With its sweeping coastal highways and meandering country lanes, Ireland appears tailor-made for road tripping. Hiring a car offers the chance to explore off the beaten track: Watch the rugged landscapes unfold in front of you, and stop off at traditional villages or remote beaches along the way. Whether you want to check off sights on a cross-country jaunt, tour the famous Ring of Kerry or escape into the mountains, here are five of the best road trips from Dublin.
Most visitors opt to spend a weekend in the capital, but with so many sights to visit and easy transport links to all of Ireland’s top attractions, it makes sense to extend your trip a little longer. With one week in Dublin, you’ll have ample time to discover the city, as well as the surrounding sights, and you’re unlikely to be short of things to do. But just in case – here’s our suggestions for the perfect week in Dublin.
Whether you want to discover Dublin’s literary heritage, trace your Irish ancestors or learn some Irish dancing, there’s a plethora of ways to discover Ireland’s iconic capital. Add a twist to your sightseeing experience with one of these eight unique Dublin tours.
With more than 1,752 acres of grassy parklands, landscaped gardens and attractions, Phoenix Park clocks in as Europe’s largest enclosed urban park and it’s an enchanting spot to escape the bustle of downtown Dublin. First established as a royal deer park in the 17th century, it boasts an abundance of woodland and natural wildlife habitats, and is still home to a herd of fallow deer, as well as the Dublin Zoo, famously one of the world’s oldest zoos.
Dublin is at its best when the sun is shining and whether you want to explore the coast, party at an open-air festival or relax in the city’s beer gardens, there’s plenty to keep you busy during the summer months. To help you make the most of the sun, here are 50 things to do this summer in Dublin. See how many you can check off the list!
Despite being located on Ireland’s rugged Irish Sea coast, Dublin is rarely thought of as a beach destination, and many visitors to the capital never venture further than the River Liffey. For those looking to escape the busy center or cool off during the summer months, there are a number of great beaches near Dublin, linked by a network of scenic coastal drives and hikes.
A 175km drive that loops around the Iveragh Peninsula in southwest Ireland, the Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s most famous tourist routes and for good reason. The scenic road winds its way along windswept coastal cliffs, through traditional Irish villages and beneath the country’s highest mountain range, serving up one jaw-dropping view after another.
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With the recent drop of the Euro, 2015 looks to be a good year to plan a budget trip to Europe, but while your money might go further, exploring the Irish capital can still be pricey. To help you get the most out of your trip for the least expense, here are our top local tips for saving money in Dublin.
Football (soccer) and rugby are both hugely popular in Ireland, but to really experience the thrill of an Irish sporting event, nothing beats watching Gaelic Games in Dublin. The traditional games, organized by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), are played all around the country (as well as in Irish communities around the world), but the best place to watch a match is at Dublin’s Croke Park, the GAA headquarters and host of the National League Semi-Finals, Finals and Play-Offs, among many other fixtures.