Summer is always a grand time in Dublin. Winter is over, you’ve finished your exams, and finally have the time to go exploring. After a few days of catching up on sleep and binge watching Netflix, you may decide you want to venture out into the outside world. When you do, here is a list of ten things you should definitely check out to make the most out of your summer in Dublin.
Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones
The cliff walk from Bray to Greystones (or Greystones to Bray) is a beautiful walk that is 6.2km long and will take about one and a half hours. On it, you can see goats and cows grazing and beautiful sights of the Bray Head mountain and the cliffs. After, you can cool off on one of the rock beaches and enjoy the quaint towns of either Bray or Greystones. If you end the cliff walk in Bray, I definitely recommend you get Gelato at the Gelateria (across the street from the aquarium) and try the Salted Caramel flavour. Even if you don’t enjoy caramel, you will think you have died and gone to heaven with this flavour.
Hike to the Top of Bray Head
It’s a bit of a climb to the top of this mountain but once you’re there you will never want to leave. The view overlooking the town of Bray is breathtaking and definitely something you don’t want to miss!
Walk a Cliff Path Loop in Howth
The Cliff Path Loop is a beautiful walk in the coastal town of Howth. There are five different paths you can take depending on what you want to see. On the paths, there are a few little hills, but you can do it in runners and don’t need to be an avid hiker. On the walk, there are a few paths you can go down to enjoy your own private beach area. After the hike, you can go to one of the many wonderful seafood restaurants and enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding you.
Grab your straw boater hat and petticoats! The Bloomsday Festival is here once again on the 11th to the 16th of June. There are so many fun events to attend during the festival that are a must see. I recommend checking out the Bizarre Bloomsday Brunch & Street Party. It will have games, food, dancing, and music from the pages of the famous Joyce novel, Ulysses.
The Rainbow Run
Get ready to be covered in colours! The Rainbow Run is Ireland's first and biggest colour run that is coming to Dun Laoghaire on Saturday, June 25th. During the run, you can enjoy the scenic sites of Dun Laoghaire while being covered in coloured paint powder from head to toe. Tickets are €25 and all ages are welcome.
Dublin Kite Festival
The Dublin Kite Festival lands on Sunday, June 12th this year. At the festival, you can see hundreds of kite enthusiasts competing for multiple awards including the funniest, most aerodynamic, and most beautiful. There is also food and entertainment for all ages; the perfect recipe for a fun-filled day.
Wood Quay Summer Sessions
Every Thursday this July you can enjoy free music at the Civic Offices Amphitheatre. These lunchtime concerts run from 1pm to 2pm and allow you to enjoy all types of music from local music artists while eating your lunch.
We’ve all seen the crazy street performers on Grafton Street, but here is a chance to see all of them in one place, plus more! The City Spectacular Festival is Ireland’s largest free summer festival. The festival takes place in Merrion Square from July 8th to the 10th. If you work up an appetite watching all the acts, definitely check out Just Eat Street, which runs the length of Merrion Square South. Here, you can enjoy foods from all over the world while enjoying music from multiple international acts.
1916 Easter Rising Events
This year is a historic year for Ireland. It’s the hundred year anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Because of this, the Dublin City Council is throwing multiple events to celebrate this once-in-a-century achievement. To read about the plethora of events being held, click here.
On one of the few sunny days, you should definitely spend the day in Phoenix Park. It’s a perfect place to enjoy a picnic and one of the few places you can snap a quick selfie with one of the many Fallow Deer that roam the park. But that’s not the only animal you can take pictures with! The Dublin Zoo is also located in Phoenix park and is the largest zoo in Ireland. Here you can see multiple animals including gorillas, giraffes, and rhinos. After the zoo, you can either relax in the grass by the Wellington Monument or have a leisurely bike ride with one of the many bicycles available to rent in the park.
There are so many beautiful places to see and events to go to in and around the Dublin area. These ten just begin to scratch the surface. Don’t be afraid to wander into areas you’ve never experienced, that’s usually where you find the most original and interesting places. I hope these tips help you make the most out of your summer and that the weather is on your side when exploring.