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    Dublin’s Great Outdoors

    When you think of a break in Dublin, you’ll likely conjure up images of the iconic Guinness Storehouse, Dublin bus tours, world-class shopping and wild nights out in Dublin’s famous Temple Bar Area. Discover a different side of Dublin on your next visit, by enjoying the many parks, coastal trails mountain hikes and public parks around the city. Our family-friendly hotel on the outskirts of the city if the perfect base to explore the best of Dublin’s great outdoors.

    Dublin Parks

    One of the closest green spaces to our Dublin Hotel is Corkagh Park, less than a 10-minute drive from door to door. This community park is popular with families, joggers, and dog walkers and is an ideal place to enjoy some down-time after work or during weekends. It’s a great place to start a cycle on the purpose-built Camac Greenway which leads to Clondalkin Village and the Round Tower. The park has its origins in a manor house and estate and includes the old Corkagh Demesne and land on both sides of the Camac River. Activities include a playpark, fairy wood, petting farm, sports facilities, walking/jogging, orienteering, cycle track, fishing, and picnic area.

    A real must-see when visiting Dublin is the gorgeous Phoenix Park , the largest walled park in Europe at an amazing 1752 acres. The park is packed with walking trails, cycling tracks, wide open green space, Farmleigh House, cafes, playgrounds, flower gardens, herds of wild deer and stag, beautiful monuments & statues and so much more and is completely driveable with plenty of parking spaces. It is also home to the president of Ireland, his wife and his adorable dogs in Irelands mini White House, Aras an Uachtarain.

    One of the highlights of Phoenix Park is Dublin Zoo , the best family attraction in the country. Open since 1831, Dublin Zoo has been a huge part of Dublin’s history, our culture and they play a huge part in the conservation of species, both native and exotic. The Zoo is home to over 400 rare, exotic and endangered animals from around the world. With vast grounds to explore and lots of outdoor and indoor habitats, playgrounds, a reptile house, a petting farm and so much more, there is an entire day of fun in Dublin Zoo.

    Dublin Coastline

    Our Dublin hotel is in a perfect location to explore the best of both the stunning coastline and the beautiful Dublin Mountains. For a leisurely North-Dublin stroll, head to Dun Laoghaire for a seafood dinner and a walk down the peaceful pier. If you’re feeling brave, follow up with a dip in the Irish Sea from the Forty Foot! If you’d like to visit one of Dublin’s most popular coastal landmarks, head to the Great South Wall walk where you can enjoy the view from the Poolbeg lighthouse, the iconic red and white striped Pigeon House chimneys and views across Dublin Bay. If you’d like a more challenging coastal visit, head to Bray to enjoy a 90-minute walk to the affluent village of Greystones, enjoying cliffside and coastal views the entire way. Dublin’s coastal trails are endless, ask our friendly staff if you’d like any further information on which route would suit you best.

    Dublin Mountains

    We have many trailheads for the Dublin Mountains and most are easily walkable for both adults and children. Start off with the Three Rock & Ticknock trails, which is also a starting point for many other trails such as the Fairy Castle Loop, the Dublin Mountains Way and the Wicklow Way. Once you reach the highest points of the moderately challenging trail, you’ll see some of the best views across Dublin City, Dublin Bay and Wicklow in all directions. It’s a popular spot for adventure sports like mountain biking, bouldering and hiking.

    The Hellfire Club Walk (officially known as ‘the Montpellier Loop Trail’) is a relaxed mountain walk from which you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views out over Dublin City. It leads to one of Ireland’s most famous haunted houses, the Hellfire Club. Legend says that a group of men playing cards in the now abandoned ruins were joined by the devil himself, identifiable only by his hooves! The walk takes about an hour at a leisurely pace and can be done either at night or during the day for equally gorgeous views of the city.

    Our family hotel is ideal to explore the best of Dublin’s great outdoors. After a long day of Dublin tours, visit our bar and restaurant for a delicious freshly-prepared meal and a nightcap before retiring to our clean, stylish bedrooms with plenty of space for your entire family. 

    We look forward to welcoming you.

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