While Dublin is a charming, cosmopolitan city that's ideal for chic city breaks, it's also a fantastic destination for adrenalin junkies. If you want to get your blood pumping while in the Irish capital you won't be short of exciting activities to choose from.
On two wheels
A particularly great way to combine outdoor activities with a spot of sightseeing, however, is to go on one of the numerous available bike tours of the city. In doing so, you'll get the chance to see some of Dublin's most breathtaking landmarks up close while working up a sweat.
The length and intensity of your ride and the attractions you pass vary depending on which route and tour operator you choose, but it's possible to pick excursions that take you past the historic St Patrick's Cathedral (which was built in honour of Ireland's patron saint) and Dublin Castle. The latter dates back to 1204 and, once your ride is over, it's worth heading back here so you can explore its state rooms, gardens, museums and the medieval undercroft.
Dublin's coastal location also makes it a perfect place for watersports enthusiasts to try their hand an array of activities. Visit Wakedock, which is situated in the city's docklands district, and you can have a go at cable wakeboarding.
Here, you are pulled along the water by a cable – rather than a boat as is the case with traditional wakeboarding – that you control as you make your way through a course. This is widely regarded as being a better way for beginners to get to grips with the sport, while it also enables advanced riders to practice a range of tricks with ease.
Elsewhere, you can visit the Surfdock watersports centre – which is located in the Grand Canal Basin – to learn everything from windsurfing and kayaking to stand up paddleboarding and kitesurfing.
If you have a head for heights, you should visit the Awesome Walls Climbing Centre. Located in the Finglas suburb of the city, this is one attraction that really lives up to its name. In fact, it is one of the biggest indoor climbing centres in Europe! Featuring over 200 routes and more than 2,000 sq m of climbing surface, you really won't be short of areas for you to scramble up.
Don't worry if you've never tried rock climbing before. There are always qualified instructors on hand to show you the ropes and a number of exciting classes are available for those who want to hone their climbing skills.
With so many brilliant sports and activities to choose from, it's a good idea to book yourself in one of Dublin's numerous luxury hotels so that, after a day full of adrenalin-pumping adventure, you can relax in comfort and enjoy a well-earned rest.