A visit to Ireland’s capital fair city of Dublin is a must. Dublin has an abundance of wonderful hidden gems only waiting to be discovered. Come and unearth the many hidden gems of this wonderful, vibrant and exciting city called Dublin and see for yourself. The following article lists just a selection of some of Dublin’s many hidden gems. For further details please read on…
- Poolbeg Lighthouse
Standing tall on Dublin’s Great South Wall at Dublin Port you will find Poolbeg Lighthouse. The Great South Wall, also known as South Bull Wall, is one of the longest sea-walls in Europe. When you walk out to the end of the Great South Wall you can see a wonderful 360 degree view of Dublin that includes Dublin Bay, the Wicklow Mountains to the South, and glistening Howth to the north. Poolbeg Lighthouse is one of a formation of three, you can identify Poolbeg Lighthouse by its colour red. This is a wonderful hidden gem and offers a stunning setting for those who enjoy walking and getting out and about.
Nestled in Dublin City Centre just off O’Connell Street, and close to Dublin’s cultural quarter of Temple Bar, you will find Trinity College. This is truly one of the most amazing colleges in Europe and is a third-level institution in Ireland. Although this is a very significant tourist attraction in Dublin and is home to the famous and historical Book of Kells, the grounds of Trinity College are just as spectacular. The grounds, architecture, interesting sculptures and manicured gardens are well worth discovering when you visit Trinity College.
- Golf in Dublin
Dublin is home to many truly amazing lush green golf courses dotted throughout the county. The choice is endless and each offers a unique golfing experience that will test even the most experienced golfer. With manicured greens in stunning settings you must treat and challenge yourself with the many golf courses on offer here. Check out our article on Top Golf Courses in County Dublin
Irelands Eye is a beautiful little Island just 2km off the coast of Howth located in the northside of Dublin. This is a spectacular and picturesque island well worth a visit. Irelands Eye is accessible by boat, check out Island Ferries. Irelands Eye is a bird sanctuary, it is home to many different species of seabirds such as puffins, razorbills, guillemots, black-backed gulls and gannets to name a few!
Howth is a gem in it’s self and is easily accessible by public transport from Dublin city. Howth has a sizeable fishing fleet with buzzing fishmongers, fine restaurants and cafés, craft shops and lots to see and do activities including visiting Irelands Eye. This is a wonderful place to escape the bustle of Dublin city and explore just another hidden gem Dublin has to offer.
Heading south, another hidden gem worth a visit is the town of Dalkey home to Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre. Located just 10 miles south of Dublin City on the south end of Dublin Bay, Dalkey is a town steeped in history. Dalkey is home to many famous people like our very own writer Maeve Binchy and playwright Hugh Leonard. In recent years Dalkey has been knick-named ‘The Beverley Hills of Dublin’ as it is also home to some of Irelands biggest names like U2′s Bono and The Edge, actor Neil Jordan and singer Van Morrison to name a few!
Putting fame aside there is much to discover here, Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre will take you back in time with the amazing and award winning centre. Visit the Town House, Church and Graveyard, Art Gallery, Dalkey Townhouse and Gift Shop.
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