If you have a day off coming up or simply want to do something a bit more exciting with your weekend Dublin has plenty of things to do both in and around the city. Here are five Dublin day trips that will keep your mind off those pesky assignments.
In the sunshine and with an ice cream in your hand Dún Laoghaire is a little slice of heaven just half an hour from the city centre. You can get the 46a or the 7 bus from the city centre direct to Dún Laoghaire or you can get there via the Dart. Once there you can enjoy a walk along the pier or enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Peoples Park. If you visit the park on a Sunday you will be treated to a food and craft market.
If it’s a hike you’re after then there is no better place then Glendalough in County Wicklow. There are plenty of different routes you can take throughout the National Park that will be suitable for walkers or hikers of all levels of ability. If walking isn’t your thing then you can enjoy the infamous peaks of Glendalough by car. The views by foot or by car are breathtaking and will definitely be instagram-worthy. If you haven’t got your own transport you can get to Glendalough St.Kevins Bus service running daily.
This spot, also in County Wicklow, offers you a little bit of everything. Walk along the beach front, hike up Bray head or have a go on the bumper cars in the arcade; what more could you ask for? Bray also holds its own festivals throughout the year including the Air Show which will take place in July this year. To get here you can get the Dart from the city centre or hop on the 145 bus.
If you decide to stay in and around the city centre there is plenty for you to do. There are plenty of exhibitions and tours taking place to celebrate the 1916 Rising that you can enjoy, for more information on them click here. There are also lots of museums around Dublin including the Natural History Museum or the National Gallery. Here are a few of the different things to do in the city centre that we think you should check out:
Located just 20 minutes by bus from the city centre Kilmainham Gaol is one of the largest unoccupied goals in Europe. You might be wondering what exactly a ‘gaol’ is, it was the way of spelling jail in Ireland, England and Australia around the 1700’s and 1800’s. Kilmainham Gaol was the place of the execution of the leaders of the 1916 Rising and along the tour you will experience the stories of those men along with some of the penal history of the prison and its recent restoration. Admission for a student is only €2 while for adults it is €4. The gaol is open from 9am-7pm.
It wouldn’t be a day out in Dublin if you didn’t stop for a beverage somewhere along the way. The Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s number one International Visitor Attraction and it is easy to see why. Across seven floors you will learn about the art of brewing, the history of Guinness and how to pull the perfect pint. To finish off your tour you will be treated to a pint or glass of Guinness (included in your ticket price) in the renowned Gravity Bar where you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Dublin while enjoying your Guinness. Tickets cost €16 for a student and €18 for an adult, and of course ID is required. To get here you can take the 123 from the city centre or 20 minute walk from Griffith College.