Dublin can feel really crowded at times with sold out tickets to main attractions or long queues forming at their entrance. I have to admit it myself, I prefer to visit something less known and enjoy a carefree holiday than having to queue hours at a major monument, eye on the watch, painfully aware that I’m running out of time.
Centuries old castles, world renowned gardens, outdoor activities are waiting for you just outside Dublin if you dare to look a bit further afield. Thanks to a combination of cheap public transport, not-so-cheap-but-still-affordable private coaches and day tours, the region around Dublin is easily and quickly accessible, making it perfect for a day trip outside the Irish capital.
Sometimes it is just as good to escape to the country and breathe!
Explore Powerscourt Gardens
In Co. Wicklow, south of Dublin, Powerscourt Gardens has been voted the world’s third most beautiful gardens by the National Geographic. Stroll around 47 acres of scenic landscaped gardens dominated by an impressive 18th century country house. The whole thing is just awfully romantic!
Escape to Glendalough
Translated as “the Valley of the Two Lakes”, Glendalough in Co. Wicklow is one of those picture-perfect places that you can’t wait to go back to. It is well-known for its monastic settlement and picturesque Round Tower that attracts countless visitors every year.
Visit Malahide Castle
Take A Walk From Bray To Greystones
A 7 km coastal path between the sleepy seaside towns of Bray and Greystones in Co. Wicklow offers scenic views of the Irish Sea. At a slow pace the distance can be covered in just 90 minutes so take your time and enjoy the view!
Chill Out in Skerries
The well-kept seaside town of Skerries in Co. Fingal is the perfect place to relax. After a dip at the beach (a sandy beach, not pebble!), head to the cafes and restaurants or visit the town’s beautiful windmills. At the outskirts of the town can be found Ardgillan Castle and its beautiful gardens.
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