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Dublin is not all about the city. Drag yourself away from the charm and the bustle of downtown Dublin and you won't have to go far for traditional seaside towns, tranquil mountains and parks, and exciting shopping.
At 707 hectares, Phoenix Park is one of Europe's biggest walled urban parks and the site of Aras an Uachtarain, home of the president of Ireland. Roam free with the resident herds of fallow deer among vast expanses of meadow and woodland, and discover more about the park and its wildlife at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.
Just because you're away from the city centre, doesn't mean you must abandon shopping - far from it! Dundrum Town Centre is Ireland's leading retail and leisure destination, with more than 100 shops, including southern Ireland's only House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols, Hamleys, and Hollister. And it's just 5km from the city centre.
Malahide Castle & Gardens form a historic landmark on Dublin's north coast. Dating back to the 12th century, the estate withstood the Battle of the Boyne and the Penal Laws, serving as a home to the Talbot family from 1185 to 1975. A guided tour provides insights into the family's fascinating history, and the 22-acre ornamental gardens are a stunning backdrop.
Howth is a charming seaside town about 15 km from Dublin city centre. Howth Head opens up great views of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow Mountains, and the bay itself contains a bird sanctuary and monastic island that you can visit by boat in summer. Follow the cliff paths to the ruined abbey and the remains of the 15th-century Howth Castle.
Drive half an hour from Dublin city centre and you're at the home of horse racing. Leopardstown stages some of the biggest races on the Irish calendar, both jump racing in winter and flat racing for the rest of the year. Enjoy the thrill of the Christmas festival, the fun-filled Live at Leopardstown racing and the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes in autumn.
If you're in Dun Laoghaire, walk south along the seafront to Sandycove, where you will find a historic tower. This martello tower is deceptively unassuming, but if you know your Joyce, you'll be aware that this is where Leopold Bloom began his odyssey through Dublin in Ulysses. Joyce also lived here for a while, and a museum provides insights into the area's Joycean associations.
A 3km drive west of Sandyford, County Dublin, you'll find Ticknock, home to 10 km of mountain and forest walks with some exceptional views of Dublin City, Dublin Bay, Bray Head, and the Wicklow Mountains. Amble along wooded trails or climb to the summit of the Three Rock Mountain (444 metres).
A few miles south of Rathfarnham, up a steep wooded trail from the car park at Killakee, is the notorious Hellfire Club. Looming over the grassy summit of Montpelier hill, the old stone hunting lodge is associated with strange tales relating to an elite 18th-century club that used to meet there. A magnet for hill-walkers and visitors, it remains shrouded in mystery.
The stunning Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin lie within minutes of the city centre. Home to beautifully restored, award-winning glasshouses, the gardens include a rock garden, rose garden, pond area, and arboretum, where more than 15,000 plant species make this a real urban oasis.
From the Grand Canal, you can float off to the west if you like, as the cruising range for barges can extend as far as Athlone and Portumna on the River Shannon. If you prefer to remain on land, the Grand Canal Way is a 117-kilometre trail that follows the towpath of the canal from Lucan Bridge, near Adamstown, to Shannon Harbour and takes about five days to complete.
3km from Dublin City
Enjoy a weekend break or a holiday in Ireland's capital city when you stay in one of these contemporar,y spacious, self catering apartments in Rathmines, only 2km from the city centre. This comfortable self catering accommodation is located off a quiet Victorian square.
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3.9km from Dublin City
Located in the residential area of Rathmines just 3km from the city centre, within walking distance of Stephen's Green, this self catering apartment is the perfect vacation retreat. The first-floor self catering property has everything you need for an enjoyable stay, with an en-suite master bedroom and another bedroom with a double bed and cot.
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This delightful accommodation is located in the pretty residential area of Rathmines, within walking distance of Stephens Green in the centre of Dublin city. A modern 1-bedroom apartment on the first floor, it is ideal for a weekend or city break in Europe’s favourite small city.
2.1km from Dublin City Centre
This 2-bedroom city centre self catering apartment has recently been completely refurbished to provide the comforts of a hotel, with the privacy of an apartment. Located just 8 minutes from Grafton Street on foot, it makes an ideal base for touring this wonderful city and its attractions.
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This 1-bedroom studio apartment has recently been completely refurbished to provide the comforts of a hotel, with the privacy of an apartment. Located opposite the head office of the Bank of Ireland, and in the centre of Dublin's established business district, it offers an ideal base for the business traveller.
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These apartments are conveniently located on Lower Baggot Street in Dublin's city centre. They are ideally located for a city break, allowing you to explore all that Dublin city has to offer. Features include one ensuite bedroom, a kitchenette, and a comfortable living area.
4.2km from Dublin City
Enjoy the convenience of this very bright and spacious four-bed semi-detached house close to the airport and city centre and opposite Dublin City University and the Helix Art Centre. The holiday home is in an urban setting close to many attractions, including the National Botanical Gardens, historical Glasnevin Cemetery, and unique public houses like "The Grave Diggers" (Kavanaghs). Dublin Tourism has awarded it a three-star rating.
4.2km from Swords
Enjoy 3-star accommodation at its best when you stay at this semi-detached house just 3km from Swords, 10km north of Dublin city, and 10 minutes' drive from the airport. This large holiday home has five bedrooms, so there is plenty of room for the kids. There is a combined kitchen/dining area with adjoining living room. Other features include a garden for guests' use and private car parking.
This beautifully appointed, bright, two-bedroom holiday apartment is located in the suburb of Rathmines, within walking distance of St Stephen's Green in Dublin city centre. Ideal for a weekend or city break, the luxury apartment comes complete with a welcome pack on your arrival.
3.7km from Swords
Experience the peace and tranquillity of a rural setting when you stay at this holiday home in Swords, County Dublin. Set in an area of rich farmland in rolling countryside, the 3-star property is only a 20-minute drive from the city centre.
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