We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Countryside Dublin?

Washington DC...
Level Contributor
43 posts
5 reviews
Save Topic
Countryside Dublin?

Going to Dublin in a couple of weeks. Does anyone have any suggestions on very quick and short trips outside of the city centre to get a taste of the Irish countryside? Our time is very limited, hence why a town very close and convenient from Dublin city centre would be very ideal. Thanks everyone!

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
11,796 posts
65 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Countryside Dublin?

Powerscourt Gardens and Glendalough would make a nice day trip.

Other things in the area that we enjoyed: Irish National Stud, Castletown House, Newgrange/KNowth, Hill of Tata, Trim Castle, Russborough House.

Whitney, Texas
Destination Expert
for Ireland
Level Contributor
15,120 posts
26 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Countryside Dublin?

what do you call very quick and very short?.....

Ventry, Ireland
Destination Expert
for Dingle Peninsula
Level Contributor
7,855 posts
147 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Countryside Dublin?

Maynooth is a small town 40 minutes train ride from Dublin. Although it has a university (with a neo- gothic old campus worth a stroll) it has a small Irish town feel to it, and not touristy at all. There are important castle ruins in tge townand you can take a short side trip to the beautiful Castletown House in nearby Celbridge and stroll to the rolling riverside meadows.

Maynooth has some excellent cafes and restaurants offering excellent value. Bistro 53, Picaderos, the Avenue and Twist Cafe are all great.

Edited: 11 November 2013, 18:29
Level Contributor
1,874 posts
167 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Countryside Dublin?

Malahide, a small coastal village just 10 miles north of the city centre is easily reached by DART train (25 minutes) or bus #42 (50/55 minutes) would be worth considering. It has a lovely atmosphere with numerous restaurants and coffee shops. And if you have the energy and the weather is good, then there is a beautiful 2 mile coastal walk to Portmarnock where there is a magnificent beach with great views of Howth Head across the bay. You could continue on from there by bus #102 to Sutton train station and get a DART from there to Howth village, which is a small working fishing port, again with a good selection of restaurants and coffee shops. And while there get the #31 bus to Howth Head for magnificent views of Dublin Bay and the city. Non of these places could be called rural in the accepted sense, but there are nonetheless quite distinct and separate from the city.

5. Re: Countryside Dublin?

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 13 November 2014, 05:17
Still have questions?
Post your own question so other travellers can help.
Ask a question