Dublin has many fine and quite affluent suburbs. A walk around some them on a nice day is well worth your time as many are home to some of Ireland's finest victorian architecture. Some are easily navigated by foot and are dotted with many fine upmarket delicatessans and Boutiques. Examples include Donnybrook and Ballsbridge - the 46A bus goes through Donnybrook and the 7 through Ballsbridge, and both routes have several stops in the north and south city centre. Ballsbridge is Dublin's embassy district and is home to two of Ireland's most expensive roads, Ailesbury Roadv and Shrewsbury Road which is the 6th most expensive road in the world.
Ballsbrige is also home to The Royal Dublin Society(RDS) which promotes and develops agricultre, arts, industry and science in Ireland. It hosts many concerts and also showcases the annual Show Jumping Competition, a major entertainment event. You can approach Ballsbridge via 'Herbert park' opposite Donnybrook Village and visa-versa.
Dalkey and Killiney(proper) which lie on the southern most tip of Dublin are two other upmarket neighbourhoods. Dalkey (which is often jokingly referred to as 'bel-eire') is home to such celebrities as Bono, Lisa Stansfield and Enya. A walk up Vico Road to take in the view is a must-do. Killiney Hill is also very beautiful, offering panoramic views of the surrounding Dublin Mountains. These areas are best approached by the DART, which runs along the coast and has three main stops in the city centre.
Blackrock, accessible by the bus and DART, is also worth a visit. This village is home to many great restaurants and cafes, but don't be put off the dated and service orientated Temple Road. From the Village walk across Temple Road to get to The UCD (University College Dublin) Blackrock campus. The area is surrounded by some lovely leafy roads including Avoca Avenue and a stroll around Carrysfort park with a coffee is a good way to relax. Blackrock can also be approached by foot from Newtown Park Avenue on White's Cross, Foxrock. This tree-covered residential hill offers (on a nice day) beautiful views across Howth Head.
Ranelagh is also worth visiting, and is accessible by the Green Luas Line. It is a short walk from Donnybrook village so any buses serving Donnybrook will leave you close to Ranelagh. The village is small but affluent and has several critically acclaimed eateries.
Sandymount,a coastal suburb no more than 2 miles south of the City Centre,is another quite affluent area with a park and some fine Restaurants. it is also the birthplace of W.B Yeats.The suburb along with its strand also appear prominently in James Joyce's Ulysses.
Be sure also to go North of The Liffey to Malahide and Howth. The latter is also home to a handful of Irish celebrities including Gay Byrne and Dolores O'Riordan. Climbing the Ben of Howth, a 171m high hill on Howth Head on a fine day is well worth your time.
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