Top 5 places near Dublin you will love!
City famous for its beach, dock and castle. To get to Malahide you just go to a DART (train) station and buy a roundtrip ticket for six Euros. It’s a 30 minutes worth of a trip. All the sightseeing spots are near the station. The docks and the beach, though very cold due to the wind, give us an amazing view. The castle has an enormous garden and can make you want to see more of it, so if your English is good make sure to check out the tour, which is 8 Euros for students, that leads you through the history of each room of the castle. There are lots of stories about ghosts, medieval times, the Georgian period and so on. It’s the castle where a family (Talbot) lived in for the longest time (800 years!). Very interesting!
Besides the beach, Howth has “mini-cliffs”. They’re not as beautiful as the ones in Galway, nor as famous, but they are beautiful too. A good option is to go by bus and take the hike of around 15 minutes to the cliffs and then go towards the docks and the beach. Another option is to go by train, which will cost the same as the Malahide ride, and the station is near the beach. To get to the cliffs there is a “small” climb. It’s worth checking it out. Very stunning.
The mountains in Wicklow may be one of the most beautiful sights in Ireland. With its typical country vegetation, it has been the place of many movies and TV shows scenarios, such as “PS. I Love You”, “Breaveheart”, “Vikings” and others. It’s also a good idea to visit the national park that, besides the many natural beauties, has a monastery dated from 800 D.C.. The best way to get a good look around is with the tourist group or by car, so you can go until the mountains.
You can get there by DART (train) or by bus. There is a beautiful beach, but the main attraction is a hike to “Bray Head”, which is a hill with a cross on the top that was placed there in 1950. The view is simply fantastic and it’s worth the effort to get all the way up. Bray, which is also known as “Wicklow Gate”, is the oldest coast city in the country.
Located at Enniskerry city, Wicklow county, it has been considered the third most beautiful garden in the world, according to National Geographic. The house where the garden is located once belonged to nobility who built it on their “backyard”. Besides different gardens (Japanese, Italian, among others), the propriety also has an old pet cemetery and a watchtower, where you can go up to the top, with old cannons. You have to pay to go in, but the visit is worth it. It is a really charming place.
At the tourist agencies you can find day trips that include Bray, Wicklow and Powerscourt Garden