Dublin, Ireland's capital, is a city of winding streets, world-class culture and Viking history — the perfect destination for a tailor-made incentive itinerary, conference or meeting. There's no better vantage point on this European destination than one of its spectacular rooftop venues; the ideal spot for networking sessions, post-conference drinks or an indulgent afternoon tea with colleagues.
As the global business tourism industry pauses activity to recover from the international health crisis, planners around the world are taking this time to research their next business tourism event. Let our virtual tour of five iconic Dublin rooftops inspire you and provide an insider's glimpse into the life of a city.
1. Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar
The Guinness Storehouse
— Dublin’s premier tourist attraction and a popular venue for meetings and incentives alike — is located in the heart of the city; the jewel in its crown is undoubtedly the Gravity Bar. Through floor-to-ceiling glass walls, patrons of the Gravity Bar have a toucan’s eye view from the Dublin Mountains to Howth Head. The chance to savour a perfectly poured, expertly chilled pint of Guinness in the home of the black stuff — while admiring unbeatable 360-degree views of the city — is truly unforgettable and a worthy part of any conference or itinerary programme.
2. Croke Park Skyline Tour
If your group includes sports fans, there is no better rooftop to visit than Croke Park’s — the home of Irish Gaelic Games and Europe’s third largest stadium. At 17 storeys high, the rooftop walkway is Dublin’s highest open-viewing platform and offers thrilling panoramic views of the main city landmarks. Enthusiastic tour guides are also on hand to share local stories and the city’s heartfelt history. With five viewing platforms at dizzying heights, this is the perfect incentive activity to get the adrenaline pumping.
3. Afternoon Tea on the Fitzwilliam Hotel Terrace
For a chance to bond and catch up over a luxurious afternoon tea, look no further than the Fitzwilliam Hotel — one of Dublin’s most beautiful and centrally located hotels, overlooking St. Stephen's Green. The venue hosts a delightful afternoon tea on their rooftop terrace; here guests can enjoy the same culinary delights on offer at the hotel, but with fresh air and a uniquely Irish vista over Dublin’s most famous park as its accompaniment.
4. Sophie's at The Dean
Known as the glasshouse restaurant, where the weather is their wallpaper, it’s hard to beat breakfast, lunch or dinner at Sophie’s. Perched atop The Dean Hotel, it boasts an eclectic menu that fuses New York, Italian and Irish cuisine, with fresh food delivered daily. The ambience blends seamlessly from casual afternoons with hearty brunches to signature cocktails in the buzzing evenings. The stunning terrace offers citywide views, with sun loungers available when it’s warm outside and both blankets and heaters when it’s chilly.
5. Marker Hotel Rooftop Bar
Known as one of the most stylish hotels in the city, The Marker’s rooftop bar does not disappoint — and conveniently can be privately hired for over 50 guests. Located on the seventh floor, the bar and terrace effortlessly blend indoor and outdoor space and providing a 360° view of the city, from the Docklands to the Irish Sea. The terrace offers an unforgettably atmospheric setting for a sunset cocktail, or a meal that will showcase the best of Irish produce.
Why not let the rooftops of Dublin spark your imagination, as you gear up for a return to business and plan your next MICE event? Contact a member of the Meet in Ireland team today to access more comprehensive advice and support.