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Top 5 Day Trips From Dublin City

Ireland’s capital city has a rich history of culture, arts and nightlife. Home to the famed River Liffey and The Temple Bar you would be forgiven for never wanting to leave Dublin. 

Luckily for you, you can travel to just about anywhere in the country from Dublin and back again in a day. 

So if you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the fair city, here are some of our top recommendations.

  1. Howth
  2. Wicklow Mountains 
  3. Cliffs of Moher
  4. Kilkenny Castle & City
  5. Connemara & Galway City. 

Howth

Easily the closest of all our destinations on this list. Howth is located just a short 25 minute journey from Dublin City centre. You can take the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) train to this picturesque little fishing village. City dwellers often make the short journey to the rocky peninsula to get a well-earned break from stresses of cosmopolitan life.

Howth offers the delights of fresh sea air to accompany you on your rural hike through this delightful part of the East Coast of Ireland. We recommend visiting Howth Cliff Walk, a family-friendly path with phenomenal panoramic views. There are also countless sights to see like Howth Castle & Gardens, The National Transport Museum and St Mary’s Abbey Medieval ruins to wander around.

A short walk from the train station and you will find delicious street food, handmade jewellery and traditional Irish crafts jumping out from there individual market stalls.

Wicklow Mountains

Spread out over 85 miles, the Wicklow Mountains are a natural wonderland of endless hills, boggy marshes, icy marshes and windswept heaths. The raw natural beauty of Wicklow Mountains is all the more impressive when considering how close this wonderful escape is from Dublin.

The area is sometimes known as Ireland’s Hollywood because many of the countries most famous stars own property in this untouched part of the country. Bono, Daniel Day-Lewis and Guinness family all have homes in and around the Wicklow Mountains.

These mountains host endless walking trails and medieval ruin sights, some of you may have even seen the landscape on films and TV like P.S. I Love You and Vikings. The most popular attraction in this part of Ireland would be the Monastic City at Glendalough.  Located in what is known as the valley of lakes, this early Christian monastery was founded in the sixth century by Saint Kevin. Adventurers can find the ruins of a cathedral and a majestic Irish round tower.

The Cliffs of Moher

At the westernmost edge of the Emerald Isle, the hardy Cliffs of Moher tower nearly 702 feet above the Atlantic ocean. No trip to Ireland is complete without stopping off at these breathtaking cliffs. So breathtaking in fact that they were used in the filming of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Considered by many to be the top destination to visit in Ireland, this unique section of coastline stretches for five miles along the ocean. These striated limestone cliffs are constantly being beaten by the Atlantic winds and waves, resulting in remarkable views all year round. On a clear day, it is possible to see as far west as the Aran Islands, beyond the islands the next bit of land to the West would be the United States.

The cliffs are located on the western border of County Clare, less than an hours drive from Shannon Airport. Travellers from Dublin can take a train to Ennis, and from there take a public bus which makes trips to the cliffs Visitor Centre three times a day.

The Kilkenny Castle & City

Kilkenny is located just an hour away from Dublin so it makes for the perfect day trip from the capital! It is often frequented by Dubliners on weekend getaways or stag parties. The city boasts an electric nightlife. When you aren’t enjoying some of the many pubs and restaurants in the city, go and check out the famous Kilkenny Castle.

One of Ireland’s most visited heritage sites, the Kilkenny Castle was initially built for the powerful Butler family in the 12th century, though much of the present look dates from the Victorian times. From November to January visits are by guided tours only, with self-guided tours from February to October. One standout part of the tour is the Long Gallery which boasts a painted roof and carved marble fireplace.

Connemara & Galway City

Arguably Ireland’s most untouched regions, Connemara is a must-see. Located on the West Coast in County Galway this destination may seem far from Dublin City, but with the train running from Dublin to Galway every hour you can be there in 2 hours 30 minutes.

Thousands of people flock to Connemara every year to see the wild beauty it has to offer. This district really captures the true essence of the West of Ireland with its Connemara ponies, valleys, lakes, thatched cottages and the famous Clifden Castle. Make sure you give yourself enough time to visit Galway city whilst stopping through, this wonderfully quirky city is bustling with traditional Irish music and culture. Eyre Square, 16th Century Spanish Arch, Druid Lane Theatre and the Spanish Quarter are all worth visiting.

If you do decide to embark on any one of these marvellous day trips, why not get your laundry done whilst your away? Laundryheap is here to help with a same day laundry and dry cleaning service with free next day delivery in Dublin.


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7 Instagrammable Spots In Dublin

Want to know where the best spots for taking Instagram worthy photos in Dublin are? Here are some amazing places that would look great on your Instagram feed.

7 Instagrammable Spots In Dublin

  1. Samuel Beckett Bridge
  2. Howth
  3. The Ha’penny Bridge
  4. Trinity College
  5. River Liffey
  6. Dún Laoghaire
  7. St. Stephens Park

Samuel Beckett Bridge

Located at the docks of the River Liffey is the iconic harp styled bridge, the Samuel Beckett Bridge. At night, you can get the opportunity to take shots with the building reflecting in the waters as it lights up.

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Howth

For a quick getaway from the city and a chance to take aesthetically pleasing photos of the sea and cliffs, Howth is a great place to visit.

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The Ha’penny Bridge

Take pictures on the famous Ha’Penny bridge or get a panoramic shot from the O’Connell bridge or the Millenium bridge.

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Trinity College

You’ll want to check out the old library inside Trinity College and take shots of it’s amazing architecture and design. It will cost you €14 to access the library if you’re not a student there.

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Dublin’s Georgian Doors

Along Merrion Square, St. Stephen’s Green, Fitzwilliam Square and the Georgian Quarter, you’ll find many of Dublin’s Instagram famous Georgian doors.

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Dún Laoghaire

Whether it’s a view from Dublin bay or right at the pier,  you can capture some stunning photos of Dún Laoghaire.

St. Stephens Green

Take photos at Dublin’s largest park, St Stephen’s Green. With formal gardens, lakes and picturesque bandstands, you’ll have many things to capture.

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Whether you’re a resident or a tourist in Dublin, we’ll be happy to take care of your laundry while you enjoy wandering through this beautiful picturesque city.


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5 Unique Experiences To Try In Dublin

While there are so many fun things to see and do in Dublin there are some experiences that are out of the ordinary. Here are 5 unique experiences you might want to try on your trip in Dublin. 

5 Unique Experiences To Try In Dublin

  • Take a dip in the Forty Foot Irish sea
  • Play board games with strangers
  • Go city kayaking
  • Learn how to save the planet
  • Try brown-bread ice-cream

Take A Dip In The Forty Foot Irish Sea

Enjoy a swim in the cold waters of the Irish sea at Forty Foot. This historic bathing spot is a promontory located on the southern tip of Dublin Bay and was once exclusively a bathing area for men only. Now it is a pool enjoyed by men, women and children.

Play Board Games With Strangers

Have a chilled day at The Clockwork Door. Play board games, enjoy unlimited tea, coffee and snacks and meet new people. This board game cafe lets you pay only for the time you spend there while you enjoy everything else for free. They also offer VR and escape room games, a study room, video games room, and host regular events.

Go City Kayaking

Navigate the city by city kayaking along the river Liffey which flows through the heart of Dublin city. Admire Dublin’s famous landmarks at a unique angle, learn about the city from an experienced guide and paddle under the famous O’Connell and Ha’penny bridges.

Learn How To Save The Planet

Experience an interactive journey with the Cool Planet Experience to discover what climate change is all about through games, immersion and competition. You’ll learn about the issues of climate change as well as innovations and solutions that you can do to help solve the problem.

Try Brown-Bread Ice Cream

Murphy’s ice cream is famous for its naturally hand-made ice cream presenting unique flavours such as Irish brown bread (aran donn) and sea salt (salann).

If you happen to need a convenient laundry and dry cleaning service while in Dublin, Laundryheap can take care of all of your laundry needs.


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Why You Should Visit Dublin

Dublin is a picturesque city surrounded by sea and nature with various historical sites and monuments. If you’re debating whether you should visit Dublin or not, here are a few reasons why you should.

Why You Should Visit Dublin

  • The History
  • Literature
  • Scenery and Landscapes
  • Guinness
  • Irish food

The History

Dublin is a medieval city filled with a fascinating history. There you will come across many ancient buildings, historical landmarks and memorials. You can find artefacts and exhibits in the National Museum and National Library or take a tour in the little museum of Dublin. From centuries-old cathedrals and churches to old monuments and ancient areas, there’s so much to see and do.

Literature

Whether it’s singing a song or writing a poem/ novel, the Irish are literary people. Dublin has a rich heritage when it comes to literature. Irish greats like Joyce, Wilde, Beckett and Binchy have built an immense literary reputation. There are many literary attractions to visit in Dublin, such as the Dublin writers museum and the literary walking tour.

Scenery and Landscapes

Dublin is known for its beautiful landscape and views of the sea. From several parks located in the city like Stephens Green and Phoenix Park to the stunning cliff views of the sea. You can enjoy both the city and nature, only a few minutes away from each other.

Guinness

Guinness tastes so much better in its home city. If you didn’t know already, Guinness is brewed at the Guinness Storehouse where you can take an interactive tour and try brewer’s experiment beers that you can’t get anywhere else in the world because it won’t ever leave the premises. You can also enjoy a fresh flowing tap of Guinness in any one of the many pubs in Dublin as well as the pubs ambience.

Irish Food

From well-fed Irish cows and freshly caught Salmon to green fields of vegetables, food served in Dublin are always of high quality because all of its ingredients are fresh. You’ll find that Irish dairy like butter and cream is so rich and flavourful, it’s incomparable to any others you’ve ever tasted.

If or when you do decide to visit Dublin, don’t worry about getting your clothes cleaned. You can book a collection with Laundryheap and have your items cleaned and delivered to your hotel or Airbnb within 24 hours.

If you’ve visited Dublin before and fell in love with the city, let us know in the comments section what you love about the city.


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Things To Do In Dublin With The Kids

If you are planning a family trip to Dublin with your kids, there are many activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Things To Do In Dublin With The Kids

  • Rainforest adventure golf

Go mini-golfing with the family at rainforest adventure golf. This mini-golf course has two indoor 18 hole courses- Aztec and Mayan themed, suitable for both little and big kids. Each mini-golf course lasts about 45 mins, so you can take a break at the café or have fun in their mini arcade.

  • Aqua Zone at the National Aquatic Centre

Enjoy a family day at the aqua zone waterpark located in the national aquatic centre. With 8 water activity attractions, there is something fun for everyone in the family to do. There’s a pirate ship playground for kids, a wave pool, a lazy river for relaxation and more.

  • Viking Splash Tours

Take a tour of the city on land and water with Viking splash tours. A unique 75-minute tour by ‘Viking guides’ delivering informative, entertaining and engaging commentary as they point out some of Dublin’s famous attractions such as trinity college and St. Patrick’s cathedral. A great and fun experience for families.

  • The Chocolate Warehouse

Let your kids learn about the history of chocolate and where it comes from at the chocolate warehouse. Workshops last around two hours and include a 25-minute video of the origins of cocoa beans, a chocolate-making demo and a tour of machinery used in the chocolate factory. You can also have practical sessions of coating and decorating of chocolates. 

  • Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum

Specifically for children up to 9 years of age, this museum is educationally designed to inspire learning in science, theatre, art, engineering, health and environmental workshops where kids and their parents can engage in creative play. Each session lasts two hours and operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Malahide Castle

Pay for a guided tour in the Malahide castle or explore the castle grounds and let your kids enjoy a playground, zipline, a diggers pit and plenty of space to run around. There is also a garden and butterfly house where you can see exotic plants, green space and natural beauty, and an interactive fairy trail full of fun- perfect for kids of all ages.

  • Dublin Zoo

Get close up to the animals at the Dublin zoo located in Phoenix Park. Take your kids to learn about wild animals and endangered species. Dublin Zoo is a registered charity, so your visit will help to develop new habitats, experiences and contribute to conservation.

There are also varioufree activities in Dublin that you can do with your kids, such as enjoying a day out in Phoenix park or taking a stroll along the Howth cliff walk.

Whatever activities you decide to do on your trip with your kids, one thing for sure is that you don’t have to worry about doing the laundry if your kids’ clothes get dirty. With Laundryheap, you can book a collection and have your items cleaned and delivered to your hotel or Airbnb within 24 hours.


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10 Free Things To Do In Dublin

If you’re currently in Dublin or planning a visit and want to know what to do when you get there, here are 10 free things you can do in Dublin.

10 Free Things To Do In Dublin

  • National Museums

Learn more about the rich culture and history of Ireland in one of the 3 national museums located around the city. The museum of archaeology, where you can see primaeval artefacts, the decorative arts and history museum, for Irish clothing and furniture and the natural history museum, where you can see a collection of animals from Ireland.

  • Irish Museum Of Modern Art

Take a trip to the IMMA (Irish of modern art) and see a mixture of both exhibitions and collections focused on contemporary art.

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  • Science Gallery

Visit the science gallery to experience a unique hands-on, interactive gallery that combines science and art. The gallery holds many exhibitions that are never the same and hosts workshops, talks and other events. 

  • Chester Beatty 

Check out Ireland’s top museum that contains one of Europe’s best collections of promoting the appreciation and understanding of world cultures. There is a large selection of cultural displays with holdings of manuscripts, rare books, and other treasures from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

  • Trinity College

Take a quick visit to one of the oldest structures in Dublin, the Trinity college founded in 1592, located alongside Grafton Street. The old library and the book of Kells are the main attraction of Trinity college but are not free. However, you can stroll along the grounds as there are plenty of things to see.

  • Phoenix Park

Take a stroll through one of the biggest parks in Dublin, Phoenix Park. This park covers about 710 hectares and is home to remarkable monuments,  flower beds and wild deers. It is the perfect place to go to for a walk, play some friendly sports or to sit and relax. It is also home to the Dublin zoo.

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  • The Iveagh Gardens

Take a trip to the ‘hidden gem’ of the city centre, Iveagh Gardens. There you will see sculptures, sunken lawns, rockeries, rose gardens, a hedge maze and a waterfall.

  • St. Stephens Green

Located right at the top of Graftons street, St. Stephens Park is a large Victorian park that covers around 9 hectares (22acres). With over 3.5km pathways, a pond, a waterfall and several sculptures, It’s another great place to relax, take a stroll or have a picnic. 

  • The Howth Cliff Walk

Take a journey to Howth- a seaside village- with lovely scenery and great seafood. Take a walk along the Howth cliff for an incredible view of Dublin Bay and the city.

  • Poolbeg Lighthouse

Get a unique perspective on Dublin and take a walk along the South Wall all the way out to the 20m high Poolbeg Lighthouse. You’ll also see the stunning view of the Bay and the city. You can best enjoy it on a summers day before sunset.

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If on your visit you require a reliable laundry service, Laundryheap will be able to do the job for you. We offer laundry, dry cleaning and ironing and will collect and deliver your items within 24 hours. 


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5 Useful Apps For Expats In Dublin

Dublin is a small but largely populated county, everything is accessible but, as an expat, you still have to get used to how things work. From getting around to discovering new places, here are 5 apps that you may find useful if you’re living in Dublin.

5 Useful Apps For Expats In Dublin

To start with, you’ll definitely need a transportation app for getting around. It is especially useful and convenient if you want to visit the smaller towns just outside Dublin.

The Irish rail app lets you plan your journey and gives you real-time information on arrivals, departures and delays. It also includes DART trains.

Irish Rail: iOS and Android

Dublin’s Luas is a lightrail/tram service, great for when you’re navigating around the city and to tourist destinations.

Luas: iOS and Android

Unfortunately, Dublin’s bus services aren’t that reliable in terms of arrival time. So, it will be super helpful to download the bus app to check routes, see the timetable and plan bus journeys. You can also use it to check your fare. This app is only available on iOS.

If you want to keep up with the latest movies, TV shows, events and more, in Ireland including Dublin, this app gives you all the information you need to stay updated. This app is available on iOS and Android

Living in Dublin can be pretty pricey, especially when it comes to buying or renting properties. Daft lets you search for houses, apartments and other properties that are on sale and available for rent. It also allows users to put their property up for sale too. Get the app on iOS and Android

For days when you have a massive pile of laundry that you need to catch up on or for emergencies, you can schedule a collection with Laundryheap for a helping hand. Collection and delivery is free and it’s all done within 24 hours. Download the app on iOS or Android.


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8 Things Expats Should Know Before Moving To Dublin

Dublin is no doubt a beautiful county in Ireland with rich history. Whether you’re planning to temporarily or permanently move to Dublin, here are 8 things you should know before moving there:

  • Dublin is extremely international

In Dublin, you’ll find expats from all over the world and because of this diversity you will be able to find a whole variety of cuisines, from authentic Nigerian food to Portuguese cuisines. Many international companies HQ’s such as Google and Facebook can also be located in Dublin.

  • They are super friendly

It’s normal in Dublin or anywhere in Ireland to randomly talk to strangers and have a nice chat with them. Irish people in general are very welcoming and polite in their speaking. They’ll be happy to guide you in the right direction if you get lost.

  • Everything’s accessible! 

Getting around is easy from the bus, DART (train), Luas (lightrail/tram), bikes and taxi. You can even  walk from one end of the city to the other in just 30 minutes and nature is always at close proximity.

  • Buses don’t follow the schedule

Unfortunately, the buses are not exactly the best in terms of arriving when they should. Buses don’t actually follow the real-time information that you’ll see on the screen, so they can be pretty unreliable. Despite this, people still thank the drivers anyway.

  • ‘Your Man’ doesn’t actually mean your man.

If you’re having a conversation and the phrase ‘your man’ comes up, that doesn’t actually refer to your man but it refers to ‘a man’ or ‘that guy’.

  • The Pub Culture

You can find many, many pubs in Dublin and all across Ireland really. The pub is a great place to gather, not only to have a few pints but to relax and just enjoy! It is a great place to meet new people and socialise. 

  • The weather is unpredictable

Much like the British weather, you’ll never know what the weather will be like throughout the day. It can be rainy at some point and then sunny the next. You can expect to have dull weather most of the time though.

  • The ‘Craic‘ and banter

People love to be merry and know how to have a fun time. You’ll never find them bored or having nothing to say. ‘Craic’ is a term for news, fun, stories, entertainment etc etc. Basically anything that is not boring. You’ll often here the question ‘What’s the craic?’ or ‘what’s the story?’ as a replacement to ‘how are you?’, in which your reply should be a super exciting and interesting story.

Whether you live in Dublin or are just visiting, if you need a reliable laundry service, Laundryheap will happily collect, wash and deliver your clothes all within 24 hours.