Dublin is a lovely city to visit, which has also a lot to offer. Not only in the city itself, but also outside of the city. There are many day trips from out Dublin which are worthwhile to make. There are a lot of organized tours from out Dublin, which aren’t even that expensive. So if you’re visiting Dublin, just go outside of the city for at least one or two days. So no matter how long you stay in this city, you won’t be able to get bored!
1. Wicklow Mountains
The Wicklow Mountains National Park is just around an hour away from Dublin, which makes it perfect for a long walk in the mountains. There are many tours to the Wicklow Mountain from out Dublin, but it’s also possible to go with your own transportation. This area has a typical Irish landscape and when you don’t have the typical Irish weather, it’s a perfect place to wander around in this nature park.
After a two hour drive on the ‘Peace Highway’, you arrive in Belfast. This city is the capital city of Northern-Ireland, which is a part of the United Kingdom. It has beautiful old buildings and churches. The most famous visitors attraction is the Titanic Experience, which is located in Belfast because it’s the birthplace of the Titanic. Something Belfast is known for is its ‘Peace Walls’, which has a big history. The Northern Ireland authorities committed to the removal of all peace walls by mutual consent by 2023. So if you want to see this historic place, you only have a couple of years left.
3. Giant Causeway
It’s long drive to the Giant Causeway from Dublin, but most tours have multiple stops between those two places. The ride is definitely not boring, because it has beautiful coastline views. The Giant Causeway is a nature wonder of the world, which has 37,000 basalt columns caused by volcanic activity. It’s an amazing place to visit, even though it’s a bit further away from Dublin.
4. Cliffs of Moher
Ireland is perfect for nature lovers like me. Visiting the Cliffs of Moher was definitely one of my favorites trips in Ireland. It’s such a stunning place and it felt like I was on the end of the world. Even though the cliffs are three hours away from Dublin, there are many organized tours to this nature sight.
5. Blarney Castle
Ireland is known for its many castles. Blarney Castle is one of the most famous ones in Ireland. The castle is pretty by itself, but the gardens are even nicer. It has beautiful places and it’s really huge. When you’re in the castle, you need to kiss the Blarney stone backwards. You should receive the ‘gift of the gab’ for 7 years.
Hop on the DART from the city-centre of Dublin to Howth. In just 30 minutes you’ll at a whole different place. Cliff paths lead around the coastline and through Howth village. Howth Head gives you a perfect view of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow Mountains. It’s just a lovely place to walk around and enjoy the Irish nature.
If you only have a few days in Dublin and you just want to do one or two day trips, I would recommend you to visit Howth and the Wicklow Mountains. Both are relatively nearby Dublin, so you’ll have all day to explore those places. If you really want to see something special, you definitely need to visit the Cliffs of Moher. It takes you a day, but I think it’s one of the prettiest places I’ve ever visited.