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Great Day Trips From Dublin

By Zoe Smith, United Kingdom, March 2013

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With an abundance of scenic landscapes and historic sights easily reachable from Dublin, there are plenty of options for getting out of the city. Wicklow, known as the ‘Garden of Ireland’ thanks to its diverse and beautiful greenery, makes for a popular day trip and hikers can enjoy the varied terrain of the 132km-long Wicklow Way walking trail that crosses the county. Combine a visit to the town with a look at the 6th century monastic ruins nearby Glendalough located in the rugged Wicklow Mountains National park, where scenes from Braveheart and, more recently, P.S. I Love You, were filmed.

A visit to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth is another popular excursion, less than an hour’s drive from the city and home to some of Europe’s most significant Neolithic burial grounds, dating back to 3200BC.  The full-scale burial chamber replica and the Hill of Tara – once the seat of the High Kings – are also worth a visit.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Dublin Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Dublin.

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