Day Trips from Dublin | Traveling in Ireland Podcast Episode 57

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Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, and home to the country’s busiest airport, is an obvious place to begin or end your Ireland vacation. You can even base yourself in the capital city and take some amazing day trips from Dublin!

Today Jody shares her favorite Dublin day trips – no car required!

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(1:03) When in Dublin

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(2:08) The Monastic City of Glendalough

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One of the best views of Glendalough is found along the pathway beyond the visitor centre.

In the heart of the Wicklow Mountins, just 30 minutes south of Dublin, the hermit monk St. Kevin founded a settlement that would become one of the country's great ecclesiastical centres of learning. The remains of the monastic city, including the round tower, date from the 10th-12th centuries.

Do It Yourself day trip from Dublin Hop aboard the Glendalough Bus at St. Steven's Green. Spend time in the Glendalough Visitor Centre before exploring the monastic site. Wear good hiking boots and dress in layers to get out end enjoy some of the nearby marked walking trails. 

Join a Guided Tour Glendalough & Powerscourt Gardens This tour takes you through Dublin’s beautiful south coast by double-decker bus and includes a visit to the Powerscourt House and Gardens, and the historical monastic site of Glendalough.

(5:30) Malahide Castle and Village

Malahide Castle's hidden door. Dublin with kids. Ireland travel tips.
Malahide Castle's hidden door

The village of Malahide is a terrific half-day getaway from Dublin.

Do It Yourself day trip from Dublin Take the train from Dublin city centre in under 30 minutes or Dublin Bus route 32 or 42. Take a guided castle tour and explore the gardens. Enjoy the village's charming shops and tasty restaurants.

Interested in family photos at Malahide? Here's how we did it.

Join a Guided Tour  Malahide Castle & Howth Summit Walk Visit 12th-century Malahide Castle and its extensive grounds. Visit the quaint seaside village of Malahide with its shops, cafés and marina. Enjoy exclusive access to the highest point on Howth Head Peninsula via a quarry road.

(9:34) The Medieval City of Kilkenny

Kilkenny Castle was built at a fording point of the River Nore in 1159AD by William Marshall. In 1391 James Butler, the 3rd Earl of Ormonde, bought the castle and established himself as ruler in the area. The castle was a residence of the Butler family until 1935. The last member of the Butler family sold the castle to the local Castle Restoration Committee in the middle of the 20th century for £50. Shortly afterward it was handed over to the Irish State. Ireland travel tips | Ireland vacation | IrelandFamilyVacations.com
Kilkenny Castle was built at a fording point of the River Nore in 1159AD by William Marshall.

Kilkenny is a wonderfully walkable city with loads to do! Plan a full day to enjoy everything the city has to offer!

Do It Yourself day trip from Dublin Take the train from Dublin city centre in just 90 minutes or direct bus routes on Dublin Coach or JJ Kavanagh & Sons. If you want to enjoy the highlights of medieval Kilkenny plan to arrive early and pick up a Medieval Mile Pass. This pass includes entry into castles, museums, and even a round tower, as well as tours and discounts. If you love sports make plans to try hurling at The Kilkenny Way.

Join a Guided Tour Kilkenny & Wicklow Mountain full day tour This full day tour from Dublin includes time to explore Kilkenny city, as well as a tour through the Wicklow Mountians and a stop at Glendalough.

(13:42) Lively Galway City

Latin Quarter in Galway City
The Latin Quarter in Galway City is bustling with shops, restaurants, and pubs.

Galway city is a bustling harbour town with a lively traditional vibe.

Do It Yourself day trip from Dublin The train from Dublin city centre takes just 2.5 hours or CityLink Express bus service takes only slightly longer. Visit historic Galway sites like the Galway Museum, Spanish Arch, Kerwin's Lane and The Claddagh. The Latin Quarter is a busy spot filled with shops, restaurants, and pubs.

Join a Guided Tour Cliffs of Moher, Burren & Galway full day tour This full day tour leaves Dublin early! You'll get to explore Galway city and the Burren, with extended stops at the Cliffs of Moher and Kilmacdough Monastery.

(17:10) Belfast in Northern Ireland

SS Nomadic, the only remaining White Star Line ship, sits in drydock near Titanic Belfast. The guided tour here is easily one of the best in Belfast. Irealnd vacation | Ireland travel tips | Northern Ireland | IrelandFamilyVacations.com
SS Nomadic in front of Titanic Belfast

Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland, is both Irish and British, and has a very different vibe than Dublin.

Do It Yourself Day Trip from Dublin It takes just 2.5 hours to reach Belfast by train from Dublin city centre. Titanic Belfast is an incredible tour, but if you don't want to take the time to do it be sure to walk through the shipyard and do take a tour of the SS Nomadic, the last remaining White Star Line ship. Book a Black Cab tour (we like Paddy Campbell's) to help you understand the history of The Troubles and sign your name to the Peace Walls that still divide the city. More time? Consider the Ulster Muesum, Botanic Gardens, or CS Lewis Square.

Join a Guided Tour Belfast & Titanic Experience full day tour from Dublin This tour takes you to the Peace Walls and Republican Museum, before giving you time to explore on your own. A tour of the HMS Caroline and highlights of the Titanic Experience round out your experience.

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(21:00) Thanks for listening!

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