Springtime. The end of the long cold winter. Time to get back out onto the streets and into life, to enjoy walking through parks with spring flowers and blossom on the trees. In Dublin, spring is the driest time of the year, and May the sunniest month. But I’d still pack a coat, gloves and a scarf. Oh, and a hat. Ireland can be sunny yet cold, dry but raining an hour later.
That’s what the pubs are for: warming up with a Guinness and checking your photos of those spring bulbs blooming in the park half an hour earlier. But spring is a great time to go to Dublin for several reasons: the flowers are coming out and the parks are coming back to life. This is a great time for walking along the river and enjoying the smiling greetings of the locals – they are really as friendly as they’re reputed to be.
Dublin is a small, very walkable city so spring is a great time to hit the city and discover its streets and alleyways. Pub beer gardens are coming back to life as the sun reappears and the craic will be flowing. It’s also the time before the peak tourist season so airfares and hotel rates are lower – that’s got to make you smile as well.
From sitting quietly among the flowers in the Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square, to wandering through the National Botanic Gardens or exploring the huge 1752 acres (707 hectares) of Phoenix Park with its deer, trees and flower beds including the 22 acre (9 hectare) Victorian People’s Flower Gardens, or heading to one of the historic houses and parks such as Cabinteely, Newbridge or Pearse Museum in St. Enda’s Park, there’s outdoor space a plenty to enjoy spring’s blooming in Dublin.