Things To Do in Dublin: Discovery Trails

If you’re looking to find out all about Dublin and its history, then you might find their discovery trails are a great way of doing just that. While you’re on a trail, you’ll find out all about their culture, their history and how they dealt with a variety of different things over the centuries. For such a small area, Dublin is one of the most fascinating cities, both culturally and historically.

A two-hour journey of discovery

Discovery trails are usually around 2 hours long so make sure you have comfortable shoes. You’ll see a lot of Dublin’s most famous haunts, places such as Kilmainham Gaol, stunning architecture, and famous buildings such as Dublin Castle, Trinity College and the Garden of Remembrance. You’ll also get to understand their history, so you’ll view them with fresh eyes.

New additions, new adventures

There have been new additions to the trails, such as the retracing of the Easter Rising from 1916, six days of heart stopping rebellion, and then a journey that will take you through the past 1,000 years of Irish history looking at the Gaol, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham and the Irish National War Memorial Gardens.

Discovery trails are the best way of finding out Dublin’s eclectic history

By taking these walking trails you’re finding out some amazing bits of history and finding out things about Dublin you never knew or would never find out on any other more conventional trip around the city. Sometimes you might get the opportunity, on a whistle stop tour of Dublin, to visit maybe one or two famous monuments, but that’s only going to tell you half the story, by going on a discovery trail, you get so much more information covering a wider area.

You can test the discovery trail app https://www.visitdublin.com/the-dubline-trail which is completely free of charge. The walking trails are accessible to all and you can download it to all android devices or iOS. There’ll be audio guides with commentary to talk you through the sites, personal stories you can listen to, so you’ll feel more a part of the history and GPS-enabled maps that will help you cruise through the route which all have stops which are clearly marked.

Escape Dublin, for a discovery trail with a difference - one room, one hour to escape

Once you’ve completed your discovery trail finding out all about Dublin’s history, you’ll be ready to relax and unwind. There’s no better way to do that than by visiting us here at Escape Dublin, where you’ll be locked in a room for an hour. Err, why? Well in that time you’ll have to find your way out through a series of clues and puzzles cleverly hidden in a themed room of your choice – it’s the most unique game out there! There’ll be team work involved and you’ll have to think quickly, so why not give us a call and book your room and see if you have what it takes.

Things to Do in Dublin: Unique Activities

Planning on visiting Dublin soon? If so we’ve put together some unique activities for you to do while you’re here. Dublin is such a beautiful city, and it’s so important to make the most of your time here, so why not do something completely original and unique?

Irish Whiskey Distillery

Firstly, let’s start with a tour of an Irish whiskey distillery. However, this is a new one rather than an older more established distillery. It’s the Teeling, and its inches from its predecessor built in 1782. You won’t just find whiskey here, you’ll also find art exhibits, and of course you can tour the distillery and taste the whiskey yourself and see how it’s made.

Hell Fire Club

Next on the itinerary could be the scare of your life by visiting the Hell Fire Club. You’ll find the club on Montpelier Hill and was once the very place where dark arts where practised. You can tour the club, which is actually haunted by the way, and enjoy some scary stories and possible ghostly sightings. It’s a really unique way of seeing Dublin at night. Naturally it’s for adults only.

Father Pat Noise

Who was Father Pat Noise? He was in fact a catholic priest who died suspiciously after his carriage fell into the famous River Liffey. What’s even stranger is that this story isn’t even true, although there is a plaque in his name. You’ll find it on the O’Connell Bridge, and would you believe that actually, Father Pat Noise is an anagram for ‘Our Father.’ People have actually left flowers here. The plaque has remained as a jovial reminder of this convincing joke and you can visit yourself if you wish – and if you really feel the urge, you could even leave flowers.

Leprechaun Museum

And what would a visit to Dublin be without a visit to the Leprechaun museum. It’s in the middle of the city and it’s a fascinating look into mythology, fantasy and the cultural history around it. The stories around you are in chronological order and you’re bound to find the whole thing a fun and enjoyable way of spending time with your family.

Shopping in Dublin has to start at Grafton Street

There’s so much to see and do with great brands and chain stores and live music acts for you to enjoy while you shop and enjoy the city. When you’re tired and your feet are aching, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes in and around Grafton Street, so you can sit down and relax with a bite to eat.

Escape Dublin – A Unique Activity For Those Who Appreciate Something A Little Different

If you are looking for another unique activity to add to your list, why not come to Escape Dublin. You’ll have a great time. You and some friends or family will be locked in a room for an hour, and in order to escape you’ll need to work your way through some puzzles and clues you must solve in order to get out. If not, you lose, but what you do get is tremendous fun and quality time with friends – what’s more all the rooms have a unique recognisable theme, so you can really get lost in your imagination. Come on down, we can’t wait to see you!

Family Fun Activities in Ireland This Summer

It won’t be long now before the summer holidays are here and the children are home from school in the longest school holiday of the year. Question is, how do you keep them entertained? Thankfully, our guide today on family fun activities in Ireland will give you the heads up on where to go!

Bloom in the Park

This is a great event for the entire family, with outdoor entertainment and an area specially designed for the kids with lots of educational stuff. Bloom in the Park is held at Phoenix Park from May 31st to the 4th this year, so put that down on your list of places to go and things to do.

Baltimore Pirate Festival

So why not have a pirate festival to celebrate the summer. The children can dress up and they can visit O’Driscoll Castle, they’ll be entered into a competition to see who’s wearing the most impressive pirate outfit. There’s boat trips, treasure hunt and some seriously pirate themed bouncy castle plus some games to tire the kids out! It’s in mid-June from 15th to the 17th.

If you feel like taking the kids somewhere outdoors that’s more family orientated with the addition of beautiful landscapes and amazing views, then pay a visit to the Cliffs of Moher. Walk along the cliffs, take a look at the seascape and once you’ve had your fill of fresh air pay a visit to the Visitor’s Centre for some souvenirs. You could also take a look at the exhibit of The Atlantic Edge if you’re really into the cliffs and want to indulge your senses once more before leaving.

Lough Gur

Another outdoor venture to try is Lough Gur, it’s south of Limerick City where you’ll find a large stone circle, castle ruins and quite possibly one of the most fascinating archaeological areas. There’s plenty there to keep the kids occupied and fire up their imagination.

Ballyhoura Region

Again in County Limerick and further to the north is an area that’s extremely popular with mountain bikers and walkers, Ballyhoura Region, there’s also a Donkey Sanctuary which should prove a real success with the kids.

Wexford Maritime Festival

Finally, the Wexford Maritime Festival is a real celebration of its maritime heritage and there’s plenty of things to do for you and the kids. There’s artisan food, activities which are definitely maritime flavoured and plenty of arts and crafts, science workshops, dance and musical stuff, as well as fun circus workshops at the Children’s Village. There’s also a Viking tent where you can find out all about Wexford’s Viking history. Children can try their hand at some sword making and even some brass rubbing! It’s all happening on June 23rd – 24th.

Escape Dublin

For a really unique family day out why not come down to Dublin and experience our escape games. You’re all locked in a themed room and you need to find and then solve some cryptic clues and puzzles on in order to escape within the 60 minutes. Can you do it? If you don’t get it the first time, you can always visit us and try again. Book your room today!

Best Team Building Activities for Your Workplace

If you’ve put a team together to work on an important project you may find that perhaps they’re not getting on quite as well as you’d hoped. Maybe it’s a little awkward, you may have some candidates who are lively and responsive, while others are a little shy in coming forward.

Team building activities are a great way of getting your team to bond, break the ice and get to know each other better. It’s also a perfect opportunity for you to get see your team’s strengths and weaknesses so you can see where their best skills lie.

There are various ways in which you can do this, and it will usually involve people working in teams which are then split into more than one and pitted against each other. This isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, especially for those who are more prone towards introversion and shyness, but it can and does work. Team building exercises may sound off-putting, but once people take part in it they tend to let their guard down and join in.

It’s a Knockout

There are some places that have revived the game of It’s a Knockout, a game famous for the Royal Family’s involvement in later series and was famous throughout the 70s. This is a game where getting involved means getting wet and dirty, and taking part in a number of loud, silly games which will in all likelihood means there’ll be water and quite possibly foam.

Human Knot Game

Another one for consideration is the uniquely named Human Knot, which is a game of 10 to 20 people standing in a circle facing each other and grabbing each other’s hands randomly, they then have to detangle themselves without letting go of their hands. Communication and teamwork are what it’s all about, so they’ll need to make sure they talk to each other to figure it all out.

Boot Camp

A boot camp might sound a little too much like the armed forces, and that’s exactly who’s it’s run by, a bunch of ex-military who are more than happy to put your teams through their paces and really test them. They’ll get to learn how to escape and evade, some combat techniques and problem-solving.

Escape Games Dublin

And finally, of course we have Escape Dublin. This is a game of 60 minutes locked in a room with your teammates and you have to find your way out by solving a series of clues and puzzles which are hidden – so you have to find them first. All the rooms are themed, and these themes could be anything from witchcraft to casinos or Da Vinci, or how about a really spooky room like The Cabin?

If you fancy taking your corporate team out on a day’s team building activities then why not bring them to the most unique team building activity of all, here at Escape Dublin, where you’ll get a great welcome and a really good time to boot. So, come and book your room with us here at Escape Dublin.

Why Invest in Team Building Activities?

Team building activities may sound like a rather unappetising idea to some but it you’d be amazed at how useful it can be to create teamwork, bonding, and helping new staff members to break the ice and get to know their fellow team members before embarking on a new project.

Team Building can help you recognise new skills

It can also pay dividends in the long run in helping you to recognise their skills and character, so they can be utilised to best effect back in the workplace. Today, we show you why team building is such a worthwhile investment.

It can help with building morale

Teamwork helps build morale and by socialising, colleagues become friends and friends are easier to work with. If you use team building activities effectively, you’ll see a difference in your team.

Work performance can improve.

Teamwork activities, such as our escape games in Dublin help to boost team performance and help improve work performance. After your team have completed their activities, you’ll find they’ll have a better understanding of each other’s weaknesses, strengths and hobbies. This will in turn help them to do their job better helping to evolve the business and take it to the next step.

Improved communication skills

You’ll also find that team building activities help foster good communication because by getting to know each other better, they communicate with each other better. Our games require problem solving and cryptic puzzles to work out, and this will involve them communicating with each other throughout. If they don’t, they’ll never leave the room in time.

Breaking the ice and helping out the shy ones

It’ll also help tap into any hidden potential, you may find certain employees have skills you didn’t even know they had, perhaps they didn’t know it either! Any ice breaking will get done in a day, rather than taking months for team members with a propensity for shyness to get to know everyone else. If you have a project in mind this can make things very awkward.

Conflict resolution

If there’s any conflict, then a team building activity can help to diffuse it nicely, where team members can iron out their differences in a more congenial atmosphere before returning to work.

Convinced of the benefits of team building activities yet?

If so, why not try Escape Dublin? Your team will spend a day in the company of their colleagues locked in a room or rooms, depending on how many of you there are. Once they’re locked in they’ll have 60 minutes to get out, and in the rooms, (which are themed by the way), they’ll have to find and solve cryptic clues and puzzles. They may not get out in that hour, but that’s okay, because you can just bring them back another day. Not only will they have tremendous fun, they’ll also have a great time bonding together and discovering new skills. Give us a call and book your room and see how your team get on, you may even want to join in and try it yourself!

Things to do in Dublin: Indoors

So, when it’s raining, and the black clouds are looming how do you spend your time in Dublin? There’s an easy answer to that, because Dublin has so many things to do in doors that we can confidently say you’ll never be bored. Our post this week focuses on things to do in Dublin indoors, so if you’re lost for something to do, read on and find out where the best indoor places are for having fun.

Guinness, Nectar of The Gods

If you’ve organised a trip to Dublin and you don’t want to be constantly outdoors then one of the first ports of call is a trip to one of the most famous breweries in Europe, and probably the rest of the world. We’re talking about Guinness of course and it’s a great place to visit with an amazing history and full of stories of the famous black pint. You can book a tour before arriving and find out more about it as well as having a taste of this world-famous drink.

Books, Books and More Books

If you fancy a look around Trinity College then head for the Long Room where you’ll find a staggering number of books, and if books are your thing you’re in the right place. There’s well over 200,000 here and you’ll have a ball walking through at your own pace on the self-guided tour. There are signs everywhere and friendly staff on hand to answer any questions you may have.

An Archaeological Dream

The National Museum of Ireland is another must see for your trip to Dublin. This has everything from exhibitions to artefacts, with bog bodies, and some really fascinating Viking items with glass and ceramics which have been found in Ireland. If you love your history and archaeology, then this museum is definitely for you.

Accents of Relaxation

Why not head to the Accents Coffee and Tea Lounge once you’ve been on a few trips round Dublin and settle down in their lovely atmospheric café. There’s first class food and drink served in a relaxed area with superb interiors, couches for you to chill out on and friendly helpful staff.

Once You’re Feeling Refreshed Why Not Pay a Visit to Escape Dublin?

It’s one of the best, most unique indoor games in Dublin, and there’s plenty to keep you occupied. You and a group of friends are locked in a themed room where you’ll be looking everywhere for cryptic clues and doing some problem solving in order to get out, and you only have 60 minutes in which to do it. Which of our rooms would you take on first- EMCU trials or The Da Vinci Room? Do you have what it takes to escape with your sanity intact? There’s only one way for you to find out and that’s by coming down to see us and having a try yourself. Good luck we can’t wait to see you!

Things to Do in Dublin: This Christmas

Looking for things to do in Dublin this Christmas? If you’re spending time in Dublin over the festive period, then firstly: you’re very luck, second, there’s plenty to do in Dublin over Christmas, so you won’t be short of things to do.

We’ve come up with one or two things to get you started, so here’s to the Christmas season in Dublin, you’re bound to have a great time.

Lights and Atmosphere

If you love seeing the Christmas lights go up then Dublin city’s the place to be. They’re switched on in November and they’re pretty impressive with thousands of lights over a 15-metre tree, which you’ll find on O’Connell Street. From the lights to festivities that will kick of the Christmas season with carols and Christmas Markets. If you only look at the lights that’ll be enough to put you in a festive mood.

Smithfield Ice Rink

There’ll be an ice rink this year, after all, where would Christmas be without it? This year there’s also an Ice Igloo with food and crafts stalls, and there’ll Christmas Carol concerts with a workshop for Santa and of course his elves. Children will be able to paint their very own ginger bread men and meet Santa. What more could you possibly want at Christmas other than ginger bread men, ice igloos Santa and ice skating?

Pantos

There are two pantos in Dublin this year, and these are Rapunzel and Polly and the Beanstalk. It’s great for the children and there’s opportunity for interaction, fun and laughter, there’s no better way to celebrate the Christmas season. There’s also a Snowman’s Christmas Special at the Bord Gais Theatre on 16th & 17th December which should be great fun!

Christmas Markets

There’ll be some Christmas Markets of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without them. There’s the Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival from the 18th November to December 23rd with fireworks, food and gifts. There’s also the Docklands Christmas Festival with food, crafts gifts, and although dates and times have not yet been arranged, it’s going to be an amazing occasion for the family. There’s Clontarf which is the Red Stables Christmas Market too and that’s definitely one to look out for.

Temple Bar – Christmas On the Square

This is the Christmas Market of all Markets and it’s full of local art and crafts. There’s also a really impressive book market, which you’re going to love. So if you love books and you’re looking to get one for yourself or friends or family, then head down to the Temple Bar Christmas Market.

Escape Dublin

After you’ve shopped till you drop why not finish off with a visit to our escape games here in Dublin? You and some friends will be locked into a room with a theme of your choosing, you will then have to spend under 60 minutes to find cryptic clues and puzzles hidden away in different parts of the room in order to escape. Think you can do it? It’s the best kind of fun you could have – so why not have a go?

Why Team Building Is an Essential Investment for Your Organisation

Why is team building an essential investment for your organisation? We believe that you will get a high return on your investment, in teamwork, productivity and happier employees, that’s why it’s so highly recommended. Therefore, today we’re going to be discussing exactly that, and why you should be prepared to put your hands in your pocket and invest in your team.

Team Building Gets Results

If you go on a team building exercise whether in house or externally, you’re hoping to improve productivity and motivation, and the results can be staggering. It’s usually better to take your team out of the office and away from the office desk, and that way you can hopefully eliminate any barriers to having fun and bonding.

The results from team building exercises have had such great results in the past that large corporations are now utilising team building programmes into their training. By effective team building activities management you can help build communication skills, problem -solving and conflict resolution and help foster better working relationships and work patterns.

Team building exercises foster team spirit and motivation, collaboration, innovation and creativity, and helps build trust. If people are around those they trust, then they’re much more likely to work better, helping them to use their imagination. By building confidence they’ll be more prepared to put their ideas into action and discuss them with fellow workers, something they may have been reluctant to do before.

Team Building Activities

Team building activities can also help build trust among your team which in turn can help them improve working relationships and make it easier for them to take instruction, listen to each other’s ideas and get results. As they’re more willing to depend more on each other they can be more productive as a result.

Conflict Resolution and Communication

Is one area that improves with team building activities. Team building can help play a crucial role in easing any conflicts between workers by helping them to bond and to become more acquainted with each other’s characters. Through these types of activities communication improves as co-workers learn how to better communicate as they work on tasks which require teamwork.

As a result, once back in the work environment their ability to communicate is improved allowing them to function better and communicate their work needs, whatever it is they need to help them be more productive. This helps everyone and helps foster a healthier working environment.

Of course, you need the right kind of team building activities to get those productive juices flowing. And that’s where we come in

Escape Dublin – Team Building Activities To Help You Build That Dynamic Team

If you’re going to participate in a team building exercise you need to choose the right one, one that’s going to get the results you’re looking for. A team building activity where co-workers have to work together as a team, communicate, resolve conflict and work on their problem-solving skills.

And Escape Dublin has all of that. Yes, one themed room, 60 minutes to get out and a whole host of hidden cryptic clues and puzzles to help you find the way to freedom. Your team will need to find the clues, work them all out, and then free themselves from a room in under an hour. We believe Escape Dublin is a worthwhile investment for your organisation and we’re more than happy to discuss it if you’re thinking of booking one, or maybe even more than one, of our rooms. You won’t regret it.