You are on a city trip to Dublin? Definitely worth it, but sometimes it's nice to get out of town.
Here are a few travel tips for Dublin for day trips close by:
To the north, nine miles from the city centre (still marked by 18th century milestones), the peninsula of Howth is very nice for a walk. Just take the bus or DART (€3.60 return from Connolly Station) out to Howth and walk around the cliffs! The whole tour takes about 2-3 hours. It is most beautiful in Aug/Sept when the heather bathes the cliffs in red. There is also a boat that departs from Howth harbour that goes out to the island off the coast called Ireland's Eye. You can visit it and the monolithic ruins on it for a very reasonable price and if you're lucky you might be able to get the island to yourself. The King Sitric fish restaurant at the harbor serves freshly caught fish, as do many other local restaurants.
- Bull Island and St. Anne's Park.
The two largest municipal parks. One is nearly 5 km beach and a major habitat for birds and wild animals. The other, the former Guinness family home estate, has ponds, follies, walks and a world-famous Rose Garden, as well as a coffee shop and artists' studios.
Daytrips to the surrounding Counties:
The Bru na Boinne megalithic tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth are the most important archaeological sites in Ireland and are listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The site is located 50 km north of Dublin on the banks of the Boyne.
within easy reach to the south of Dublin, is known as 'the garden of Ireland' and has good hill-walking and some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Dublin Bus route number 65 serves the pictueresue lakeside town of Blessington in the North-West corner of the county for approx. €2.20 fare. Journey takes about 50 mins. For maps and route details of walks in the Wicklow Hills, see for example www.wicklowwalks.com
directly west Of Dublin city. The Curragh racecourse is in County Kildare, south west of Dublin, about 50 km from the city. The K Club in Kildare was the venue for the 2006 Ryder Cup in golf.
boasts some fine architecture - with its courthouse from the mid 1800s and its Cathedral which was completed in 1833.
is located one hour southwest of Dublin - Portlaoise has a cobbled main street with independent eateries, Georgian architecture and small pubs. The county is dotted with sleepy villages, slow-moving rivers and rolling hills.
Ireland's Medieval Capital, is a bustling heritage city with a thriving arts scene. 1 hour and 40 minutes by train from Dublin.