The City’s Doorstep with Do Dublin
Dublin’s culture, colourful history, and big personality makes it an endlessly interesting city to explore. From eclectic Temple Bar, peppered with street art and the sounds of live music, to the historic architecture of the city’s lush green Georgian squares and narrow streets, Dublin has something for every visitor.
But as every traveller knows, there’s a time for enjoying the hustle and bustle of a city and a time for exploring its quieter parts, a moment for revelling in a city’s atmosphere and a moment for escaping the buzz of a capital city. Dublin’s charming coastal villages are within a stone’s throw of the city centre, just a short bus ride away. Within minutes of leaving the city, you can look across Dublin Bay from Sandymount Strand, or cross Clontarf’s famous wooden bridge heading over to explore the unique UNESCO Bull Island. Wander around seaside towns, discover quiet beaches, or enjoy the rugged terrain of a cliff walk.
Getting out to explore the city’s suburbs is made easy with Dublin’s vast transport network. The DoDublin Card is perfect for hopping around the city and getting out to explore what lies beyond Ireland’s capital. It’s a 72 hour pass – and can be used on the DoDublin Hop on hop off tour, Airlink Express, and the Dublin Bus network – meaning travel is made easy from the city to towns such as Portmarnock, Howth, Malahide, Dalkey and Dun Laoghaire.
Here’s a quick travel guide to seeing the best of Dublin’s Doorstep:
East Pier, Dún Laoghaire
Since opening in 1859, the pier has been a favourite for locals and visitors. With views taking in the entire bay, it’s easy to understand the reasons so many enjoy this fabulous walk. Sample a traditional “99” ice-cream from Teddy’s – a Dún Laoghaire institution since 1950, or try the less than traditional Scrumdiddly’s, where you will find waffles, special hot chocolates and the famous Scrummy Tubs. With thousands of combinations, there’s something for everyone with a sweet tooth at Scrumdiddly’s. A stroll around the People’s Park is a must for visiting Dun Laoghaire.
Getting there: Hop on the 46A bus with stops throughout the City Centre
Even getting to this glorious 5km stretch of sand is an adventure, where you will cross the famous Wooden Bridge that connects Clontarf with Bull Island. Dollymount Strand feels like a world away from the city and it’s easy to enjoy several hours here, especially if the kite-surfers are out in force. Bull Island is unique in that it is designated by UNESCO as a Biosphere – it has a wealth of habitats and biodiversity.
Getting there: Hop on the 130 bus from Abbey Street in the City Centre
National Botanic Gardens
Within the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, there’s a huge selection of exotic plants and flowers — and plenty of squirrels too – not to mention the stunning 19th century greenhouses, which constitute an attraction in their own right. It’s the perfect place for a picnic, but there’s also a café onsite. The Gardens are also right beside the famous Glasnevin Cemetery. It might seem strange that a cemetery is a Dublin tourist spot, but once you visit, you will soon realise why.
Getting there: Hop on the 83 from the City Centre to Botanic Gardens. Hop on the 40 or 140 from the City Centre to Glasnevin Cemetery.
There are endless places to picnic, walk and hike south of Dublin, few are better than the Dublin Mountains. Take to the hills and experience the famous Hell Fire Club and stunning views across the city and Dublin Bay. The Wicklow Way also begins in Rathfarnham – one of the world’s must-do hikes.
Getting there: Hop on the 16 from the City Centre to Marlay Park.
Explore the city you know, and the city you don’t with DoDublin’s 72 hour travel and sightseeing card, and get to see the all that Dublin has to offer through the eyes of a local.