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Do it by DART
DART station at Tara Street, or any other DART station 

Use the Dublin suburban rail system, DART, to travel Dublin's coastline, either north to the fishing village of Howth, with superb views of Dublin Bay; or south to the Wicklow village of Greystones: the Dublin Tourist Office has a booklet ŽThe Dublin Touring Guide' which includes suggested excursions out of Dublin city by DART.


Ardgillan Castle & Demesne
Balbriggan, Co. Dublin 
Phone: 8492212   Fax: 8492786  

Opening hours: Apr - Sept: Tues - Sun 11.00 - 18.00; July, August open daily.
Oct - Mar: Tues - Sun 11.00 - 16.30; closed 23Dec - 1Jan.  
How to get there: By bus: 33 from Eden Quay, via Rush and Skerries  

The Castle, built in 1738, is sitiuated in 80 hectares of rolling parkland, offering great views of the North Dublin coastline.
Visit the Rose Garden, Yew Walk, Lady's Stairs (watch out for the ghost), the Ice House and the Victorian Conservatory.


Malahide Castle
Malahide, Co. Dublin 
Phone: 8462184   Fax: 8462537  

Opening hours: April-Oct: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:00; Sat 11:00-18:00, Sun 11:30-18:00
Nov-Mar: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:00; Sat-Sun 14:00-17:00  
How to get there: By Bus: 42 from Bersford Place (near Busaras). By Train: from Connolly Station to Malahide.  

Located in the sea-side Heritage town of Malahide, in north County Dublin, this stately castle is 800 hundred years old and is surrounded by 250 acres of park land. The house displays the history of the Talbot family, who lived there until 1973, and their part in Irish history.
Facilities: restaurant, craft shop, tours in foreign languages.
Private Banquests may be booked for groups over 30.

Dublin Bus (59 Upr. O'Connell St.; phone +353 1 8734222) does a half-day trip to Malahide Castle, which includes a visit to Howth fishing village with great views of Dublin Bay.
Aran Coach Tours does a morning trip to Malahide Castle which passes Bull Island bird sanctuary, and includes a stop at Howth summit; phone +353 1 2801899.


Avoca & Glendalough
County Wicklow 

County Wicklow, situated south of Dublin, is known as The Garden of Ireland and a day trip from Dublin is highly recommended.
There are various Coach tours:
Gray Line Tours does both half- and full-day trips to Avoca, Glendalough and the WicklowMountains: contact Dublin Tourist Office at Suffolk Street, phone +353 1 6057705.
Aran Coach Tours (phone +353 1 2801899) does a full-day trip; takes the coast road south, with a coffee stop at Avoca Handweavers, a walking tour of 6th century monastic Glendalough, a pub lunch, returning via The Sugar Loaf mountain.
Dublin Bus (59 Upr. O'Connell St.; phone +353 1 8734222) does a half-day trip; takes the coast road south, to Greystones, stops at Avoca Handweavers, passing through Enniskerry on the way back via The Sugar Loaf.


Powerscourt Demesne
Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow 
Phone: 2046000   Fax: 2863561  
Opening hours: House & Gardens open daily 9:30 - 17:30 (may close early in winter)  
How to get there: By car: 12 miles south of Dublin city on the N11, near Enniskerry village.
By Dublin Bus: 44 from Hawkins Street.
By DART,: take the Dart to Bray, then take bus 85.
By Bus: several bus tours: see below.  

Highly recommended.
Powerscourt House and Gardens, in County Wicklow, are well worth a visit, and the spectacular Powerscourt Waterfall is 5km away.
The house has an excellent Terrace Cafe and several high-quality Craft Shops. The 47 acres of gardens include Italian and Japanese features.
If you're not travelling by car, the best option is to book a bus tour:
Aran Coach Tours does an afternoon trip, which takes the coast road past Dun Laoghaire, the James Joyce Tower and Killiney Bay, before turning inland to visit Powerscourt; phone +353 1 2801899 (8:00 - 20:00 daily).
Gray Line Tours does a full-day trip to Powerscourt and the village of Ballykissangel; contact Dublin Tourist Office, phone +353 1 6057705.


The James Joyce Museum
The Joyce Tower, Sandycove, Co. Dublin. 
Phone: 2809265/8722077   Fax: 8722231  

Opening hours: April - Oct: Mon - Sat 10.00 - 17.00, Sun & Public Hols 14.00 - 18.00. VIEW BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  
How to get there: By DART to Sandycove, or by Bus 8 from Burgh Quay.  

One of 15 defensive towers built against Napoleonic invasion, this tower at Sandycove in south Co. Dublin dates from 1840; Joyce used it as the setting for the 1st chapter of ŽUlysses', and it now houses the James Joyce Museum.

Facilities: book shop.
Admission fee, concessions for groups or families. Combined ticket with Dublin Writers museum and Shaw Birthplace available.
Fans of Joyce might also enjoy a visit to The James Joyce Centre or the Dublin Writers Museum, see the Literary section.


Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens
Tully, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare. 
Phone: +353 45 521617 / 522963   Fax: +353 45 522964  
Opening hours: 12th Feb - 12th Nov : daily 9:30 - 18:00 (last admission 17:00)  
How to get there: By car: take the M7/N7 south to Kildare, then follow the signs.
By train: from Heuston Station to Kildare.
By bus: from Busaras, Store St., Dublin 1 (phone +353 1 8366111) departs approx. every hour;   

Kildare town, approx. 45 minutes drive from Dublin, has 2 major attractions, the Irish National Stud and the Japanese Gardens; and in 1999 Saint Fiachra's Garden was opened nearby.
The Irish National Stud, on the Tully farm, has been breeding thoroughbreds since 1900: with nearly 300 boxes on the land, it provides high class stallions to the Irish bloodstock industry. The ruins of Black Abbey (built 1212) are preserved nearby.
The Japanese Gardens were created in 1906; acclaimed as the finest Japanese gardens in Europe, they are home to some rare plants. An underground stone passage takes you into the new St. Fiachra's Commemorative Garden. St. Fiachra (born 590 AD) is the patron saint of gardeners and this garden is a very unusual tribute, featuring a stone hermitage surrounded by water, and an inner rock garden containing handcrafted Waterford Crystal pieces


Newgrange, Co. Meath. 

A 5000 year old burial chamber, the oldest and largest Neolithic tomb in Europe, designed so that the sun's rays reach the central chamber at dawn on 21st December each year. There are similar tombs nearby at Knowth and Dowth.
Newgrange is situated in Co. Meath, 1 hour's drive west of Dublin (depending on city traffic).
Mary Gibbons Tours (see below) and Gray Line Tours (see below) both do half-day trips to Newgrange and the Boyne Valley.


Gray Line Tours
Gray Line Desk, Tourism Centre, Suffolk St., Dublin 2. 
Phone: 6057705  

Half-Day Tours:
- Boyne Valley and Newgrange; - Malahide Castle and North Dublin; - Glendalough in Wicklow; - Enniskerry and Powerscourt; - South Coast and Avoca Handweavers.
Full-day Tours:
- Ballykissangel and Powerscourt; - Glendalough, Wicklow mountains;


Mary Gibbons Tours
Mary Gibbons & Daughter, contact Dublin Tourist Office, Suffolk St., Dublin 2. 
Phone: 4604464   Fax: 4604426  

Newgrange : Mon, Wed, Fri; lasts 5 hours, departs from Suffolk St. (and other pick-up points).
County Wicklow : Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun, to Powerscourt and Glendalough, lasts 5 1/2 hours.


National Sea Life Centre
The Promenade, Bray, Co. Wicklow 
Phone: 2866939  

How to get there: Nearest DART station: Bray.  

Over 30 displays of underwater wildlife, from shrimps to sharks.


National Transport Museum
Howth Castle Demesne, Howth, Co. Dublin 
Phone: 8480831  

Opening hours: Mon - Fri 10.00 - 17.00, Sat & Sun 14.00 - 17.00  
How to get there: Nearest DART station: Howth  

Run by volunteers dedicated to the preservation of Irish transport heritage.


Over The Top and Into The West
Phone: 8386128  

Day trips to Wicklow Mountains; 3-day trips ŽInto the West' and ŽNorthern Exposure'.


Dublin Adventures
Adventure Activities Ireland Ltd. 
Phone: 6688047  

Offers rock climbing in Dalkey, sea kayaking in Dublin Bay, walking in Wicklow.


Day Tours Unplugged
Website that provides day trips to Wicklow, Ballykissangel, Glendalough and the Irish national stud & Europes finest Japanese gardens


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