County Dublin Off The Beaten Path

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County Dublin Off The Beaten Path

  • Howth

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    I saw this place at all possible weather conditions. My favourite thing about it - well, there is a hill there which you have to climb. Once on top of it you can see the sea on one side, Dublin on the other and a golf course below you. Its really nice. Getting up there is a bit slippy, a bit up hill (naturally) but definitely worth it. Think this...

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  • Skerries

    County Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    You will have to walk a bit. No the trai doesn't stop right in the middle of this sightseeing. This is how a port looks at sunset , in a small village half an hour by train from Dublin. Think it is worth a walk? I was glad i did.

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  • Killiney

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    The day I was in Dublin for the rugby cup final (see sports tip) I had 4-5 hours to amuse myself between arrival in the city and the time to head for the game. I decided to take the DART out as far as Killiney (pronounced Kil-line-ey) and walk back to Dalkey. Great idea. The beach is superb - shingle as opposed to sand, but beautiful. My walk took...

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  • Glendalough

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    Glendalough is an amazing valley located in County Wicklow, Ireland, formed during the last ice age by a glacier. Today it is best known for its spectacular greenery and the renowned Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century. This place has magnificent views, fresh air and everything an outdoor enthusiast dreams of! It has many...

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  • Malahide

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    Malahide Castle was home to the Talbot family for an incredible 791 years (from 1185 to 1976)! It is located a short walk away from the train station in Malahide (turn right when you leave the station), and the walk to Malahide Castle is actually quite pleasant as the grounds and woods are beautiful. Admission costs 7.50 Euros, and an audio tour on...

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  • Dalkey

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    I spent a couple of hours hanging out in Dalkey (pronounced Daaw=key) while recovering from my walk over the hill from Killiney and waiting until it was time to head back towards the city. It is one of the city’s most affluent and exclusive suburbs, and on the sea. A BMW cabriolet is almost compulsory. It has a whole range of places to eat and...

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  • Dun Laoghaire

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    Sometimes it is a good idea to leave the city and dust and noise behind, and make a half day or day trip to some nice place. A great place to visit is the cosy little town of Dun Laoghaire, which is located a short commuter train trip to the south of Dublin. Heh, try to listen to how locals pronounce the name of the town :) I at least was lucky I...

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  • Avoca

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    Avoca is a small town near Arklow, in County Wicklow, Ireland. It got its name from the river that passes nearby (about 2 miles from the town itself) - Avoca, which its life as two rivers - the Avonmore and the Avonbeg - joined together at The Meeting of the Waters (or The Vale of Avoca), a Pub overlooks this spot, where you can sit down and enjoy...

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  • Johnnie Fox's

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    Jonnie Foxs = Best pub iv been in . we came here for a family meal last week and it was lovley. ALL the food we got was delicious. The Staff are freindly and polite and we really enjoyed ourself. i recommend this pub to anybody its very interesting .

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  • Sandymount

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    Sandymount Strand a.k.a. "Dumhach Thrá" is just a short 3 km walk from downtown Dublin. It is a large strand on the east coast of Ireland adjacent to the village and suburb of Sandymount in Dublin. This is a premiere location of the south side of Dublin Bay and is great for walking but not good for swimming. It's gradual slopes make the water too...

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  • North Bull Island

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    On the northside of Dublin, Bull Island is a lovely place to go for a good Sunday walk along the beach or even get a game of golf. There is a great view of Howth to your left and Dublin City and South Dublin to your right. It is also where my friend Sinead was proposed to by the love of her life :) There is an interpretative centre on the...

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  • The Hell Fire Club

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    As a native Dubliner, I grew up on tales of the infamous Hellfire Club in the Dublin Mountains. I'm also a lover of ghost tours, and was very pleasantly surprised to find that someone had started running haunted tours of the place. Hidden Dublin Walks also run ghost tours in the city centre, which I have been on and thoroughly enjoyed, so I thought...

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  • The Japanese Gardens

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    The Japanese Garden at the National Stud Farm is a haven of peace and tranquility. Planned to represent the Life of Man from oblivion to eternity, the garden features cherry blossoms, bonsai, a tea house, and a miniature village.

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  • Portmarnock

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    Close to Malahide is Portmarnock where you can have a good time just strolling down the beach with your girlfriend. Well OK, surely the beach wouldn't compare with the nice ones we have in South Africa or I can imagine the Aussies have but for Dublin this is brilliant.

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  • Arbour Hill

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    Lifetime Dubliner Eamon Carroll took us on a tour of Dublin's history focusing on the independence movement of the early 1900s. One of our first stops was tranquil and seldom-visited Arbor Hill Cemetery where 14 of the leaders of the "Easter Rising" of 1916 are buried. At the rear of the cemetery is a wall with the Irish Proclamation of...

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  • Kilmainham Jail

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    Kilmainham Jail is a harrowing and intense place to visit. You're immediately hit with how cold this jail is, how cramped the conditions and how eery it must have been. It definitely leaves an impact and well worth a visit on the grounds of learning Irish history and seeing a real Victorian jail in all it's glory (and being able to leave).

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  • St. Anne's Park

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    St. Anne's park is an big old demense left to the city by one of the Guinness families. The old house burned down decades ago and the central avenue now leads to a small raised site. The "front garden" of the house is mostly lawns, now used as football pitches. there's also tennis courts and a mini-golf. The "back garden" is woodland down to the...

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  • Kildare

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    These three places are all on the same grounds. 9Euro entry fee. The National Stud is enjoyable if you like horses and follow horseracing. If you're not too bothered about horses, then you might find it boring. They show a video on the birth of a foal as part of the visit and you can go around the stable yards and go up the fields where the...

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  • Bray..

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    Bray is a lovely village on the westcoast of the Irish Sea. It's easy reachable by train from Dublin. From the trainstation you can walk upon the hills along the coast. On top of this hill, at the Cross-monument, the view is amazing.

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  • Swords

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    For two years I worked in the North County Dublin town of Swords. It's 3 miles north of Dublin Airport, off the Dublin - Belfast route. It's approximately 15 miles away from Dublin City. At first sight, it's just a one-street village but the surrounding industrial and housing estates demonstrate otherwise. PUBS! Had to put that one in :) Swords...

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  • Marlay Park

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    Marlay Park is a lovely spot to go for a walk on a Sunday. Large fields to play sports, a cycling area, tennis courts, hiking trails, a walled garden (€3 admission to see that), and a crafts courtyard. Marlay House is still standing but does not seem to be open to the public. The river Dodder (well, more like a stream) flows through the park and...

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  • Enniskerry

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    Powerscourt House and Gardens Take the 44 bus from Townsend St down to Enniskerry and you can either get the Alpine coach up to the gardens or to the waterfall, or you can walk to the gardens (the waterfall is quite far and up a very narrow raod). There is an entrance fee, and I suggest not bothering with seeing the house..it was gutted during a...

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  • Ireland's Eye

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    We could see this island from Howth harbour. There are boat trips from the East Pier, Howth taking visitors, walkers, nature lovers, birdwatchers and school groups to the island , which is a bird sanctuary. They will also see the ruins of St Nessans Church dating back to 700AD and a 19thC Martello Tower. When we were there in February there was...

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  • Maynooth

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    I am going to college part-time in Maynooth, so I'm there at least once or twice a week. It is about 25 miles west of Dublin, in North Co. Kildare. There is not a lot to the town itself apart from the National University of Ireland and the Catholic Seminary of St. Patrick's College, where the former(the one I'm registered with) was opened to lay...

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  • Knowth

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    Unlike Newgrange which was a ceremonial site, Knowth was a site that has been occupied throughout centuries. Stone-age, Bronze-aged, Celtic, Viking, and Christian settlements existed on the same site, leaving strata of artifacts of each era. It is an amazing feeling to touch the stones carved milennia ago! When you go to Bru Na Boinne visitor...

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  • Royal Canal Walk

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    If you happen to be in the Dublin 15 area (Castleknock/Blanchardstown/Clonsilla), you might want to talk a walk along the Royal Canal. It is not particularly strenous, though it is narrow and muddy. It is so quiet, you would not think you were in Dublin at all. The Dublin-Longford rail line goes parallel to the Canal. I suggest you start off in...

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  • Memorial Gardens Island Bridge

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    These gardens are dedicated to the memory of 50,000 Irish Soldiers who died in the 1914 to 1918 war. The gardens were designed by the famous architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens who also designed the gardens in Howth Castle and Laybay Island. Read more about these places in my travel logs. The gardens are also of architectural interest. Take the bus from...

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  • Skerries

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    Ardgillan Castle is about 20 miles north of Dublin near Skerries. You can stroll around the gardens and pay to view the castle. Dont have a photo of it, but the next time I'm in Skerries, I will take a pic for VT posterity ;)

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  • Lucan

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    Fort Lucan is an outdoor adventure world for kids 2- 14 years , with assault course, arial runways, 40ft slides, pendulum swings, kart track, suspension bridges, maze and tot's area. For the grown ups there is a restuarant and tea room

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  • National Stud Farm

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    In Tully, Co.Kildare you can visit the Irish National Stud Farm. This is an easy daytrip from Dublin - less than an hour's drive. In addition to the breeding of world-class race horses, you can also enjoy 2 gardens - the Japanese Garden and St.Fiacre's garden.

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  • Museum Of Modern Art

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    The Irish Museum of Modern Art is situated about 3k outside the city centre. The building was a former hospital to British soldiers. It holds modern and contemporary art. The grounds outside are worth a stroll around, you will find a medieval burial ground, a formal garden and other historical buildings. The address is Royal Hospital, Military...

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  • Dawson Lounge

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    There is a beautifully replanted 18th century garden adjoining the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham (Modern Art Gallery) that many visitors fail to spot, and many visitors to Dublin Zoo are blissfully unaware that the Peoples Garden is situated right next to it. Those traumatised by the incarcerated creatures in one can revive their sensibilities by...

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  • Horse Racing

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    Horseracing is very POPULAR in Ireland and the hotel, the Tourist info Office of special shops can provide you with a calendar... Go to a pub and observe the races on TV, observe everyone getting crazy and excited, observe how they bet........or go there yourself! More info?? HORSE RACING IRELAND THE CURRAGH COUNTY KILDARE.

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  • Urban Cowboys

    As you may have seen in some films based in Dublin's suburbs horses are a pet for some kids. A bit different then the normal cat or dog! During the 1970's horses began to creep into Dublins suburbs from the city centre where they were used for carting goods. The numbers of horses in Dublins working class areas exploded in the 1980's as they were...

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  • skerries - the port

    You will have to walk a bit. No the trai doesn't stop right in the middle of this sightseeing.This is how a port looks at sunset , in a small village half an hour by train from Dublin.Think it is worth a walk?I was glad i did.

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  • skerries

    You could just stay in the city center... there is a lot to see and discover. But , the nice thing about Dublin is there is a local railway network that brings you in no time to the end of the world. In this case skerries.... I might just show you arround a bit.

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  • It is not really off of a...

    It is not really off of a beaten path but it is so worth mentioning....Wicklow county. This is seriously gorgeous, we went to the Powerscourt gardens and while I was sitting there looking around me and taking it all in, I thought to myself, this is what my heaven will look like. These gardens were amazing! My picture that I took is much better than...

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