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Best day trips from Dublin
While I was living in Dublin I decided to take some day trips to discover more about the beauty of Ireland. If you missed out you can check the best things to do in Dublin.
Personally, I found that the things to do near Dublin not too much advertisement and for some of them, it is difficult to arrive and you have to choose from an organized tour or rent a car. Despite all of this island is amazing and discover Ireland should be on your bucket list.
There are 5 best day trips from Dublin that I did and that I really enjoyed.
My favourite place is: Howth, the best way to get there is by train from Dublin and takes around 30 minutes or also by bus but it takes more time. It is a small village along the coast, initially, it was a fisherman village significant for the trade with Great Britain and now is a destination for a lot of people for the beauty of the place and the stunning path overlooking the cliff. I love this town because it is a perfect escape from the city centre. I love to go to Howth and take a walk around the cliff and admire nature, its colour and the spectacular landscape. It is not difficult to find dolphins and sea lions at the right season; and of course, you can't miss a good fish lunch in one of the numerous fish restaurants in the harbour.
2. Dún Laoghaire
If you have a free Sunday I recommend going to Dún Laoghaire. It is another village near the coast fantastic and close to Dublin, just 30 minutes by train. I love the Sunday here because there is a food market at the park, from 11 am to 4 pm, with food of any type like dumplings, hamburgers, paella, delicious Irish meat, pizza, falafel and a lot more… there are also handmade objects, cakes and it cannot miss the Fudge. Dun Laoghaire is not too big but, after a full belly, you can take a nice walk near the sea and up and down to the stones. The city is also famous for a Christmas tradition- but this one is only for the very brave! Jumping into the sea has become an annual event for many people, both young and old. Actually, you can find people jumping from the cliff also in March, but for the 25th December, everyone is wearing a Christmas hat.
Malahide is a small town around 30 minutes train from Dublin. The town is famous for its stunning medieval Malahide castle. The medieval castle was donated to the Talbots family and remained their property until 1975 when it was donated to the Irish state. During all these years the castle has changed appearance many times adding rooms and other environments up to the current one. Today the castle is used as a place to host events of all kinds and thanks to the huge garden are also hosted concerts. After visiting the castle and its gardens I recommend a walk on the beach of Malahide and why not a good fish dinner in one of the many restaurants.
If we move more inside Ireland you can discover an "Irish Stonehenge", It is not so easy to get there, for example, I rented a car, but the place and what you are going to see is fantastic.
Newgrange is an old passage tomb located in the Boyne Valley. It was constructed about 5,200 years ago, which makes it older than Stonehenge. Newgrange was built by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley, Knowth and Dowth are similar sites and together with Newgrange have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993. The fantastic thing is that still at this days we don't have ideas for sure why our ancestors built this and, of course, there are a lot of legends around this place and a lot of curiosity. I loved this place, not only for the mystery behind it but also because I went on a sunny day and all around the landscape was gorgeous with green emerald grass, a blue sky and all was illuminated by the sun.
Knowth is another archaeological site in the Boyne Valley; it is a massive tomb with a passage and two entrances on the opposite side and all-around smaller burials. Same as Newgrange, we don't know why has been built but there are many exciting legends to discover with the help of the guide.
I like to visit these kinds of things, not only for the mystery behind them but mostly because these places have been built without the technology that we have today and makes you think how can this be possible and also why?
Did you go to Ireland? Which are the best Irish tourist attractions in your opinion?
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