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Advice needed for quick day trips outside of Dublin

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Advice needed for quick day trips outside of Dublin

I'm going to be in Dublin with my mom for a week in April; we plan to hang out in the city the first few days but will be renting a car and doing some sightseeing the last three days (but still sleeping in Dublin). Can you recommend some cute cities or towns or sights within 2 hours drive or less of Dublin that would be good options for us to get a taste of Ireland? We're not big drinkers or museum goers- we love cafes, boutiques, farmers markets, the sea, and getting a glimpse of local life. Any recommendations would be much appreciated. Thank you!

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1. Re: Advice needed for quick day trips outside of Dublin

Perhaps you don't need to hire a car. It will be a nuisance for you in Dublin. There is an excellent suburban rail service called Dart that runs along the coast. Seaside towns like Howth, Malahide, Bray , greystones all meet your criteria. If you want to venture further day trips to Belfast or Wexford are possible by train

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2. Re: Advice needed for quick day trips outside of Dublin

Good recommendation from Soonas. Alternatively, you could move to one of these towns for the last part of your stay and get a car to go a bit further afield. There will be many accommodation choices offering free parking. We stayed in Malahide for several days and took day trips to Glendalough, Newgrange and Trim--all less than 2 hours driving. We were in Belfast before heading to Malahide and it took 2 hours or less to make that drive, so you could go there as well.

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I would also recommend getting the Dart to the pretty village of Dalkey and walking to Dun Laoghaire via Colimore Harbour,Glasthule and Sandycove. It's a very interesting and pretty walk if it's a nice day!





Don't think you would have enough time but Wexford Town is a real treat to visit! A really pretty historic Irish town with some great shopping! You could get the train there.............but it's worth an overnight stay.



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4. Re: Advice needed for quick day trips outside of Dublin

Totally with the Suzy Flag.

Sundays in Dun Laoghaire might be right up your street as their is a lovely Farmers Market in the Peoples Park (except for poor weather i.e lots of rain) with great food and all the locals soaking up a bit of quality time off.

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Come North of Dublin and visit Bru Na Boinne for Newgrange http://www.newgrange.com/ & www.worldheritageireland.ie/bru-na-boinne/ and travel onwards to visit the beautiful medieval town of Carlingford http://www.carlingford.ie/ You could plan the morning in Newgrange, have lunch and a browse around Carlingford. It has great quirky little boutique shops along with the most spectacular scenery and history.

You would be back in Dublin in about 1.5 hours and a handy drive - motorway practically all the way.

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If I can add something to the list - one of the close-by places I always take friends and family to is Glendalough in Co. Wicklow - loads to see and do, very relaxing; you can also go a bit further if you decide to hire a car - towards Sally Gap for lovely views of the mountains. Another favourite of mine is Howth on a Sunday morning - there's lovely farmers market on, highly recommended.

Also if you're into flowers and plants - Japanese Gardens in Co. Kildare are really nice.


It really depends on what you're into as there's plenty to do and see around Dublin. The whole county Wicklow if full of amazing gardens, forests, very relaxing, the coast offers cliff walks and marinas and Belfast is close enough too...

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