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Dublin Off the Beaten Path

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Want to get off the main tourist trail and explore the lesser-known gems of Dublin and its surroundings? Follow my top local picks and discover a more authentic side of the city.

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  • Adventure seeker
  • Outdoors explorer
  • Peace and quiet seeker

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3 City Tips

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6 Places

Malahide Castle

Castles

Waterside Howth

St. Anne's Park, Dublin

Parks

Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks

Powerscourt Gardens and House

Historic Sites, Gardens, Waterfalls

Dublin Bus Tours

Bus tours

Darragh O's City Tips

  • Buy the 3-Day (72-hour) Freedom Ticket for great-value, unlimited travel on Dublin buses.
  • Dublin is expensive, so shop around!
  • Do not confuse Ireland and the UK, or you may offend some locals.
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    Malahide Castle
    Castles
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    Darragh O Says:

    Situated in north County Dublin, Malahide Castle and park is a serene getaway favoured by locals from all over the city. Dating back to the 12th century, the park is beloved by families, couples and outdoor lovers alike who come here to enjoy its rolling fields, sports pitches and playgrounds. Plus, the store and cafe near the rear of the park are incredibly popular, offering delicious dishes and charming gifts.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Everyone
    • History enthusiast
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • To get here, take bus #32 or #42. (It is quite far outside of the city centre, so although a taxi is another option, the fare won't come cheaply.)
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 3 attractions in Malahide
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing morning exploring Irish history 12/25/2014
    • Malahide Castle 12/21/2014
    • Malahide Castle
    Address:
    Back Road
    Malahide
    Ireland
    Phone:
    353-1-8169538
    Other:
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    Waterside Howth
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    Darragh O Says:

    Situated on Howth Head peninsula in the north of County Dublin, this bustling suburban town mixes its small, fishing-village origins with a modern twist, making it a popular day trip among locals. Start your exploration with a stroll along the harbour walkway to the lighthouse, which offers stunning views of Ireland's Eye island and the Irish Sea. Then stop off at Maud's for an ice cream, or pick up some of the best fish and chips around, from Beshoff's on the main street.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Everyone
    • History enthusiast
    • Hidden gem seeker
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • This getaway is especially perfect on a sunny day.
    • To get here, take the train (DART) or Dublin bus (#31) from the city centre.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 6 nightlife in Howth
    • Gorgeous seaside, close to Dublin 11/12/2014
    • Travel by Dart 10/09/2014
    • Waterside Howth
    Address:
    Harbour Road
    Howth
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +35318390555
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    St. Anne's Park, Dublin
    Parks
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    Darragh O Says:

    St. Anne's is a large and beautiful public park situated close to the coast, in the north Dublin suburbs of Raheny and Clontarf. Originally owned by the Guinness family, the park is rich in history and offers visitors a green oasis in which to relax – complete with duck ponds, rolling fields, playgrounds and stunning rose gardens. The park also features ten follies built during the Guinness estate years, including a Herculean Temple. Although somewhat deteriorated, the follies are a unique feature and make this beautiful environment especially memorable.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Budget traveler
    • Everyone
    • History enthusiast
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • To get here, take bus #29, #31 or #32, all of which run here from Dublin City centre.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 218 attractions in Dublin
    • Hidden from view! 12/07/2014
    • A great place for a stroll 11/10/2014
    • St. Anne's Park, Dublin
    Address:
    James Larkin Road
    Clontarf, Raheny
    Dublin 3
    Ireland
    Phone:
    353-12225278
    Other:
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    Dun Laoghaire Harbour
    Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
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    Darragh O Says:

    A suburban seaside town in south County Dublin, Dún Laoghaire (pronounced 'Doon Leera' or 'Done Leery') is a great day-trip option. Start with a breathtaking journey by suburban train (the DART), which travels along the coast, connecting the city centre to the suburbs and offering unforgettable views of the Irish Sea and County Dublin along the way. a particularly good place for those who love outdoors, Dún Laoghaire offers a wide range of activities, including some of the most picturesque harbour-side walks around.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Everyone
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • Sit on the harbour with fish and chips, and enjoy the sunset over the Irish Sea.
    • Take the DART south to Dun Laoghaire for amazing coastal views.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 8 attractions in Dun Laoghaire
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A great walk 12/17/2014
    • Lovely walk 12/08/2014
    • Dun Laoghaire Harbour
    Address:
    Queens Road
    Dun Laoghaire
    Ireland
    Other:
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    Powerscourt Gardens and House
    Historic Sites, Gardens, Waterfalls
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    Darragh O Says:

    Dating from the 1700s, this country estate makes for an incredibly popular day out – and as soon as you arrive, you'll understand why. Complete with beautiful sculptured gardens, an impressive golf course and an award-winning restaurant set in a stunning country house, Powerscourt Gardens and House offers a little something for everyone.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Everyone
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • Take a little extra time to explore the Powercourt Waterfall, just a 15-minute drive away.
    • The easiest and quickest way to get here is by car. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Enniskerry
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Respite and Memorable 12/16/2014
    • Wow what a place 12/15/2014
    • Powerscourt Gardens and House
    Phone:
    +353 1 204 6000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Other:
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    Dublin Bus Tours
    Bus tours
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    Darragh O Says:

    One of the best tours in Dublin and the surrounding counties, this 5-hour bus tour covers South Dublin City, Powerscourt Gardens and Glendalough. It's an easy and efficient way to explore outside of the city, and to experience the lush green environment for which Ireland is so famous. Glendalough, a glacial valley in County Wicklow, is particularly unforgettable, with its beautiful Medieval monastery, round tower, two tranquil lakes, and walking trails offering magnificent vistas.

    Good for
    • Luxury traveler
    • Everyone
    • Adventure seeker
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • Camping here during summer is a popular local activity.
    • It may be expensive, but it is definitely worth it!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #61 of 283 activities in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Terrific trip 11/22/2014
    • Stunning day out, even in November!!! 11/21/2014
    • Dublin Bus Tours
    Address:
    59 Upper O'Connell Street
    Dublin 1
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 703 3028
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