The sun is shining (and if it's not today - it will be tomorrow!), so get out into the fresh air and open spaces of Dublin. We start our round up within the city, but if the weather looks set to be fair for the whole day there's some wonderful coast and countryside just a short journey out of town. Start early and make a full day of it!
We start off with Dublin's favourite open-air space, Phoenix Park. It's perfect for a walk, with plenty of interest en route, including historic monuments and gardens, or for a day at the Zoo, which is also within the park.
If you're sure about the weather spend some time in Dublin's two finest "city-centre parks" - St Stephen's Green and Merrion Square.
Our 4th choice is a bit of an oddity - but it is a tour in an open-topped vehicle that eventually splashes down in the docks, so you really want a nice sunny outdoorsy kind of day to enjoy it at its best.
OK, it's time to get out of town. The National Botanic Gardens are just a short bus ride from the centre and provide a perfect leafy retreat from the bustle of the city.
Next we have a selection of the best outdoors excursions. Dublin Bay and Malahide Castle is an easy half day tour with a mix of attractions; Sandymount Strand is perfect for a walk on the beach; Glendalough is a fabulous Celtic monastic day out; the South Coast Tour plus Powerscourt calls at one of Ireland's most beautiful estates; and Newgrange is the
tour for pre-history buffs.
Park Gate Street
tours depart from north side of St Stephen's Green
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