Dublin city is no concrete jungle: it’s dotted with open spaces where you can stretch your legs, get some fresh air and soak up nature. It’s just one of the many perks of Dublin life. Here’s an introduction to just a few of the city’s best parks and gardens. Dublin Parks The city’s most notable outdoor space is the Phoenix Park, which is one of the largest urban parks in Europe. Its 11km long perimeter wall encloses 1,752 acres of parkland. (This is more than twice the size of New York’s Central Park.)
Perfectly positioned with the sea to the east and mountains to the south, Dublin’s spectacular natural sights are never far away. This makes the city an ideal location for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities. Many locals enjoy surfing, sailing, sea swimming, climbing and biking. Others simply sit back and enjoy the scenery.
The beautiful Dublin coast and mountains provide a break from urban life. Having access to nature, as well as all the amenities that come with city living, is one of the most enticing reasons to live in Dublin.
Driving from the city centre, you can make your way south to Sandymount Strand in just 15 minutes. Bull Island to the north in less than half an hour away too.
Navigating the coast is even easier by train. The DART runs along much of the Dublin coast and offers spectacular seaside views. It travels from Shankill near the southern border with county Wicklow and takes you right to the beautiful village of Howth on the north side of the city.
Along the way, you’ll pass superb swimming spots like Killiney, Seapoint and Sandycove. Dún Laoghaire, with its picturesque pier and lighthouses, is also a great place to spend the day. After the train reaches the city centre, it travels north. Get off at Portmarnock or Donabate to explore two of north Dublin’s beloved beaches.
- A dip at The Forty Foot – one of Dublin’s legendary swimming spots.
- The Great South Wall walk to Poolbeg Lighthouse – one of the most beautiful walks the county has to offer.
- A trip to Howth Head – for spectacular views of Dublin Bay.
The Dublin Mountains
At the county’s southern fringes, the Dublin Mountains offer visitors a variety of easy-going walks, challenging hikes and exhilarating bike trails. The Dublin Mountains Way makes the range easy to navigate. This long distance trail is 42 kilometres and stretches all the way from Shankill in the southeast to Tallaght in the southwest.
- The cairn at Fairy Castle – accessed through Ticknock Forest, this ancient passage tomb is the highest point in the Dublin Mountains.
- The Hell Fire Club at the summit of Montpellier Hill – this 18th-century hunting lodge is associated with the occult and, according to local lore, the devil was once summoned here!
While the city has always been internationally known for its liquid exports, Dublin’s food scene has also come along in leaps and bounds in recent years. The delicious and reasonably priced food on offer is just one of the many perks of life in the city. For newcomers, here’s an introductory guide to food and drink in Dublin. The Dublin food scene With four Michelin-star restaurants, Dublin has its fair share of fine dining experiences. However, you don’t need to go to top-class eateries to g
The Big Hitters One of the biggest benefits of living in Dublin is the huge choice of world-class galleries, museums and cultural attractions located right on your doorstep. Dublin’s rich history and culture means you’ll never run out of interesting places to visit. Best of all, many of them are free. Below, we run through some of the best tourist attractions in Dublin.