the national botanical gardens, glasnevin cemetery and the gravediggers pub - all within five minutes of each in glasnevin which is about a 15 bus ride from o'connell st.
glasnvein cemetery is as beautiful and peaceful as you'd expect any graveyard to be, except the headstones and monuments are just stupendous. before the days of cremation and regulation tiny little headstones this was where ireland's great were buried - from clergy to politicians. just check out daniel o'connell's massive monument for starters - a tower that dominates the local sky-line! no-one ever bothers you in glasnevin cemetery.
out the back gate is the gravediggers pub, one of dublin's finest purely by virtue of it's fabulous location, overlooking it's own little village green and the fact that it's one of the few dublin pubs not to have had a trendy make-over in the past few years. delightful, but busy at the weekends. go on a wet tuesday!
stumble out of the gravediggers and up the road to the national botanical gardens with the usual array of tropical plants but with the added frisson of loads of horticultural students happily buzzing around enjoying their wise career choice! the botanical gardens have a really cool new coffee shop and lecture hall so keep your eyes peeled for some exciting talks at the weekend. guess what - admission is free!
Absolutely lovely, especially in mid-summer. The most beautiful glasshouses/greenhouses from the 1800's. An impressive collection of almost any plant imaginable. Great place to spend a lazy afternoon with a friend or to draw (if so inclined). Make sure to check out the giant lily pads!