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Nature Walks in Dublin
While Dublin is a busy metropolitan area, there are plenty of beautiful natural spaces to explore both inside and on the edge of the city. Pack a picnic, bring a waterproof jacket and take off to one of the gorgeous nature walks in Dublin.
Phoenix Park Dublin
Did you know that less than 10-minutes’ drive from our hotel in Park West is Europe’s largest walled park?
The Phoenix Park in Dublin is located west of the city centre and is a huge 70 hectares of land. Aside from the rolling green fields and wide open spaces, the park houses the official Irish State Guest House of Ireland, playgrounds, polo fields, cafes and Victorian Gardens and is home to the President of Ireland whose predecessors have resided in Áras an Uachtaráin since the 1700s.
The largest zoo in Ireland, Dublin Zoo is also within the park’s walls. The impressive park has been open since the 1830s and is one of the country’s most popular attractions for good reason. It is home to over 400 animals ranging from huge savannah beasts to the most exotic birds and rarest reptiles you can imagine. The zoo is ideal for families, groups of friends or as an alternative date idea in Dublin. If you’re looking for a hotel near Phoenix Park or Dublin Zoo, Aspect Hotel Park West is a short drive away.
Ticknock Forest Walk
Ticknock offers a great network of mountain and forest walks and is just 20-minutes’ drive from Aspect Hotel.
The Ticknock walk should take no more than two hours or more if you stop to admire the stunning views across Dublin and the Irish Sea. You can learn a little about the history of the area along the way with attractions like an old rifle range and a mound of stones that sits atop a passage tomb from the Bronze Age.
There are many ways to approach the trail so you can find a route that suits your ability.
Wicklow Way Starting Point
If you’re looking for a challenge, drive 20-minutes to the beginning of the Wicklow Way walking trail.
This 131km trail crosses the Wicklow Mountains, running from Marlay Park through County Wicklow and ends in the village of Clonegal in County Carlow.
Why not plan a trip to explore part of this gorgeous walk, ending in Aspect Hotel Park West for a relaxing meal in Ruebens Restaurant and a great night’s sleep?
If you’re looking for a jogging spot or somewhere for some outdoor exercise, Tymon Park is ideal.
Just 10-minutes by car or an hour’s walk from the hotel is Tymon Park, a 300-acre green space divided in two by the M50 motorway and connected by a pair of pedestrian bridges. It’s a lovely space for picnics, exercise, or visits with your family.
The park has an impressive 29 pitches for soccer, Gaelic Football, rugby and hurling and a number of woodland trails to follow. There is also a 5km organised park run every Saturday.
Our friendly staff are always willing to help with directions to Tymon Park or anywhere else you’d like to visit.
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