A Drimnagh Castle Focused Dublin Day Out

Drimnagh Castle in Crumlin
Ireland is a country filled with castles dating back hundreds of years and this lends a certain charm to the country. We discovered that there is even a castle hidden in plain sight within Dublin City: Drimnagh Castle. Drimnagh Castle is situated in Crumlin about 45 minutes from Dublin City Centre by Dublin Bus. This one day in Dublin itinerary focuses on a day trip to Drimnagh Castle. Read on for more about lovingly restored Drimnagh Castle and other things to do around Dublin that you can combine into a perfect one day itinerary.

About This Drimnagh Castle Day Trip Itinerary

One Day in Dublin City Itinerary Rating: Intermediate
This Dublin day out itinerary is recommended for people with the following interests: art, history, food, non-touristy experiences

Drimnagh Castle Day Trip Itinerary in Brief

  1. Sit down to a healthy breakfast at Gertrude
  2. Take Dublin Bus to Dublin Citywest
  3. Tour Drimnagh Castle inside and out
  4. Eat lunch including fresh baked goods at Farmhouse Cafe on Long Mile Road
  5. Visit IMMA, Ireland's Museum of Modern Art, and walk the formal garden
  6. Save the pub stop for later and grab cake and kombucha at IMMA's cafe
  7. Combine dinner and drinks with a tour of Rascal's Brewery HQ in Inchicore
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    Gertrude on Pearse Street straddling Dublin City and Grand Canal Dock is the perfect place to start this day trip. Indulge in a wintery spiced porridge with yogurt and plum compote or granola and oat toast. Splurge on a bottomless cup of 3FE coffee.
    Breakfast at Gertrude in Dublin

    The Dublin Bus stop served by the 56a and 77a buses is just one block away from Gertrude across from Pearse Square Park. Board the bus and after about 40 minutes disembark at the Drimnagh stop and walk 7 minutes through the grounds of a local secondary school run by the Christian Brothers to reach Drimnagh Castle. Drimnagh Castle is run by volunteers and is open weekdays only from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. On Fridays, the castle closes at 12:30.
    Drimnagh Castle in Dublin
    Drimnagh Castle has a proper moat and it's actually filled with water. Drimnagh is believed to be the only castle in Ireland with a flooded moat in modern times! Drimnagh Castle features a restored formal 17th century French-style walled garden filled with herbs like bay, sage, and lavender. There's even a fairy door that was added as part of the castle restoration.

    Guided tours of Drimnagh Castle run on the hour and cost 6 EUR per adult. The walled garden is open to the public for free (with a donation box at the entrance should you feel moved to lend your support). The tour of the castle was fascinating and is chock full of history from Norman to Medieval times. At one point, Drimnagh Castle was owned by dairy farmers and then fell into ruin in the mid 20th century. Drimnagh Castle was restored to its former glory by a group of passionate volunteers.
    Dublin's Drimnagh Castle
    The roof in the main hall of Drimnagh Castle is a restoration but done using Medieval techniques. The skilled craftspeople and others involved in the restoration have their likenesses carved into the structure--a nice touch.
    Inside Drimnagh Castle on a guided tourInside Drimnagh Castle on a guided tour
    The tour concludes with a walk around the back of Drimnagh Castle and features an informal garden that volunteers used to use to teach youth dry stonewalling techniques (building stone walls) common in the West of Ireland. There is also a very prolific apple tree.

    Concluding our visit to Drimnagh Castle, we walked down Long Mile Road heading for a nearby Luas stop. On the way, we stumbled upon Farmhouse Cafe about a 5 minute walk from Drimnagh Castle. Focusing on fresh produce from their farm and fresh baked bread, the cafe looked amazing and we just had to stop for lunch. We started with a pot of tea to warm up after our Drimnagh Castle tour. A Farmhouse croque with Irish chicken, bacon jam, cheddar, and bechamel sauce with a cup of vegetable soup followed. We even ordered a homemade mince pie for later.
    Dublin in a day: Farmhouse Cafe on Long Mile Road near Drimnagh Castle
    After lunch, we spent the afternoon at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), an art gallery situated in the historic Royal Kilmainham Hospital. We were even treated to some pretty amazing rainbows after a brief rainstorm. General admission to IMMA is free with an added 8 EUR fee to visit any special exhibits.
    Rainbow over Royal Kilmainham Hospital
    Save the pub stop included in all my Dublin one day itineraries for later and sit down at IMMA cafe for carrot cake and kombucha. IMMA Cafe even serves Silverskin coffee, the best locally-roasted coffee in Ireland in my opinion.
    Carrot cake and Kombucha at IMMA Cafe in Dublin
    Take a walk in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham's formal gardens. I love the contrast between the classical sculptures and modern glass buildings of Dublin Citywest beyond.
    Formal gardens at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
    Take a brisk 30 minute walk from IMMA to Rascal's HQ in Inchicore for your pub stop, dinner, and evening entertainment rolled into one. We grabbed a pre-tour glass of beer including creatively named and hoppy Ugly Christmas Jumper and Third Circle Brew's Raspberry and Blackberry Brett Series which was fruity and just slightly sour.
    Neon sign over the bar at Rascal's HQ Brewery in Inchicore
    We enjoyed touring Rascal's craft beer brewery. We splurged on Rascal's Premium Brewery Tour for 20 EUR per person. We got to see different parts of the beer-making process illustrated on colorful street art-inspired panels.
    Touring Rascal's Brewery in DublinColorful signs explaining the beer brewing process at Rascal's HQ
    Now for the best part: the beer tasting! We sampled some special brews with crusty flat bread including Peanut Butter Brown, Blackhorse Stout, Old Fashioned, and an Elderberry Sour. The Peanut Butter Brown was my favorite. It tasted like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in a glass.
    Beer tasting platter at Rascal's HQ in Inchicore Dublin
    There you have it, a super-fun day out exploring off-the-beaten path places around Dublin.

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    • Leisurely: No need to get up super-early to start this itinerary which is always good if you experienced a little too much of Dublin's famous craic the night before. Take your time exploring the sights on these itineraries or take detours that you discover on your own in the process of following my suggestions.
    • Intermediate: You should be able to comfortably fit in the activities recommended even if you don't get an early start. There is a fair amount of walking involved in these itineraries to get from place to place.
    • Ambitious: Lots to see plus a lot of walking. Make sure to get an early start or you won't make it to everything on the list.
    The perfect formula for a day out in Dublin City includes: breakfast/coffee, morning activities, lunch, afternoon activities, a pub stop, dinner, and evening fun.

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