Feeling adventurous? Then get thee to the 40 Foot in Sandycove. Once a gentleman’s bathing area (the sign is still there, but pay no heed ladies), this spot on the southernmost tip of Dublin Bay is perfect for a refreshing leap into the sea – something Dubliners have been doing for hundreds of years. Birthday suits acceptable, but not essential!
And whether you’re a diehard literature fan or not, be sure to check out the iconic Martello Tower, as featured in Ulysses (now home to the James Joyce Museum). Fact fans: The tower was built in 1804 as a defence against an invasion by Napoleon. Today, you’ll find a collection of letters, photographs and other Joyce memorabilia.
Head out to Dalkey on the southbound Dart line for a soothing sojourn by the sea, just 30 minutes from the city. If you’re looking for a relaxing dip, you can’t beat the Vico. It can be tricky to find but follow the signs and here you’ll find handrails and a ladder leading into the water, and an adjoining seawater pool if the sea gets too choppy. What’s more, you might make some friendly new swimming friends, as the sea here is home to dolphins, porpoises and seals. After your dip, there are plenty of things to do in Dalkey: you can take a tour at its castle and heritage centre. And look out for Bono! He lives nearby…