Of course, you’ll get a sense of Dublin’s splendor within the cobblestone streets of the city. But what if we told you there’s so much more to explore in this little part of the world? A little ways away from the busy city streets, there’s a whole other side to the beautiful capital to experience. Venture a little further to experience what else Dublin has to offer. See where the locals spend their time and visit some of their most favourite spots.
National Botanic Gardens
16 minutes’ drive from the hotel
Not 5km away from the city centre is the peaceful sanctuary of the National Botanic Gardens. Founded in 1795, the gardens have been in bloom for 226 years. Restored between 1995 and 1999, they’re most famous for the charming glasshouses. They’re home to over 15,000 plants from around the world, 300 endangered, and 6 already extinct in the wild. The gardens are open all year round, except for Christmas Day, and are completely free to visit.
25 minutes’ drive from the hotel
On Dublin’s outer suburbs, lies a small fishing village on the peninsula. A treasure among Dublin locals, there are so many things to do in this seaside town. Do you enjoy a good walk? Howth is perfect for walks of all levels. Stroll down the pier or try one of the varying walking routes from the harbour to Howth Head. You’ll enjoy great views of the Bailey Lighthouse, Ireland’s Eye, and Lambay Island. Being a fishing village, there are lots of great restaurants to enjoy the catch of the day. There’s a wonderful little market if you’d prefer to eat al fresco. It features a collection of Irish crafts, antiques, handmade jewellery, and organic foods. Less than a 10-minute walk from the market is the beautiful Howth Castle and Gardens. Don’t miss out on a visit to this charming little village!
20 minutes’ drive from the hotel
The largest enclosed park in Europe should be on your list of things to do when in Dublin, right? We’d have to agree! Enjoy the best day out with family in this gorgeous park, with so much to see and do. From bike riding, deer spotting, tea rooms, and gorgeous gardens, it’s the perfect spot for a picnic. See the president’s house or visit one of the world’s oldest zoos, when it reopens. Check Dublin Zoo’s website for updates.
All within 20 minutes’ drive of the hotel
Often referred to as Velvet Strand, Portmarnock beach is five miles long. Walk the long sandy stretch and enjoy views of the dunes, Howth Habour, and the Dublin Mountains. Grab an ice cream in the warmer months or wrap up with a hot chocolate or tea when it’s cooler. It’s popular with locals for walking, horse riding, and sea swimming. And of course, the kids always love a day at the beach! There’s even a path stretching all the way to Malahide, should you fancy venturing on down.
Take a ramble through the quaint village of Malahide. With charming boutique stores, book shops, and the Really Old Sweet Shop, it sure is one of our favourites. The positively majestic Malahide Castle and Gardens date back to the 12th century. Of course, the main reason we love Malahide has to be the stunning beach. Why not go for a splash in the sea at the popular Low Rock? The natural cove is popular with families and great for paddling in shallow water. There is a free car park, facilities for the disabled, and a lifeguard (in summer months).
Another beautiful coastal town in north Dublin is Donabate. It’s less than a 15-minute drive from Dublin Airport and very accessible from the M50 and M1 motorways. With blue flag beaches and golf courses, it’s no wonder it’s such a favourite among locals and tourists alike. Canoeing and windsurfing are popular activities at Donabate beach. Kids will love exploring the rock pools too! There’s also a free car park, toilet facilities and a lifeguard (in summer months).
Maldron Hotel Dublin Airport
Just a 3-minute walk from both airport terminals, Maldron Hotel Dublin Airport overlooks terminal 2. Being the closest hotel to the airport, it’s the perfect base for your North Dublin adventure. The hotel features a bar and restaurant, and a secure car park. Check out the hotel’s great value Stay, Park, Fly packages.