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Dublin is certainly a city the seldom sleeps as there are constantly events and entertainment from day to day in the city. If you are looking to do something with your family or friends, you will find plenty of exciting places to visit and sites to see. Original Source http://www.botanicgardens.ie/visiting.htm

Botanic Gardens DublinThe activities and role of the Gardens is a great deal more varied than meets the eye. Our purpose is to explore, understand, conserve, and share the importance of plants. We aim to make the National Botanic Gardens a place where leisure, recreation and education are all compatible for the enjoyment of our visitors.
Conservation: Within the living collections at the National Botanic Gardens we have over 300 endangered species from around the world, and 6 species already extinct in the wild. These are a vital resource, like a Noah's Ark for the future.

Education is a fundamental role of the National Botanic Gardens: through our collections and activities we aim to increase public awareness of plants and their importance to people globally.
We now have Audio tours which enable visitors to take self-guiding tours through their own MP3 player, mobile phone or souvenir player.

Science: staff at the Gardens are actively describing new species; increasing our knowledge of the Irish flora; conducting collecting expeditions; and investigating the needs of our most threatened native species. The National Herbarium is based within the National Botanic Gardens, and houses a collection of nearly ¾ million dried plant specimens.

Reference: By holding a wide range of named and labelled collections and keeping an up-to-date catalogue of the collections, the collection provides a unique reference source for Irish Gardeners, Horticulturists and Botanists.

Demonstration: Cultivating a wide range of plants from the diverse climatic regions of the world, and displaying these under good horticultural practice allows our visitors to see what they too can achieve in their own gardens.

Recreation: The overall design and contents of the Garden creates an environment that is stimulating, whether a visitor is here for instruction or pleasure. However it should be remembered that the primary role of the Gardens is as a scientific collection and therefore we do not allow dogs, picnics, bicycles, fishing, ball games, jogging or running, nor the playing of musical instruments or recorded music.

Glasnevin Cemetery & Museum

Glasnevin Museum An intriguing journey through Irelands past

There are over one million stories buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Gravediggers, Body Snatchers, Rebels and Revolutionaries, ordinary and extraordinary people. We want to share their stories with you. The secrets are in the stones.

Did you know?
• Glasnevin Museum & Tours features a who’s who of modern Irish history including Daniel O’ Connell, Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell, Éamon de Valera, Arthur Griffith, Countess Markievicz, Michael Cusack, Robert Erskine Childers, and Gerard Manley Hopkins.
• A guided tour of the Cemetery includes a trip to the crypt of Daniel O’Connell
• Our tour guides attract rave reviews on Trip Advisor, for their passion and personality as well as their insight and knowledge.
• Glasnevin Museum has won some very prestigious awards including: International Museum 2011 by Museum & Heritage Association, Outstanding Achievement in Visitor Attractions by the Themed Entertainment Association (US Based)and the Grand Prix at the Digital Media Awards 2011.
• We are family friendly and offer something for all the family, whether you are into history or ghastliness
• Admission to the Museum includes an opportunity to trace your roots in our Genealogy Area (all our records are online at www.glasnevintrust.ie/genealogy )

Shopping In Dublin

Over the past number of years visitors to Dublin City have enjoyed many attractions and historic sites that will stimulate the mind and spirit with excitement and joy. While staying here in the Maples House Hotel, our city centre hotel, one will be able to access some of Dublin's best and most sought after shopping areas and tourist attractions along with some entertaining venues and great dining emporiums. Our reception will always be at hand to help guide you to where every you want to go and will inform you about the places that interests you most to make you stay in the Maples House Hotel a worthwhile experience.

The Theatre In Dublin

Throughout Europe and indeed the world, Dublin's Theatre has played an important role for many gerenations. Irish actors have entertained many audiences with Irish plays and shows while also offering internationsl fixtures for major international shows.
Why not see a show in Dublin when you stay in our city centre hotel, it may be worth it!

Croke Park

Croke Park Dublin
Croke Park has been at the heart of Irish sporting life for over a hundred years. Boasting a capacity for 82,300 people, the stadium is the home of Gaelic games and the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). This section contains information including the history, design, facts, figures and facilities of Croke Park Stadium.

Páirc an Chrócaigh Teo

Croke Park is incorporated in Páirc an Chrócaigh Teo (PCT) and was formed in 1914. It is a holding company for the GAA and the stadium management for Croke Park. PCT is charged with managing match and non-match day events in the venue. The role is primarily to ensure that all visitors to Croke Park have a safe and enjoyable experience. It also involves maintaining, developing and maximising returns from the stadium’s assets, such as the Croke Park Conference Centre, GAA Museum, Croke Park Suites, Príomh tickets and advertising opportunities.

The Three Arena Dublin


It’s what Irish music lovers have been waiting for. A stunning, new, state-of-the-art entertainment venue, with the kind of world-class acoustics that great music deserves.

Even better, we’re more excited to tell O2 customers, that you will be eligible for priority tickets for you and your friends before they go on general release. Register today to be eligble for priority tickets.

Enjoy the show.

The Aviva Stadium

AVIVA STADIUM, the new home for our international rugby and football will provide Ireland’s national rugby and football teams, fans and spectators, with a home ground to be proud of. Due to open in 2010, AVIVA STADIUM promises to be an outstanding sporting and entertainment facility in the heart of Dublin.

Everything about AVIVA STADIUM, from its architecture to its environmentally friendly design, has been inspired by the best ideas around the world to create a truly innovative sporting venue – a stadium to be proud of.

On completion in April 2010 AVIVA STADIUM will have a seated capacity of 50,000. All seating in the stadium is under cover of a roof; however, the roof does not extend over the pitch.
The stadium consists of a continuous curvilinear shaped stand enclosing all four sides of the ground. The South, East and West stands have four tiers of seating for spectators. The bottom and top tiers provide the main volume of spectating facilities.

The second tier provides facilities for premium ticket holders and the third tier provides facilities for corporate boxes. There are 10,000 seats at premium level and a further 1,300 at box level. Many of these were sold in advance to help finance the overall project.

The North stand comprises one low level seating tier, to reflect its proximity to the residential properties at that end of the ground.
There is continuous access around the three sides to all facilities at premium and box levels.

There are excellent hospitality facilities throughout the ground. These facilities are essential in any modern sports stadium to generate additional revenues and help fund the overall investment.
The redeveloped stadium is designed to provide superb facilities not alone for spectators but also for players, the media and the many support personnel needed to stage all events.

The unique design of the new stands and roof creates additional weather protected seating capacity within the constraints of the existing site. The design has been optimised to ensure all spectators have an excellent view of the pitch while retaining the unique Lansdowne Road atmosphere.

Space for the redevelopment was created by a realignment of the pitch and by the creation of a new access podium over the railway line. This podium, above the railway line, will allow spectators access the stadium at premium seat level.

The former two rear pitches which ran East-West were also realigned and combined into one pitch running North-South.

The RDS Dublin

The RDS can be as versatile and flexible as you require. There are over 20,000 square metres of space from conference and exhibition space to meeting and private dining rooms. The RDS can provide clear-span space or stunning neo-georgian rooms filled with art and sculpture treasures.

Parking is available on site for up to 2,000 vehicles. The nearby suburban train line (DART) plus the main bus routes on the doorstep offer excellent public access.
The RDS events team has extensive experience and strong relationships with Ireland’s top event suppliers.

Excellent catering facilities are at your disposal – whether you have 10 guests or 5,000. Our catering partner, Hospitality Options can provide everything from hot chips to silver service.

General Interest Things To Do

Dublin Zoo
Dublin Zoo is Located in the Phoenix Park and has always been an attraction in Dublin City. It was opened in 1830 and has a long history associated with it. Children are attracted to the impressive display enacted daily by the sea lions, while the penguins and elephants always generate major interest.

Dublin Viking Experience
Dublin is traditionally a Viking town of "Dyflin" on the river Liffey in Ireland. See the sites, chat to the locals, take a strole and experience Viking Dublin. The Viking experience is located close to Wood Quay and contains a collection of Viking artifacts considered to be the most important Viking collection outside of Scandinavia.

The National Wax Museum Plus
The National Wax Museum is Dublin’s newest visitor attraction housed in the Historical Armoury Building in Foster Place, at the heart of the city centre. The museum is laid out over four floors with some thing for everyone. From the time vaults of Irish History, a mythology scene an interactive Science Lab celebrating Hero’s of Irish science and a children’s zone. The fun really starts in the Wax Factor studio where you can star in your own music video, when you are finished being a star yourself you can then get up close to all your favorite superstars immortalized in wax.

Hey! Doodle Doodle
There is a ceramics workshop called "Hey! Doodle Doodle" In Crown Alley, Temple Bar Dublin city, just a short walking distance from the Maples House Hotel in Dublin City Center. You can create your own design on ready-made pottery supplied instore and all customers are catered for, young and old. please note all the paints used are non-toxic, so the children are safe while having fun. The Maples House Hotel recommends a visit while staying in Dublin. What better souvenir of your trip to Dublin.

The Ark - Temple Bar
There are puppet shows in Dublin in a venue known as The Ark in temple bar where one can listen to story telling an poetry reading, a popular venue amongst guests staying in the Maples House Hotel in Dublin City. We suggest that you book in advance t avoid disappointment, there is also an admission charge for this venue that is aimed at children between 4 and 14 years of age.

Dublin Splash Tours
Dublin splash tours are very popular with people staying in Dublin city center accommodation where they are toured around Dublin World War II amphibious vehicles known as "ducks", the "ducks" travel in land and water and visitors will see how Vikings settled in Dublin. It is a fun tour where the "Viking Captain" is dressed up in a costume and he carefully explains the history and culture of dublin in a cheerful manner. Beware, be prepared for the dives into the water at the historic grand canal basin where you will enjoy the water section of the tour.

Clara Lara
There is a popular funpark located in Clara Vale in Co. Wicklow just 40 minutes south of the Maples House Hotel in Dublin City center. In Clara Lara one can enjoy water adventures and rafting so make sure you bring the right gear with you and a change of clothes. You can go go karting, climb frames, enjoy the highest slide in Ireland or take a turn on the Swyng boats. The Clara Lara is fully supervised by professionals at all times and there are shops and ample picnic area for families visiting Dublin

Leisureplex
There are several leisureplex venues Located in various venues around the city, where one can enjoy has bowling, billiards, computer games and Q-zar. To locate the nearest leisureplex please ask in the Maples House Hotel in dublin city center

Fort Lucan
Only 15 minutes from our bed and breakfast there is an adventure centre called fort lucan where one will find a fully supervised adventure playground. In fort lucan the have a crazy golf course, trampolines and a state of the art assault course, all in all a fun day out.

Kilmainham Gaol
Rich in Irish history and culture, Kilmainham jail is the largest unoccupied jail in these islands and is a visitor centre and a major tourist attraction to visitors staying in Dublin city, it offers a panoramic view of Irish history and a remarkably chilling taste of how it was like to be incarcerated here between 1796 and 1924 when it opened an closed. Some of Irelands famous rebel leaders were imprisoned here such as Robert Emmet and Charles Stewart Parnell, as well as the names of the leaders of the 1916 rebel leaders..

The Guinness Hopstore
In Dublin the Guinness hopstore brews black beer known as stout, and has been established for over 200 years, a must see for people staying a city center accommodation. There is an exhibition of Guinness's history in a 19th century warehouse that was used for storing bales of hops, hence the name "Hopstore" up as recently as the 1950s. There is a walking tour through the brewing process at St James's Gate where illustrations of brewing techniques from past to present of arthur guinness can be experienced. Enjoy a short video presentation at the end of the tour and why not take a sample in the sampling bar where the finest pints of draft guinness are available to visitors, please not you must be over 18 to sample the guinness.

The National Gallery
In 1864 the National Gallery was opened and houses many fine art pieces. there is a strongly emphasised on Irish art balanced carefully with a representation of the major European schools of art. There are More than 600 works are on display in the gallery that was largely donated over the past few decades with special exhibitions changed on a regular basis. Admission is free but group tours should book in advance

Áras an Uachtaráin
This is where the president of Ireland is resident and was origionally built by a famous park ranger before it became resident to the viceroys who over saw colonial british rule in Ireland. Public tours are available on Saturdays, please contact the Phoenix park visitor center to get our free ticket.

The National Museum
the National Museum in Ireland is location in its capitol city Dublin and was opened in 1890 where a large number of collections merged artefacts and antiquities dating back from 2000 BC to the 20th Century. Such as a collection, Ór (Gold), from Ireland's Bronze Age representing the finest gold jewellery from prehistoric times. Most bed and breakfasts in Dublin would highly recommend a visit as you can aso see the historic Ár Thóir na Saoirse (On The Road To Freedom) which deals with Irish history from the 1916 rising to the Irish civil war in 1922. You will find famous artifacts such as the Ardagh Chalice and the Tara Brooch.

St Patrick's Cathedral
Standing on the oldest Christian site in Dublin, St Patrick's Cathedral is of historic importance and a mojor attraction for Ireland tourism. In days gone by converts where said to be Baptised in a well close by to St. Patricks Dublin City. Since 450 AD the site has been of historic importance and the present church replaced the original building in 1191, where it became the largest church in Ireland. Some of the former presidents of Ireland have Memorials erected in their honor in the Cathedral, famous presidents such as Jonathan Swift, Erskine Childers and Douglas Hyde are all represented here.

The Hugh Lane Gallery
Funded by Dublin Corporation to host private collections of the famous art collector Sir Hugh Lane. some works of distinction by Monet, Degas, Manet and Renoir are on display here. In recent times the Francis Bacon's Reece Mews studio was newly acquired by the Hugh Lane with its faithful reconstruction of this unorthadoxed artists unique insight.

Dvblinia Heritage Centre
An interactive experience of Medieval Dublin in the former Synod hall of the Church of Ireland that takes you throughaa Journey Through Time with an audio tour (available in five languages) and takes you through colourful moments of Dublin's history. A major attraction here is a scaled model of Medieval Dublin and numerous life-sized reconstructions, one of the most famous being a 15th Century merchant's kitchen. Christ Church Cathedral is linked by a bridge at the top of St Michael's Tower to the Dvblinia experience. Dublin tourism is proud to show its visitors such unique heritage during a visit to a Dublin accommodation.

Dublin Civic Museum
The Dublin civic museum was once the city assembly house and is run by Dublin Public Libraries. There are pre-viking displays right through to the 1960's insight into Dublin its heritage, culture and history. There is a permanent collection that displays on subjects such as the Streets of dublin and its Buildings , its Traders and Industry, its Transport system and its Political heritage.

Dublin Writers Museum
Opened in 1991 the Dublin Writers Museum's purpose is to provide a place for Dublin's illustrious literary tradition and its history. Some interesting features are some of personal items, of famous literary figures including: Johnathon Swift, James Joyce, WB Yeats and Beckett. There are some out-of-print books in the bookstore with really interesting works which are not to be found in the general public.

The Dublin Experience
In Trinity College, "the dublin experience" is a major multi-media audio-visual show that uses state of the art, cutting edge modern techniques to tell Dublin's story. Dramatic script combined with stunning photographs and enthralling music combines to give tourists visiting Dublin an unprecedented view of Dublin. People who have stayed in the Maples House Hotel in Dublin city center have spoken of the Dublin experience and its excellence, maybe you will to!

Christ Church Cathedral
The bells of Christ Church have been ringing out since the 1400s on a regular basis for services and events in Dublin City, Ireland. There is a 12th century crypt amongst its treasures and some stunning examples in the cathedral of parish silver in Dublin.

Smithfield Village
There is a 360 degree view of Dublin from the Chimney tour in Smithfield village where one can see from the Dublin mountains to Dublin bay. A glass walled lift takes you to the skyline where you can experience a clear view of the Spire in Dublin City center and the architecture of Dublin from up high.

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