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Explore Your Local Dublin

By Visit Dublin

17th June 2020

As we move further into June, nationwide restrictions are loosening within Ireland’s planned roadmap to recovery. Permissions have now been extended to allow individuals to travel freely within the borders of their own counties and within 20km of their home – whichever is greater. These changes enable people to head out to explore their local areas responsibly, embark on local days out and make some summer plans.

Dubliners and long-term visitors to the capital are lucky to have a whole host of eclectic and exciting activities inside their county borders. We’ve compiled a list for Dublin dwellers and their close-by neighbours, as well as those who have found themselves in lockdown in Ireland’s capital — Matt Damon among them, before his recent departure for home.

Dublin’s best beaches

There’s nothing quite like a bracing dip in the Irish Sea on a warm summer day. And with sunnier days looming, many will be excited for their first swim — so why not take a day trip out to some of Dublin’s best beaches? Beautiful scenery, clear waters and that relaxing feeling of sand between your toes awaits. Start planning your beach day to get the best out of the good weather. 


Retro movie nights

Are you sick of watching movies on your laptop? Do you miss the big screen experience? Want to feel like you’re in 1950s America? Well, Retro Movie Drive-In should be added to your to-do list, pronto. Created in 2015, Retro Drive-In Movies screen famous films on the word’s biggest outdoor LED screen, so you won’t have to worry about not being able to see. Check them out on Facebook or visit their website for more detail on the films they’re planning to screen.

Get sporty

After months of staring at the four walls of our own homes, it’s no surprise that people will be itching to get out for some adventure. Sport Ireland Outdoors has an array of activities for people to explore in order to get active outside — include walking, cycling, and water sports. They give you the option to search for and tailor your preferred type of trail, with locations, length and difficulty filters. Discover your next trail today!


Nature spotting

From the deer lazing in Phoenix Park to the swans gliding along the canal, there’s no shortage of beautiful sights and nature spotting in Dublin’s fair city. When we have such fair weather, there’s no excuse not to get outside for a breath of fresh air and a stroll to keep spirits up. See more great options on Visit Dublin’s list of nature spots.

Find a forest walk

When you live in a capital city, sometimes it’s nice to escape to the wilderness for an afternoon. Coillte cares for and provides access to one million acres of the country’s most beautiful landscape — known as Ireland’s biggest outdoor playground. From lush forests and wild bogs, to flowing rivers and magical mountain trails, there’s plenty to be explored and enjoyed. Find out more on Coillte's website

Go wild at the zoo

Learn about animals as you take an Outdoor Safari Trail at Dublin Zoo. Stay socially distanced and safe by following the one-way walking route while admiring the herd of Asian elephants, the newborn Humboldt penguin chicks and the many other animal sights and sounds of the zoo. A great family day out for all ages. 

Indulge in some authentic Irish heritage

Dublin boasts plenty of historical sites, cultural centres and city parks, which is why we’re thrilled that Heritage Ireland will be opening some of their locations over the coming month. Dubliners will soon be able to admire the summer bloom in the National Botanic Gardens, take a step back in time at Rathfarnham Castle, learn about Ireland’s past in Kilmainham Gaol and pay their respects in Glasnevin Cemetery. Please note that some sites may have reduced capacity so download the whole list of Irish Heritage sites reopening before you go.


When it comes to what’s nearby, there are plenty more local treasures to make the most of. But if you don’t feel like going out just yet and would prefer to entertain yourself indoors, there are a wide variety of virtual experiences — cultural, educational and fun — to keep you occupied in the comfort of your own home. Plan some at-home adventures now.

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