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Explore Your Local Dublin

By Visit Dublin

18th May 2021

Dublin may be a historic capital city — brimming with culture, shopping and urban life — but it holds its own as a county full of memorable outdoor experiences. From a dip in the Irish Sea to an enchanting forest walk, our list of local Dublin activities will whet your appetite for adventure.

Dublin’s best beaches

There’s nothing quite like a bracing dip in the Irish Sea on a warm summer day. Many will be excited at the thought of their first swim of the season — 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. 


Get sporty

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 the sun shines (and even when it doesn't), there’s no excuse not to get outside for a breath of fresh air and a stroll. See more great options on Visit Dublin’s list of nature spots.

Find a forest walk

When you live in or visit 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. Following the 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, many of them operated by Heritage Ireland in the care of the Office for Public Works (OPW). Admire the blooms in the National Botanic Gardens, take a step back in time at Rathfarnham Castle and enjoy the work of Edwin Van Lutyens at the Irish National War Memorial Gardens. Even better than having your fill of history is doing it for free: admission charges to all open, fee-paying OPW heritage sites are being waived until the end of 2021. Some heritage sites may have limited access so check the Heritage Ireland website before you visit.


Discover the incredible attractions on your own doorstep or book a short break to the capital — the opportunities for exploration in Dublin are endless. There’s so many local adventures to plan in our capital, whether you’re planning a family day out or a weekend away.

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