Ariel House is in the ideal location to explore Dublin by rail.
Make the most of your day trips by heading to the Lansdowne Road DART station, a mere two minute’s walk from our house.
Heading in a southbound direction will provide you with access to some of the prettiest places in Dublin!
In this post, I will be concentrating on the main south side stops, and in my next post – we’ll head off to the north side of the City.
The First Stop Is Lansdowne Road.
The Next Stops are …..
Dun Laoghaire has one of the largest piers in the country and is almost always thronged with walkers embracing the invigorating sea breeze. The bandstand on the pier was restored in 2010 and is a perfect example of a bygone era.
There is a well-maintained park nearby with a quaint tea room which is well worth a visit. If you are interested in water sports this is definitely a must for you, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding are all available.
Dalkey is a pretty little seaside resort and is famous for its award winning pubs and restaurants. Bulloch harbour is classified as a seal sanctuary and there are also three bottlenose dolphins in residence close by. It is a busy little town that is renowned for two festivals which take place annually.
The Dalkey Book Festival and the Lobster, Crab and all that Jazz festival. Both are great weekends where you will be sure to meet lots of interesting people.
Killiney has an absolutely beautiful park which has amazing views from the top. On a fine summers day, it is possible to see from the Sugarloaf mountain in the south to the Hill of Howth to the north. It is quite a climb to the top of the park but well worth if for the breathtaking view.
Killiney has a gorgeous beach, a golf club and lots of shady streets for you to explore.
Bray has a wonderful pebble beach which is overshadowed by the majestic Bray Head, perfect for climbing for the more energetic amongst you! There is a wonderful old fashioned promenade running along the sea front.
During warm summer days, the entire population of Dublin seems to descend upon it. There is always an amazing atmosphere here and it has lots of lovely outdoor space to enjoy a picnic.
No trip to Bray is complete without a bag of vinegar drenched chips, whilst sitting on the beach together with a large 99 ice cream cone, from one of the sea front kiosks.
We hope you get a chance to explore our lovely nearby towns and there are many more treasures to uncover just off the DART line, not mentioned above. Look out for my next post where we’ll explore some northside venues.
If you want any help with planning your day trips, or want to explore further afield, please don’t hesitate to enquire at our Ariel House reception.
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