Exploring Dublin: Places and Activities

One main reason Ireland has been getting a lot of visitors is the love for exploration and experiencing everything Ireland has to offer. However one thing we learnt from our survey is that this requires a little planning. Giving yourself plenty of time to plan can be a fun way to build up excitement for your vacation. And coming to Ireland does require planning we can tell you this, knowing where to stay; you’re intended attraction sites are vital.

Based on our findings, we have put together a list of the best locations that you must to see on your first trip.

1. Donadea Forest Park

Donadea Forest Park is located 20 miles west of Dublin between Clane and Kilcock in County Kildare. It covers approximately 243 hectares of land. The state acquired this large piece of land in 1935, turning it into the stunning park it is today.

Donadea Park

There are many historical features on the site, these includes the remains of the main castle, another vital monument onsite is the 9/11 memorial raised as replica to the fallen twin towers in New York City.

You will also get to talk amazing walks alongside the beautiful lake with lovely flowers sprouting along the bank. A perfect location during the summer where the sun is shining and ducks are busy going about their lovely day

Entry into the park cost €5.

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The park is open daily at 8:00am to 9:30pm (Summer) / 5:30pm (Winter)

Car park opens: April - September 7:00am October - March 8:00am

Car park closes: April - September 9:00pm October - March 5.00pm

2. Phoenix Park

The Phoenix Park is one of the biggest parks in Europe. Within the Phoenix Park, there are many activities you can do. Visiting Dublin Zoo is one of them; it is easily accessible as it is not from the city centre. Tickets are available on the gate or online if you wish to plan ahead. The Dublin Zoo website is informative and contains all information regarding the animals, Zookeeper talks and also fast track ticket sales.

Dublin Zoo

In recent years Dublin Zoo has been competing with the Cliffs of Moher for the top position of Ireland’s biggest attraction, it not only offers a great day out, but also a journey of learning and discovery about the world’s precious wildlife.

Animals at Dublin Zoo live enriched lives in natural social groups, were they are fit and healthy, able to breed and raise their own young. They can be observed in naturalistic spaces with vegetation, substrate and water features that reflects their native habitat. Check out the Dublin Zoo’s live cams for a look at a few local celebrities, including the penguins, elephants and a few of the key players on the African Savannah habitat.

3. Howth Market

Howth Market is home to an array of Irish crafts, delicate handmade jewellery, and vintage antiques; perfect for gift shopping. While you’re there, be sure to sample the wide selection of organic foods on offer, like olives, cheeses, nuts and of course, delicious chocolate and cupcakes. Or if you’re feeling peckish grab a burger, stir-fry or gooey pastrami melt sandwich for a picnic.

Howth Market

4. Howth Head walk

This walk is stunning, come rain, hail or shine you are always guaranteed the freshest air going and breathless beauty along the cliffs of Howth.

Pack a picnic, grab the dog and have an adventure in one of the most gorge places in Dublin. Howth Head gives fine views of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow Mountains or Boyne Valley beyond. In the bay is the rocky bird sanctuary and monastic island of Ireland, to which boat trips may be taken in summer. Cliff paths lead around the coastline, through Howth village and its ruined abbey, and past Baily Lighthouse.

Howth Head

5. Pier walk

Walk the pier. Howth Harbour is delightful and you can enjoy a more leisurely walk along the east or west pier to enjoy great views of Howth Village and Ireland’s Eye. If you’re lucky the resident seals will be playing by the east pier, so watch out for one of their heads popping out of the water as they say hello to visitors.

Pier Walk

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