All you need to know about travelling to Dublin and its glorious Georgian architecture.
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But this city also embraces the diversity of its current population. This combination of history and modern multiculturalism, sprinkled with some Irish craic, makes for an irresistible city break destination.
Dublin is an excellent city to explore by bike, with plenty of cycle paths and atmospheric winding lanes. There are bike tours in and around the city with See Dublin by Bike, and countryside excursions on two wheels with Biking.ie.
On the water
See Dublin’s highlights from the water as you take a kayaking trip along the Liffey. City Kayaking has day and night-time trips that cruise through the city centre, suitable for all levels of experience. In the bay, you can reach the uninhabited Dalkey Island by kayak to see an ancient settlement dating back to Neolithic times.
Not far from Grafton Street is Grand Canal Dock, where a range of watersports and activities are on offer. Try paddle boarding, windsurfing or kayaking at Surfdock Watersports Centre, or get your adrenaline fix on the wakeboarding zip line at Wakedock Wake Park.
Dublin has ample green space for runners and walkers alike. Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed city park in Europe and home to a large herd of fallow deer. Go for a run or a stroll through the park on one of the many trails, or hire a bike to cover more ground. Admire various stately homes along the way.
Wicklow Mountains National Park
Just over an hour to the south of Dublin, a series of mountains rise around the stunning blue Glendalough. The drive along the coast and through the countryside has beautiful scenery, and around the lake lies the remains of a 6th-century monastic city. Take a guided tour and learn about Ireland’s rich cultural history before exploring the mountain trails on foot.
Tower Bay, Portrane
Along the coast, north of the city, a wealth of Atlantic-battered beaches goes on for miles. One of the best is at Tower Bay, where the terrain makes for excellent rock-pooling and a 170-year-old tower stands tall as a tribute to a late local MP.
Malahide Castle and Gardens
This well-kept 12th-century castle is a beautiful escape from the bustle of the city. Home to the Talbot family for almost 800 years, it’s now open to the public for tours. See the Great Hall with its dark wooden beams and make time to stroll in the pretty gardens outside.