Summer is here, and we’ve brought you beautiful places to enjoy with family and friends. In the 5 episodes of our Summer Series we’ve suggested places in Dublin and surroundings where nature stands out.
See below a little more about these places to visit:
- DUBLIN ZOO: Founded in 1831, Dublin Zoo is one of Ireland’s biggest attractions. It welcomes over 1 million visitors, students and families each year. Dublin Zoo is home to over 400 animals from all over the globe. Many of the animals living at Dublin Zoo are extremely rare species whose very survival is under threat in the wild. Dublin Zoo is home to over 2,000 plant species that have been carefully planted around the grounds. From bamboo to the Irish oak, the plants are as important to the zoo as the animals.
Dublin Zoo is located in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, easily accessible from Dublin city centre by public transport. It is open daily from 9.30am – 7.30pm. All tickets must be pre-booked on the website.
You can check out more in www.dublinzoo.ie
- HOWTH: Originally a small fishing village, Howth has grown to be a major coastal area with a busy fishing port. With its maritime influences and historic roots, Howth is full of variety. It has wild moorland and stunning cliff and coastal walks within easy reach. Howth Head was immortalised in James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’, and it’s not difficult to see why – prose, poetry and song are worthy tributes to the coastal beauty of the area. Take full advantage of the coastal setting as you hike, walk or just stroll around Howth Head, taking in the views of Ireland’s Eye and Lambay Island. You can take your pick from half a dozen looped walks in this spectacular area.
Howth is easy to get to by Train. The capital’s iconic DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) system is a fast and frequent way of travelling from Dublin City to Howth in 25 minutes. Trains run regularly both on and off-peak. They are kitted out with free Wi-Fi and provide one of the speediest ways to transport you to Howth. You can also go by bus – just hop on the 31, 31A and 31B from Abbey Street right in Dublin’s city centre and get the 31 right out to Howth’s piers or cliff walks – it’s up to you!
You can check out more in https://visithowth.ie/
- MARLAY PARK: Marlay Park is approximately 121 hectares (300 acres) suburban Public Park located in Rathfarnham in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown. It is about nine kilometres (5.5 miles) from Dublin city centre at the foothills of Dublin Mountains. The parkland, fed by the little Dargle River, consists of mature woodland, extensive informal lawns, acres of recreational land laid out for playing pitches and passive recreation, ponds and walkways.
Marlay Park is in Rathfarnham in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown. It’s easy to get to, from Dublin city centre by public transport Dublin Bus (16, 16A, 160 and 116) and open daily from 9am – 10pm.
You can check out more in https://www.dlrcoco.ie/en/parks-outdoors/parks/marlay-park
- BRAY: Bray is a coastal town in County Wicklow. It is about 20 km south of Dublin city centre on the east coast. It is the ninth-largest urban area in Ireland. Take a stroll along the Victorian promenade and explore breathtakingly beautiful scenery from Bray Head. Or enjoy a dramatic rocky coastline along the partially open Cliff Walk. You can also enjoy the great social scene by experiencing the vibrant town centre. Bray is a great place to go for a day out from Dublin with family or friends to have a swim and an ice-cream.
Bray is easy to get to by Train. Dublin’s iconic DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) system is a fast and frequent way of travelling from Dublin City to Bray in 50 minutes, or by public transport Dublin Bus (84/a, 145 and 155).
Check out more > https://www.bray.ie/
- The IRISH NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL GARDENS: These incredible gardens are in Dublin and are one of the most famous memorial gardens in Europe. They are dedicated to the memory of the 49,400 Irish soldiers who died in the First World War. The name of every single soldier is contained in the illustrated Harry Clarke manuscripts in the granite bookrooms. These gardens are not only a place of remembrance, they are also of great architectural interest and beauty. They were designed by the world famous architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Sunken rose gardens, herbaceous borders and extensive tree-planting make for an enjoyable visit in any season. The solemn, serene atmosphere of this elegant garden makes it a perfect place to relax and reflect.
The Irish National War Memorial Gardens is located on South Circular Rd, Islandbridge. Entrance from Con Colbert Rd. and South Circular Rd. (Phoenix Park end). It is easy to get to by Dublin Bus (25A, 25B, 69 and 79A) and open Mon – Fri 08.00, Sat – Sun 10.00. Garden Closing Times: According to Daylight hours.
You can check out more in https://heritageireland.ie/visit/places-to-visit/irish-national-war-memorial-gardens/
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