Here are some interesting things you might like to do along the Grand Canal………
1. Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre
This is great for learning about how a canal lock works and also to find out some of the history of The Grand Canal. It is located in Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2.
It’s open from April to October from 10am – 6pm.
Tel: 01 6777510 or www.waterwaysirelandvisitorcentre.org
2. Walk and Talk along the Grand Canal
Join Dublin City Council’s “Let’s walk and talk” Group. The meeting point is outside The Barge Pub at Charlemont Mall, Dublin 6. It’s every Tuesday at 2pm. http://www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-community-community-and-social-development-service/lets-walk-and-talk
3. Cruise and Dine your way along The Grand Canal
La Peniche, a beautifully restored barge offers delicious food and canal cruising.
This barge is normally moored at Mespil Rd. Tel: 087 7900077 or www.lapeniche.ie
4. Irish Village Markets
Have some delicious hot food and excellent coffee while listening to a live saxaphone player. This market is on at Mespil Rd every Thursday from 11am – 2pm and every Friday at Percy Place from 11am – 2pm.
www.irishvillagemarkets.ie Tel: 01 2841197
5. Windsurf, kayak or Sail on The Grand Canal
Surfdock offer all these opportunities and more. They’re located at The Grand Canal Dockyard, Sth Dock Rd, Ringsend, Dublin 4. www.surfdock.ie Tel: 01 6683945
6. Guided Bicycle Tours:
Friendly Guides giving tours of the Grand Canal and surrounding areas and great quality bikes are offered by Dublin By Bike Tours
www.dublinbybike.ie or Tel: Ronan at 086 837 5955
7. Join a Community Clean Up Group
If you’d like to spend a little time in the company of fellow Grand Canal enthusiasts, then why not head along to one of the regular Clean Ups.
Friends of The Grand Canal meet at Leeson St. Bridge (on the city side at a canal bench) on the First Saturday of every month from 10am to noon. They pick up litter and finish with coffee compliments of Starbucks. No need to bring anything but your enthusiasm and no need to phone anyone either. Just show up! If you’d like to be added to their e-mail list, contact Stephanie Dooley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Canal Biodiversity and Clean-up Group work between Sally’s Bridge and Herberton road. They meet at Dolphin’s Barn bridge on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 1pm and work through to 2.30pm. If you are interested in participating in their clean ups check their group on Facebook: Grand Canal Biodiversity and Clean-up Group
8. Viking Splash Tours
Take an amphibious tour around historic Dublin and then into the the Grand Canal Basin. Cruises depart St. Stephen’s Green. www.vikingsplash.ie
9. Join the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland
This is a highly organised group of boating and canal enthusiasts. They have regular meetings, work parties, historical talks, boat training courses etc.
10. Walk the Grand Canal Way
This is a beautiful, not to mention FLAT(!) 130 km walk along the Grand Canal from The Grand Canal Basin at Ringsend to Shannon Harbour.
www.irishtrails.ie or www.grandcanalhike.org
11. Hire a Boat
If you’re interested in hiring a boat for an idyllic and relaxing holiday on the water Dublin Barge Hire provide self-catering cruises operating out of Grand Canal Dock. For information on the hire of boats outside of Dublin then visit this webpage where you will find a full listing of all the boat hire companies available on the inland waterways.
For corporate functions or dinner parties the MV Cadhla is available to hire. Visit www.canalboatrestaurant.com for further details.