If you are planning to travel to Dublin and want to enjoy a luxury experience in the city, here are our pick of the best things to do to make your experience feel first class. You can spruce up every part of your trip, including dining, places to visit and accommodation.

1. Botanic Gardens

Located on the North side of Dublin, The Botanic Gardens are an oasis of calm and beauty in an otherwise bustling city. The gardens are the ideal places for a leisurely stroll (weather dependent) and a great place to learn about the important collections of plant species and cultivars from all over the world. The centerpiece of the garden is the beautifully restored historic glasshouses dotted throughout. There is a great selection of art pieces, sculptures, sundials, and the rose garden gives a real feel of luxury.

2. Afternoon Tea Bus

While afternoon tea is available in many hotels in Dublin, try dining with a difference on the afternoon tea bus tour with Vintage Tea Tours. With this unique experience, you can enjoy the timeless experience of a luxury afternoon tea, without the stuffy surrounds of a formal dining room. The bus meets in the city center and takes you on a tour while you enjoy an array of bite-sized favorites and all the tea you can drink! They also drive you into one of Europe’s largest city parks, the Phoenix Park, for a look at our version of the White House, Aras an Uachtarain.

3. Shopping in Powerscourt

If you’re sick of those cookie cutter high-street shops and are looking for somewhere where the shopping is unique and very high-class, visit Powerscourt Shopping Centre. Housed in a stunning Georgian building on the busy South William Street, there are over 40 shops and restaurants to choose from. The shops offer a variety of food, bars, arts and tours to beauty, fashion, jewelry and antiques with many of the suppliers being exclusively Irish. They specialise in all things wedding with everything from dresses to bespoke rings on display.

4. Whiskey Tasting Tours

Dublin has a reputation for producing some of Irelands finest export, Whiskey. There are new distilleries popping up all over the city (Teelings, Peirce Lyons) to complement the tried and trusted brands like Jameson and all within walking distance from each other. When you opt for a tour with Dublin Whiskey Tours, you’ll not only learn exactly what goes into distilling the perfect blend, but you’ll get to taste an array of Dublin’s finest whiskey from a variety of distilleries. 

5. Dun Laoghaire Harbour 

A short stroll through this affluent suburb ending at the end of the picturesque Dun Laoghaire Pier really is the height of luxury in Dublin. You can enjoy a walk with ice cream or if you fancy something more exciting, try stand-up paddle boarding in the ocean. For an extra special experience, book a cruise with Dublin Bay Cruises who have regular trips between Dún Laoghaire, the City Centre, and Howth each day. If you want to enjoy an evening on the ocean, they now offer a luxury cheese and wine cruise so you can enjoy the city from a new perspective.

6. Trinity College

Another location in Dublin that’s free to visit but is so beautiful and old you’ll feel like you’re in the lap of luxury. Trinity College is Irelands leading university and has an expansive and ornate campus. The Book of Kells – an 8th century illuminated gospel – is on display in the college’s library, which is also Ireland’s largest collection of classic bound historic books and busts. The library looks like a scene straight from Beauty and the Beast and you could get lost among the pages of the huge collection.


If you’re looking for luxury accommodation without the huge price tag, IMI Residence is your ideal hotel accommodation in Dublin. Whether you are here for business or leisure, IMI Residence is in the perfect location. If you would like access to our exclusive special offers, make sure to book directly on our official website or with our friendly reservations staff.

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