Dublin – Things to See and Do in the Springtime

Posted by admin | Posted in Europe | Posted on 27-02-2011

The wonderful city of Dublin is an excellent place to visit at any time of the year, but it’s probably at its most magnificent during the spring time when the flowers are in bloom. In early to mid April, you’ll be able to catch the last of the daffodils, there will be plenty of tulips to see, and the cherry trees will be in bloom. People begin to hang wonderfully flowering baskets outside their homes, and the national Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin are superb at this time of year.

Dublin also has a fantastic array of accomodation ranging from hostels to 5 star luxury, if you are going to stay for one night in a Dublin hotel or longer then pick somewhere near Temple bar which is very central.

Farmleigh house situated just to the north west of Phoenix Park is an estate of 78 acres. The Georgian house was built in the late 18th century, and was home to various members of the Guinness family. There is an incredible library which is home to over 5000 items including many highly collectible Irish books and manuscripts, a wonderful walled garden, and a gallery which supplements the already quite substantial collection of art in Farmleigh house itself.

The Big Wheel at Point Village, Docklands is a lovely way to take a look out over this city. As well as seeing the capital in all its glory, you’ll get to see the Wicklow Mountains in the background, and if you choose an evening ride, then watching the sun set over the city can be very romantic too.

A visit to Dublin wouldn’t be complete without seeing Dublin castle. It’s not really a traditional castle having no moat or drawbridge, but is more a collection of buildings built around two courtyards. The outside is free, but if you want to see the beautiful interior (which is worth doing), then you do have to pay an entry fee. If you don’t want to pay, then you could take a stroll around the Dubh Linn Gardens that are hidden behind it. The original home to the Dubh Linn (dark pool) from which Dublin gets it’s name.

Temple Bar is one of the more charming neighbourhoods in Dublin with its cobbled streets, bars, cafes and art galleries. The Irish Film Institute, the Gallery of Photography and the Project Arts Centre are all here too, and you get a real feel of Irish charm if you sup a pint of the black stuff as you watch the world go by here.

If you’re heading to Dublin in Mid March, then you’ll probably want to join in with the St Patrick’s Day parade on the 17th of March. Some of the best of Europe’s street performers can be seen here, and there’s a four-day gala of entertainment. It’s also another excuse to have a drink too.

If this has whet your appetite to visit this wonderful city then a range of airlines sell cheap flights to Dublin leaving from most UK airports.

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