Dublin, has a rich history, a vibrant culture, charming streets, great eateries and is a city begging to be explored. And what better way to do so than on a city bike? Whether you're a local or a visitor, cycling through the city opens up a world of hidden gems and unique experiences. So grab a few friends, hop on you bikes and let us guide you through some of the best routes, bike-friendly cafe stops, and tips for safely locking your bike while you explore the heart of the Irish capital.
The Perfect Dublin Bike Route.
Dublin boasts a variety of cycling routes suitable for all levels of riders. Here's a suggested route to uncover the city's hidden gems:Starting Point: Phoenix Park
Begin your adventure at Phoenix Park, one of the largest city parks in Europe with much to see and explore. Cycle along the tranquil tree-lined paths, the main road through the park, Chesterfield Avenue, is lined with a protected bike lane making it a safe and enjoyable ride. Take in the stunning views of Dublin's skyline and the majestic herd of wild deer and stop off for a well-deserved coffee at Ashtown Castle Visitors Centre.
Next Stop its off to Dublin Zoo
A short ride from Ashtown Castle Visitors Centre will bring you to Dublin Zoo, a fantastic family-friendly stop. It's an ideal place to explore, especially with kids.
Soak up some of Irelands history at Kilmainham Gaol
Heading towards Kilmainham from the Zoo will only take you about 10 minutes on bike. Here you'll find the historic Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison turned museum. Take a guided tour to learn about its significant role in Irish history.
A short stroll away is The Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Just 5 minutes away on the bike is The Royal Hospital Kilmainham. A masterpiece of architecture and hosts various art exhibitions and houses the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Cycling Along the Liffey
Continue your journey by cycling along the River Liffey, most of which now provides for protected cycle lanes. Enjoying the riverside views and the charming Samuel Beckett Bridge.
Stop at Smithfield Square, a bustling urban square with a mix of modern and traditional architecture. It's home to the Jameson Distillery, which offers whiskey tours.
St. Michan's Church
Explore the crypts of St. Michan's Church and see the mummies that have rested there for centuries.
Smithfield to Temple Bar
Cycle through the cobbled streets of Temple Bar, Dublin's cultural quarter. The Temple Bar Food Market is an excellent spot to grab a bite to eat.
Merrion Square Park
End your bike journey at Merrion Square Park, a lush, green oasis in the heart of Dublin.
Bike-Friendly Cafe Stops
Cycling can work up quite an appetite, here are some of our suggestions of bike friendly cafes and eateries to take in on your journey.
- Love Supreme. Located in Stoneybatter, Love Supreme serves fantastic coffee and light bites, and they even have bike racks outside.
- 3fe Coffee, in the heart of the city on Grand Canal Street. 3fe Coffee is a popular spot for cyclists and always has bikes outside. They offer delicious coffee and a selection of pastries.
- Brother Hubbard, this charming cafe on Capel Street is known for its excellent food and coffee. They also have bike racks available.
Safety Tips for Your Bike
While Dublin is generally a safe city for cycling, it's essential to take precautions:
- Lock Your Bike Securely: Invest in a good-quality lock to deter thieves. Many public places offer bike racks, so use them when available. Check out our range of bike locks HERE.
- Use Multiple Locks: Using multiple locks can be an extra layer of security.
- Park in Well-Lit Areas: When leaving your bike, choose well-lit, busy areas to reduce the risk of theft.
- Register Your Bike: Consider registering your bike with BikeRegister.com. This can be a helpful step if your bike is ever stolen.
We would always recommend that you insure your bike, there is nothing like peace of mind if the worst should happen. Currently there is a great deal to be had with Bike to Work and Bikmo bike insurance, find out more HERE.
Exploring Dublin's hidden gems on a city bike is not only a fun and eco-friendly way to see the city but also an excellent opportunity to discover the less-trodden paths and attractions that make Dublin a unique and vibrant place. So, hop on a bike, enjoy the ride, and uncover the magic of Dublin.
All our bikes are available to purchase with the Bike to Work scheme, see more HERE.