Hi everyone ,
I have been meaning to write this post for a long time as i have been so many questions about it on Instagram so I’m really happy i finally got around to sit down and do it.
Dublin and Ireland in general are literally cornered out all of sides with beautiful Instagram worthy places to visit that it has been really hard to narrow it down to these few. There are so many more interesting places but in my opinion these are the ones you should definitely visit especially if you are a nature lover like me. I have left a spot for Dublin city centre sightseeing tourist attractions too so have you all covered. I will do a separate similar posts for other places all around Ireland so keep an eye for it.
So here are my top picks in Dublin :
!. Howth - had to start with it as it is literally my fav place and i go there probably 1-2 times a week as it is close to me . It is situated on the north coast side of Dublin and there is an easy access by bus from the city centre that takes you to Howth head where you can start your hike going up from the pub you get off to. ( dart goes there too but starts at the village). The views of Dublin Bay are great especially if you get a nice sunny day. There are few paths you can take , if you go right towards the lighthouse you can go down the secret beach i often feature in my Instagram stories . On the left side you have 3 routes- take the first one if you are afraid of heights , it is the easiest to follow and it is a bit further out of the sea. I always prefer to take the second path i feel it gives the best views but at times it comes very close to edge so be aware of it. The north paths ( left ) are the busiest and people would often hike that way down the village and get some fish and chips as a reward. Bare in mind at times it can be quite windy so make sure you have a warm jacket just in case :)
2. Killiney hill park - another spot that gives you great views of the city and irish sea and mountains in the further distance. It is situated on the south side of the city and you can reach it by either dart ( 15 mins walk or bus ( 59 goes there). The park has few different routes that you can take and enjoy the nature there. I really recommend stopping at the small coffee place there. They bake the tastiest staff and their had the best hot chocolate i have tried lately. The route is easy enough to walk , i few steps to the top but nothing difficult. Dalkey is right next to Killiney and it has a really homey traditional irish feel to it.
3. Dalkey - Dalkey is right next to Killiney but i included because here as if you are not a hiker or don’t have enough time you can skip Killiney and just visit it instead. The place has a really homey traditional irish feel to it and it hold a lot of history. I recommend visiting the castle , go fo stroke around the main street and then head up the coast , in the summer there is a small boat that brings you to Dalkey island, which is pretty cool on its own.( think it costs like 8 euro for a return ticket )
4 Phoenix park and Farmleaigh - Phoenix park is the largest park in Europe ( 5 times bigger than Hyde Park in London) and it is also the home of the president of Ireland. Dublin Zoo is also located here. If you get passed Wellington Monument you will find a friendly herd of deer , I love just sitting down and observing them. Farmleaigh is my favourite part of the park , it is placed on the north-west end it is a historic farm that holds rare collections of arts and books . It also has beautiful gardens, especially beautiful in the summer. There is a lovely cafe called the Boathouse restaurant next to the lake there you definitely pat it a visit.
5.Ticknock hill - easy to reach by bus 44b from town it is located in Dublin mountains .It is the perfect place to go for a hike because routes are easy to follow and they offer amazing views of the city. There are different routes that you can take and it goes out for about 18 km so you can nearly spend the whole day out there if the weather is nice The best trial in my opinion is -Tibradden Woods, up to the top of Fairy Castle and down to Three Rock. At the end of the hike there is a lovely pub where you can stop for a drink.
6.Malahide castle - it is easy accessible for town by both dark and bus ( number 32 stops there). Although it looks quite small but the castle has a long history ans some parts of it date as late as 12th century. I have been there many times but have not been inside to comment on it . The cost of the tickers is around 12 euro for adults and 6 eu for a child. There is a big garden , playground and extra space around the castle so you can have go for a walk.
7.Dublin city centre - i have left this spot for sightseeing attractions you have already heard about - Temple Bar (it is so famous you can’t miss not having a pic there lol ), Guinness storehouse ( fantastic views from the top floor, Dublin Castle ( get inside i enjoyed learning about the irish history there ), Stephens green park and Trinity College ( visit the library 9 Books of Kells , it is worth it :) are in my opinion the most interesting to see . There are all located not far of each other , so it is possible to go around the city and see all of them in a day. I recommend starting from Trinity college , then walk up to Temple bar , after that head up towards Dublin castle , then Guinness storehouse and on the way back visit Stephens park :). If you have time Jameson distillery, The Whiskey Museum and Dublinia ( just off Dublin castle ) are also good spots to see. St Patrick’s Cathedral is very close to Dublin Castle and Dublinia and i think that is worth stopping by too.
8.Newbridge farm - the park/ farm is located in Donabate , which is on the north side of the Dublin . There is a small farm with few animals , you can even see few lamas. Probably would suit more a family as there is a nice playground on the site and space for barbecue , i love going there in the summer.