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Springtime in Dublin

By Visit Dublin

26th January 2020

The days are getting longer, the sky's getting brighter, and people are in fine form. It must be spring! The new season brings fun for everyone in Ireland's fair city. So check out these five ways to get the maximum out of your days as you keep discovering Dublin this springtime...

Take to the water

As the weather gets calmer, it's the perfect time to take to the rivers, lakes and oceans around Dublin. For the adventurous amongst us, adrenaline highs can be sought and found in Grand Canal Dock thanks to Wakedock and their wakeboarding facilities. Beginners will be treated gently, with the more advanced getting their kicks thanks to obstacles. Maybe try some stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) or kitesurfing with Pure Magic on some of Dublin's finest beaches. 

For those who prefer slightly less strenuous activities, let someone else take control as you cruise around Dublin Bay and get a unique view of Dublin. Or perhaps you'd like to learn more about the city while driving through the streets and into the River Liffey on a Viking Splash tour.

Get on your bike

Put your foot to the pedal as you explore the streets of Dublin by bike. Take the stress out of finding parking by renting a bike at any of the Dublin Bike locations dotted throughout the city.  

Alternatively, head for the mountains and indulge in the scenic views from the Ticknock Mountain Bike Trail while following a one or two-hour trail. 

Herd of deer in Phoenix Park on a sunny day

Deer in Phoenix Park

Go wild 

One thing Dublin is blessed with is plenty of parks. From small but perfectly formed inner-city sanctums such as the Iveagh Gardens to a park twice the size of New York's Central Park the Phoenix Park. Dublin's gardens and parks offer some respite from the bustle of the city and give nature lovers the chance to spot wildlife. 

The Phoenix Park is home to 50% of Ireland's mammal species and 40% of its birds, so if you are hoping to immerse yourself in Irish wildlife, here is a great place to do it! Fill your lungs with fresh air and take a wander amongst the trees and get to know Dublin's natural beauty.

Walk this way

Exploring the city on foot is one of the best ways to see its hidden treasures and get to know the real Dublin. Whether you take a guided tour such as Pat Liddy's tours to learn the history of the city, or the Public Art tour showcasing some of Dublin's finest monuments and artworks, you'll see this old town in a new light.

Or why not download a guide and discover the city yourself? The Dublin Discovery Tours offer a range of downloadable tours to help you uncover the stories that made our capital what it is today.

Couple looking at art in the National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland

We heart art

Dodge any spring showers by indulging in some gallery hopping. Check out the treasures of the Irish art world at the National Gallery of Ireland, home to some of our most famous works. If modern art is more your thing, make sure you take in a tour of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) at the Royal Kilmainham Hospital. Here you can come face to face with some gems from both Irish and International artists while also enjoying the stunning grounds of the hospital. 

Even if you are not into art or the great outdoors, there is still plenty for everyone in Dublin this springtime. With great theatre, fantastic shopping, fabulous restaurants, a lively music and nightlife scene, Dublin is waiting for you to discover it all this spring.

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