The Merrion, Dublin’s best address, is redesigning the way its guests get to see the city, with a custom-made bicycle tour around Dublin’s best-loved sights – as recommended by The Merrion’s staff, and specially created by Dublin City Bike Tours.
From June 2013, The Merrion will tempt guests away from its blossoming courtyard gardens and elegant Georgian Drawing Rooms to while away a couple of hours with a leisurely cycle ride around the stunning sights and attractions the city has to offer.
The Merrion’s charming bicycles will come complete with Merrion helmets, tote bags, rain macs – just in case – and an optional delicious home-made Merrion picnic tucked in the basket.
The private, tailor-made tours of Dublin will move from Upper Merrion Street through the Georgian streets of old Dublin. Along the way will be stops at Dublin Castle, and Trinity College, for a dose of Irish history – just as riders please.
Pedal power will whizz cyclists along the Grand Canal Cycleway, stopping to feed the ducks and share a bench with the statue of Patrick Kavanagh – one of the foremost poets of the 20th century, and a favourite spot recommended by Head Concierge Sean Lally.
After sharing the fruits of the picnic basket – perhaps on St Stephen’s Green – there is St Patrick’s Cathedral to see, and the narrow streets of Portobello, spotting the birthplace of George Bernard Shaw along the way.
Other sights can include Temple Bar, and the shops of Grafton Street, before returning to The Merrion to relax with a glass of wine in the Cellar Bar, or supper in the Cellar restaurant.
Guests will fall into bed in a luxurious Garden Wing room, with full Irish breakfast the following morning.