A festival aimed at highlighting Dublin 8 as one of the country’s top cultural destinations will return for it’s third year next weekend.

‘Culture Date with Dublin 8’ will run from Saturday May 18 until Sunday May 19, and will see over 30 free and specially curated events taking place across some of Dublin’s top historical landmarks including Kilmainham Gaol, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

The festival aims to encourage people who are living, working and visiting the area to discover the hidden gems of the locality.  

This year, visitors can explore an ancient crypt and get a chance to ring the bells of Christ Church Cathedral, enjoy an outdoor concert in the temple at Goldenbridge Cemetery or be transported back to World War 1 with theatrical re-enactments at the National War Memorial Gardens.

For children, Marsh’s Library will be hosting a LEGO® Minifigures treasure hunt of historical writers, and Richmond Barracks will hold a workshop in local Biodiversity.

The festival’s organiser Grace McEvoy is encouraging visitors to come and be inspired.

McEvoy told Dublin Gazette: “From medieval history to modern art, Dublin 8 is home to some of Ireland’s richest cultural and heritage sites. If you have never rung the bells in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral or visited the crypt in Christ Church this is an opportunity for both locals and visitors to the area to come and experience something truly inspiring. Tours that you would usually pay for will be free and museums will allow access to areas that would usually be off limits to the public”.

All the events are free but booking may be required. The programme has expanded this year and includes several new heritage sites.

The full schedule of events is available on the festival’s website: www.culturedatewithdublin8.ie