Ticket Package

WICKED Dinner & Ticket Package

29th & 30th November

Don’t miss your chance to see Wicked on stage at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. This critically acclaimed production is a must-see, filled with colour, magnetism and brilliant songs that you’ll still be singing days after the show.  


Make the most of your evening and avail of our Dinner & Show Package:
•2-Course Pre-Theatre Meal; Starter & Main Course, Tea & Coffee
•Ticket to the Show in Upper Circle

Just €79 per person. (Paid in full at time of booking and is non-refundable)

Book Now. Call 01-6461000.

Here at the Grand Canal Hotel, we have a Theatre Packages all year round. Take a look to see what shows are currently available