Things to Do Near Dublin
If you’re planning a trip to Ireland, you’ll likely be starting in the capital city of Dublin. Many tourists might not spend much time in the touristic city itself, but instead visit the famous Irish countryside. While Dublin is picturesque, the Irish countryside is even more so. However, if you’re going to be visiting Ireland, your visit wouldn’t be complete without a city break in Dublin.
Spending a few days in Dublin
Accommodation in Dublin is plentiful and varied. As a city popular with weekending tourists from the UK and Europe, Dublin has many options for cheap accommodation. By staying somewhere affordable, you’ll be able to visit more of the historical sites in and around Dublin. Or, you know, just be able to afford more beer.
Spend a few days in Dublin to experience the nightlife and see some of the sights before you head into the countryside. There is plenty to see and do. Visit the Dublin Castle or just explore the area around Trinity College. The library at Trinity College is one of the most impressive sights in the city and is home to the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript from the 9th century.
Scenic drives from Dublin
After a few days in Dublin, save some money by getting out of the city and renting a car for some scenic drives. Ireland has a reputation for a scenic countryside and most of it can be reached within a one or two day trip from Dublin.
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s most popular tourist destination is an area along the coast with almost 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns. The interlocking rocks are volcanic in origin, though there have been various myths associated with their formation as well. Visiting Giant’s Causeway isn’t very possible to visit in a single day from Dublin, so staying in a small town in the northern countryside is recommended.
Use http://www.wimdu.co.uk to find places to stay while you’re traveling through the Irish countryside.
Another popular scenic drive outside of Dublin is in southeastern Ireland through Sally Gap in the Wicklow Mountains. The 27km road passes through moorlands and a valley, near the scenic lake Lough Tay and over some forested hills & mountains.
Day trips from Dublin
If you’re planning to stay based in bed & breakfast in the Dublin city centre rather than out in the countryside, consider taking some day trips to get out of the city. Glaway Bay on Ireland’s west coast is a popular and easy day trip from Dublin. Along Galway Bay are the sandstone Cliffs of Moher, at a height of 203 metres (666 feet). Within view from the steep, vertical cliffs are the Aran Islands. If you stay late, watching the sunset from the cliffs is a great photo opportunity.
Another day trip from Dublin is to Cork and the nearby Blarney Castle. The 15th century castle is built on solid limestone rock and is most famous for Blarney Stone, a boulder that you’re supposed to kiss for good luck at flattery. After getting that good luck kiss, there’s nothing better than a fresh pint of Guinness back at a Dublin city pub.